A Time of Torment by John Connolly is the 14th book in the Charlie Parker series that sees the hardened PI facing down a strange, isolated community called the Cut (Available today!).
The beginning of A Time of Torment finds PI Charlie Parker physically diminished from injuries that brought him very close to death, but still very much in the fight. When he’s approached by Jerome Burnel, who just got out of prison, he doesn’t know what to think of the soft spoken man. At first.
Jerome was a hero before he went to jail. He shot and killed two thieves during a convenience store robbery, putting himself in grave danger. Soon after the shooting, however, the authorities were alerted to child pornography found in his house and on his computer, and off to jail he went. He claims he’s innocent though, and Parker believes him. He also claims that his life is in danger from those that he claims set him up and asks Parker for help in bringing them down. This investigation will lead him to an insular and murderous West Virginia community called the Cut: