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Bad Men Hardcover – Jun 1 2004

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Charnwood (Large Print) (June 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843953307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843953302
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.4 x 3.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 762 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
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From Publishers Weekly

The long-dead, gray-skinned wraiths Connolly conjures up in this thriller with a supernatural twist are lighthearted sprites compared to the grotesque humans who maim, rape and kill their way through the gore-clotted story of horror and revenge. Connolly's usual protagonist, Charlie "Bird" Parker (The White Road; Dark Hollow; Every Dead Thing), makes only a brief appearance here, for which he should give heartfelt thanks. Off the coast of Maine, Dutch Island, known to the old-timers as Sanctuary, is cursed by the spirits of those who died in a savage slaughter there in the year 1693. In the present day, imprisoned murderer Edward Moloch dreams of an ancient land where he is a hunter bent on the massacre of his wife and the inhabitants of a small village. Moloch, the worst of the bad men of the title, escapes from prison and leaves a trail of mutilated victims behind as he searches for the wife who several years earlier betrayed him to police to escape his brutality. On Dutch Island, longtime native Joe Dupree, known as Melancholy Joe, is the oversize (7' 2" and 360 pounds) but gentle chief of police. He's developed a fondness for beautiful newcomer Marianne Elliott, and the feeling is mutual. Unfortunately, Marianne is Moloch's ex-wife and Moloch's on his way, leading a small gang of other very bad men. It's a terrifying story, the action brutal, grotesque and unrelentingly violent. Horrified readers will turn the last blood-soaked page wondering if they would have begun the first had they known what was coming. Think Thomas Harris by way of Stephen King: haunting, compelling, but not for the faint of heart.
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The author of the Charlie Parker mysteries heads off in a different direction in his new novel. The small island of Sanctuary, off the coast of Maine, was once the scene of a bloody massacre. Now, three centuries later, evil has again come to the island, a modern-day evil with strange, eerie connections to the events of the late 1600s. Do two police officers have even a remote chance of stopping the carnage? This is one of those novels that refuses to be pigeonholed. It's a thriller; it's a mystery; it's a tale of the supernatural (sort of). At its center is Joe Dupree, the (literal) gentle giant of a cop, a man whose kindness and compassion would appear to make him a bad choice to defend the citizens of Sanctuary from the marauding evil that approaches. This elegantly written good-versus-evil story will appeal not only to crime-fiction readers but also to fans of such high-profile horror authors as King and Koontz. David Pitt
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John Connolly delivers an impressive thriller, which I found almost impossible to put down after jumping into its exquisitely elaborated plot. He switches back and forth between the past and the present with ease, demonstrating his skills. Dutch Island is situated at a one and a half hour ferry ride from Portland, and it has been the setting of mysterious and unsettling events throughout its history. This is the setting for the marvelous story presented by Connolly.
In the late seventeenth century Indians consistently raided the various islands in the area outside of what is known today as Portland, pushing the white settlers away. But in 1691 thirty individuals arrived to Dutch Island, which at the time was also known as Sanctuary, and decided to give it a try. Bauer, one of the men that formed part of the group, was justly accused of attempting to rape another man's wife. When he asked his own wife for shelter against his pursuers she did not comply and he was captured. However, he was able to escape and he returned years later with renegade Indians as his "hired help" bringing mayhem to the village. After the horrible events that developed in the island, the ghosts of the dead were left behind to cohabitate with the living. Usually, they do not interact much with humans, but now something is growing, and some people in the island can feel it.
Connolly creates interesting and well-developed characters, like the giant Joe Dupree, seven feet two inches and three hundred and sixty pounds, who is in charge of the police department in Dutch Island. He is courting Marianne, a woman who has some secrets in store, but he also has some secrets of his own.
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John Connolly is emerging as one of the boldest, freshest and superior novelists of our time. BAD MEN is a brutal, gut-wrenching, mesmerizing, violent and excellently penned thriller. Connolly wastes no time in getting us introduced to the bad men of the title, and they are definitely BADDDDD!
Edward Moloch lies in prison having dreams of a seventeenth century bloodbath on a remote island north of Maine. Moloch wants revenge on the wife who betrayed him and took off with almost a million dollars of his money. He recruits some really cold-blooded, despicable associates to help get his wife and his money.
The wife has moved on to Sanctuary Island, the very island of Moloch's dreams. She has a new name for both her and her son, and she has fallen in love with the island's sheriff, Joe Dupree. Joe is an enormous man, considered a "giant" and maybe even a freak by the islanders, but he is a gentle, kind man, and despite his size, is respected and admired.
A lot of corpses accompany the escaped Moloch and his crew as he slowly winds his way to the confrontation with his wife.
Connolly creates a terrifying mood of suspense, and even adds the supernatural in that the slaughtered villagers from the 17th century are hanging around and thousands and thousands of moths, too! In less competent hands, this addition would be preposterous. In Connolly's, however, they only add to the sheer terror of this breathtaking thriller.
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I stuck w this long winded "thriller" which I probably should have abandoned. Why do we always think "it will get better?" The writing isn't poor, but the construction is laborious, each chapter brings in more characters, but with content that in my opinion is blatantly nasty, versus building suspense. It becomes redundant, & frankly I found the writer's overload of raping, cutting, violence against women to be questionable as to why.. Yes, thrillers often introduce this theme, but with other background that digs deeper. Count the characters introduced w this descriptive. Yes, Bad Men but must we read of nasty violations, scum verbal usage as the constant theme?

Perhaps, Connolly, whom I see has written a host of thrillers, has run out of steam, or believes readers live vicariously through these endless bloody scenes, graphic truly nasty acts or attitude in appraising women, blowing off limbs, heads, torturing & cutting women?

. These chapters are snapshots of characters, most w these perversions, with a few bland "good women, children & cops" after all, there must be victims. And they are.

I would like to say that I felt duped in the beginning, since so much history & description was given to the Casco Islands....though we are first told "Portland", which had me baffled when "furthest Island" unprotected from Atlantic winds...(I live in Vancouver BC)....Gulf of Maine isn't added until later. I searched on maps & legends listing 250 Islands - no Sanctuary nor Dutch but others mentioned do exist. Therefore, I wasn't sure setting & history wise, of which a fair measure is laid out with the geography, what to believe. The Indians, settlers in 1600s. Obviously, I refer not to the fictional storyline.
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John Connolly's compelling novel "Bad Men" is unique in that the setting of the story has a personality and therefore plays much like any of the main characters. "Bad Men" is actually a juxtaposition of two stories, the history of the setting, Dutch Island and a life and death struggle among the characters.
Dutch Island, also known as Sanctuary is a smallish island located in Maine's Casco Bay with access by boat from Portland. Dutch Island was the site in 1693 of a brutal massacre of it's original inhabitants, memorialized in a remote area called the Site. Around the Site spectres and spirits of the slaughtered colonists have been observed lurking about and causing mayhem, unwilling to allow more violence to desecrate Dutch Island.
Dutch Island happens to be the home of both Joe Dupree and Marianne Elliott. Dupree, a 7 foot 2 inch giant and descendant of the original colonists of Sanctuary is head of Dutch Island's police force and unofficial keeper of the history of the island. Marianne Elliott and her son Danny are recent inhabitants. Elliott unwittingly married Edward Moloch who turned out to be a sadistic, homicidal sociopath presently incarcerated on death row in a Virginia prison. She unearthed his ill gotten cache of some $800,000 and after ratting him out to the police, fled with the loot and her young son to the remote Dutch Island.
Moloch aided by a crew of murderous, blood thirsty felons escaped from prison. They are presently combing the country leaving behind a trail of dead bodies trying to determine the whereabouts of Marianne, Danny and the money. That path inexorably leads them to Dutch Island.
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