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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery; Reprint edition (Dec 31 2030)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439158762
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439158760
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,178,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Linda J. Leclair TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Jan. 27 2013
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This is another Charlie Parker. It is one of the first and is very violent and there is a lot of torture in it. I was fascinated and abhored with some of the contents. I was very happy with the ending I will say. John Connolly is a very realistic writer. Again, I wouldn't recommend this for everyone.
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I was walking though the bookstore where I work and came across this book, and I am happy that I did. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading the other books this author has written. I love Connolly's main character Private Detective Charlie Parker and his shady and colorful associates, Angel and Louis. It has taken me all of 2 days to read this book and I look forward to reading the 2 previous to this novel and the 2 after it. Excellent Writer.
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The first two Charlier Parker novels, by Irish journalist John Connolly, were violent and very disturbing, pocked with gunfire and dead bodies, and visions of horrors from the afterlife. Parker himself is a strange, tortured soul, who can see those who have been killed violently, so that he can't ignore them and return to his quiet life. This third Parker book is even nastier in some ways: the author has managed to make things even more sinister by making the violence more dramatic, more creepy, more hidden.
In this installment, Parker's relegated himself to watching wayward husbands and doing boring industrial security work. He imagines that his presence somehow makes violent people worse, or perhaps brings them out of the woodwork. He's patched up his relationship with Rachel and made peace with the world, and now is trying to make ends meet without killing anyone. This reverie is disturbed by Jack Mercier, a retired senator who is wealthy and wishes to hire Parker to investigate a murder. Initially reluctant, Parker becomes engrossed in the case and those who quickly become suspects, largely a strange, reclusive cult of religious fanatics called The Fellowship. They appear outrageous and silly, not particularly dangerous if repugnant in their beliefs (which range from anti-abortion to anti-semitism) and somewhat nuts. Parker suspects something deeper, and soon discovers that he's right.
The book travels from there, with a plethora of wonderful characters, from a mob boss to a very different porn producer to a Jewish assassin with no face to a bad guy with a strange fascination for spiders. All are drawn interestingly, with wonderful dialog and mannerisms, and prose that makes you think this might even be poetry.
I enjoyed the first two Charlier Parker novels a great deal.
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Reading John Connolly is like a literary bullet between the eyes, and in his third Charlie Parker novel his aim is right on target.
Ex police officer private detective Charlie Parker is hired to investigate the mysterious "suicide" of a young woman who was herself investigating the death of a religious group.
While on this case Parker meets his newest nemesis "Pudd". A man who enjoys death and has an affinity for arachnids.
Connolly's writing is very blunt, and he pulls no punches when it comes to dealing with such issues as the nature of evil, redemption and revenge. There are a few very graphic scenes in this, like in his previous novels yet Connolly counters the violence of Parker's world with a lyrical prose that make the pages hum as the reader turns them faster and faster in an effort to find out how his novel ends.
Very exciting very grisly, and most important very touching and well written crime novel with a hint of the supernatural.
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By "browntowel" on Nov. 16 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
John Connolly deserves to be a household name...at least in the houses that enjoy crime novels. He has to be one of the most overlooked novelists in the genre. The Killing Kind was my favorite of the series so far. His use of words is superb. The visual images he paints are unbelievable. Great novelist....great novel. I recommend it to anyone.
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Format: Hardcover
I had recently read Connolly's EVERY DEAD THING and thought it was very good, yet I wasn't prepared for how wonderfully dark and evil this book was-- this inhabits the same subterranean battleground as the works of Ellroy and Vachss. Connolly has really outdone himself in creating a horrific narrative; in fact, a previous reviewer has said he is better than Stephen King, and I would certainly agree. This is not a book for people who are looking for sunny affirmations-- or for those who are squeamish-- though the mood is lightened here and there by Connolly's wicked wit. It starts with the discovery of a decades-old mass grave and a murder by spider and ends with a truly twisted description of a particular object being sought by the leader of a religious cult (I won't say anything more and spoil the surprise) and a showdown that is one of the grimmest I have ever read. Even the very last lines of the novel, which normally would be seen as upbeat, carry ominous implications. I could quibble about various aspects of the plot (How one individual was killed so easily, for example), but that would be emphasizing very minor details at the expense of all the is right about this novel. Very well done and very highly recommended.
Note to Publisher's Weekly: It's "grisly", not "grizzly".
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