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From Publishers Weekly
Move over, Spider-Man. Arachnophobes, proceed at your own peril. Elias Pudd, the archfiend in Connolly's masterful third suspense novel (following Every Dead Thing and Dark Hollow) finds such grizzly uses for spiders of all, er, stripes that he makes that dastardly villain Hannibal Lecter seem like Little Lord Fauntleroy. Pudd, however, is just one in a splendidly drawn cast that propels this gripping, intricately plotted tale. When a road crew in northern Maine accidentally unearths a grave site, the bodies turn out to be members of the Aroostook Baptists, a cultlike religious group whose members disappeared in the 1960s. Meanwhile, private investigator Charlie Parker (from the earlier novels) is hired to investigate the suspicious suicide of Grace Peltier, who was working on a graduate thesis concerning-guess what?-the Aroostook Baptists. Further muddying the waters is the Fellowship, a group led by the supremely unctuous Carter Paragon (nee Chester Quincy Deedes, "the name on his birth certificate and his criminal record"), which turns out to be far more sinister than anyone realized. From Connolly's opening words-"This is a honeycomb world. It hides a hollow heart"-it's clear that this is no ordinary thriller; indeed, his random musings on the manifestations of evil, coupled with Parker's visions and flashbacks, lend the book a dark, intriguing overlay. Lest things become too intense, however, the author's wry sense of humor easily lightens the situation, often harking back to earlier noir writers: "she had the kind of body that caused highway pileups after Sunday services." In his novel's acknowledgments, Connolly modestly writes, "As each novel progresses, the depths of my ignorance become more and more apparent." Also becoming more apparent are the depths of this author's psychological acumen, literary skills and prodigious creativity.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
After Every Dead Thing and Dark Hollow, Connolly's damaged P.I. Charlie Parker is back in his third foray into an underworld populated with cruel villains and criminal psychopaths. Parker is a singularly tortured individual who not only sees dead people but feels compelled to seek retribution for their deaths on their behalf. This time around, he is hired to find the killer of a graduate student who had been researching a fundamentalist sect that disappeared into the backwoods of Maine 40 years before. Parker's investigations, ranging from Maine to New York City, draw the ire of some very bad people, who come after him armed with guns, Bibles, and spiders. The Dublin-based Connolly has again written a compelling story full of sadistic bad guys, moral ambiguity, and some serious violence. But he manages to offset some of the unpleasantness with occasional one-liners that manage not to minimize the perversity but make the characters who must deal with it seem more human. Recommended for most popular fiction collections. Lisa Bier, Southern Connecticut State Univ., New Haven
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Note to Publisher's Weekly: It's "grisly", not "grizzly".
We once more find Charlie "Bird" Parker reluctantly trapped in the middle of a murder investigation that is everything except what it appears to be. This time, the victim is a woman Parker used to know. Although her death appears to be a suicide, her family isn't too certain about it. They hire Parker to investigate.
What Charlie finds is more terrifying than any nightmare you could imagine. The murder seems to be linked with an old religious sect that ceased to exists decades ago when all its members mysteriously dissapeared. But when a grave filled with bodies is uncovered, the past once more comes to haunt Charlie and everyon involved in the investigation.
This is one of the best thriller you will find on your bookstore's shelves. There isn't a dull moment in this book, not a false moment to be found. The characters feel real, talk real, act real, and the plot is always very entertaining and relentless. Connolly is a master at mixing genres, and he does so again with this one. And the fact that Connolly gives us one of the best finale you will ever find in a thriller only makes him better in my book.
I can't think of one bad thing to say about this novel. Connolly and his Charlie Parker are already making their quick ascend to the top of the mystery charts. It's great to see that people are finally turning to the very best there is. The Killing Kind is a rare mystery that you won't soon forget. Summer reading at its very best, and very finest.
The book starts off at a quick pace, but then slows a bit in the middle -- so much so that I was beginning to feel a bit disappointed which is why I rank it at 4 stars and not the full 5 -- but the ending was out of this world!!! When Charlie finds what everyone was looking for, I was literally open mouthed with surprise (and disgust!). It was GREAT!! It really makes me wonder where John Connolly comes up with such gruesome stuff -- I hope he's getting the psychiatric help he needs. He puts Barker and King to shame.
Also, the ending shows a touching side of Charlie as he's called upon to try to rescue Angel...it was a nice touch and not overdone. All in all, this book was terrific and I can't wait to get the next in the series!
Most recent customer reviews
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2013 by Linda J. Leclair
I was walking though the bookstore where I work and came across this book, and I am happy that I did. Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2004 by Natalie P.
I'm not sure why this book was nominated for the Bram Stoker award. It's not scary or very horrific at all (with the exception of two or three scenes). Read morePublished on March 27 2004 by William M Miller
Reading John Connolly is like a literary bullet between the eyes, and in his third Charlie Parker novel his aim is right on target. Read morePublished on Dec 8 2003 by paul mason
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. Read morePublished on Nov. 16 2003
I loved this book! I couldn't put it down -- it's recommended read, just have plenty of time to finish it because you won't be able to stop!Published on July 11 2003 by Valerie Johnson
Macabre, macabre, macabre. Written for the faint hearted to swoon, Connolly doesn't spare anyone the grizzly details of corpses, and you will find many strewn throughout the... Read morePublished on May 28 2003 by Gerburg Frick
This third novel from John Connolly maintains the same frenetic pace of his earlier two books. Parker and his cohorts confront another evil foe and manage to come out on top once... Read morePublished on May 10 2003 by Pangloss