Dark Hollow: The Second Charlie Parker Thriller Paperback – 2010
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In this particular story, Parker has moved to his ancestral Maine to live, trying to get away from the city. He's asked by a friend to find her ex-husband, and see if he will cough up some child support, but the money that the ex gives Parker turns out to be connected to a bizarre three-way shootout on a nearby beach that happened a few days before. Someone wound up with two million dollars that the mob thinks is theirs, and they're not going to stop looking for it. Meanwhile, the ex-wife and her toddler son are killed in a bizarre fashion, a pair of crazed hit men show up bent on some strange sort of revenge against Parker, and in the background somewhere there's a ghost from the past, a killer half-spoken of, half unseen for more than thirty years. Add to this mix Parker's two friends, ex-burglar Angel and his gay lover semi-retired hitman Louis, and an old girlfriend of Bird's, and that's just the beginning of the book.
Connolly apparently has this as a pattern or style now. These books have murky, dark plots, laden with atmosphere. I think he could make Hawaii look dark and forbidding if he wrote something set there. There's connections to crimes past, interesting characters intermingled in a bewilderingly complex plot, snappy dialog, and a body count that makes the Battle of Stalingrad look like a tea party. I enjoy this sort of thing, and enjoyed this book a great deal. Be warned though: enter at your own risk.
But as we learn after a few dozen pages, Charlie, an alchohlic who gives up the bottle, also gives up any moral restraint against the concept of killing criminals. He becomes overnight a one man angel of death with no desire to curb his bloodlust when faced with the possibility that a murderer or rapist could possibly be freed by a confusing, liberal, system that favors the rights of the accused over the rights of the victem.
While this sounds like poor pulp fiction, several things occur that Mr. Connolly successfully weaves into the fabric of his prose to make it quite engaging. First of all, Connolly writes extremely well. There is an almost musical quality to his prose, heretofore only experienced (for this reader) with James Lee Burke in this type of novel. Additionally, Mr. Connolly introduces some oddities that seem to fit. Charlie is contacted by the dead, and while the body count rises, he seems to regret what he does while on the same hand he seems to listen to what his deceased wife and daughter tell him. That line from a Bruce Willis movie a few years ago comes true here: He sees dead people.
Then, there is the presence of his two friends and quasi partners, the gay couple Louis and Angel. Strange, but it fits.Read more ›
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Connolly truly as a way with words and he is at the top of his genre with his second novel. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars was because it did not seem to grab me as... Read morePublished on June 22 2003
In his second offering, after his critically acclaimed book Every Dead Thing, John Connolly delivers a mature, tightly packed novel that takes is part horror as much as it is... Read morePublished on March 11 2003 by Hassan Galadari
If you enjoy a well-paced thriller, but also appreciate the craft of an accomplished wordsmith, John Connolly is a must read. Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2003 by Gary Griffiths
As an action mystery writer, Connolly is slow and dull. If you would like to read 60 pages of historical background on small New England townships before getting to any intrigue,... Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2003 by Bob dahlberg
When John Connolly wrote Every Dead Thing, he created a wild ride that was different from all the other suspense novels out there. Read morePublished on Dec 9 2002 by Sebastien Pharand
Ex-NYPD decetive Charlie "Bird" Parker is attempting to recuperate from the brutal slayings of his wife and daugther by escaping to his boyhood home of Scarborough, Maine. Read morePublished on Oct. 7 2002 by Cory D. Slipman
"Dark Hollow" by John Connolly, is an edge of your seat thriller, one that I had trouble putting down once I started reading the book. Excellent job by Mr. Read morePublished on Oct. 5 2002 by John Savoy
I've tried to read about 50 pages but failed to get connected. I don't like the way it goes and the paces seem random and slow. Read morePublished on Sept. 3 2002 by justareader