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NYPD detective Charlie "Bird" Parker was busy boozing at Tom's Oak Tavern when his wife Susan, and young daughter Jennifer were mutilated by a killer called the Traveling Man. Consumed by guilt and alcoholism, Charlie soon lost his job, and almost his sanity. Several months on he is sober and ready to get his life back in order. Charlie takes up private investigating. One of his first cases involves the disappearance of a woman called Catherine Demeter. At first this puzzle seems unrelated to the Traveling Man--but Charlie has a gut feeling that the slayer is pulling the strings. "I dreamed of Catherine Demeter surrounded by darkness and flames and the bones of dead children. And I knew then that some terrible blackness had descended upon her."
The search for Catherine takes Charlie on a whirlwind tour of the South. First to the small Virginian town of Haven, where, some 30 years before, Catherine's sister Amy was murdered, along with other local children. But the trail turns cold--until a tip from a psychic leads Charlie to the swamplands of Louisiana. The subplots of Catherine's disappearance, age-old child murders, and the slaying of the Parker family finally unite in the hot, humid terrain. A showdown with the Traveling Man is inevitable.
Every Dead Thing is classic American crime fiction, and it's hard to believe that John Connolly was born and raised on the Emerald Isle. --Naomi Gesinger --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Story content was great but the intensity of back ground knowledge was a little over bearing and boring. It took too much time to get back to the story.Published 9 days ago by steve houfek
This was a horrible read. So many deviations and irrelevant characters. I don't know why I
finished it but wish I didn't....
This is the first of John Connolly's series featuring Charlie Parker. I have read them all and am starting over again. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Patricia N. Fisher
Connolly may have created two or three novels in one. And although you feel the satisfaction of his completion the reader is glad to see another page to turn. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Red Ryder