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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.
This book was great with a great plot and good character development.
The story is also a bit too long, sometimes confusing and some of the side stories does not develop the characters nor the main plot and thus seams unnecessary.
I just finished reading this book for the third or fourth time, if that tells you anything about how much I like the Parker series.
Another amazing Charlie Parker story. I can't wait for the new one to come outPublished 5 days ago by zsa zsa
This is a strange book. It reads like two more or less unrelated novels that were grafted together to achieve the bulk necessary for publication. Read morePublished 25 days ago by DJE
This book was a difficult read. A lot of characters that didn't seem well defined. A friend who has read every Charlie Parker book said to stick with it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Teresa R Moore
I am in the process of re-reading all of John Connolly's 'Charlie Parker' series. I love these books! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nola Adams
John Connolly is stellar--his writing is full of energy, wit, and music. After reading his first novel, I was hooked. I can't wait to read his next novel--preorder, yes!! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Z