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A small plane crashes virtually unnoticed in the vast woods of northern Maine. In the wreckage is a list of names that could tilt the balance in a secret war between two shadowy armies. One army is searching for the fallen angels banished from heaven for rebelling against the Divine. Charlie Parker, Connolly’s decent, resolute, deadly Portland PI, is a soldier in the opposing army, and it falls to him to find the wreckage and the list, but the mysterious Maine woods hold a threat to anyone who enters. So, it’s Evil versus Good versus an entity indifferent to both. Connolly often stretches the boundaries of the crime novel, but he also tells a ripping-good yarn and creates vividly drawn characters: e.g., a rabbi who battles Evil by acting like a cross between a CIA spymaster and a Mafia don; a child who remembers his own death; and a right-wing radio hatemonger who discovers he’s wholly owned by Evil Inc. The plot is almost shambolic, but anyone willing to suspend disbelief is in for a great read. --Thomas Gaughan


“Strongly recommended for plot, characterization, authenticity . . . horror . . . and humanity.” (Library Journal (starred review))

“A great read.” (Booklist)

“Memorable . . . it takes readers on a path they truly won’t believe, offering diehard evil from the first to the last page . . . Connolly has once again delivered an all-out thrill ride!” (Suspense Magazine)

“Connolly leaves us wanting more.” (Florida Times-Union)

“I believe that I have already read what is sure to be one of the best books to be published this year: THE WRATH OF ANGELS . . . Read this with the lights on and the doors locked.” (

“A great, epic time spent with friends and enemies.” (Mystery People)

“Connolly’s superb fusion of noir and the supernatural is to be savored, and not to be missed.” (My Bookish Ways)

“It kept me captivated throughout and wowed me with all its revelations . . . The Wrath of Angels marks itself as a high point of the Charlie Parker series.” (Fantasy Book Critic)

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Product Details

  • Series: Charlie Parker (Book 11)
  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books; First Edition edition (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781476703022
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476703022
  • ASIN: 1476703027
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (258 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #391,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1968 and have, at various points in his life, worked as a journalist, a barman, a local government official, a waiter and a "gofer" at Harrods department store in London. I studied English in Trinity College, Dublin and journalism at Dublin City University, subsequently spending five years working as a freelance journalist for The Irish Times newspaper, to which I continue to contribute, although not as often as I would like. I still try to interview a few authors every year, mainly writers whose work I like, although I've occasionally interviewed people for the paper simply because I thought they might be quirky or interesting. All of those interviews have been posted to my website,

I was working as a journalist when I began work on my first novel. Like a lot of journalists, I think I entered the trade because I loved to write, and it was one of the few ways I thought I could be paid to do what I loved. But there is a difference between being a writer and a journalist, and I was certainly a poorer journalist than I am a writer (and I make no great claims for myself in either field.) I got quite frustrated with journalism, which probably gave me the impetus to start work on the novel. That book, Every Dead Thing, took about five years to write and was eventually published in 1999. It introduced the character of Charlie Parker, a former policeman hunting the killer of his wife and daughter. Dark Hollow, the second Parker novel, followed in 2000. The third Parker novel, The Killing Kind, was published in 2001, with The White Road following in 2002. In 2003, I published my fifth novel - and first stand-alone book - Bad Men. In 2004, Nocturnes, a collection of novellas and short stories, was added to the list, and 2005 marked the publication of the fifth Charlie Parker novel, The Black Angel. In 2006, The Book of Lost Things, my first non-mystery novel, was published.

Charlie Parker has since appeared in five additional novels: The Unquiet, The Reapers (where he plays a secondary role to his associates, Louis and Angel), The Lovers, The Whisperers, and The Burning Soul. The eleventh Charlie Parker novel, The Wrath of Angels, will be available in the UK in August 2012 and in the US in January 2013.

The Gates launched the Samuel Johnson series for younger readers in 2009, followed by Hell's Bells (UK)/The Infernals (US) in 2011. A third Samuel Johnson novel should be finished in 2013.

I am also the co-editor, with fellow author Declan Burke, of Books to Die For, an anthology of essays from the world's top crime writers in response to the question, "Which book should all lovers of crime fiction read before they die?" Books to Die For is available in the UK as of August 2012, and will be available in the US in October 2012.

I am based in Dublin but divide my time between my native city and the United States, where each of my novels has been set.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Roberta M. Austin on January 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Charlie Parker is back again in John Connolly latest novel, THE WRATH OF ANGELS. Charlie is not your usual protagonist or private investigator. His quest to find the killer of his wife and child continues in this eleventh book in the series, along with an assignment that puts all his skills to the test.

Two older men find the wreckage of a plane deep in the Maine woods. There are no bodies, but they find a large amount of money and a list. They take the money and tell no one. Neither man realizes there are many people searching for the list for less than noble reasons. Charlie is pulled into the search and fears his name may be on it as someone to be eliminated.

Even if you are a first time reader of this series, it is easy to follow along with the tidbits of back story sprinkled into the plot. Long time readers, will recognize the Collector from previous novels. There are new, creepy villains that will keep you wanting to read just one more chapter before you put the book down for the night.

The cover of THE WRATH OF ANGELS calls the novel "A Charlie Parker Thriller", but it is so much more than that. The author masterfully mixes the supernatural and thriller genre with a narrative that flows smoothly. The vivid descriptions and authentic dialogue are the marks of a true storyteller.

In addition to his Charlie Parker series, John Connolly has written two children's books, THE GATES and THE INFERNALS that were entertaining to me as an adult. In 2012 the author co-edited BOOKS TO DIE FOR, an anthology of essays from top crime writers.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By robbie on September 8, 2012
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If you bought this book you have obviously read the other ten books written about Charlie Parker. Each one I read I think..Well that's the best one so far and that is what I thought after I had finished reading Wrath of Angels. I love the way John Connolly writes. It is sensitive, graphic, explosive and haunting. I just thank God that he doesn't leave it too long between books. One of my favourite authors as he never, but never, disappoints.
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35 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Raven on August 30, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
If you go down to the woods today you're sure of a big, and in true John Connolly fashion, quite nasty surprise in this the eleventh, in the Charlie Parker series. Fear not if this is your first step into the dark, supernatural tinged tales from the pen of Mr Connolly as there is just the right amount of back story to bring you right up to speed as to why everyone behaves in the way that they do, and the numerous, and at times more than a bit scary skeletons that reside in Parker's closet which delight in coming back to bite him on the derriere. If you're a seasoned fan of the unholy trinity of Charlie, Louis and Angel step right in and prepare to be entertained- this is a corker with more than a few familiar faces along the way...
Despite my more than a bit flippant intro to my review this is indeed one of the darkest tales yet featuring Charlie Parker and there is a suffocating miasma of evil throughout the whole affair with most characters being touched in some way by this atmosphere of death and misery. From the opening scene of a dying old man's confession of a past sin to a sinister path of discovery towards a hidden list of doomed souls, Connolly weaves a convoluted tale that is murderous, tangential and twisting hither and thither with all the main protagonists being expertly drawn together for a bloody denouement. As I alluded to earlier, the recurring characters all have a part to play and with the reappearance of the wonderfully sinister Kushiel (or `The Collector') and with a couple of other nasty surprises, there is more than enough to keep Parker on the back foot throughout the novel as they close in for different reasons to the acquisition of the list, languishing in the wrecked fuselage of a crashed plane in the backwoods of Maine.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Daniel L Edelen TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
In a market crowded with authors writing thrillers, John Connolly rises above the pack. His command of writing mood, setting, and the depravity lurking within ordinary people is unmatched in fiction today. Connolly's words flow off the page and like an ocean current sweep readers along in his stories.

Few premises hook a reader like a plane wreck in the deep woods, slowly consumed by nature, the occupants missing, and inside it a set of opened handcuffs, a sack of Franklins, and a list with crossed-off names. Given that this is a Charlie Parker mystery/thriller, you can assume that some horrifying evil is at work.

And you would be right.

_The Wrath of Angels_ is the 11th (or 12th, depending on how you classify _Nocturnes_) Charlie Parker novel. The ex-cop turned P.I./bartender lost his wife and child to the predations of a demented serial killer in the first book, _Every Dead Thing_, and the series has played out more and more supernaturally as time passes. For those who have read Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series, the Charlie Parker books provide some of the same thrills, but with an emphasis on a private war against fallen angels rather than against the fae or evil wizards. Connolly writes so effortlessly and interweaves the demonic with city life in Maine so skillfully readers might take the books as gospel and a primer on evil among us.

The _Wrath of Angels_ revisits the storyline of _The Black Angel_, an earlier book in the series. New readers of the Parker series would be advised not to start with _The Wrath of Angels_ for this reason. Better to go back to the beginning and read the books in order.


* Connolly is an engrossing writer.
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