- Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (January 27, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416595988
- ISBN-13: 978-1416595984
- Product Dimensions: 4 x 1 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 448 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,075,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
John Connolly is the author of Every Dead Thing, Dark Hollow, The Killing Kind, The White Road, Bad Men, Nocturnes, and The Black Angel. He is a regular contributor to The Irish Times and lives in Dublin, Ireland. For more information, see his website at www.johnconnolly.co.uk.
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Family members of the books protagonist, NYPD detective Charlie “Bird” Parker, are victims of the Traveling Man and Parker's search for the sick perp, as he attempts to assuage his personal feelings of guilt, has led him to undertake an unsolved thirty year old case. The ultimate resolution of that case gives Parker the impetus to once again pursue the Traveling Man.
Author John Connelly skillfully juggles the large cast of unusual and interesting characters he has created, not the least of which are Angel and Louis, a couple of gay hit-men. In addition to brutal murder, this novel also offers some exploration of “second sight”, psychic episodes and thought transmission, as well as a plethora of interesting facts concerning cannibalistic cultures and regression therapy while also presenting Parker with a bit of romance in the person of criminal profiler, Rachel Wolfe.
This is one of those books that scrutinize subject matter that you love to hate. You are appalled by the explicit descriptions of brutality but find yourself engrossed in the individual personalities of the characters and drawn in by the drama, conflict and cynicism contained within the narrative.
By Bob Gelms
In the last issue I wrote about the 14th and latest Charlie Parker thriller by the great Irish writer John Connolly. I mentioned that if you hadn’t read any previous Charlie Parker books this one was a hum-dinger, but it would be well worth your time to go back to the first book in the series and give it a try.
Every Dead Thing is the first Charlie Parker thriller and there are a few things that amazed me. I should say that I read it when it first came out about 16 years ago and read it again a few weeks ago. The re-read confirmed all of the elements that impressed me when I read it the first time.
The book is stunning. It is very visual. The writing is, at times, almost poetic, especially when describing the condition of the murdered people. Mr. Connolly burst on the scene with this, his first novel, while he made his daily living as a writer for the Irish Times in Dublin, Ireland. Unusual for a new novelist, he shows up out of nowhere as a fully developed, lavishly gifted writer. In the same vein, all his characters, most notably Charley Parker, jump off the page as living breathing people. Sometimes I got the feeling I knew somebody like them. The book is so vivid and well written that I forgot very little in the 16 years that passed between my first and second read.
Parker tracks down two serial killers. They are the most heinous killers I’ve ever read about. I will tell you that if you made it through any of Thomas Harris’ Hannibal Lecter books you should be able to get through Every Dead Thing, even on a full stomach. It is compelling and eminently readable. I did nothing for two and a half days but read it. I even put off lunch on the second day.
Just prior to the opening, Parker and his wife have a bad argument. He’s already half in the bag so he leaves and walks to the neighborhood tavern where he really ties one on. The drinking was getting to be a problem even at work. He’s a detectivefor the New York City Police Department. He weaves his way back home and there he discovers the thing that nightmares are made of. His wife and daughter have been brutally murdered by what, on first blush, looks to be a deranged, twisted psycho killer.
Parker continues with the booze and starts to have mental problems brought on by guilt driven remorse. He finally loses his job and becomes sort of a private detective without a license. One of his police buddies throws him some work. It’s a missing persons case. He takes the job thinking he could use some cash to go after his family’s killer and gets clean knowing he will need all of his finely tuned faculties to catch the guy.
The missing person is Catherine Demeter. It is in the simple act of looking for her that he uncovers some very disturbing evidence which puts Parker on the hunt for a serial killer. His investigation takes him south to Virginia and ultimately to Louisiana where he gets a tip from an old woman who “sees” things. She hints about Demeter and then tells Parker that the man who killed his family has a name. He calls himself the Traveling Man and he is close by.
Parker wraps up the first case and it makes headlines all over the country. He heads to the swampland of the Bayou to look for the Traveling Man. Mutilated bodies start showing up and Parker knows that the Traveling Man knows he is looking for him. That’s when Parker calls in the cavalry.
These two friends are sometimes on the wrong side of the law. Parker has helped them out of a few jams so they are returning the favor. Louis and Angel are two gay guys who happen to be partners. They live on adrenaline. They can become very lethal when needed. They are almost fearless. They are killers. They are a hit and show up in subsequent Parker thrillers.
This part of the novel is electric with live current on every page. Echo’s of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett will softly come to mind. Parker reaches into his soul and sees that he too can become a killer for revenge protected somewhat by the law. Is Charlie Parker entirely a good guy? You’ll have to answer that for yourself. Every Dead Thing is one of the finest novels I have read in the last 16 years. Don’t miss it.
There were a few moments when my eyes started to cross and my mind started to wander. Thankfully, those were very few. For the most part, I found this book to be very edge of my seat. The suspects for the "Traveling Man" were many and my finger pointed at a lot of them. Some of the time when I was reading the book, I was wondering, "how the heck does this tie in?". Then at the end when the author put in the red arrows and the blinking lights along with the sirens, I was like I would have never figured that out.
The story took me from New York, up to the East Coast, to Virginia and down to the Big Easy. Charlie Parker provided many chuckles as well as his friends, Louis and Angel. So basically, the author added everything. Entertainment, mystery, suspense, gore, action scenes, scenery, high speed chases, the "don't go into the basement scenes", a few swampland scenes and some good ole Bayou voodoo. Not to mention the Cajun delicacies enjoyed by the characters.
This was a great story and definitely held my interest. This was one serial killer you did not want to meet in a dark alley.
Thanks to Atria Books for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
Charlie Parker was an interesting character, a flawed and tortured soul looking for redemption. Not a book for the squeamish, it was certainly descriptive in places.
Loved the setting of The Bayou, the steamy setting suited the story overall and just added to the atmosphere. The paranormal angle though, that I struggled with, just didn't gel with this reader.
Fast paced overall, an engaging lead of questionable intent and solid secondary characters.
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