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Hailed internationally as a page-turner in a league with the fiction of Thomas Harris, this lyrical and terrifying bestseller is the stunning achievement of an "extravagantly gifted" (Kirkus Reviews) new novelist. John Connolly superbly taps into the tortured mind and gritty world of former NYPD detective Charlie "Bird" Parker, tormented by the brutal, unsolved murders of his wife and young daughter. Driven by visions of the dead, Parker tracks a serial killer from New York City to the American South, and finds his buried instincts -- for love, survival, and, ultimately, for killing -- awakening as he confronts a monster beyond imagining...

Topics: Psychological, Missing Persons, New York City, American South, First in a Series, Emotional, Murder, Police, Serial Killers, and Private Investigators

Published: Atria Books on Jul 1, 2000
ISBN: 9781416517252
List price: $7.99
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first line (of the prologue): "It is cold in the car, cold as the grave. I prefer to leave the a/c on full, to let the falling temperature keep me alert."first line (of the first chapter): "The waitress was in her fifties, dressed in a tight black miniskirt, white blouse, and black high heels. Parts of her spilled out of every item of clothing she wore, making her look like she had swollen mysteriously sometime between dressing and arriving for work."The mystery/crime/suspense genre isn't my normal cup of tea. Still, I really enjoyed the other Connolly books I've read -- The Book of Lost Things and especially Nocturnes -- so I thought I'd give his Charlie Parker series a go.It's very dark, though if I couldn't have guessed as much from the title, then I deserved the many moments of squick. Unlike some genre fiction, the writing in Connolly's books is (with the exception of that "cold as the grave" bit) really strong, so I may continue with the series...now and again...when I want to feel horrified.read more
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The first in the excellent, and excellently creepy, Charlie Parker series, that blends hard-nosed modern violent crime with earie supernatural for a page turning read that will stay with you for a long while.read more
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first line (of the prologue): "It is cold in the car, cold as the grave. I prefer to leave the a/c on full, to let the falling temperature keep me alert."first line (of the first chapter): "The waitress was in her fifties, dressed in a tight black miniskirt, white blouse, and black high heels. Parts of her spilled out of every item of clothing she wore, making her look like she had swollen mysteriously sometime between dressing and arriving for work."The mystery/crime/suspense genre isn't my normal cup of tea. Still, I really enjoyed the other Connolly books I've read -- The Book of Lost Things and especially Nocturnes -- so I thought I'd give his Charlie Parker series a go.It's very dark, though if I couldn't have guessed as much from the title, then I deserved the many moments of squick. Unlike some genre fiction, the writing in Connolly's books is (with the exception of that "cold as the grave" bit) really strong, so I may continue with the series...now and again...when I want to feel horrified.
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The first in the excellent, and excellently creepy, Charlie Parker series, that blends hard-nosed modern violent crime with earie supernatural for a page turning read that will stay with you for a long while.
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Every Dead Thing is a very boring book to me. It might be that it could be above me.At the beginning of the book it was good at explaining, the murders and who the murdered are. Also how the first chapter started because of the the prologue. It started in that way like when your watching a a movie it says 10 hours earlier, that kind of way.Around page 25 it started to get really really boring. When it mentioned the part of the murder in the prologue it repeated it in the first chapter and it got boring.This book got so boring i wanted to put it down really bad so i did. I wouldn't recomend this book unless you like hard reads or this book won't be boring to you.
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Recommended by a coworker, who was damn right. Charlie Parker (no relation) is a former detective whose wife and daughter are brutally tortured and murdered by a deviant Parker comes to call the Traveling Man. After some time away, he's come back to NY (now as a PI) on a case and is drawn into a missing person case that leads him to horrible crimes of years ago in the south. But the Traveling Man has not stopped during this interlude. In fact, it seems as if he's escalating. So Parker heads down to New Orleans on a lead. And the Traveling Man knows.
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The writing was good (although I had trouble keeping track of the characters). However it was over-the-top gory for no good reason. The writing was good enough that I wanted to read through to the end, but then I was sorry I spent the time putting such yuk in my brain. I really liked his Book of Lost Things, which is why I tried this.
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