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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
ISBN: 9781416517252
List price: $7.99
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I picked this book up because it mentioned New Orleans in the blurb on the back. I was disappointed that it seemed to take place primarily in New York. I understood why in the end and how all that tied in to the pursuit and extremely climactic ending! Believe me....this is a sleeper that ends with a bang! I'm glad I read it.more
This book is a long rambling mess. It would be better delivered as two separate books, however, even then I don't think it would make narrative sense. Despite these major failings, and the fact I am typically not a fan of serial killer Silence of the Lamb influenced books, there is a lurking charm. The is an Angel Heart darkness surrounding the main character that is intriguing. The writing is intelligent and assumes its audience is too. Less than 100 pages in, I took a leap of faith and bought 4 more from this guy, with less than 100 pages to go I was questioning that decision. There is enough here to merit continuation with suspicion.more
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.more
Finally, a character to replace Jack Reacher. Charlie kicks butt, does what needs doing and saves the day (well, sorta). Just what I was looking for.Would I have preferred less metaphysical/spiritual gibberish? sure... but I'll take it like it is because finally there's a protagonist who isn't a wimp, an active drunkard moaning about his drunken past, or a war vet scarred for life by having had to blow up someone at war. Sure, bad stuff has happened to Charlie but instead of having segments of the story devoted to him "overcoming" it a la Oprah style, he just gets on with it and does what needs to be done. If that involves pounding the stuffing outa some junkyard dropping, so be it.The drawback to this book is that it has two complete stories in it so you think you're just at the middle of the book but the story you've been following is suddenly resolved - then a whole new story starts up. Seriously, it's literally two complete stories in one book. Of course, the plot of the second story is begun at the start of the book, but... a lot of series books do that and just continue the protagonist's journey in the next book. It seems as though Connolly didn't realize when he wrote this that there would be a series in which he could resolve Charlie's issues. I guess this isn't a big drawback but... I like my stories to wrap up so I can get on to the next book, not restart in the middle.more
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I picked this book up because it mentioned New Orleans in the blurb on the back. I was disappointed that it seemed to take place primarily in New York. I understood why in the end and how all that tied in to the pursuit and extremely climactic ending! Believe me....this is a sleeper that ends with a bang! I'm glad I read it.more
This book is a long rambling mess. It would be better delivered as two separate books, however, even then I don't think it would make narrative sense. Despite these major failings, and the fact I am typically not a fan of serial killer Silence of the Lamb influenced books, there is a lurking charm. The is an Angel Heart darkness surrounding the main character that is intriguing. The writing is intelligent and assumes its audience is too. Less than 100 pages in, I took a leap of faith and bought 4 more from this guy, with less than 100 pages to go I was questioning that decision. There is enough here to merit continuation with suspicion.more
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.more
Finally, a character to replace Jack Reacher. Charlie kicks butt, does what needs doing and saves the day (well, sorta). Just what I was looking for.Would I have preferred less metaphysical/spiritual gibberish? sure... but I'll take it like it is because finally there's a protagonist who isn't a wimp, an active drunkard moaning about his drunken past, or a war vet scarred for life by having had to blow up someone at war. Sure, bad stuff has happened to Charlie but instead of having segments of the story devoted to him "overcoming" it a la Oprah style, he just gets on with it and does what needs to be done. If that involves pounding the stuffing outa some junkyard dropping, so be it.The drawback to this book is that it has two complete stories in it so you think you're just at the middle of the book but the story you've been following is suddenly resolved - then a whole new story starts up. Seriously, it's literally two complete stories in one book. Of course, the plot of the second story is begun at the start of the book, but... a lot of series books do that and just continue the protagonist's journey in the next book. It seems as though Connolly didn't realize when he wrote this that there would be a series in which he could resolve Charlie's issues. I guess this isn't a big drawback but... I like my stories to wrap up so I can get on to the next book, not restart in the middle.more
This is John Connolly's first novel and like many first novels there are some obvious flaws. But one thing you can't accuse Connolly of, is lack of ambition. He begins his first novel with a serial killer killing and cutting the faces off the main protagonist, Charllie "Bird" Parker's, wife and 3 year old child in their kitchen while the Parker is out getting drunk at a bar down the road. But Connolly does not just settle for one serial killer, Parker has to track down and solve an old murder case involving the Mafia and a second serial killer that escaped the police several years earlier. This takes the first half of the book and then somewhat clumsily leads to Parker getting information from a voodoo woman in Louisiana about the man that killed his wife and child. Connolly brings in several characters to help Parker and he confronts competing drug lords in lower Louisiana as well as possible ghosts and a metaphysical angle where the killer is trying to teach everyone, but especially Parker, the nature of death by using old, obscure anatomy text books from the 18th century to dissect the bodies of the people he is killing. Some of these elements John Connolly does better than others but it is the sheer number of elements that he has put in his first novel that is noteworthy. The solving of the first set of murders is relatively straight forward and is more satisfying as a mystery than the second part of the book. But it is the second part of the book that is personally important to Parker and so the first serial killer is in some ways distracting to the overall flow of the book. The interjection of the supernatural/ horror elements in the second part of the book slow down the plot and the metaphysical angle of why the serial killer is killing everyone is a little far fetched. But the second part of the book , even with its flaws, develops an energy and tension that is dark and compelling. Connolly has a lot of good things in his first novel, the problem in some ways is that he has just too many things in the novel (including numerous discriptions of what everyone is wearing).more
What a real page-turner of a novel. Disturbing, deep, gripping with a stunning climax - I was rooted to the book until I finished it.Back Cover Blurb:Former New York detective Charlie Parker is the father of a murdered daughter and husband to a murdered wife.The Travelling Man is an artist of death, making human bodies his canvas and taking faces as his prize.Now another girl is missing....Dogged by terror and driven by rage, through the swamps of America's darkest underbelly, Parker pursues his man and his revenge.And sometimes, nothing is more shocking than the truth.more
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