Every Dead Thing

Every Dead Thing

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Tortured and brilliant private detective Charlie Parker stars in this thriller by New York Times bestselling author John Connolly.

Former NYPD detective Charlie "Bird" Parker is on the verge of madness. Tortured by the unsolved slayings of his wife and young daughter, he is a man consumed by guilt, regret, and the desire for revenge. When his former partner asks him to track down a missing girl, Parker finds himself drawn into a world beyond his imagining: a world where thirty-year-old killings remain shrouded in fear and lies, a world where the ghosts of the dead torment the living, a world haunted by the murderer responsible for the deaths in his family--a serial killer who uses the human body to create works of art and takes faces as his prize. But the search awakens buried instincts in Parker: instincts for survival, for compassion, for love, and, ultimately, for killing.

Aided by a beautiful young psychologist and a pair of bickering career criminals, Parker becomes the bait in a trap set in the humid bayous of Louisiana, a trap that threatens the lives of everyone in its reach. Driven by visions of the dead and the voice of an old black psychic who met a terrible end, Parker must seek a final, brutal confrontation with a murderer who has moved beyond all notions of humanity, who has set out to create a hell on earth: the serial killer known only as the Traveling Man.

In the tradition of classic American detective fiction, Every Dead Thing is a tense, richly plotted thriller, filled with memorable characters and gripping action. It is also a profoundly moving novel, concerned with the nature of loyalty, love, and forgiveness. Lyrical and terrifying, it is an ambitious debut, triumphantly realized.
Publisher: New York : Pocket Star Books, [2000], c1999.
ISBN: 9781501122620
9780671027315
Branch Call Number: CON
Characteristics: 467 p. ; 18 cm.

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pspice
Jan 19, 2017

I have read 5 John Connolly books, 4 in the Charlie Parker series and Bad Men. I can't find a weak entry in any of them. Incredible - great characters, compelling and dark plots, superior writing. I suggest the library acquire all of his books.

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Dreamstime
Oct 25, 2015

A powerful story that combines elements of Stephen King with James Lee Burke (Dave Robicheaux). A relentless sense of dread permeates Charlie "Bird" Parker's hunt for the murderer(s?) of his wife and child. Be warned... this story is not for the squeamish, with a mood that is not just dark but midnight black. Unfortunately, "Every Dead Thing" tends to repeat itself with its horrible details. Less might have been better. Even so, a great read.

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2puppies
Aug 14, 2014

Another good read by Connolly!!

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