Feb 6, 2017

Book Review: Every Dead Thing






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.


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Let me say first off that this book was much longer I expected.  That is one of the downsides of reading an ebook is that I can't just eye it and figure out how long it will be.  That being said, this book is well worth reading.  There are some slow times as Mr. Connolly did much deeper into the criminal psychology then the ones that published lately.  This book really hearkens back to the mysteries of the yesteryear.

There are really two cases in this one book.  In the first part, Parker, or Bird as his friends call him, is attempting to find a missing woman and stumbles into a case of child abduction that has been going on for years.  Just as he finishes that one off, he receives more information about The Traveling Man, the person who killed his wife and child.  

This book is rather dark for the most part but there are some area of comedic relief mainly provided by a couple of Bird's friends, Angel and Louis, who are a gay couple and criminals that Bird had become friends with when he was a cop,. 

I really think that my readers who enjoy thrillers and old style mysteries will enjoy EVERY DEAD THING.  I really like the hero Bird and his sidekicks so I will be following this series.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.

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