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The Black Angel: A Charlie Parker Thriller: 5 Hardcover – 25 Apr 2005

4.3 out of 5 stars 70 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; 1st edition, 1st impression edition (25 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340837659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340837658
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With The Black Angel, John Connolly takes his Charlie Parker series a step further away from the conventional serial killer thriller and over the border into supernatural horror--which, in fairness, is where these extraordinary books have been heading from the beginning. The question of why and how so many bad people find their way into Parker's orbit has always been lurking in the background of his novels; why so many ghosts of victims point him the way to vengeful justice and why so good a man is so fond of his killer for hire friends Louis and Angel. Many writers would just leave these as givens, but Connolly has too much integrity for that.

The search for Louis' junkie whore cousin, and her abductors, leads the trio ever further into darkness. They have fought evil obsessives before, but none as bad as the Believers, a group obsessed with fallen angels and with the strange sculpted objects men have made from human bones. This time at least there is a possibility that what the Believers believe is true, both what they believe about the world and what they believe about Parker--this is a book which ought to be insane and ludicrous and is in fact chilling. --Roz Kaveney

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Connolly has virtually no match when it comes to chilling his readers. (Daily Express)

The master of supernatural sleuthery. (The Times)

Colourful but visceral grand guignol, and definitely not to be read at night. (Guardian)

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Format: Hardcover
After two sucessful but unspectacular deviations (2003's adequate supernatural thriller Bad Men, then Nocturnes, a collection of occasionally brilliant short stories), Connolly returns to the character who made his name, PI Charlie Parker. After stretching his literary muscles, growing within these other forms, does he return even stronger than before, as I'd thought he must? Rather disappointingly, I'm not sure.
A disappearance kicks off the events of The Black Angel. The disappearance of a young woman from the streets of New York (indeed, very much a young woman of the streets of New York). Those who've taken her think she has no one, think there is no one to care and no one who'll come. They're wrong. For the girl is blood to Louis, friend of Charlie Parker. Despite the wishes of Parker's partner Rachel, who wants stability and safety for their new daughter, he undertakes to help his friend follow the trail of the men who have taken his cousin, and who have silently been taking others also. As their violent search progresses through nests of pimps, whores and people of the street, it becomes clear that something far more sinister is going on. Something that has reverberations far beyond New York; something that leads to a slaughter at a motel in Mexico, an apartment decorated with statuettes formed of bone, a sacked French monastery, and a sinister ossuary in Eastern Europe. Parker's journey through these places leads him towards a group known as the Believers, the monstrous, corpulent demon Blackwell, and the prize they ultimately seek: the mythical Black Angel.
Ah, it's good to be back with Parker again. Angel and Louis, too: the sheer force of Louis's emotion is one of the most powerful and dangerous things about this book. Normally so...
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Format: Paperback
Don't know what it is about Charlie Parker but he's a fictional character beyond belief and comes to life in the pages of Connolly's novels. None of the Charlie Parker series are written for the faint-hearted. Be aware if your tastes don't run to the violent, devious and totally surreal. Connolly creates human monsters, demons, and leaves it to the endlessly flawed Charlie Parker, and his equally flawed friends, to chase them down, hunt them out and stop them. It's hard to tell whether Parker's on the side of good or bad. He's often evil, capable of dreadful acts of violence, usually armed and hangs around with the type of people you'd cross the road to avoid. Our only assurance is that he only kills those worse than himself which possibly makes him a good guy! If you like highly original, incredibly brooding, dark fiction with a good splash of gore then you're going to love Connolly. I do.
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Format: Hardcover
I picked up a paperback of John Connolly's first novel Every Dead Thing almost by accident, in the bargain bucket of my local bookstore. I was hooked from the first page.
The Black Angel has everything which first drew me to the story of Charlie 'Bird' Parker - and more. The supernatural elements are getting more and more prominent, but they've been developed so well over the series that they're now a vital and believable element of this world.
With Parker having come almost a complete circle from the first novel, with a woman in his life and their newborn daughter, the tension is wound up an extra knot. Even the incomparable Angel and Louis do little to lighten things up as they are even closer to the action this time round.
If you've read the other Parker novels then you can't miss this one - and don't forget Nocturnes because the Parker novella is referred to in this.
If you're a newcomer to John Connolly then I'd advise you read Every Dead Thing, Dark Hollow, The Killing Kind, and White Road before reading The Black Angel - but go and buy them all now and read them back to back, believe me you won't want to put them down.
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Format: Paperback
I'm inspired to write this recommendation after reading this book. Others before me have reviewed it far more eloquently and in detail. For me, the charm of this book (the first of John Connolly's that I've read) is in the engrossing detail with which he describes the gothic dramas of earlier times and entwines them with the modern setting. I have wasted days months and years reading books which have been derivative, lazy cut and paste rip-offs written by high profile authors. I can't remember a novel I've read recently which has had such a profound and lasting after-effect as this one. It isn't an easy read as you have to concentrate to get the best out of it but it is rewarding. Give it a try - you won't be disappointed.
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Format: Hardcover
Dark, mystical and magisterial, few writers can match the metaphysical richness of Connolly's prose. His works have always been as much explorations of the nature of evil as conventional serial killer thrillers, and here he brings this supernatural element to the fore without sacrificing credibility. This is Connolly's finest novel to date, and the best book I have read in some time. I enjoyed it so much it sent me back to reread the earlier entries in the series
Compulsively readable, beautifully written, and emotionally and viscerally thrilling, this is Connolly back at his best.
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