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The Killing Kind: A Charlie Parker Thriller: 3 Paperback – 3 Jan 2002

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; Reprint edition (3 Jan. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340771224
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340771228
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 17.8 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,057,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Spider-bites are a nasty way to die, and there is a man out there with an unusual taste for insect venom of all kinds and for the deaths of those who disagree with or affront him. John Connolly's sleuth Charlie Parker is free of the ghosts of his slaughtered wife and child, but sooner or later new ghosts come to him demanding silently that he avenge them. In The Killing Kind, it is not Grace, the ex-girlfriend whose faked suicide he is hired to investigate, so much as the dead fanatics she was killed for writing a thesis on. The Aroostook Baptists disappeared into the gloomy woods of North Maine in the sixties and nothing more is known until road workers find a mass burial. Connolly provides his usual excellent combination of snappy one-liners (many of them from Parker's gay assassin sidekicks Angel and Louis) together with scenes of the utmost terror. Parker soon realises that the spider killer, Elmer Pudd, is only the tool of someone far worse, a sanctimonious artist in intolerance and mayhem--and it is only by carefully measured doses that we come to realise just how bad that is going to be. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The unrivalled master of Maine noir. Menace has never been so seductive. (Guardian)

Fast-paced, violent thriller writing done with consummate skill. (Private Eye)

Connolly does the chill factor brilliantly, creating horror out of the sort of misguided religious fervour not seen since Waco. Mass graves, Parker's sixth sense and deadly spiders set the mind and pulse racing. (Daily Mirror)

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Since last January, when I read John Connolly's first novel, EVERY DEAD THING, I've quickly become an avid fan of his. His second book, DARK HOLLOW, confirmed my belief that here was an extremely talented writer who deserves a much larger "fan" base. Now, having read his third novel in the "Charlie 'Bird' Parker" series (since this hasn't been published in the United States yet, I had to purchase a British edition), I know that this is an author who's destined for the "bestseller" lists. He's simply that good! In THE KILLING KIND, Charlie Parker returns to investigate the death of a young college student, Grace Peltier, and her connection to a religious organization known as the Fellowship. It seems that she was writing a thesis on small group of religious zealots, the Aroostook Baptists, and their mysterious disappearance during the year of 1963. Her search for information led her to the Fellowship and its founder, Carter Paragon. Shortly there after, she was found in her car alongside a dirt road with a revolver in her hand, a bullet in her head, and a Bible at her side. Neither Grace's father, Curtis, or Jack Mercier, a friend of the family, believe that she committed suicide, and they want our New England P.I. to find the killer. As Charlie begins his investigation, however, a mass grave containing the skeletal remains of the Aroostook Baptists is accidentally discovered along a riverbank in northern Maine, and this also seems to be tied in somehow with the Fellowship. When Charlie starts to probe a little too deeply into the workings of this supposedly religious organization, Mr. Pudd (a man who's evil in every sense of the word and loves to kill his victims with deadly spiders) and his mute, female assistant are sent to warn him off the case.Read more ›
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brilliant
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I am in the midst of reading the Charlie Parker series and am never dissappointed! I will re-surface at the end! MORE PLEASE!
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Having read "Every Dead Thing" and "Dark Hollow", I eagerly awaited the third book featuring Charlie Parker. I was not disapointed! From the moment I began reading the Epilogue I was gripped. My skin was crawling and I knew I had to read on until the dramatic conclusion. This has been my favourite of the Charlie Parker novels but prepare yourself for the ending which literally sent shivers down my spine. NOT FOR THOSE SUFFERING FROM ARACHNAPHOBIA!
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After reading both Every Dead Thing and Dark Hollow, I was really keen to get my hands on this one, and was really blown away by it. Despite not being a 'horror writer', John Connolly comes up with the scariest, most dangerous characters imaginable. Pudd makes the bad guys in most other novels look lame in comparison. The development of Charlie Parker over the course of the three books so far is excellent, and the acceptance he displays of his connections with the dead is a central thread of thisbook. Being a fussy reader, I have gotten very bored/disillusioned with much of the writing out there today: Michael Connelly, James Patterson, Patricia Cornwall??? Forget them. Together with Lee Child, John Connolly is showing these authors how it should be done. Don't miss out.
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Connolly just gets better and better. I'd say this is his best book yet, with Charlie changing in character as the series progresses.
I LOVED this book, just as I loved MYSTIC RIVER by DENNIS LEHANE (more complex) and POWER OF ATTORNEY by Dexter Dias (more thrilling). Read them all - and forget about your beauty sleep!
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... I don't tend to write reviews (well my first time actually) but would like to say that I've now read ALL of this series so far and am still loving every word. The characters are so totally well portrayed and described - and I'm hooked on Angel and Louis ... like others have said before me - they could well deserve a book of their own - and a movie would be nice as well as another book in the series too :)
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I am quickly becoming a fan of John Connolly's writing, his books chill you enough to draw you in and at the same time are witty enough to keep most readers interested.

The Killing Kind was the first book I read by Connolly and I wasnt dissapointed. I bought it before going on holiday and had finished it by the time I got back three days later, most of my holiday was spent with my nose in it.

Connolly's writing is suspenseful and at the end of every chapter something else, something new is hinted at. The Killing Kind is no different, the bad guy Mr Pudd is revealed to you early in the book leaving his threat hanging over the detective, Charlie Parker till the end.

Mr Pudd is apparently in league with a cult of known as the Fellowship, an organisation linked with many murders and with likely knowledge of the murders of another cult the Aristook Baptists. During his investigation into the Fellowship, Parker makes new dangerous enemies which want rid of the threat he brings to their operation.

A brilliant book worth a look for anyone new to Connolly or if youve read any of his other books this one wont dissapoint you.
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