- 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)
The Killing Kind: A Charlie Parker Thriller: 3 Paperback – 3 Jan 2002
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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.
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)
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is grown up thriller writing that considers not only motivation and intellectual reasoning but also opens up the readers mind to spiritual empathy and morality. Read morePublished 6 months ago by norah buckley
I'm new to the Parker novels but I'm really starting to love them. Th evil Mr Pudd makes a scary adversary.Published 13 months ago by Richard Jackson
Thoroughly enjoyed it. I love the Charlie Parker series, with Louis and Angel. I like the spooky elements as well. Read morePublished 23 months ago by William Gardner