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The Black Angel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2005

    Literary thriller

    Titles can be revealing. How could, for instance, THE WIZARD OF OZ be anything but a children¿s fantasy? A CHORUS LINE needs no further explanation. And THE BLACK ANGEL? It is, as you might guess, an immersion in a dark world of fallen angels, violence, and greed, where life after life ends with an absence of mourning, where the innocent suffer, and where the best men can do may not be good enough. Private detective Charlie Parker knows he may fail in his search for a missing young woman. Despite the pleas of his lover to stay home with their infant daughter, Parker heads to the grittiest streets New York offers and finds death everywhere he turns. The once-simple search escalates into a battle between good and a horrifying evil--about which Parker seems to know a little too much. The unrelenting darkness of THE BLACK ANGEL (moments of levity can be counted on your fingers) makes it a questionable choice for late night reading, particularly if a gusting wind is tap-tap-tapping branches against the window. Connolly takes the reader on a fast ride, each chapter sinking you deeper into his altogether believable--though not overly pleasant--fictional world. Stylistic, introspective, and occasionally narrative-heavy, this isn¿t your typical thriller. Written in a lyrical tone reminiscent of James Lee Burke, THE BLACK ANGEL is a creature formed by a master of the craft.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2005

    A Tough But Rewarding Read

    Trying to review The Black Angel presents an interesting dilemma. On the positive side, John Connolly is a very talented writer and his use of the Book of Enoch as a background text for a book set in these apocalyptic times is nothing short of a brilliant idea. I was impressed with the theological and philosophical issues so much that I wish he had developed them further. On the negative, the dark tone and violence may make you feel like someone trying to wade through Angela's Ashes while suffering from a severe case of postpartum depression. It is an ordeal. Ordeal or not, the book is a compelling thriller with a fascinating plot line and interesting less-evil against very-evil characters. The hero, Charlie Parker, and his associates Louie and the Angel have obviously been through some hard times together. So have Brightwood and the fallen angels. Charlie is tormented by visions of a lost family and has difficulty relating in his current relationship. Louie is searching for a lost relative. Brightwood et al are in the final stages of a search that will eventually result in the freeing of his leader and a takeover of earth. To do so they must reassemble a map that has been hidden in various places at some time in the 14th Century. Each side is willing to kill to accomplish their goals. It is just this easy violence that I found most disturbing throughout the story. Even the final confrontation seems detached. It also seemed rushed. At the same time I was more than willing to buy into the background story set in Czechoslavakia during the 14th Century and World War II. And as a dealer in collectibles I enjoyed the auction scenes. In short, five positives and one negative add up to a 4 star performance in my book.

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