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Dark Hollow (Charlie Parker Series #2)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2007

    Oddly Touching

    This is an excellent book. The story is touching in an odd kind of way. Charlie Parker¿s sense of honor and desire to help right a wrong is the driving force behind the book. The book is highly recommended.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Dark exciting thriller

    It seems like several lifetimes ago that Charlie ¿Bird¿ Parker¿s world was perfect, but those happy times ended less than a year ago. He enjoyed working as an officer in the New York Police Department and loved his wife and his little girl. His idyllic life ended when a killer murdered his wife and child. Charlie crossed over the line and accompanied by a semi-retired burglar and a professional assassin, he killed his family¿s murderer. <P>Charlie lives alone in his grandfather¿s house in Scarborough, Maine, hoping he will attain some measure of peace. However, Charlie soon finds himself drawn into the troubled life of Billie Purdue, who many locals believe stole a million dollar from a desperate and nasty Boston gangster. When Billie¿s ex-wife and their child are killed with the mother¿s lips sewn tightly together, the police believe he did it. Charlie spirit dreams of being asked to help prove Billie is innocent and so reluctantly investigates a case filled with many players who want the inquiries stopped. <P> DARK HOLLOW is a very dark atmospheric gothic-like novel that takes place in shadows where few people dare venture. Charlie is an anti-hero seeking peace, but instead finds an opportunity for redemption after taking the law into his own hands. His cohorts are likable felons and good friends to Charlie. The plot is loaded with twists and turns and just when the reader expects a straight road to the climax, another curve surfaces, making it almost impossible to guess the ending. John Connolly is a brilliant storyteller who seems like a Ludlum with a dash of King to add spice to the fabulous mix. <P>Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2012

    Loved it

    I love all of John Connolly's books in the Charlie Parker series. They are amazing and feel so real. It feels like you are right there with him when Charlie discovers qho the murderer is. If you buy these books, I guarentee this is money well spent.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2009

    John Connolly's Charlie Parker Sucks You In...

    One can't help but be drawn in with John Connolly's writing style.
    His Charlie Parker series is top notch on my reading list,
    a mix of Stephen King & Michael Connelly.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2004

    This is even better than the last one!

    If you liked Every Dead Thing, then you are in for a treat in Dark Hollow. This book delves deeper into the persona of Charlie Bird Parker. Plus, Angel and Louis assist Bird in his travels (well, help kill people), and how much cooler can you get than that conservative duo?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2001

    A POWERFUL NOVEL ABOUT DEATH, LOST SALVATION AND REPARATION!

    In John Connolly¿s newest novel, DARK HOLLOW, the character of Charlie ¿Bird¿ Parker returns to track down a serial killer that his grandfather once hunted. It began thirty-six years before when six women between the ages of eighteen and twenty-two disappeared in northern Maine during the months from April to October. Charlie¿s grandfather, Bob Warren, helped in the search for the missing girls, but to no avail¿that is until a stranger stepped into a bar one night and told him to look in the Sebec Lake area. Five of the women were found there, hanging naked from the same oak tree. The stranger¿s name was Caleb Kyle, and he was never seen again. Three decades later, Charlie Parker is asked by Rita Ferris to help collect some back child support from her ex-husband, Billy Purdue. A few days later, Rita and her infant son are found brutally murdered, and the police think that Billy did it. It sounds like an open-and-shut case. The only problem is that Billy has taken off, and it seems like everybody in New England is after him. The local and state police want him for murder. Tony Celli, a member of the Boston mob, thinks that he stole two million dollars from him and will do whatever it takes to get the money back. Next in line are two very evil, cold-blooded assassins who want to get their hands on the missing money so that they can retire in style. Last, but not least, is Charlie Parker. Charlie thinks that Billy is innocent. In fact, his gut instinct tells him that Caleb Kyle is behind the deaths of Rita and her child, not to mention the many killings that will soon follow. The real questions are what is the connection between Caleb Kyle and Billy Purdue, and why has Caleb Kyle started killing once again? Charlie will eventually find himself up against the most vicious murderers he has ever encountered, and Death will be around the corner, waiting for him to make a mistake. Even with the help of his friends, Louis and Angel, he may not survive the cost required to find the answers to his questions and to finally finish what his late grandfather wanted to do¿kill Caleb Kyle! In DARK HOLLOW, Mr. Connolly has written a truly magnificent follow-up to his first novel, EVERY DEAD THING. It¿s been almost a year since ¿The Traveling Man¿ murdered Charlie¿s wife and daughter. The emotional pain and guilt are still there for Charlie (not to mention the fact that he¿s able to see the dead and hear their cries for retribution), but now he has a new purpose in life. His one desire is to fight for those who are unable to do it for themselves; and, thereby, to make amends for the death of his family and for the violence he has inadvertently brought to those closest to him. Charlie understands that there can be no salvation for him, but possibly¿just possibly he might be able to bring about reparation by helping the weak and innocent and killing those who would prey on them. Charlie ¿Bird¿ Parker is a richly drawn character that comes to life as few do and quickly draws the reader into his world of sorrow and revenge. No super hero, he gets beat up and tortured and barely survives as he bull-headedly plows ahead for the truth. The truth, however, isn¿t always what we think it will be, and it always has a price. The characters of Louis and Angel are just as strong. Though criminals in their own right, they also have a moral code of honor and are more than willing to put their lives on the line to help Charlie because they know he¿s doing the right thing. Like the author, Thomas Harris, Mr. Connolly also knows how to create killers who reek of pure evil and can cause goose bumps to rise on the arms of the reader. Most people would not survive a chance encounter with someone like Caleb Kyle, or the assassin known as Stritch. These characters are the personification of evil and match Charlie¿s goodness deed for deed. DARK HOLLOW is a powerful, multi-layered novel that will literally chill you to the bone. That it wo

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    I have read two of John Connoly's books in four days. I have bee

    I have read two of John Connoly's books in four days. I have been drawn into his character Charlie Parker's world, 
    And what a frightening world it is. These books grab you and propel you into darkness. Connoly's evil 
    Characters will chill you to the bone. One thing is for sure, you won't be able to put them down. I am starting number
    Three in his series. He has officially become my favorite author for 2013. What a vivid imagination! Thank you Sir.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2012

    Lilystar

    "Hawkkit!,"she grabs him and runs to magic the gathering first result

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2012

    Hawkkit

    He looked up, backing away. "Hi..."

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  • Posted November 30, 2012

    I love this Charlie Parker series from John Connolly! It is a M

    I love this Charlie Parker series from John Connolly! It is a MUST read for any mystery/suspense reader. The plots are well witten and the journey from start to finish leaves you wanting MORE.... I highly reccomend this author and series of books....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2012

    To hawkkit

    Throws him in the corner of the den

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2012

    Kakidan to hollyclaw

    She was following orders.

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  • Posted May 23, 2010

    Love this Writer

    Connolly's second in the Parker series and is in keeping with his thrilling style of writing. It's thrilling as well as whitty and very entertaining. Would definitely recommend!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2002

    "Wicked Good"

    This is my first John Connolly novel. It caught my attention because of the area it is set in. The main character comes home to Scarborough, Maine. I, myself, grew up in southern Maine and found the authors description of the local area perfect. It was a book that I had trouble putting down. I have great anticipation for the next John Connolly novel that I read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2001

    MENACING CHARACTERS IN MYSTERIOUS CLIMES

    With an opening line signaling devilish doings, 'I dream dark dreams,' Irish thrillersmith John Connolly launches his second suspenseful tale featuring New York policeman turned private investigator Charlie Parker. Connolly copped the 2000 Shamus Award for his debut, 'Every Dead Thing.' 'Dark Hollow' assures readers that he deserved it. Unable to set aside the murders of his wife and daughter, a haunted Parker returns to his hometown of Scarborough, Maine. Rather than finding solace in the northeast woods Parker is faced with a series of seemingly unrelated mysteries and a terrifying sociopathic mobster, Tony Celli. Oddly enough the current series of murders are remarkably akin to 40-year-old killings - crimes that Parker's grandfather spent most of his life trying to solve. What is the connection between today's violence and killings almost half a century old? Author Connolly pulls out all the stops with this highly readable, almost surreal tale involving mysterious forces lurking in the wilderness, and a long buried past seemingly rising from the grave. Connolly's an ace at creating menacing characters and shiver producing climes.

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