Every Dead Thing (Charlie Parker Series #1)

Every Dead Thing (Charlie Parker Series #1)

by John Connolly
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Every Dead Thing (Charlie Parker Series #1) by John Connolly

Haunted by the unsolved slayings of his wife and daughter, former New York City Detective Charlie Parker is a man consumed by guilt, regret, and the desire for revenge. When his search for a missing woman leads him to the man who destroyed his family, Parker knows payback time has come at last.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780684857145
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 05/01/1999
Series: Charlie Parker Series , #1
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 6.48(w) x 9.61(h) x 1.34(d)

About the Author

John Connolly is the author of the Charlie Parker series of mystery novels, the supernatural collection Nocturnes, the Samuel Johnson Trilogy for younger readers, and (with Jennifer Ridyard) the Chronicles of the Invaders series. He lives in Dublin, Ireland. For more information, see his website at JohnConnollyBooks.com, or follow him on Twitter @JConnollyBooks.


Dublin, Ireland

Date of Birth:

May 31, 1968

Place of Birth:

Dublin, Ireland


B.A. in English, Trinity College Dublin, 1992; M.A. in Journalism, Dublin City University, 1993

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Every Dead Thing (Charlie Parker Series #1) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 133 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It has been a long time since I've read a book that made me smile, shake my head at the end, and go hmm hmm hmm! Every Dead Thing made me do just that. This was the first book I'd read by Mr. Connolly. I picked the book up because of the title which just happened to catch my eye. It sounded interesting. Then, based on a comparison to Thomas Harris (another of my favorite authors) by (I believe) Stephen King, I bought Every Dead Thing. I was not disapppointed! I immediately bought the other books of Mr. Connolly's with the Charlie Parker character. Charlie reminds me of the Lucas Davenport character in another author's books and although they are alike in some instances, they are totally different in others. I loved Every Dead Thing and wanted to rush to the end of the book to see what was going to happen, but there was too much good stuff going on before getting there. I could not believe the end!! It was a blast!! Mr. Connolly, I'm a fan!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a pleasure to discover the Charlie Parker series. Mr. Connolly's writing comes from a depth of soul and insight that I have rarely found. These books stay with the reader due to the multi layers in the stories. Among the best of the genre.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is truly awesome. The characters are believable and stick with you long after you finish the book. Give yourself plenty of time to read once you pick it up (you will not put it down), and do not read it right before you want to go to bed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book which actually had two stories in one. You're pulled in trying to figure out who killed his family, then suddenly there is another mystery to solve. This book wason the 2.99 and under list and it was well worth the money! I will continue to read the Charlie Parker series.
CntryTwnger More than 1 year ago
This is a well written mystery by one of the big names in the genre. John uses graphic description, great characters, and an engaging writing style to keep you turning the pages. Recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story and characters. World class prose
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness was this a good book. Your adrenaline starts surging from chapter one and doesn't stop until the very last page of this book You will never guess who the killer is. Connolly has a great way of twisting and turning plots. He is a master at Writing about evil people and the gruesome crimes they committ. I read two of his books in four days because I was  So pulled into the stories. Starting number three tonight! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed with this book. I, too, found it difficult to read. It's as if the author had ADD. At times his prose is excellent, but he goes off on too many tangents that aren't related to the plot. The story itself is very gruesome and goes into explicit detail in describing child killings. Definitely not for me. I wouldn't recommend it.
Myndia More than 1 year ago
Charlie Parker is a reformed alcoholic who left the NYPD for PI work when his wife and daughter were brutally murdered by a would-be serial killer. While pursuing other cases, he is always looking for connections to the killer who took his family. Little does he know, the killer is closer than he thinks. No doubt, John Connolly is a good storyteller. He manages to make Charlie’s less than moral choices feel justified given the potential outcome (the ends justify the means, etc.). And despite these highly questionable decisions, it’s hard not to like Charlie, to empathize with him, to support him in his cause. There was plenty of suspense and drama, quite a bit of grit, and since I’m a sucker for the supernatural/paranormal, I loved his openness to the idea that some people are extra “sensitive”. However. This should have been two separate books. To me, it read like two separate books. When the first part of the story ended, I thought somewhere along the way there would be some connection to the two stories that was SO strong, it would make sense to tie the mostly unrelated stories together. Yes, there was a connection. No, it didn’t warrant including the second story in the same book. Two great stories, mind you, but I felt like I was being tricked into reading a second in series. Had they been separated, there would have been room for a little more development in the first story, and a great cliffhanger at the end. Just sayin’. I also felt like the relationship building between Charlie and (sorry, no spoilers) was a little rough. Fortunately, I don’t usually read these types of books for the romance aspect, but that coupling becomes an important part of the story at the end, and I just wasn’t feelin’ it the way I would expect. Don’t even get me started on the sex scene… Certainly, I enjoyed this book and I’ll read more in the series. It’s a perfectly fine mystery/thriller, and I understand the paranormal aspect is brought more to the forefront later in the series (yay!), and I’m sure the series finds its groove along the way because it certainly has excellent ratings. At some point in the future, I’ll rejoin Charlie Parker. I just don’t know when. Note: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley. I pride myself on writing fair and honest reviews.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
Definitely the most gory and grotesque beginning to any book I have ever read. Do not start reading this while you are eating. I seriously thought it was going to be a DNF. There were a few moments when my eyes started to cross and my mind started to wander. Thankfully, those were very few. For the most part, I found this book to be very edge of my seat. The suspects for the "Traveling Man" were many and my finger pointed at a lot of them. Some of the time when I was reading the book, I was wondering, "how the heck does this tie in?". Then at the end when the author put in the red arrows and the blinking lights along with the sirens, I was like I would have never figured that out. The story took me from New York, up to the East Coast, to Virginia and down to the Big Easy. Charlie Parker provided many chuckles as well as his friends, Louis and Angel. So basically, the author added everything. Entertainment, mystery, suspense, gore, action scenes, scenery, high speed chases, the "don't go into the basement scenes", a few swampland scenes and some good ole Bayou voodoo. Not to mention the Cajun delicacies enjoyed by the characters. This was a great story and definitely held my interest. This was one serial killer you did not want to meet in a dark alley. Thanks to Atria Books for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The series is wonderful! And the begining is just as creepy and eerie as the other books! A great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Every Dead Thing" is a dark, disturbing tale of inner demons and external monsters, spanning from the streets of NYC to the swamps of Louisiana. Parker is an engaging character on a quest for personal redemption as well as tracking a wicked killer who flays open his victims.
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nookgeekCD More than 1 year ago
I found there were details in the book that were unnecessary making the plot drag.
GinaK More than 1 year ago
Although this is far from a perfectly written book, it is worth reading to understand Charlie Parker who has been the featured detective in John Connolly's popular series for more than a decade. I found it uneven and sometimes confusing, but I also thought much of the book was very well written and it held my interest to the end. I would recommend this book, and I expect to read others in the series.
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BWMCK More than 1 year ago
I had a senior moment when I ordered this book. I thought it was a new thread for Michael Connelly instead. I read it through and it held my attention, but don't think I need to continue the series.
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Or a really splintered psycho
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RubeeMoon More than 1 year ago
It was disappointing , I lost interest from the begining 
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