The Killing Kind (Charlie Parker Series #3)

The Killing Kind (Charlie Parker Series #3)

by John Connolly
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The Killing Kind (Charlie Parker Series #3) by John Connolly

John Connolly's Every Dead Thing and Dark Hollow were international bestsellers. Now the "compulsively readable" (Publishers Weekly) Connolly returns to heart-pounding form with a crime novel that combines sinister menace with superb style.

THE KILLING KIND

When the discovery of a mass grave in northern Maine reveals the grim truth behind the disappearance of a religious community, private detective Charlie Parker is drawn into a violent conflict with a group of zealots intent on tracking down a relic that could link them to the slaughter. Haunted by the ghost of a small boy and tormented by the demonic killer known as Mr. Pudd, Parker is forced to fight for his lover, his friends...and his very soul.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743456371
Publisher: Pocket Star
Publication date: 02/25/2003
Series: Charlie Parker Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.20(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.

Hometown:

Dublin, Ireland

Date of Birth:

May 31, 1968

Place of Birth:

Dublin, Ireland

Education:

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

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The Killing Kind (Charlie Parker Series #3) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
mzbabs More than 1 year ago
I have totally enjoyed the way John Connolly has written the first 3 books in his Charlie Parker Series. He reminds us what has happened to Bird in the previous two books (Every Dead Thing and Dark Hollow), but not overly so that the reader wants to put the book down. His characters are brought to life in enough detail so the reader can you their imagination to enhance effects. The ending of this book was really unexpected and very visual. I have really enjoyed reading John Connolly books and look forward to the others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. The peculiar ways of Mr. Pudd were just eerie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You cannot go wrong with a John Connolly novel! Since his debut of Every Dead Thing, Mr. Connolly just keeps rippin' 'em out! This one is my favorite so far--Mr. Pudd and his spiders are truly the creepiest! A definite read for anyone who loves a good suspense/creepy/gorey/fun story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Since 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 a gifted writer who deserves a much larger ¿fan¿ base than he currently has in the United States. Now, having read his third novel in the ¿Charlie `Bird¿ Parker¿ series, I know that this is an author who¿s on his way to the ¿bestseller¿ lists. He¿s simply that good! Mr. Connolly knows how to create in-depth characters that stand out, weave intricate plots and subplots that keep the reader guessing, and has a style of prose that is almost poetic in its sheer elegance. 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 in Maine 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 in the year of 1963. Her search for information eventually 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. Grace¿s father, Curtis Peltier, doesn¿t for a moment believe that his daughter committed suicide, and he wants 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 somehow tied in with the Fellowship and Carter Paragon. When Charlie starts to probe a little too deeply into the workings of this supposedly religious organization, Mr. Pudd (a man who is the very essence of evil and loves to kill his victims with deadly spiders) and his mute, female assistant are sent to warn him off the case. Since Charlie has never been one to heed the warnings of other people, he continues to plow ahead and soon people start dropping dead around him. Even when Louis and Angel arrive to offer their help, they prove to be barely a match for our illusive Mr. Pudd, and come to know the meaning of real fear for the first time in their lives. THE KILLING KIND carries the writings of John Connolly to a much higher level of expertise. It has several plot lines coming from different directions that join together into a smoothly written, utterly satisfying ending. Both the familiar and new characters in the book ring true to the ear, especially the evil Mr. Pudd and the Jewish assassin known only as the Golem. Mr. Connolly has a remarkable skill in being able to create killers that literally give the reader goosebumps. That¿s one of the things that make this series so much fun to read. Another aspect is the main character of Charlie Parker. This is a unique individual trying to make amends for the life he¿s lived by righting the wrongs done to other people. It also helps that he has friends like Louis and Angel who aren¿t afraid of doing a little killing, if the situation calls for it. As the series continues to develop, Charlie and the love of his life, Rachel, are drawn closer and closer together, and there¿s a wonderful surprise on the last page of this novel that makes me extremely eager to read the next book when it comes out. All in all, the three novels in the ¿Charlie Parker¿ series are fabulous reads that leave you wanting more, and John Connolly is definitely an author on his way to stardom!
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Having read his previous 2 novels which were great stories but I felt somewhat overwritten I really enjoyed this one. Great story, concise, and to the point. I will continue the series after this one.
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Thoroughly enjoy the Charlie Parker series.
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I read the 1st Charlie Parker book & can't put them down, 5th book here i come !!!! Thank You John Connolly & Nook
beehivestate More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended. If y ou love the Charlie Parker series this is one more spine tingling, disturbing thriller. The series is addictive and I can't wait to see what other evil characters lurk in the shadows.
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