Unfallen Dead (Connor Grey Series)

Unfallen Dead (Connor Grey Series)

by Mark Del Franco

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ISBN-13: 9780441016891
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/27/2009
Series: Connor Grey Series , #3
Edition description: Original
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,236,295
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Mark Del Franco lives with his partner, Jack, in Boston, Massachusetts, where the orchids tremble in fear since he killed Jack’s palm plants.

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Unfallen Dead 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
It has been over a hundred years since the Convergence occurred in the twentieth century when Faerie moved into the human world, and is cut off from their homeland unable to walk between the realms. Connor Grey, a Druid born on earth, was once so powerful, a force to be reckoned within the Guild. An accident depleted him of much of his strength and a black mass inside his head prevents him from using Essence (magic) as he once did.

Now he works as a consultant to the Boston Police Department on cases involving the Fey (see UNQUIET DREAMS and UNSHAPELY THINGS for previous caseload). He joins his BPD contact Lieutenant Leonard Murdoch at a warehouse looking into the murder of a homeless man by a Druidess who etched runes in the victim¿s face. A few days later Olivia Merced was killed in the identical manner as the homeless person by the same practitioner. While Connor works the homicides, the veil between the worlds starts to open as Samheim nears with the Fey hoping a portal will enable them to finally go home. That happening is linked to the deaths of humans and the theft of artifacts from the Celtic Faerie Collection at MOMA. Connor realizes he must fight an old enemy and prevent TirNaNog from entering the realm of the living.

This enthralling urban fantasy focuses on murders in the mundane world while providing a deep look at the Fae Guild, which is deeply involved in the homicides. They intersect at the fairy mound in Boston so that Connor is coming around to the thought that something big an odd is occurring as his Essence is acting in weird new ways. His arrogance and pride was stripped away when he lost much of his skill, but in many ways he is a better person as he cares about others; subconsciously he knows this though he refuses to admit it to himself as that would put an end to his hopes of regaining what he lost. Mark Del Franco provides a spectacular paranormal police procedural.

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FicusFan on LibraryThing 25 days ago
This is the 3rd book in the Connor Grey series. It is set in Boston in a world like ours, but with the difference that Faerie has leaked into the real world. There are many beasties now here and they can't get back. Obviously humanity has to work out accommodations with them.The POV of the book/series is Connor Grey, a Fae and a Druid, but interestingly he is disabled. He was part of the self-governing force that took care of politics, policing and social services for the Fae. Connor was in the policing unit and in a magical duel with a Fae terrorist he was badly injured. The terrorist placed a magical block in his brain preventing the use of his magical abilities. The terrorist escaped, but he ruined Connor's life.Because of his disability Connor is pensioned off and kicked out of the power structure. He moves into a Fae slum in Boston called The Weird. He works as a consultant with the Boston Police on magical crimes that his former agency has no interest in.In this book Connor, and Boston are still reeling from a magical spell on a large scale gone horribly wrong (previous book Unquiet Dreams). He is being called in for questioning to see if he was also part of the problem, and his friend and helper at the scene is arrested by the Fae. They also bring in an old partner of Connor's, whom he has an uncomfortable history with. Halloween is approaching and the Fae fear that with the residue of the twisted magic hanging around, the veils between the living and dead realms will open and the dead will walk into the real world. The Celtic and Teutonic Fae are battling for supremacy, and Connor's terrorist is leading a troop of German Fae to kill the Celts under cover of the movement of the dead.I really like this series. It has gotten better with each book. The characters are done well, and have developed great connections with each other. The setting is realistic, and the story is interesting, and told better with each book.
jshillingford on LibraryThing 25 days ago
The first two Connor Grey novels were more like detective novels with a paranormal flair. This third volume is firmly in the paranormal, while still having an intricate mystery, giving readers a deep look at the world and characters Del Franco has imagined. It is easily the best of the series so far and makes me hungry for the next installment. A lot of plot lines take route in Unfallen Dead, and readers finally get significant progress on Connor's disability, the political instability among the Fae and even Connor's relationship with Meryl. Yes! Connor is still struggling with the black mass in his mind which blocks his druid abilities, and working with Murdock on cases the Guild won't bother with. His latest case involves two humans murdered by a druidess that link back to an old case of Keeva's (so of course The Guild eventually gets invoved). And Meryl is involved up to her neck as well, in ways that will startle Connor and the reader. Keeva's got her own problems - on suspension for being manipulated against the Guild. Connor is stunned when his old Guild partner, Dylan, arrives to temporarily take over her position. Connor and Dylan have unresolved issues, naturally, but their camaraderie is just what I was missing in Connor's relationship with Murdock. To top it off, the Faerie royal court has taken an interest in Connor and Meryl because of the events at Forest Hill and the malignant essence, Taint (book 3). Queen Ceridwen has come to investigate, or place blame, depending on one's point of view. She carries a spear which seeks the truth. Only, it does more than seek truth and it likes Connor more than her. Samhain is approaching and the veil between worlds is thinning - finally allowing crossovers that have not happened since Convergence. Chock full of action, intrigue and outright adventure, this novel has it all. I was engrossed from the first page to the last. Connor finally recognizes that the black mass in his head has not so coincidentally saved his life, and the world, more than once now. It figures directly into the plot here, and like the spear, is more than it seems. The arrival of Dylan brought welcome information about Connor's past and a new ally. Dylan doesn't dismiss Connor because of his lack of power, and even offers him a way back into the Guild if he wants. Connor's command of the spear will take him through the veil in a kick-butt ending that includes a confrontation with his arch enemy, revelations about Queen Maeve and her motives, and the dead crossing over into Boston from Tir Na Nog (the land of the dead). I especially liked that Connor didn't "accidentally" save the day this time despite his disability, he planned and executed it. This author has a gift for hooking a reader with an awesome ending. Consider me hooked - and bring on book 4.
sooziebeaker on LibraryThing 25 days ago
Another Conner Grey story that doesn't fail to disappoint. His nemisis finally makes his first "on screen" appearance. The climax isn't as epic as his last two books but it sets the series up for an exciting new turn.
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