Charlie Parker Books In Order

Publication Order of Charlie Parker Books

Every Dead Thing (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dark Hollow (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Killing Kind (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The White Road (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Black Angel (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Unquiet (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Reapers (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lovers (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Whisperers (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Burning Soul (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wrath of Angels (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wolf in Winter (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Song of Shadows (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Time of Torment (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

The Charlie Parker Series is an internationally bestselling pulse-pounding thriller by John Connolly. This is a book that features a community that has always thrived as others suffer. Its people are quite wealthy and their children have a well secured future. Outsiders are not welcomed as it guards its own. At the heart of this prosperous community is an ancient church.

However, everything takes a rather strange turn after death of a homeless man and the disappearance of his daughter draw the deadly attention of a private investigator Charlie Parker to this town. Driven with rage and revenge Parker is a dangerous man. He could do anything for the vengeance of his family’s death. Within the town, the protectors sense this grave danger and they have to protect their long history of being comfortable and sheltered. Parker is yet to encounter his most vicious opponents. He is marked to die so that Prosperous will survive. This is the plot according to John Connolly’s first book in the Charlie Parker series- Every dead thing.

Every dead Thing- book one in the Charlie Parker series

Named internationally as the ultimate page-turner in the fiction industry, this terrifying bestseller has made stunning achievements. The writer taps superbly to the gritty world and tortured mind of the former detective, Charlie Parker. Detective Charlie Parker was relaxing and boozing at the Tom’s Oak Tavern when his daughter Jennifer and wife Susan were gruesomely murdered by a killer known as the Traveling Man. Overly drunk with guild and alcoholism Charlie is out to lose his job and worse than that his sanity. Quite many months after this, he sobers up and is ready to put his life back to shape.

Driven by frequent visions of his dead loved ones, Parker turns to being a serial killer. He flees New York City and heads to the American South where he can find his buried instincts, Instincts of love, survival and most of all of killing. He is awakened as he confronts monsters beyond what he initially imagined.

Parker tries to find this serial killer that tortures children and steals the victims faces after mutilating their bodies. This same killer murdered his wife and baby daughter in a gruesome murder. Parker has no choice but to leave the force.

He also agrees to trace a missing woman in favor of his old partner. Charlie takes up this private investigation. He tries to solve the disappearance of a woman by the name Catherine Demeter. At first this puzzle seemed to be far from the relation with The Traveling Man. As he investigates further, Charlie finds this relation and dwells into the search of The Traveling Man for vengeance.

His trail leads him to rural Virginia town where the shameful secret of children tortured and killed by wealth eccentrics is closely linked to the same missing woman. Charlie has to step toes he would later regret. He closely eludes hired killers sent to flush out several villains in the open. He has the assistance of two friendly hitmen.

Charlie receives a call form Tante Marie, a Creole woman situated near New Orleans. Her psychic visions of “The travelling Man” match the exact profile of the serial killer. Scooping through the swamps, Charlie finds help with his FBI buddy known as Woolrich.

Every Dead Thing is a great novel that introduces readers to like the anti-hero Charlie Parker. Though this book was met with a bit of critical acclaim, it was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award as the Best First Novel. It soldiered on to win the 2000 Shamus Award as the Best First Private Eye Novel, Connolly features as the first author based outside the US to win this award.

It could be a good idea not to read this Charlie parker’s series on a full stomach, detailed descriptions of gruesome murders could scare you. However, this is a fast-paced piece of fiction from a well-known author of the Irish times.

Dark Hollow- second novel in the Charlie Parker series

After the first moody novel in the Charlie Parker series, John Connolly returned with this second masterful thriller. Still haunted by the murder of his wife and daughter, Charlie Parker decides to finally retreat home so as to rebuild his painfully shattered life. His return seems to awaken the old ghost that was the reason for the murder of his family, there is yet another murder for another mother and child. The obvious suspect is the young lady’s violent ex-husband, however there is also another possibility; it could be the mythical killer that lurks deep within the dark shadows of Parker’s past.

This storyline is set in the beautifully evoked Maine Words as Parker tries to lick his wounds of the past and to recover from the painful loss of his wife and daughter. Now a half-hearted investigator, he agrees to track down the ex-husband of Rita Purdue. However, when Rita and her son are killed all fingers point to Billy Purdue, the ex-husband. Charlie feels that it is his work obligation to find this killer even though he knows that he could not be the killer.

Bodies then begin piling up, one after the other. Among them are killers from Cambodia and some mob Boston gangsters with a few people that Billy turned to for refuge. An elderly lady also dies within her nursing home with the name “bogeyman” on her lips. This is not the first time Parker has to deal with the bogeyman monster; his late grandfather was also a cop that spent his last years of living trying to track down this legendary monster.

Unfortunately, it’s not his grandfather’s ghost that only haunts Bird as he tries to solve the mystery of who the ex-husband really is, the spirit of his dead child and wife also push in difficult attempts to try to find justice for Rita and her son as well.

John Connolly brings out a complex and interesting masterpiece of an interesting hero whose life is governed by intricate conflicts. If you are a great enthusiast for thriller series, you should not miss out on the Charlie Parker series. One important tip when reading this is to always read when lights on, windows and doors firmly locked, you could be in for a wild scare.

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