Recently remarried (after the murders of his wife and child), the private investigator Charlie Parker has been trying to pull his life back together. But when his partner's cousin goes missing, Parker can't avoid getting back in the game. And when he realizes the young woman's disappearance is connected to an older, darker mystery, he once again is forced to risk life and sanity in a desperate good-versus-evil battle. Connolly, who resides in Ireland but writes about the U.S. like he's lived there all his life, once again blends the private-eye novel and the supernatural thriller in a way that's altogether unique. Parker himself, one of the genre's more disturbed heroes, is a complex creation whose depths have still, even through five novels, been barely explored. The Charlie Parker novels are not for everyone (especially those who like their private-eye yarns unencumbered by philosophical or theological overtones), but Connolly has been building a bunch of devoted fans who clamor for his edgy take on the genre
In The Black Angel he has created a story of enormous depth and has been uncompromising in the amount of detail and research that has gone into the historical references. He has richly drawn his characters filling them in with alarming detail to create some of the most fully-fledged villains I have ever encountered. He has then thrown a chilling other-worldly aspect over the top of all of this that nastily creeps into nightmares, is vividly descriptive and will stain your imagination for weeks to come. At over 500 pages, The Black Angel is long by today's standards, but it is a story that simply flies by as you are lost in the dark underworld of the hunt for the fallen angel. The stout of heart and strong of stomach will devour this supernatural thriller of the highest order.
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