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Tutto ciò che muore (Charlie Parker #1)

4.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  14,142 Ratings  ·  827 Reviews
Charlie Parker, detto Bird, alcolizzato, lavora come detective privato a New York dopo aver lasciato la polizia in seguito a una terribile esperienza: l'assassinio della giovane moglie e della loro bambina di tre anni. Il caso dicui si occupa, la sparizione di una coppia di ragazzi, lo porta a contatto con un mondo di orrori e violenze inaudite. E, soprattutto, lo porta a ...more
Hardcover, La scala, 467 pages
Published August 31st 2000 by Rizzoli (first published 1999)
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Nitzan Yes, and you won't be disappointed.
There are a few that are more or less self-contained, such as The Reapers and The Burning Soul, and to a lesser…more
Yes, and you won't be disappointed.
There are a few that are more or less self-contained, such as The Reapers and The Burning Soul, and to a lesser extent, The Unquiet, but to understand the rest you need to read in order.
It's probably my favorite series, and Connolly is one of the best thriller writers alive.(less)
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mark monday
Jul 20, 2014 mark monday rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murdertime
I am a dilettante when it comes to my tastes. I like to read here and there, delve into some genres deeply, take a break with a shallow dip in another genre, and in general approach literature like it is a buffet. It keeps things interesting, but at times I wonder if it means I am losing the ability to be truly critical when it comes to such things as ‘clichés of the genre’. I’m not an expert in any genre, so things that seem fresh and fascinating to me may come across as clichéd and wearying to ...more
Feb 04, 2008 Bill rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
This really hurts. My mother bought me this for my birthday, on a recommendation from a local bookstore here. I know she's going to feel badly if she reads this but I must maintain the integrity of my reviews by sticking with the Brutally Honest program. So here goes.

I have to rip Every Dead Thing. Ready? Sorry Mom. It's not your fault; you didn't write it, and I likely would have bought it myself.

On to the review: Those who read my review for Messiah know how I feel about blurbs that compare no
Paul Nelson
Rereading the first book in your favourite series is like revisiting a cherished memory. Your first kiss, the first time your dad bollocked you for coming home drunk spending five minutes trying to get the key in the door, getting louder by the minute. When you wrote knob on next doors lawn with weed killer or even taking a screenshot of mum's desktop, hiding all the icons and then using it as the wallpaper, ok maybe not that cherished but you know what I mean, or is that just me.

This time I lis
Dirk Grobbelaar
A thriller of rather epic proportions, what immediately sets Every Dead Thing aside from the crowd is the exceptional quality of its prose. The novel deals with some harrowing themes and should be approached with caution by those faint of heart or weak of stomach, and yet the writing is of such high quality that it is hard not to recommend this book to anybody and everybody. The plotting is extremely ingenious and Connolly pulls of a bit of a coup with this, his debut novel. Every Dead Thing was ...more
Edward Lorn
Decline to rate. DNF @ 100 pages

Can anybody tell me exactly what "Oriental laughter" is? It came issuing from a vent at one point in this book and I'm still trying to figure out what exactly that would sound like.

Anyway, I gave this book 100 pages. That's 50 pages more than I normally give a new-to-me author.

Mark this one down as Not For Me.
Ah, you never forget your first.

When I was surfing around on the interwebs trying to find a new book to pick up, someone suggested John Connolly’s The Book of Lost Things. I nabbed it shortly thereafter and upon finishing it, I knew I had just read something special. I immediately needed more Connolly and upon realizing he had an entire mystery/thriller series featuring a private detective named Charlie Parker, I was filled with optimism and excitement.

Former New York City cop, Charlie Parker, h
Dec 29, 2013 Kimberly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
This was my first book by John Connolly, and it certainly won't be the last. This was a great detective/thriller story with a couple of of serial killers' stories linked in. The main story concerns former policeman, Charlie Parker, whose life has been put on hold ever since a serial killer murdered his wife and 3 year-old daughter, mutilating their bodies savagely.

Parker is an incredible character! Very believable, and impossible NOT to like. With all he's gone through, it's easy to see how he n
Ms. Nikki
I was taken from this world too soon.
No sun, no light, no moon.
With each beat my heart does break.
No peace you felt at my wake.
I pray you do not seek me soon.
Where there is no sun, no light, no moon.

by Nikki

I enjoyed this thinking read of a man whose wife and daughter were killed in an awful way and how he was steadfast in his resolution to find the killer. In his quest he also has the help of some interesting friends and many more murders and twist are unveiled in his search.
The only downside
Scott Rhee
I don't give five out of five stars very often (which is probably debatable, given the number of five-star books in my "read" list, but whatever), so when I read a book that really blows me away, life is good.

"Every Dead Thing" by John Connolly is a phenomenal book, a perfect confluence of everything that I love in a detective novel: well-written, fast-paced, suspenseful, well-plotted, extremely violent, dark, philosophical, intelligent, and emotional.

Critics compare Connolly to Thomas Harris,
Aug 23, 2011 Bandit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a rule I don't like mysteries and I don't like series. Having than been said, if more mysteries were like this one, I'd read more mysteries. This book is great in so many ways and to think, this is Connolly's debut novel, does that mean he gets better? Back to singing Every Dead Thing's praises...the plot is taut, there are sort of two mysteries in one book, it's long at almost 500 pages, but the pacing is great. The characters are terrific, interesting and immensely likeable (or hate-able), ...more
Oct 19, 2008 Brooke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, mystery
I first encountered Charlie Parker in John Connolly's short story collection Nocturnes. The novella featuring the former cop alone made me give the collection four stars, so I was eager to read the rest of the series.

Every Dead Thing did not disappoint. Serial killer thrillers are a dime a dozen, and it's always nice to find an author who can stand out from the pack. Charlie Parker left the police force following the brutal murder of his wife and child, and the book opens in bleakness as he's g
Jun 01, 2013 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2013
4 Stars

Every Dead Thing had an uphill battle to win me over as I am put off by the Thriller genre as it is even more played than that of the sexy vampire. I normally stay away from these books unless they offer something different, or unique, and fortunately Connolly and thus Charlie Parker do serve up a bit of something special.

This is really two books in one and would have played out better as such. The first book gives us the heinous backstory of Charlie Parker(CP) the police officer, of CP t
Dec 04, 2013 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-irlanda
"É impossível enganar alguém que não nos esteja a prestar atenção."

O Viajante Assassino é um romance com um elevado número de personagens (demasiadas), das quais destaco as que mais me marcaram, pelo bem e pelo mal.
Charlie Parker (Bird) é um ex-polícia que vive atormentado pela morte da mulher e da filha. A sua ânsia de vingança e o desejo de encontrar os culpados pelo assassínio da sua família leva-o a envolver-se numa espiral de crimes violentos - alguns perpetrados por ele próprio.
(...) O via
aPriL does feral sometimes
Charles ‘Bird’ Parker is a hard man, damaged beyond repair, and he hears the voices of people who died because of extreme violence. He used to be an alcoholic police homicide detective, but now he is looking to keep busy after he retired early. People are beginning to call him to do private detective work, but they do so cautiously. Since The Incident, there have been rumors of unsolved murders in the wake of Parker’s involvement in certain cases.

Police report excerpted from the Prologue of ‘Eve
David Brian
Apr 28, 2015 David Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every Dead Thing by John Connolly is an introduction into the troubled world of Charlie "Bird" Parker. It is also the first novel I have read by Mr. Connolly.
It is fair to say I am impressed!

This book is a multi-layered epic, a cop-story come mystery-thriller, dealing with mob-violence, serial killings, and elements of the supernatural which only add to the growing angst of Charlie Parker's life.

Parker used to be a cop, a booze-sodden individual who was stuck in the rut of family life; slowly dr
Tom Mathews
Jul 31, 2015 Tom Mathews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of dark thrillers
I have long wanted to read John Connolly’s Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker series so I joined several Good Reads readers in a group read of this first book in the series of 12 (so far) thrillers featuring a former NYPD detective tortured by the brutal murder of his wife and daughter.

What struck me first about Every Dead Thing is the writing. Connolly writes with a deep and lyrical style that is not only engaging but forges a bond between the reader and the characters. Not only are we told about the loss
Oh boy, I can tell that I am going to read every one of this series. Starts out dark and somehow gets darker and even more compelling. Not only are we treated to two separate mysteries in this first installment, I was fascinated by all extras----little vignettes that are fleshed out enough and so well done that they stand as short stories included in the overall work. Some may have found this distracting---I considered it a bonus.

Mr. Connolly can sure write. Take the noir and darkness of Elroy
Alexander Páez
Necesito un cuerpo nuevo, me siento sucio después de leer lo que ocurre en el libro. Me ha parecido BRUTAL.
A really dark 4 Stars for this intial Charlie Parker thriller about a serial killer. The book is really two in one as the first story follows a "mob" killing that Parker is involved with. Didn't understand why this wasn't a separate story until I read Brooke's review( She nails the reason...we need to know about Parker before we get to the story involving the murder of his wife and daughter. Word of caution....don't read this if you are quesy about murde ...more
Oct 11, 2014 leslye rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up because it's often compared to Silence of the Lambs, so I was intrigued. Such comparisons are obviously overdone, and mostly a marketing ploy. The book was a tedious read. It starts out promising: Det. Bird Parker's wife and daughter are butchered in a manner so horrific that it defies description here. Leaving the force, Bird is obsessed with tracking down the killer (identified as The Traveling Man), who slaughtered them in Bird's own kitchen.

The first 100 pages or so, t
Jan 01, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Maria João Fernandes
"O Viajante Assassino" é o primeiro livro da série de Charlie Parker. Podia também ser o último, mas infelizmente há mais.

Tudo do que existe de pior e de mais horrível no mundo em que vivemos, com o seu lado mais obscuro, frio e desprezível, envolve o protagonista Charlie Parker, também conhecido por Bird. O antigo detective da polica de Nova Iorque viu a sua mulher e filha assassinadas após uma noite de galhofa com os amigos. Após o sucedido passou de viúvo, a suspeito, a vitima e finalmente ca
May 28, 2013 Mells rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
'No, I know better than reading that kiddies' stuff', I said, looking at the much recommended copy of The Book of the Lost Things on my shelf, so I've read Every Dead Thing instead.

And it's really hard to rate it adequately, since it's a very good book I didn't like at all.
It has everything a proper serial killer novel should: there're some insights into police procedures, there's a lecture on the history of art, there's a cooking recepie and there're cops with good literary tastes in it. Ther
Sumit Singla
Oct 02, 2014 Sumit Singla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, 2014, opinionator
As I finished this book, two things struck me:
1. What a fantastic Halloween month I'm having with loads of good reads
2. I was living under a rock for the last decade and a half, considering I discovered this book just a few weeks ago, whereas it was published in 1999. Gah!

The book blurb didn't really impress me much, because like many Thomas Harris fans, I found it tough to believe that someone else could give Hannibal Lecter a run for his money. After finishing this book, I still find it unfair
Jan 25, 2015 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first of the full length Charlie "Bird" Parker novels and I must admit I really did enjoy it - there is so much going on which I do not want to spoil but there is just action on action, arc within arc.

You see one investigation brought to a conclusion less than half way through the book only to realise that its only the start of a much longer darker journey which builds and builds to what I can only say as a life changing event - which obviously sets the scene and creates the charact
Aug 21, 2011 Mohammed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
This first book of Charlie Parker series was two mystery stories about two different serial killers case. I dislike really serial killer books. I avoid them but i like the first story of the child serial killers in small town of Haven. There is some pleasure to read a small town PI mystery when its well done.

The other bigger more important serial killer story to hero PI was not as interesting. It was more generic serial killer story that was not written as well. It took down the rating of the b
Book Him Danno
A good writer will improve with each successive book, and that is the case with John Connolly’s debut novel. I am glad I read book 11 first, otherwise I might have passed on what became a fantastic series. While the writing was good, a lot of the plot points and general structure screamed first novel.

It was as if the author had three distinctive stories he wanted to tell, but couldn’t get any one of them to last over 200 pages. So instead of reworking it he just told all three over the course o
Sep 23, 2011 Shannon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What a let down. After reading "The Book of Lost Things" (and loving it!), being attracted to these covers and being on the receiving end of some very enthusiastic ravings by a customer I finally gave in and all I have to say is why oh why was that customer so besotted? The main character is sarcastic and doesn't know when to shut his mouth, Angel and Louis seemed completely at odds with how I imagine renegade untouchable-by-the-law killers to be, I guessed who the Travelling Man was before the ...more
Trev Twinem
Feb 06, 2016 Trev Twinem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The first in the series and we meet Charlie "bird" Parker. The writing of John Connolly is highly intelligent and informative creating a crime story out of ancient texts and mythology which is both horrific and spellbinding in it's telling. Charlie's wife Susan and his daughter Jennifer have both been murdered, their bodies butchered, dissected and displayed in a macabre demonstration of ancient belief and ritual. There is a link to the present atrocities being committed by the Travelling Man an ...more
John Wiltshire
May 20, 2015 John Wiltshire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superb. Must-read series.
I'm currently re-reading this whole series as a prelude to reading the new A Song of Shadows. I'm 50% through this and finding it a fascinating read the second time through. I still give this one 5 stars and the whole series merits that as well, but I wonder how many people began this first novel of Charlie (Bird) Parker, Angel and Louis, and gave up within the first few chapters.
For about 40% of this novel it seems to be a sort of gritty, detective-noir. You know the
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John Connolly was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1968 and has, at various points in his life, worked as a journalist, a barman, a local government official, a waiter and a dogsbody at Harrods department store in London. He studied English in Trinity College, Dublin and journalism at Dublin City University, subsequently spending five years working as a freelance journalist for The Irish Times newspaper ...more
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