Every Dead Thing (Charlie Parker, #1)
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Hailed internationally as a page-turner in a league with the fiction of Thomas Harris, this lyrical and terrifying bestseller is the stunning achievement of an "extravagantly gifted" (Kirkus Reviews) new novelist. John Connolly superbly taps into the tortured mind and gritty world of former NYPD detective Charlie "Bird" Parker, tormented by the brutal, unsolved murders of...more
Paperback, 467 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by Pocket Books (first published 1999)
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mark monday
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 just in general approach literature like it is a buffet of options. 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...more
Bill
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...more
Brandon
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...more
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
Bandit
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
Teresa
"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...more
Brooke
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...more
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...more
Jason
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...more
Mohammed
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...more
Kimberly
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...more
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...more
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...more
Mells
'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...more
Chris
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...more
Deidra
Aug 14, 2007 Deidra rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: horror/serial killer fans (ha)
Brutal, brutal story that's hard to classify. I tend to stay away from mysteries or crime novels because they're just not as interesting to me as what I encounter in horror, but this one effectively merges the two into one bloody package. Extremely bloody.

The story follows an ex-police detective as he attempts to track the killer of his wife and young daughter, who may also be linked to a series of gruesome murders in the Louisiana swamps. Intertwined within this is a separate plot concerning c...more
Camille Stein
'...abraza la paz que al final llega a todo lo que muere.'

Nacido con nombre equivocado, Charlie 'Bird' Parker no parece un policía vocacional (desde luego no es un investigador convencional), sino más bien un ángel caído que utiliza su profesión para luchar contra el mal: contra su propia maldad y contra la que se extiende a su alrededor. Movido por un abrumador deseo de venganza y por un sentimiento de culpa muy arraigado, Parker es superviviente, víctima y verdugo. A pesar de la multitud de p...more
Pat
It's been a while since I have read such a hard-hitting thriller. Every Dead Thing is rich in description and awfully brutal.

Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker is a former NYPD Detective whose wife and child were brutally murdered by a serial killer named The Travelling Man, still at large. Tormented Charlie is now working as a PI and keeping as busy as possible to stop himself totally drowning in the darkness of his grief and guilt. His latest search for a missing woman has him up against gangsters from New...more
Rebecca
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Wendell
The good news is that Connolly only got better at the Charlie Parker series. This first installment had the potential to be a terrific story, but there are long sections in which Connolly is moving so many characters and so many plot elements around that the book just bogs down while you go back and try to remember who's who and why they're doing what they're doing. It isn't a question of wanting a simpler plot (the complexity of the plot is one of its strengths) but rather that it gets out of C...more
Filipa
Como foi escrito aqui

John Connolly estreia-se num primeiro volume de uma série que conta já com 11 volumes até hoje. Conta com o protagonismo de Charlie Parker, um ex-detective que não leva uma vida fácil, mas que tem um tacto especial para se colocar no meio dos problemas. O seu passado é um misto de sombras e mistérios e o presente não se parece revelar muito melhor do que isso, condenado à procura de respostas a perguntas que o assolam desde que a sua mulher e a sua filha foram vítimas de um...more
Mark
Apr 11, 2014 Mark rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: everybody who likes a better than average thriller.
The duskjacket reads the quote: "The most terrifying thriller since Silence of the lambs". Which I find a bit funny since of the four novels I found the 1981 Red Dragon easily superiour to TSOTL. But I guess the one who came up with that quote got the book and the film mixed up. So not a great advertisement to begin with.

This being the first tale about Charlie Parker and the 4th book in the series I read I kinda knew how it would end.
But still this debut did deliver surprises galore. It was two...more
Doreen Dalesandro
I read the Kindle edition of this mystery/thriller.

Every Dead Thing is the first book by John Connolly that I've read, and it won't be my last! I thoroughly enjoy his writing: he can vividly describe a gunshot wound ["I fired one shot and a dark rose bloomed at his throat and blood fell like a shower of petals on his white shirt."], a plant infestation ["As I drove, sunlight speared the trees, causing the weblike cocoons of caterpillars to glisten. I knew that, beneath the strands, the white bod...more
Shannon
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
Karen.s
I love John Connolly's children's books. I think they are brilliant and I had heard great things about his crime thrillers but this book took me forever to read, because it is all over the place and only half of the story I found particularly interesting. I honestly couldn't tell you who all the characters are and how they relate to each other in the story. The story is just that uneven.

The opening of the book with the gruesome murder of the main character's family was graphic but necessary for...more
Matt
As I have just added most of the Charlie Parker novels on goodreads. I thought I would give an overall review of the author. John Connolly is without doubt my favourite author. I love dark tales with a supernatural feel as well as a thriller and horror touch. I absolutely love to sink into John's novels. The killing kind was always my favourite of the series until the burning soul came out and here's why. John decided to release a novel after the white road that was a stand alone novel entitled...more
Clark Hallman
In “Every Good Thing,” by John Connolly, former NYPD detective Charlie "Bird" Parker tries to solve the brutal murders of his wife and young daughter, as well as some other murders along the way. This book is an amazing experience for the reader in many ways. The amazingly multifaceted plot is very complex, but it glues the reader to the story. Likewise, the amazingly violent, gory, disgusting, depressing, sickening, and frightening crimes depicted in this story repel the reader, but they also p...more
Pianoforte
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Abbie Ennis
WOW!

Charlie Parker lost his wife and daughter to a psycho killer and has been chasing shadows to find him, when finally comes a break that will leave him stunned as he comes to terms that you cannot trust anyone.

This book has been sitting on my shelf for a while and I have finally got round to it and have been left wanting more!

This book has everything, murder, gore and a main character who has so many sides that the reader can never anticipate what he plans to do next.

Mr Connolly keeps the read...more
Rose
WOW!!! What a great first-time crime-novel! This is a hard-boiled story of a cop who comes home to find his wife and daughter murdered together and his unravelling and also his coming together. This book takes you to the underworld of the mob down in New Orleans to the sick and twisted minds of serial killers. Highly recommend this unputdownable debut. If you like this one, there are several other Charlie "Bird" Parker books after this one.
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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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