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The Black Angel (Charlie Parker #5)

4.14  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,524 Ratings  ·  260 Reviews
When a young woman disappears from the streets of New York City, ties of friendship and blood inevitably draw ingenious, tortured detective Charlie Parker into the search. Soon he discovers links to a church of bones in Eastern Europe, a 1944 slaughter at a French monastery, and to the myth of an object known as the Black Angel -- considered by evil men to be beyond pricel ...more
Paperback, 576 pages
Published February 2006 by Pocket Star (first published January 1st 2005)
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Oct 16, 2014 Kimberly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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BLACK ANGEL in Connolly's Charlie Parker series is even darker than some of its predecessors. This supernatural thriller goes to great lengths in furthering the possible origins of Parker, and why he stands apart from others around him. Joining him once more--in a very personal role for one--are Lewis and Angel. As in all of John Connolly's books, there are many quotes that stand out to me. In this one, one of my personal favorites comes from (view spoiler) ...more
This is the book where all previous references towards the paranormal seem to come together for a large part. It is also the book that made me take some pause from the writings of mr. Connolly, because some of the topics in his books are well worth some time thinking about them.

In this 5th Charlie Parker novel he once more is on the road with Louis & Angel. They play a more important part this time one of them is actually the cause of Charlies quest.
A family member of Louis dissapears and a
THE BLACK ANGEL (Thriller-US/Europe-Cont) – G-
Connolly, John - 5th in series
Atria Books, 2005 - ARC
Charlie Parker is trying to settle into life with his partner and new baby. At a party celebrating the baby's baptism, the Aunt of Charlie's friend, Louis, arrives telling him his niece, a prostitute and addict, has disappeared. But when Charlie, Louis and his partner, Angel, go looking for her, they find something much bigger, and rooted in history, killing young women.
*** I have loved Connolly's
Apr 14, 2016 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A Young woman goes missing on the streets of New York those who have taken her thinks nobody cares about her& that no one will look for her they were wrong!!

She is blood to the killer Louis the man who stands at the hand of detective Charlie Parker & he will stop at nothing to find her, but as Louis attempts at finding her Charlie concludes that it is part of an old mystery that is linked to an ornate churc
Mar 12, 2016 George rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
Από τον περσινό Απρίλιο είχα να διαβάσω βιβλίο με ήρωα τον Τσάρλι Πάρκερ (και γενικά βιβλίο του Τζον Κόνελι), και η αλήθεια είναι ότι μου έλειψε ο σκοτεινός κόσμος των ιστοριών του. Αυτό είναι το πέμπτο βιβλίο της σειράς, ποιοτικά νομίζω ότι είναι ελάχιστα κατώτερο των τεσσάρων προηγούμενων (με το πρώτο να είναι άνετα το καλύτερο μέχρι στιγμής), όμως κακά τα ψέμματα έχουμε να κάνουμε και πάλι με ένα δυνατό, δαιδαλώδες και εθιστικό θρίλερ.

Μια νεαρή μαύρη κοπέλα εξαφανίζεται από τους δρόμους της Ν
Oct 16, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it
I am really enjoying this series. I think that Connolly bit off a bit too much with this one, however. It read to me more like a Preston/Child supernatural thriller than an installment in this gritty noir series.

That isn’t a bad thing really but it made this book feel different to me that than the ones in the series. In The Black Angel, Mr. Connolly provides a history of the source of evil that has permeated the first two books and fills out a mythology of sorts to explain it all. In the first
Sep 06, 2010 Brandon rated it really liked it
So, I'm 5 books into the Charlie Parker saga and so far, so good.

With this book, Connolly seems to have completely abandoned the realistic approach taken with the earlier books and gone full force into supernatural mode. That's not necessarily a bad thing, I mean, if it's done right anyway and Connolly seems to know just what he's doing.

When I read the initial plot and some spoiler free reviews, I was a little worried that Connolly was going to take Parker somewhere that I wasn't interested in r
Tom Mathews
John Connolly's Charlie Parker series has always been dark and has been seeing progressively more supernatural elements in each book but the fifth book has veered even more sharply to the dark side to the point where it is as much horror as it is mystery.
Tim Niland
Apr 28, 2012 Tim Niland rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
Detective Charlie Parker is trying to help his friend Louis track down his missing cousin, an addict living rough on the streets of New York. When the investigation leads to a homemade house of horrors filled with human bones and statues made of remains, Parker tries to track down those responsible. He comes up against a group of cultists called The Believers, whom are convinced that angels fell to earth and took on human form, save one that was trapped in silver at a hidden location. The Believ ...more
Feb 22, 2010 martin rated it it was ok
Crime and satanic myth come together in a Charlie Parker thriller. Not too successfully.

Sadly, I never found it convincing and as I read on it always felt self-indulgent and contrived. I feel a bit guilty saying this as he has moments when he writes beautifully and it is clear a lot of research went into this book, but the plot let it down. That and the fact that two of the potentially most interesting characters in the books, Louis and Angel, continue to be flat and closed to the reader. Parker
Feb 26, 2016 Mike rated it really liked it
Somewhere between a four and five star rating. This guy Connolly has some dark places he loves to write about, none darker than this book. Read this one in daylight unless you don't mind nightmares, demons, evil and things that go bump in the night. Just some friendly advice. At least now we know why Parker sees dead people.
Dec 11, 2009 pinknantucket rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
I nearly gave up on the first page (excluding the prologue), because of this sentence: ...the boy, now a man; her daughter, as she once was and as she now might be; and the one who had made her little girl upon her, his face sometimes contorted, as it was the moment of her daughter's conception, and at other times tattered and destroyed...

I mean, WTF?? I had to read it several times (and that's just a bit of the whole sentence), eventually deducing that 'made her little girl upon her' meant 'got
Mar 22, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it
The rating is probably closer to 4 1/2 stars on this one. I'm taking 1/2 a star off because this book cost me a lot of sleep, in other words, it creeped me out. The Charlie Parker series is one of the best, with heartwrenching, bloody, violent stories that seem to get darker with each book, and poor tortured Charlies' ghosts' never letting up. This one was really interesting because it gave us a bit of a history lesson in archangels, eastern european monasteries, and some darker forms of art col ...more
Shaun Williams
Jan 30, 2013 Shaun Williams rated it it was ok
What the hell happened? John Connelly had good things going on. A witty, enjoyable hero, a solid detective series with intriguing characters and a dark-yet-thin veil of the supernatural.
With "Black Angel," he decided to go full Indiana Jones sprinkled with with a bit of "Devil's Advocate."
It's a bad read from the get go and, as the bizarre plot gets punctuated with Connelly's desperate need to tell us EVERYTHING he knows about a specific subject, it only gets worse.
Where's the quick wit? The sna
Stuart Aken
Aug 20, 2012 Stuart Aken rated it it was ok
I suspect that this is a very good book of its type, but I’ll never know. Sometimes, as a reader, I pick up a book and begin to read and know, very quickly that it isn’t for me. This is, obviously, a personal response.
Other readers may, however, gain value from the reasons why I failed to get past page 33 of a 596 page book. The book is described as ‘dark and powerful yet beautifully written’, by Big Issue, and that, I suspect, would have been my own assessment had I finished it. The writing is,
aPriL does feral sometimes
I highly recommend this strange, peculiar series (so far), but for the life of me, I don’t know why I am liking it. There is no reason for this atheist reviewer to give a dark Christian-theology-based noir series any of my time, except that I am very curious and entertained (plus I didn’t know what the series was about). It is a thrill ride (so far), if gore, torture, justified and unjust murder, terror and horrific graphic death doesn’t cause vomiting, gentle reader. (On second thought, people ...more
Mar 11, 2012 Bandit rated it it was amazing
This is probably exactly how dark supernatural thrillers should be written. On top of the always excellent writing and character development this series offers, this Charlie Parker thriller also features a spectacular background story, which suggests a possible explanation/motivation for his actions and his chosen path in life. As with each book, it does get progressively darker and sadder and more haunting. Highly recommended.
Hugh Smith
Jan 13, 2009 Hugh Smith rated it it was amazing
If you like your detectives bad ass and brooding with lots of baggage then Connolly's Charlie Parker is for you. Connolly's world is dark and has a supernatural twist that differentiates it from your average detective story.
Jan 23, 2013 Traummachine rated it really liked it
Black Angel was different from the previous Charlie Parker books in a couple ways. First, it incorporates Da Vinci Code-like elements (ancient histories and puzzles)...although I think Connolly handles these a lot better than Brown ever did. For one thing, he doesn't just keep throwing exposition at you in the same way over and over. Connolly incorporates it in educational conversations, like Brown, but he also uses flashbacks by current characters, or chapters written as if the historical scene ...more
Don Sparrow
Apr 04, 2011 Don Sparrow rated it really liked it
"John Connolly", what can I say? You either love his novels or you hate them.I absolutely love them.This is the 5 th in the Charlie "Bird" Parker series. ( there are 9 in total ) and the great supporting cast of Louis, Angel, Jackie Garner and the Fulci Brothers thankfully all have prominant roles.Connolly has marvelous dexterity when it comes to using the English language.His prose can best be described as not only outstanding but actually beautiful. Connolly's novels occupy a distinctive niche ...more
Feb 20, 2014 Phrynne rated it really liked it
The fifth Charlie Parker novel and also the scariest so far. In this one we plunge deep into the supernatural but not so far that I could not read the book in bed at night! So no actual nightmares but a lot of serious thought about the weird and the creepy. I love that Louis and Angel always have Charlie's back and that together they always come out smarter than the bad guys. I was very disappointed in Rachel - she knew what she was getting into and now she is letting him down. I guess I am gett ...more
Jul 30, 2015 Emi rated it really liked it
I CAN'T STOP. I was reading something else but, at the same, time I needed to go on with this series. Well... I didn't finish the other book yet. I could not. But it's not entirely my fault. It's Connolly's fault, for bringing Parker into my life. Parker and those amazing companions of his.
This book is much more supernatural than the previous ones. Despite my initial fear, the supernatural turn kept the story as compelling as it was, didn't took out any of its charm. On the contrary, it adds an
Feb 03, 2009 Walt rated it really liked it
Stylishly literate gore and terror Connolly once again blends the private-eye novel and the supernatural thriller in a way that's altogether unique. Parker himself is a complex creation whose depths have still, even through five novels, been barely explored
The Black Angel is nothing less than a classic work, a tale in which one can feel reality shifting and churning uneasily with the turn of each page. Highest possible recommendation The Black Angel soars with enigmatic villains and a complex pl
Nur'aini Tri Wahyuni
awalnya ga naruh ekspektasi besar untuk yang satu ini, sebab baca buku John Connolly sebelumnya ttg Mr. Parker ini rada nyebelin, karena pake sudut pandang orang pertama alias si detektif itu sendiri, jadi ga terasa misterinya.

tapi ternyata, hmmm, yang ini asik banget. detail dan kronologinya pas. ada alasan dibalik delusidelusi akut para peran antagonisnya dan tambahan dari "alam lain" juga.

seru, dan bikin penasaran. ditambah humornya beneran humor bukubuku thriller yang receh tapi yaa lucu adu
Nov 29, 2015 Kieron rated it really liked it
This was my favourite of the series so far.
May 22, 2015 BillC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! This one really did the job for me. Who knew that places like Seldec Ossuary exist in the real world? Connolly spins a great tale of barely hidden evil forces and the beings (corporal & other-worldly) devoted to and affected by them. We get a glimpse into ancient biblical history & our hero, Charlie Parker's possible role with the fallen angels. Spooky & highly entertaining!
I listened to the audio version of this book and it remains my favorite of the series. There are so many revelations, about the people Charlie is up against and the possibility of Charlie's true nature. This book was quite sad, Charlie walks a lonely road.

I can't recommend this series high enough. Excellent writing and an excellent story.
Inti Ruiz cruz
Dec 30, 2014 Inti Ruiz cruz rated it it was amazing
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While I zoomed through The White Road in a day it took me a week to read The Black Angel, the next in this excellent series. As with all the Parker books it was very dark with scenes of violence and exploitation. Here though Connolly's writings take a bold leap into brining the supernatural elements firmly to the fore. They had been present from the opening of the series though in a more subtle way.

The plot involving the Black Angel of the title was quite complex and did slow me down some as I
Luca Lesi
Oct 01, 2015 Luca Lesi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Tanto mi erano piaciuti i primi romanzi di Connolly e il protagonista Charlie “Bird” Parker, tanto questo quinto quinto romanzo cede alle lusinghe dell'Urban Fantasy e si popola di diavoli, angeli , abbazie in Boemia, castelli della Francia fino al ridicolo pensiero che Bird possa essere un angelo vendicatore la cui venuta era segnata in antiche pergamene.
Cosa dire del dipinto di trecento anni prima dove sono riconoscibili coloro che oggi gli danno la caccia ? Cosa pensare degli angeli/diavoli c
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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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