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The Black Angel (Charlie Parker #5)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  4,456 ratings  ·  203 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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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
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
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
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
Tim Niland
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
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
Hugh Smith
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.
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
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
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
Shaun Williams
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
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,
Don Sparrow
"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
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
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
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.
Luca Lesi
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
Inti Ruiz cruz
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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
Scott Rhee
In "Black Angel", the fifth novel in John Connelly's series featuring private eye Charlie Parker, Parker, as usual, battles his own inner demons, but he is also thrust into battle with very real supernatural demons. In actuality, these demons are fallen angels. According to ancient texts ad Catholic lore, roughly 200 angels (including Lucifer) were banished from heaven by God. While a vast majority fell to the netherworld we know as hell, a small handful fell to Earth, and they have walked our p ...more
Deyan Vasilev
I'm a huge fan of Mr. Connolly and "The Charlie Parker Series". In this book Charlie faces a different kind of enemies. Brightwell is probably the darkest and the most gruesome so far.

I really loved the charecters development, personally for me there was a side of Louis that was hidden for the readers in the previous books. Charlie's character has developed a lot since "Every Dead Thing" where he was avenging the death of his wife and daughter. Here we see a different Charlie Parker, a Charlie
The 5th Charlie Parker novel steps up the doom and gloom with a religious mystery that starts with the disappearance of Louis' niece. As with any Parker book, the initial disappearance he's asked to investigate is only the tip of the iceberg.

Connolly is a nearly impeccable writer, as always, but I found myself easily distracted while reading. What should have taken me a few days stretched out to an entire week, and I think it's because of how many times the point of view switched. Parker's narr
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!
Katie Robinson
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Julie Kellner
I'm really enjoying the Charlie Parker series each book better than the last. Even though I enjoyed this book it did tend to get bogged down in the religious aspect of the story
John Connoly creates dialogue that you wish you could hear in movies and real life. If you have an active imagination you may have trouble sleeping too.
John takes you along a convoluted path following multiple lives and deaths along the way. Following the trail leading up to often unexpected places but the path to the treasure in this story is a great one. John's got some great action scenes along the way and characters you can enjoy seeing get theirs when the time comes. This wad my first Char
May 04, 2014 Ross added it
I was a bit exhausted reading popular science and grabbed this for a quick bit of fictional relief. This is clearly not my genre. I thought, sincerely without exaggeration, that it was one of the worst books I’ve ever read. The reason I’m bothering to do a short review/critique is that I think too few people post when they don’t like a book. So you end up with books like this getting a totally unrealistic 4 stars. That’s not a criticism of those who like this genre and give it 4 stars, or whatev ...more
Ένας κλασικός πρωταγωνιστής/ήρωας με όλες τις προδιαγραφές και προϋποθέσεις (προϋπηρεσία σε προηγούμενα βιβλία,ευφυής ντετέκτιβ,οξύτατη αντίληψη φωτεινή σαν προβολέας και διάφορα άλλα καλούδια χωρίς τυμπανοκρουσίες,άψογος όμως γενικώς και ειδικώς) καλείται εδώ να αναμετρηθεί με θεϊκά πλάσματα που είναι και φαίνονται,όπως καταλαβαίνετε,πανίσχυρα.

Όπως έχω αναφέρει πολλές φορές,εγώ στους ήρωες κλισέ δεν "τσιμπάω" κι όταν τους βλέπω εμπρός μου τους δίνω μια ανάστροφη.
Ωστόσο εδώ πρόκειται για ένα εύρ
David Ward
The Black Angel (Charlie Parker #5) by John Connolly (Simon & Shuster 2006) (Fiction - Mystery). Charlie Parker is an odd detective. He sometimes receives assistance from a pair of (apparently) supernatural cohorts. I gave up on this book. At a little over 200 pages in, I realized that I had not developed any interest in whether the protagonists succeed. There was nothing compelling about the story, and since there was about 400 pages left to go, I tossed this aside. Nothing that the author ...more
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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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