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They are the Reapers, the elite among killers. Men so terrifying that their names are mentioned only in whispers. The assassin Louis is one of them. But now Louis and his partner, Angel, are themselves targets - and there is no shortage of suspects.
Unknown Binding, 453 pages
Published May 14th 2008 (first published 2008)
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Apr 24, 2013 Brandon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People looking for easy reads, fans of never ending series
I doubt that Connolly ever had the idea that he would do an entire book dedicated to Louis and Angel. That being said, I had hoped early on that this book would eventually exist.

In The Reapers, long time associates of Charlie Parker, Louis and Angel, get their own novel. Louis and Angel have recently fallen into the cross hairs of a rival long thought dead. A former colleague of Louis, Bliss, has returned to seek his vengeance against those who brutally disfigured him, leaving him for dead years
Number 8 in the Charlie Parker series and each book gets better than the one before. This one centres around Louis and Angel . Charlie only makes a token appearance but that does not matter at all. The reader discovers heaps about Louis's past and the reasons for him being the way he is. At the same time there is a fast paced, thrilling story plus some laugh out loud dialogue especially between Angel and Louis. John Connolly writes so well. His descriptions of the American way of life are master ...more
Tim Niland
This is a book in John Connolly's Charlie Parker series, but ostensibly it is really the story of Louis, Parker's enigmatic friend and colleague. When he was a young man, Louis witnessed a horrible race related hate crime, and then committed a crime of his own by avenging the death of his mother. Louis' mixture of intelligence and ruthlessness brings him to the attention to a man named named Gabriel who ran an elite group of contract killers called The Reapers. During his years as a contract kil ...more
Another excellent entry into what is quite possibly the best detective series out there. This time Connolly lets Charlie Parker take a back seat with Louis and Angel as the driving force. The reader gets a deeper insight into Louis' upbringing and things that made him the killer with occasional sparks of conscience that he became. The book also works as a fine meditation on the nature of evil and/or violence and on the effects it has on the innocent and not so innocent bystanders. The adversarie ...more
Scott Rhee
"The Reapers" is a slight departure for John Connolly, whose main protagonist, Charlie Parker, P.I., takes a backseat in this one in order to showcase one of Parker's enigmatic partners, Louis, a tough Southern black killer-for-hire.

Louis (pronounced "Loo-ee", like the French King) is a fascinating character, for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that he is gay. He's actually part of a two-man crew of hired killers. His lover, Angel, is also a hit-man. They met and fell in love in
THE REAPERS (Susp-Angel / Louis-Cont) - Poor
Connolly, John – 7th in series
Hodder & Stoughton, 2008, UK Hardcover – ISBN: 9780340936658

First Sentence: Sometimes Louis dreams of the Burning Man.

Louis and Angel are killers; accustomed to being the hunters. Now they find they are the hunted and the targets of a fellow hitman named Bliss.

I was a huge fan of Connolly’s earlier books. Unfortunately, his style seems to have changed and the elements I one loved have been lost, particularly the lyrica
Luis A. Vidorreta
¿Hola?. ¿Charlie Parker, estás por ahí? Siento decirte que no se te ha echado nada de menos en este libro de John Connolly aunque tengamos que incluirlo dentro de tu serie.
Cuando creías haberle pillado el tranquillo al amigo Connolly te sale con una novela protagonizada por Angel Y Louis donde ahonda en el pasado del asesino y el ladrón. Se trata de dos personajes que me chirriaron en la primera novela. Me parecían metidos con calzador y demasiados extravagantes como para encajar en una historia
Vamos a dejar una cosa clara: John Connolly es el mejor escritor actual de novela negra. Escribe como los ángeles, pero eso sí, te ha de gustar la temática policiaco-detectivesca. Este es el séptimo libro de la serie de Charlie Parker, aunque hay que decir que son de lectura independiente. En él toman protagonismo dos de los compañeros de Parker, y es genial porque profundiza en sus historias personales, algo que en el resto de libros únicamente se hacía mención por encima.

Esta vez a quien le pe
Inti Ruiz cruz
Un libro muy gratificante para los lectores de la saga, y para los que no, pues con los elementos que posee puede leerse completamente independiente aunque no se disfrutaría al máximo, sobre todo la inclusión secundaria de Charlie Parker, que resulta una delicia. Además con una de las mejores secuencias de acción que he leído. Título imprescindible y muy recomendable.

El libro está muy bien llevado, aclara muchas dudas sobre el origen y mente de Louis, el cual junto con Ángel, terminan por desech
Rob Kitchin
John Connolly’s writing flows along like a lyrical river; his narrative structure is excellent, tugging the reader from one sentence to the next. That said, whilst I like Connolly’s books - and this was no exception - The Reapers wasn’t in the same league as some of the other books in the series. The problem for me is that book is effectively the back story to Louis and Angel, the friends of his regular main character Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker – the former police detective who mourns the savage deat ...more
This one was all about Louis and Angel, with a lot of past history (that comes back in a vengeance - that started with Louis, what he experienced as a teenager) past horrors and past pains.
Connolly's prose is as dark as ever and very powerful. Creepy and disturbing, from one of the best thriller writers working today.
Keisha Smith
As a faithful reader of the Charlie Parker series, I really appreciated the shift in perspective. Parker becomes a side character as we peel back the outer shell of his friend, the mysterious, lethal Louis. Connolly's books are punctuated by violence and cruelty (I enjoy it, I sheepishly admit), but above all, he's a very psychological writer. Despite the page-turning action and the vivid killings, what you really remember about this book are the many layers of Louis' complex character and the c ...more
Alright, I don't have to contain my love in this one. So, first of all, can I marry Angel??? I can't even begin to describe how much I love that amazing guy... I know he would not want to marry me, but he's just sooo lovely and caring...
But let's talk about the novel: It is not one of Charlie's books. In fact, Charlie only appears at the end of it. This one is entirely for Louis and Angel.
I totally loved the background story for Louis' character. It shows how violence and hate can make a dent
Julia Elena de La Fuente Caussin
Luego de leer siete libros con Charly Parker narrando las historias en primera persona, me ha gustado este nuevo enfoque donde los personajes centrales pasan a ser Ángel y Louis, dejando a Charly ser descrito desde fuera..."siempre que pasaba un rato con él acudían a su memoria iglesias e incienso, homilías erizadas de amenazas de fuego eterno y condenación (...) En ese hombre se advertía una insinuación de la noche. (...) El detective no ofrecía un aspecto muy amenazador, no a primera vista. (. ...more
Nina Ivanova
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Мда, ще трябва да започна може би както всички - това е най-слабата книга на Конъли, която съм чела, може би с изключение на една от "Нощните приказки".
Случаят, с който нашите момчета се занимават е средна стока - става за редовия средностатистически трилър. Архизлодеят е гаден - да, гнусен - определено, жесток - дума няма, но поставите ли го до всеки един от другите антагонист от книгите за Паркър, ще е все едно да турите Ам-гъл до С
This is a strange, and strangely unsatisfying, addition to the so-called “Charlie Parker” series. (Actually, Parker barely appears in this novel.) Connolly dedicates this entry to a focus on Angel and Louis—and the result is a bit of a hack job. There’s so much 10-cent psychology here—so much interior dialogue from within the dark and twisted minds of sinister master criminals who’ve risen to the pinnacle of their careers because they are pure, they are beyond pain, they have dominated their emo ...more
Бранимир Събев
Сигурно най-слабата книга, която съм чел от любимия си автор. В случая, няма за какво да обвинявам издателство Прозорец - с изключение може би за леко незапомнящата се с нищо корица и заради факта, че смениха оформлението на книгите на Конъли. Старото оформление си беше къде-къде. Сега, друг е въпросът, че слаба книга на Джон Конъли означа средностатистически, може би тук-таме посредствен и клиширан трилър, но като цяло става за четене. Ала е далеч, много далеч от шедьоври като "Нощни приказки", ...more
Shaun Ryan
This my second Connolly read, the first being The Book of Lost Things, which I found delightfully dark and yet imbued with a sense of hope. Connolly showed me that he could take multiple classic fable mythos, intertwine them, and make them his own.

With The Reapers the author immersed me in a world I love; the borderlands between what's right and what's legal. This is a theme I never tire of exploring, and if the same is true for you, be assured that in journeying with John Connolly, you're in th
Tamora Pierce
Rather than focus on Parker, this book concentrates instead on Louis and Angel and the peculiar web of protections and allies Louis has built to supply them, house them, and keep them safe. They all stem from his past as a hired assassin, trained up from boyhood by the man Gabriel as a Reaper, the best of killers hired for money. Now Louis' past is coming to kill him and Angel in the shape of Bliss, a turncoat who Louis left for dead 10 years ago. Bliss is luring him into a trap and doesn't care ...more
I had to put this book down about 200 pages in; I may return to it one of these days.

After reading The Book of Lost Things and The Gates by Connolly, I decided to try out one of his thriller books, expecting to find the same quality of writing. This book--which is something like #8 in his thriller series--disappointed me.

There's nothing obviously bad about the book. It's just ... boring. I found myself wondering if Connolly was just pressed for time and shit this book out to make a deadline. Lot
LD  Durham
This was fun. Dark, intense, intricate, but fun. I picked this book up on a whim, and didn't realize it was the 7th in a series. Lucky me, it was more of a side story within the series, so I had no real issues with reading this book. In fact, it just made me hungry for more info on both the main characters of The Reapers, and the star of the series itself, Charlie Parker.

What I liked most, I think, was the way the author wrote. He has a very lyrical way of drawing pictures for the reader. I also
The Reapers, though part of the Charlie Parker series, isn't really about Charlie. Instead, it's Louis's tale. Louis and his partner, in all senses of the word, Angel, are highly skilled hit men who generally support Parker in these books. Angel will kill if necessary, but, he realizes, there's something very dark inside Louis that makes killing a necessity for him. But as this story opens, Louis has grown weary of his dangerous and violent lifestyle, and is attempting to stop killing and start ...more
I liked Dark Hollow and I thought The Reapers would make for some good back story and continuation for some of the characters. The author goes to great lengths in exhausting an unwarranted depository of descriptive illustrations for ambient and inanimate matters that do nothing whatsoever for the story's sake. (Men are stalking one another across rural farmland: Do I want to know that it's raining and the sky is dark? Yes, of course. Do I want to know what the clouds are shaped like and what tho ...more
Another good read. I find myself liking Louis more than I did before. I was already attached to Angel. I found that out in the book he was kidnapped and tortured. I did miss Parker as he was only a small part in the story this time. And I felt the conclusion was rushed a bit. Still, can't wait to read the next one.
Author Annette Dunlea
John Connolly is a great literary crime writer. His latest novel The Reapers is an excellent fast paced novel. It has a great plot and is action packed, a real page turner. It has 544 pages long of excitement and is published by Hodder. Its ISBN is 034093668 and it is now in paperback. It’s cover announces “blood will follow” and in the chain of murders that follows it certainly does. In this book there are three main protagonists : Parker, Angel and Louis. The Reapers are elite killers and the ...more
Loved that this book was all about Angel & Louis. Not sure if I would still enjoy these stories without the Angel and Louis characters part in them. The close bond between the 3 is a great part of Charlie Parker's history.
Julie Kellner
Another great instalment from what has to be one of the best detective series I have ever read. This time focusing on Angel & Louis, with Parker taking a back seat. A truly thrilling read
Wow, this was a pleasant a violent, noir, killer kind of way. My first Connally, The Reapers: A Thriller gets 4 Stars for breaking the typical thriller mold. I never would have believed I would be interested in and care what happened to a pair of gay, partnered-for-life, stone-cold, ruthless killers. But I did. A well-written tale of revenge, loyalty, friendship, duty. I will have to go investigate the 6 previous novels in the series.
This is the seventh book in the Charlie Parker series, although Charlie plays only a small role in The Reapers - joining the story near its conclusion. Rather his two NY based unofficial "partners" - Angel and Louis - are the "stars" - with Louis taking "Top Billing". Angel and Louis are "bad guys", who since meeting Charley - and in this author's hands - fight the good fight - with any and all means justifying the end. And for those of you familiar with the series, the "ends" can be very violen ...more
T.S. Hottle
Although this is an entry in Connolly's Charlie Parker series, it is really about one of the killers who helps Parker out. Louis lost his father to a southern lynch mob and his mother to an abusive boyfriend. The former stoked a rage within Louis that he learned to control. The latter taught him patience and finesse in getting his revenge on his mother's killer.

Years later, Louis and his lover and colleague Angel live in New York, stepping back into the life only when Parker needs them. But ano
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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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