The Reapers (Charlie Parker, #7)
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The Reapers (Charlie Parker #7)

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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...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
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
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...more
Luis Anarte
¿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...more
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
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
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...more
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
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
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...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...more
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...more
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
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
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...more
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
I am becoming a huge Connolly fan. I liked the Charlie Parker books I've read, but this one with it's back story of Louis and Angel is even better than the others. Louis has been brought back into his past life as an assassin and he and Angel are trapped for a large portion of the novel in a rural area being chased by other killers. What happens and how it happens will keep you up nights!
Patrick Gibson
I had my doubts about this one. I liked ‘Bad Men’ but in this novel the author was still introducing characters on page 100. That’s all he was doing. A semblance of plot had yet to arise. Nor a sense of mystery or suspense. And the writing was tiresome. I’ll mark it as ‘read’ but I am giving up at page 155
Jason Mock
Don't bother. The author provides no real motivation for the reader to care about
what happens between these interchangeable characters, who, for the most part,
are given back stories only AFTER they've been killed in the non-sensical action in the
novel. NOt Connolly's best work.
Rebecca Smith
This was different to my normal reads, but I found the change more pleasant than usual. The book is well written with a brutally cold edge to the descriptions that chill to the bone. A perfect, cold thrill.
John Pearson
This was a pretty good book, but I was very impressed with the writing. Connolly has a way with words that makes me, as an author, feel somewhat inadequate. His prose is incredible.
This was a beautifully written book, as I believe all of John Connolly books are, at least the ones that I have read. It's one of my favorite series, The Charlie Parker series, and Connolly is constantly adding new layers to his already complex characters. I'm remiss to even call them characters as I feel that Charlie, Louis, and Angel are real people with real lives that I have gotten to know, at a distance, for some time now.

I was especially excited to read this book, as it focuses on Louis'...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
A slightly boring book with beautiful writing.

I bought this book 2 years ago without knowing anything about it. It was on sale for less than $2. When I finally opened the plastic cover, I realized that the book was from a detective series, The Reaper was the eighth book (if I am not mistaken, too lazy to check again). Fortunately, the book can be read without reading the previous series first (it wasn’t like Lord of the Rings)


As a small boy, Louis witnessed an unspeakable, racially motiva...more
I've always wondered about the back stories for Louis and Angel two prominent secondary characters in Connolly's Charlie Parker series.

The Reapers provides Louis back story is the premise of the novel. Louis is one of the reapers, assassins, who shall not be named, for fear they will materialize in front of you and preform their magic. Someone is hunting and targeting Louis's friends and businesses. Louis past is so traumatic, and the sins of his past are requiring retribution. Angel, Charlie an...more
Nov 25, 2008 Tripp rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like amoral thrillers
My mom gave me her copy of John Connolly the Reapers, saying she didn't finish as it was too dark and violent. Well, that was all I had to hear (OK, I also read a positive notice somewhere, maybe the NYT). The book centers on Louis, a retired assassin, who still feels rage from the lynching murder of his (probable) father. This is part of the effort to make this fairly nasty person, who after all killed whoever, women and children aside, his bosses required him to kill, sympathetic. If you find...more
I read this one out of sequence, but I found that it didn't really matter whether or not I'd read the others (I'd only read 'Every Dead Thing' prior to this).

This one focuses on Angel and Louis, a gay couple who work as assassins, who have previously been background characters in the Charlie Parker series. We find out how the borderline-psychopathic Louis came to this profession, how he met Angel, and the means by which they keep their activities under the FBI's radar. The plot follows the re-em...more
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