Unperfect Souls (Connor Grey, #4)
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Unperfect Souls (Connor Grey #4)

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In the Boston neighborhood known as the Weird, a decapitated body floats out of the sewer, and former Guild investigator Connor Grey uncovers a conspiracy that may bring down the city's most powerful elite. As the violence escalates, Connor is determined to stop it-with help from one of the most dangerous beings of Faerie. Even if it means unleashing the darkness that burn...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 26th 2010 by Ace
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Beanbag Love
This was really good. Possibly the best in the series. I have a few problems, like an ending that skirts darn close to deus ex machina, but they were forgivable.

There are some things left cooking. Some fantastic revelations and one important life hangs in the balance. Connor's issues confuse the heck out of me and I hope del Franco doesn't think we've reached any kind of understanding based on this. There was some new information, sure, but I'll decide whether or not it was enough after the nex...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
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Chris
3.5 stars. Shit hits the fan in Boston as Connor's mysterious dark power continues to be mysterious.
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Unperfect Souls picks up shortly after the evens of Samhain, where Connor permanently shut the veil between TirNaNog (Land of the Dead) and Bostom. He is also on the most wanted list by both the Unseele and Seelie Fae for being in the middle of too many public aware nightmares, including the creation of the Taint.

Of course, our boy Connor could care less what Maeve the Fairy Queen of the Seelie really thinks after she turned her back on the residents of Boston, and her own underQueen Ceridwen. T...more
Angela
With Unperfect Souls, the latest in the Connor Grey series, we're well and thoroughly into the action at this point. If you're new to the Connor Greys, this is not the book to start with.

Thanks to the events at the tail end of the last book (Unfallen Dead), the Dead of the fey no longer have access to Tir Na Nog--and now they're roaming free in the mortal world, and on the streets of the Weird in Boston. Having the Dead on the loose is nine kinds of trouble in a district already fraught with ten...more
Kati
I'm seriously in love with this series. Briggs' "Mercy Thompson", Huff's "Tony Foster" and Del Franco's "Connor Grey", my top three UF series!

I loved everybody in this book: Connor, Murdock, Joe and Shay, Eorla, Meryl, Briallen and Keeva. Even the hell hound was lovable! And we finally got some answers about the dark mass in Connor's head - and it was awesome! I was delighted to see Shay back - he's one of the cutest characters that I've ever encountered in a book and I think he would deserve a...more
Cathy
This is one of my favorite series. The world still feels very real; it's just solid and well-imagined and rings true on every level. The system of magic or fantasy is seamless. In addition, its a great story. Each book in the series stands as an individual mystery, in addition to the through-story of what happened to Connor years ago that damaged his ability to manipulate essence (magic). I really enjoy that there are enough layers to the story as established that it leave room for real change a...more
April Steenburgh
I am always depressed when I finish a book in this series- it means I now have to wait for more.

The Connor Grey books are a wonderful mix of CSI and urban fantasy. There is more of the police procedural than in many of the other urbans I read, and it gives the series a distinct sort of flavor.

The basic premise of the series revolves around Convergence, the result of a Faerie war that got out of hand and dumped Faerie into the modern human world. Neither human nor Fae are content with the result...more
Elizabeth (Book_Attict)
Okay, I did something with this book that I NEVER do…

I read the fourth book in a series first…

I couldn’t help it. I picked up the book on impulse, books 1-3 weren’t available, and the book description was just too much to resist.

I was resigned to the fact that I was probably going to have to work to read this book, spending the entire time playing “catch-up” on all the world-building and plot lines I missed in the first 3 books. I was wrong. This book captured me, had me totally immersed in the...more
Michael
It's not often I feel the need to weigh in with words on a book but this series, and this book in particular are just too good not to. I've been following Mark Del Franco since his first Connor Grey book in 2007 and since then it has only gotten better.

Now to start with this one, the city is in a pretty rough state when the book opens. After the turbulence in the last book, Unfallen Dead fae and human relations are at an all time low. And things don't seem to be looking up. The Murdock family d...more
James
*enter cheesy grin* That was fantastic. Absolutely bloomin amazing! I will admit, it did start off a bit wobbly, but boy did it pick up; from 5mph to mach 100000 in literally pages. This book took off and entertained me in a way that I wasn't sure it could. An easy Five Stars.

The plot... well, I never like discussing the plot as it's kinda a big give-away. But suffice to say that this book is like the accumulation of all that pent up tension that has been building in the series; an explosion of...more
Christine (AR)
Fantastic, blah blah, favorite urban fantasy series, etc., etc., omg, next book, next book. My typical Del Franco review.

So let's talk casting. I think I have to go with Alex O'Loughlin of Moonlight and more recently Hawaii Five-0 fame as Connor. He's got the hair, he's tortured, he's a grown-up who usually plays a grown-up... I think he's perfect. Meryl's kind of tough; I think she's supposed to be like Abby on NCIS but that seems too much of a gimme. Maybe Alyson Hannigan? Evil Willow was cool...more
Ami
4.5 stars
This series is just getting better and better and now I'm semi-depressed because I have to wait for book #5, whenever it is. I think this one is my favorite so far, because a couple of characters that appear in the previous books return, most especially Shay, that cute young kid from book #1. There is also a new character introduce, in form of a hellhound named Uno (just out of the topic, but it seems I encounter hellhound in three different UF series *grin*) and one of The Dead, simply...more
Carol. [All cynic, all the time]
Del Franco gets better with each Connor Grey novel. The underlying mysteries centers around increasing fae versus Dead fae, who were recently locked out of their realm due to actions in the previous novel. Questions surround the politics of such acts, and if they are related to the taint, human-fae politics, and the darkness in Connor's own head.

I find I have to read Del Franco's Grey novels closely if I want to understand the events and the complexity of the world he has imagined; no skimming...more
Joseph Teller
Fourth of the Conner Grey novels, this one picks up days before the Solstice that followed the events of the previous books Sam Hain.

Secrets are revealed, politics are played, the games of the great and deceptions going on for years all come to a head as the Dead of Tir Na Nog and the Solitaires of the Weird wage a war upon each other as each is manipulated by the Consortium, the Guild, the Humans and the Wheel.

Conner finds out painful truths about the darkness in his head, and the city falters...more
♦Jennifer♦
I won this from first reads

The black mass in Connor Grey's head is getting bigger and hungrier for the essence of other fae, and it's eerily similar to that of a leanansidhe. Which is not the sort of thing that Connor wants to hear. And on top of all of that Murdock's father is putting the Weird under lock down, and the taint is still making everyone violent. Add to that a woman claiming to be an old lover of Connor's, and you've got yourself one hell of a good read.

I find this series to be con...more
Barbara
This series just keep getting better and better. Poor Connor Grey! and now he's been adopted by a Hellhound--and that's the good news. The Guild wants to throw him their jail and the human police aren't too happy with him either. Enter a woman from his past to really stir things up. Oh, and let's not forget the very unhappy Dead, who were stuck in Boston as a result of the events of Halloween/Samhain just past. And did I mention the blizzard?
Plea to Ace Books--please do not cancel the author's c...more
Robert Brown
Can a so-called investigator be any more clueless? This is written in first person, so everything the protagonist knows, we know. This is the 4th book I've read in the series, and they all have some things in common:

1) The protagonist is supposed to be a former hot-shot investigator. But, he is so clueless, the reader figures things out CHAPTERS ahead of the character.

2) The stories are good. They are interesting, and the "world" is intriguing.

3) You, the reader, will understand the plot and whe...more
4fabfelines Cox
Connor Grey is on the investigation again with his friend Murdock. They have a series of murders but these people are already dead.. reanimated dead. They have their heads seperated from their bodies so they cannot regenerate in the morning.
Why is the Weird getting weirder and who is the soul sucker that has affinity for Connor and calls him brother. Can he talk to her and get answers for the darkness in his mind.
Why is his friend Shay being followed by a Hell Hound
Hali Sowle
Another solid outing by Mark Del Franco. Connor has problems that just aren't getting any better. The mass in his head is growing and no one can give him any hope. His relations with the Guild are worse than ever, the Police Commissioner of Boston seems to be doing deals with Fey that he despises and the Taint hasn't gone away. Add the Dead to the mix and the Weird is a powder keg just waiting to explode and of course Connor is in the middle of it.
Jeff Young
The secrets all come out to play in the fourth book of Connor Grey and the Weird and the Wheel of the World may never be the same. Then Dead, the solitaries, the Guild and the Consortium are all headed for an explosion and your favorite druid is the match to light of the powder keg. Best one yet.
Mei
It's been a while since I read the first three Connor Grey books, so i had to be reminded a little of what had happened in the last one. A few (or more than a few) gentle nudges from the author helped, although I also (due to my contrary nature) found them a little bit annoying, almost as if we had to be reminded of what had gone before several times over in case we forgot (again). Anyway, it's very hard to know where to go when the last book finished on the apocalyptic-world-as-you-know-it-is-c...more
A.M.
The Dead who came through the veil in the last book cannot get back to the world of the dead after Connor tore the veil apart. They and the solitary fae are at war over turf in the Weird. The only way to kill a Dead is to separate their head from their body otherwise they just wake up again the next dawn; still dead but re-animated.
The undead confuse Murdock’s Catholic faith. His new strength is reaching dangerous levels. He can tussle with a drunken dwarf. Something Connor admits he couldn’t do...more
Kathleen Burket
Absolutely awesome!!! Each book in this series starts off immediately after the last book stopped and draws heavily on events in previous books. I would strongly recommend that the books be read in order. Additionaly I would recommend that Skin Deep, Laura Blackstone, Book 1, be read between Unfallen Dead Connor Grey, Book 3, and Unperfect Souls, Connor Grey, Book 4. The first Laura Blackstone book introduces a jotunn, a merrow, and most importantly, a leanansidhe. A member of each of these magi...more
***Dave Hill
Del Franco has the fantasy noir schtick down: dark, depressing, tortured, a sullied knight fighting dishonor and personal conflicts yet still trying to do what's right. Connor Grey, crippled druid living in the increasingly isolated fae ghetto of Boston, is caught between hostile human authorities and the two great fae factions, as well as hunting down the terrorist who destroyed his power.

And, through it all, and the cynicism, he tries to protect his friends as well as the citizenry. And, in be...more
Anita
This is book 4 in a detective urban fantasy series (Connor Grey). It's a good choice for those suffering from Dresden Files withdrawl between books. It's not a blow-you-away-amazing series, but it's consistently well written and interesting. I keep coming back to it and am please every time.

In this one, Connor's neighborhood has become even more violent after the problems in the last couple books. There are undead people roaming the streets killing solitary fey, egged on by the magical clouds of...more
Kristin
Easily 4.5 stars.

In Unperfect Souls, the usual suspects, Joe, Keeva, Eorla, Briallen, Tibbet and the Guild’s Chief Archivist and Connor’s girlfriend Meryl Dian are back, as is a great character that we haven’t really seen since the first book. The Dead (dead people who can reanimate if they are killed who crossed over from TirNaNog after the battle at the end of the last book) are playing a prominent role in this installment. New characters, including a mysterious figure named the Hound, a Hellh...more
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The Connor Grey Series by Mark Del Franco is about a druid who lives in Boston and helps the cops solve those cases involving the supernatural and the Fey.

Hands up anyone who is thinking of Harry Dresden?

I know the similarities are the reason I picked the first novel in this series initially, but The Dresden Files have faltered for me in recent novels (I haven’t read anything since “Turncoat” and considering the blurbs on releases after, I don’t...more
Jaime
I enjoyed the first two books of this series, but it was the third that made it a must read for me. It had action, adventure, intrigue and some interesting and surprising revelations. Unfortunately, this book dropped the ball and gave up most of the momentum built in the last book. Politics. That pretty much sums up the plotline in a nutshell.

The story started out good, with a mystery and a dead body (like usual). One of the Dead from TirNaNog is found decapitated. He's literally a dead Dead guy...more
Kathy Davie
Fourth in the Connor Grey urban fantasy series set in Boston and revolving around a powered-down Druid getting disability checks from the Guild.

My Take
I have really grown to enjoy Connor Grey. We all like underdogs and Franco has given his champion an interesting twist. An arrogant, powerful man brought low who is learning how the other half lives and is treated.

Connor is discovering quite a bit about himself that he dislikes and he's turning it to the good. Along the way, he's finding people,...more
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Mark is the author of the adult urban fantasy Connor Grey books. The best order to read the series is:

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“Um . . . guys? If I, say, noticed a crack in a wall in a tunnel and a cold, creepy draft came out of it and it smelled like three-day-old lasagna, would you, um, want to know about that?”
Murdock and I exchanged glances. “You invited him,” I said.
“Show us the crack, Joe,” Murdock said.
Joe turned around and lowered his loincloth.”
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