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The Killing Kind (Charlie Parker #3)

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His two previous novels, Every Dead Thing and Dark Hollow, were international bestsellers. Now the "compulsively readable" (Publishers Weekly) John Connolly confirms his position as one of our leading crime novelists with a story of superb menace and style.
The body of Grace Peltier, a brilliant Ph.D. candidate, is found in the front seat of her car on a back road in nort
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ebook, 384 pages
Published September 13th 2002 by Atria Books (first published 2001)
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Dirk Grobbelaar
I think [he] saw certain acts of violence and cruelty and wondered if there were some deeds that were beyond even the potential of human beings to commit; if there were creatures both more and less than human who preyed upon us.
They were the violent ones, the dark angels.


This is the third novel in the Charlie Parker thriller series. And it’s a corker. John Connolly writes beautifully and the dark subject matter appeals to me, so I was always going to like this series, but goodness gracious it’s
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Camille Stein


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Existen personas cuya mirada debe eludirse, cuya atención no debe atraerse. Son criaturas extrañas, parásitos, almas extraviadas que pretenden salvar el abismo y establecer un contacto fatal con el flujo cálido y continuo de la humanidad. Viven en el dolor y su único cometido es infligir ese dolor a los demás. Un vistazo fortuito, la momentánea persistencia de una mirada, basta para darles la excusa que buscan. A veces e
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Brandon
The disappearance of a religious community in Maine had long since been the subject of controversy. It wasn’t until recently that the discovery of a mass grave containing those that had vanished all those years ago that the state began to get some answers. Shortly after it’s discovery, Detective Charlie Parker reluctantly becomes involved in the search for those responsible for the slaughter. Can Charlie uncover the truth behind the murders or will his connection with the afterlife ultimately le ...more
Bandit
I believe that the true definition of courage is being afraid of something and doing it anyway. Charlie Parker feels fear and compassion and anger and remorse and goes forward anyway and it sets him apart and above any other private investigator/detective/etc. I've ever read about. He's more like a superhero, a dark avenger who refuses to stand by and let others suffer, who will do all within his power to right the wrongs and bring the guilty to justice. I love this character and immensely enjoy ...more
Chris
These books just keep getting better. Nastiest villain so far. And I do mean naaasty and his hit man is the stuff of nightmares. If you find spiders to be unsettling, you are really in for a treat. I found myself brushing imaginary webs off my arms during this one several times. Parker and his friends Angel and Louis may be over their heads in this one as they go up against a well connected ostensibly religious cult that uses murder as one of its main ways of keeping its power base in line.

I fou
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Kimberly
How do you review a book this astoundingly good? There wasn't anything here that I could say I didn't honestly love about this book. John Connolly has it all from characterization, emotional turmoil, physical trauma, and electrifying atmosphere. I've already purchased the next book in this series, and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.

A MUST-READ--HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!
Stefan
I started The Killing Kind almost immediately after finishing Dark Hollow. I had intended to read a different book but had to see what Charlie Parker would encounter next.
Karensi
John Connolly should be congratulated. He managed to create a phobia where previously there was none. Never again will I look at a spider in quite the same light. Powerful writing Mr Connolly. To be fair it was more the people behind the spiders than the poor spiders but still, I might not be the first to volunteer to take them outside.

Another great book the Charlie Parker series. Feel like I missed out a little though. There is almost a two year gap between the events of this and the previous n
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Victoria
Original Review: Well, John Connolly managed to more than reclaim the magic. This third book of the Charlie Parker series is just fantastic! I loved this one as much as the first two of his books that I have read. In fact, certain scenes were even more powerful in this book than in any of the others. I'm very glad that this one turned out to be an autographed copy. Of course, the use of spiders managed to particularly frighten me. It was a very horrifying book, that may be a little much for some ...more
Marialyce
I am "in love" with Mr Connelly's writing. "This is a Honeycomb World. It hides a hollow heart." This novel, the third in the Charlie Parker series was frightening and scary as the spiders who kept on invading the story. This is the stuff of nightmares especially for those of us who fear those eight legged creatures and things that crawl along the ground, humans included.

In this story, Mr Parker goes up against a religious cult and the leaders of the cult are enough to make one rethink their con
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Marc-Antoine
Wow, now I need to add John Conolly to my must reads, love the main character, loved the story.
Scott Rhee
Don't read "The Killing Kind" if you have an aversion to spiders. Seriously. This book will make you itch and squirm and just plain freak out with the thought of eight-legged killers crawling all over you. John Connolly's third novel to feature his private eye, Charlie Parker, also introduces us to one of the most loathsome and creepy serial killers I have ever encountered, Mr. Pudd. Mr. Pudd loves spiders, especially black widows and brown recluses, both of which happen to be highly poisonous. ...more
Mark
Jul 12, 2014 Mark rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: To people not scared of spiders (you probably will be wary after this book.)
Recommended to Mark by: My experience with Mr. Connolly
This is the one book of John Connolly in series about Chalie Parker I had not read. The reason being simply that I had bought all other books in Hardcover version and this one was not available in HC. When I found an edition online and ordered the book it turned out to be a paperback the seller returned my money and wanted me to keep the PB copy as postage would mean a loss for him.

What can I say about this early CP novel that has not been mentioned in other reviews that are well written imho, n
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William M.
2 AND 1/2 STARS.

I'm not sure why this book was nominated for the Bram Stoker award. It's not scary or very horrific at all (with the exception of two or three scenes). The book is solidly written, but the story moves along like a TV movie-of-the-week, from one clue to another -- none of which is very believable. The coincidences and connections seem to easy and unrealistic, as if Mr. Connolly is struggling to connect the pieces of the story together. The story does moves rather quickly, but seem
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Janebbooks
Once upon a time....in the Northern woods of Maine USA...

"In April, 1963, a group of four families left their homes on the eastern seaboard and journeyed north...for two hundred miles... to an area of land close by the town of Eagle Lake, twenty miles south of the border between New Brunswick and Maine. ...The Aroostock Baptists arrived in Eagle Lake on April 15, 1963. By January 1964, the settlement had been abandoned. No trace of the founding families...was ever found again."

So writes Grace Pe
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Michael Hall
Thrilling, engrossing, and sometimes creepy the third Charlie Parker novel from John Connolly pulls together everything he has learned in writing the first two and hits his stride perfectly. This one had much faster pacing while keeping the suspense at maximum at all times. Charlie seems to finally be coming to grips with the murders of his wife and daughter, and seems more in tune, if not accepting, with his ability to see the "ghosts" of the departed. Instead of mere revenge for those who have ...more
Lynn
One of the bad guys in this book kills people with spiders. Spiders. And he's just ONE of the bad guys. This series is so good, and so often so creepy, that it stays with me. And gives me the creepy crawlies. If you're going to read these, start from the beginning. I'm rereading them and they are just as good, perhaps better, the second time around. You'll be glad you started down Charlie Parker's dark road. Just be prepared for some creepiness....
LeAnn
I am a lover of horror films and thrilling novels, none of which have EVER given me nightmares. This book, however, honestly haunted my dreams. The incredible detail that Connolly uses puts vivid pictures in your head that last hours after putting the book down.

This was my first Connolly book, and I absolutely loved it. Although I realized after a few chapters that I was coming into the middle of an ongoing series of books, I was easily able to grasp what was happening and didn't feel left out a
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Sandy
I loved this! I picked it up not knowing it was actually the third in the series. While references were made to what had happened previously, I never felt lost. I thought it was extremely well written and a very clever genre mash-up. I never expected a P.I. murder mystery thriller to be so eloquently put together, for the bad guy to be so truly creepy, for the subtle supernatural slides to be so effortless--for both the development of the character and for my cynical imagination. What more could ...more
Alessandra
Se ha creado un nuevo espacio en mi interior para éste escritor de novela negra. Moviéndose al fondo que hay lugar!!! La cantidad de personajes que van apareciendo hace pensar en hilos sueltos. Pero luego cada historia se va enlazando con otra hasta formar una gran tela de araña (parte de la trama del libro).
J.D.
John Connolly's tormented PI Charlie "Bird" Parker returns, this time trying to track down the answer to what really happened to a young girl who died while researching a group of religious extremists. As he delves deeper into the mystery he encounters not one, not two, but three of the type of grotesque, terrifying, almost supernaturally evil villains that Connolly writes so well.

There were sections of this book that literally had my heart pounding in my chest with terror. The rest of it is en
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Eve Nolon
I liked this one best out of the three that I've finished so far (I'm still listening to #10 since I have it on audiobook and the writing is so much better), and it would have rated four stars except for (view spoiler) ...more
María I.
El hallazgo fortuito de una fosa común, a orillas de un lago en el norte de Maine, pone al descubierto un espeluznante asesinato en masa cometido hace más de treinta años. Todos los miembros de una comunidad religiosa, los Baptistas de Aroostook, desaparecieron sin dejar rastro en 1964, y, ahora que sus cadáveres han vuelto al presente como una muda acusación, alguien parece muy interesado en que el misterio quede sin resolver. Pero el pasado regresa con inusitada brutalidad. La primera víctima ...more
Stephen Smith
I have read all the Parker books right up to the wrath of angels and was fortunate enough to me the man himself (John Connolly) but must admit the killing kind is my favourite of the lot! Mr Pudd is damn scary and Connolly reels you right in before giving both barrels!! Highly recommend!!!
Jason Reeser
This was pretty good. A bit raw in places, but in kept me interested. A bit heavy handed in the descriptions. I always think that if the story is in first person it should be natural. Most people don't describe things in this much detail. But I'm just nit-picking. A nice mystery.
Bev
I like John Connelly's books. His writing gets better and better, although it's the aspects and characters in his stories that make his tales so compelling. But his stories are gruesome and his protagonist, Charlie Parker, seems to stumble upon the worst imaginable, both in the real world and the supernatural one. There's a warning. This book contains a lot of arachnids who, through no real fault of their own, are used in unimaginable ways to torture and kill. Yes, some scenes made my skin crawl ...more
Rachel
Hands down the scariest book I've EVER read.... I still(years later) occasionally have nightmares brought on by scenes that reached right off the page and into my psyche!
Luca Lesi
Ci sono risorse oscure in ognuno di noi, un bacino di dolore e sofferenza e rabbia da cui possiamo pescare quando se ne presenta la necessità. Molti di noi vi devono attingere soltanto di rado, in alcuni casi mai. E' così che dovrebbe essere , perché attingervi costa caro, e ogni volta che lo fai perdi una parte di te stesso, una piccola parte di ciò che hai di buono, di onorevole, di rispettabile.
Ogni volta che vengono usate queste risorse è necessario andare a pescare più in basso, più a fond
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Andy
Genuinely creepy. The atmosphere that John Connolly generates is menacing! Bad bad baddies plenty of gore but also humour. Makes your skin crawl at times. Brilliant!
Toni
John Connolly successfully marries suspense with supernatural for spine-tingling stories. One of the best authors at developing characters. Not for the easily spooked!
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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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“There is a dark resource within all of us, a reservoir of hurt and pain and anger upon which we can draw when the need arises. Most of us rarely, if ever, have to delve too deeply into it. That is as it should be, because dipping into it costs and you lose a little of yourself each time, a small part of all that is good and honorable and decent about you. Each time you use it you have to go a little deeper, a little further down into the blackness. Strange creatures move through its depths, illuminated by a burning light from within and fueled only by the desire to survive and to kill. The danger in diving into that pool, in drinking from that dark water, is that one day you may submerge yourself so deeply that you can never find the surface again. Give in to it and you're lost forever.” 17 likes
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