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Every Dead Thing by John Connolly
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Apr 01, 2012

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Read from March 30 to April 01, 2012

It took me a few chapters to really get into this book, but once I did it was near impossible to set it down. John Connolly has a way of building tension that is almost palpable and of describing details so that every scene is vividly painted in your mind. Charlie "Bird" Parker, the lead character, is more of an antihero with lots of issues than a true hero, but likable all the same. The bad guys are evil, intelligent, and overly sadistic examples of everything that can go wrong with being human. The supporting characters are fully fleshed out and believable, if a bit too willing to give a helping hand. Every Dead Thing reads like Connolly actually intended to write several separate novels but was compelled to condense them into one. There are intertwining plots that seem confusing at first but do tie together nicely in the end, which is somewhat predictable if you were paying attention. This is a mystery thriller that despite the many cliches to other similar detective novels is still a hell of a good read.
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