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Dark Hollow by John Connolly
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The story begins with a double cross. Two members of Tony Calli's gang meet with four Cambodians. The purpose is to receive two million dollars ransom for a Cambodian college student they kidnapped. When the mobsters get the money they kill the Cambodians but then someone shoots the mobsters and takes the money.

Charlie "Bird" Parker a former NYPD who left the department after his wife and daughter were killed, now has his PI license. He does a favor for Rita Purdue. He finds her former husband, Billy, and gets him to pay for some of the support and alimony that was due.

Unfortunately, some of the money was in new bills in the same denomination as was stolen a few days earlier.

This sets forces against Billy. Calli's gang, two independent killers and someone else, now enter the picture in order to find Billy and get the money. If there is killing or torture, these people don't mind doing it.

Charlie hears of this and tries to find Billy to warn him.

John Connolly seems to be influenced by the early work of Stephen King. Connolly's good characters are sympathetic while his evil characters are, sometimes, terrifying.

There is suspense throughout the book, with some pauses for humor and backstory. Overall, an entertaining read.

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