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The Reapers

(Charlie Parker #7)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  6,331 ratings  ·  386 reviews
New York Times bestselling author John Connolly’s The Reapers , featuring private detective Charlie Parker, is now available from Encore. As a small boy, Louis witnesses an unspeakable crime that takes the life of a member of his small, southern community. He grows up and moves on, but he is forever changed by the cruel and brutal nature of the act. Now, years later, ...more
Published March 8th 2011 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published May 27th 2008)
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Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This copy is signed by John Connolly.
Aug 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
THE REAPERS is Book 7 in author John Connolly's "Charlie Parker" series. This book is a bit of a departure from the usual because Charlie Parker, himself, is side-lined for much of the novel. Instead, the focus is primarily upon Louis and his partner, Angel, fighting a battle from something in Louis' shadowed past.

". . . Cancer offers a better survival rate than crossing you . . . "

As usual, Connolly weaves a trail that wraps up all the threads perfectly in the end. With one of the best
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Number 8 in the Charlie Parker series and each book gets better than the one before. This one centres around Louis and Angel . Charlie only makes a token appearance but that does not matter at all. The reader discovers heaps about Louis's past and the reasons for him being the way he is. At the same time there is a fast paced, thrilling story plus some laugh out loud dialogue especially between Angel and Louis. John Connolly writes so well. His descriptions of the American way of life are ...more
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While not my favorite (what can I say, Charlie Parker is my guy), this was a heck of a cat and mouse chase. Back story galore on Charlie’s best dudes— Louis and Angel.

Lots of dots connected but in the end, just not enough Parker. But happy that there are plenty more left in the series...
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of my favorites so far!! It is almost only about Louis and Angel! Their backgrounds and how the moved forward from it!!! The reapers is a great name once you figure out what it actually means!! Charlie is more just their friend who comes when they are in need much like they are to him in every other book I’ve read!
aPriL does feral sometimes
In ‘The Reapers’, number 7 of the Charlie Parker mysteries, the reader is treated to a Louis and Angel story (‘The Detective’ Parker arrives late in the plot). Instead of the usual paranormal horror mystery in which Parker tends to become involved, this tale explains Louis’ backstory for half of the book in alternating chapters of flashbacks (view spoiler) with an entertaining black-ops thriller filling out the remainder of the book.

Louis is a man
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
2nd read - This time we see more of Louis and Angel, with Louis's time as a young man and his recruitment into "The Reapers", a clandestine organization that rents it's members out for killing jobs. Louis has left the group behind years ago, but is now targeted by persons unkown with a link to the Reapers, including his recruiter and mentor, Gabriel.

Parker, the detective, is seen only peripherally, with appearances by Jackie and the notorious Fulci brothers.

'Louis found it hard to understand who
Jun 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
John McDermott
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-him-danno
Excellent as always with the main focus on Louis and Angel. Consequently there are no supernatural shenanigans in The Reapers ; just a bunch of Assassins trying to blow each other away with as many bullets as possible. Smashing!
Meh, nothing there. Disappointed, didn't finish. No rating.
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
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
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Overall, this scored little better than a giant Meh. The characters were ok. The plot didn't stink. The pacing wasn't bad. All in all, not too bad, but not very good either.

One thing I have noticed about Angel and Louis. Connolly presents them as a gay couple, but basically--as far as the reader is concerned--they are asexual. I'm not on pins and needles wanting to learn all the gory details of gay sex, but these guys never even kiss! You see more going on with Cam and Mitch in Modern Family
Ms. Nikki
I liked the fact that Louis and his partner, Angel had to be rescued for once. The whole idea behind the Reapers was a good one and I enjoyed listening to this read.

May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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Yay for getting to know more about Louis!
It took way too long for Parker to make an entrance.
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 ...more
Alright, I don't have to contain my love in this one. So, first of all, can I marry Angel??? I can't even begin to describe how much I love that amazing guy... I know he would not want to marry me, but he's just sooo lovely and caring...
But let's talk about the novel: It is not one of Charlie's books. In fact, Charlie only appears at the end of it. This one is entirely for Louis and Angel.
I totally loved the background story for Louis' character. It shows how violence and hate can make a dent
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
This seventh book in author John Connolly's iconic Charlie "Bird" Parker series, "The Reapers", is probably my absolute favorite read of series to date. This mesmerizing tale has Charlie taking a secondary role in the plot as Louis is featured as it's main character. "The Reapers", gives us the first real window into the world of Louis and Angel. Connolly has teased some about the DNA of Louis and Angel in previous books, but here they are predominate and given full depth. Even though it was ...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 ...more
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: all-time-faves, pride
While reading the previous Charlie Parker books I became enamoured with Louis and Angel, close friends of the private detective who also happen to be an assassin and a thief in love with each other. So I was ecstatic to get a spin-off into their lives and away from Charlie's musings (I like him but he can be morose and self-pitying, though with good reason of course). It shows the complicated way Louis and Angel live their lives, and the people entrusted with them (not many). There's also Willie ...more
Keisha Smith
May 21, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pretty rare that you see an author take supporting characters and dedicate an entire book to them. John Connolly did it just that. Taking Louis and Angel and do a story about them especially about Louis's past before ever meeting Angel and Charlie Parker. Great storyline and so full of action and a side of humour.
Sep 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good read. I find myself liking Louis more than I did before. I was already attached to Angel. I found that out in the book he was kidnapped and tortured. I did miss Parker as he was only a small part in the story this time. And I felt the conclusion was rushed a bit. Still, can't wait to read the next one.
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one was all about Louis and Angel, with a lot of past history (that comes back in a vengeance - that started with Louis, what he experienced as a teenager) past horrors and past pains.
Connolly's prose is as dark as ever and very powerful. Creepy and disturbing, from one of the best thriller writers working today.
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved that this book was all about Angel & Louis. Not sure if I would still enjoy these stories without the Angel and Louis characters part in them. The close bond between the 3 is a great part of Charlie Parker's history.
Feb 08, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Another dreadful story of mayhem and violence. A death trap of bullets and murder. 1 of 10 stars
Alan Mills
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
While this is part of the Charlie Parker series, and Parker plays a key role, it is very different than the other books in the series. Parker is not the central character. Rather Connolly turns over the story to Parker's friends (sort of) Louis and Angel. We learn a lot about their back story, their friendship, and their lives. They occupy the vast bulk of the book, with Parker only arriving for the last few chapters--in a reversal of the usual order of things, they call in Parker for backup, ...more
This was a little ‘out the box’ for this series. It concentrates on Angel and Louis, and Louis early life. I really loved it.
Apr 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
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
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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 ...more

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