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Dark Hollow

(Charlie Parker #2)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  9,942 ratings  ·  509 reviews
Dark Hollow is a masterful second novel from a young Irish writer whose storytelling skills were established with Every Dead Thing. Now his fiery, ingenious detective, Charlie Bird Parker, returns to uncover a legacy of evil that has haunted Maine citizens for decades.
Paperback, 528 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by Pocket Books (first published 2000)
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Nov 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, multi-culti
I ordered this from the library with ambivalence; though I enjoy Connolly's writing, I didn't find the first book of the Charlie Parker series particularly enjoyable (body count was a little high for me). However, book 8, The Lovers, was engrossing and well done, so I thought it was worth finding out more about Parker's timeline. Also, his Samuel Jackson series is excellent. I found a rather solid mystery-thriller, peppered with the descriptive passages I've come to love.

The plot centers around
John Culuris
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-shelf, 5-star
In Charlie Parker’s debut, Every Dead Thing, John Connolly introduced a protagonist who had already fallen from grace; a New York City police detective, he was getting drunk in a bar as his wife and young daughter were being brutally murdered. With absolutely no progress made on the case in the months that follow, he falls further, as evidenced in part by his resignation. Only in taking on a different case privately do details emerge that lead to the dead-of-night serial killer that took his fam ...more
mark monday
Jul 20, 2014 rated it liked it
every book starts out as a three-star book for me. I am hopeful but realistic. I treat books like I treat people. am I prepared to "like" - i.e. 3 stars - a person right off the bat? well yeah, why not. but am I prepared to "really like" - 4 stars - a person, automatically? I don't think so, let's get to know each other first.

Dark Hollow is a solid 3 star book. I liked it. haunted former police detective Charlie Parker is embroiled in his second crime mystery, this time involving an array of rep
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's hard to describe how much I am enjoying this series. I have had several mediocre to bad reads lately, and these last two books by this author have been a dark, refreshing wind. The main character, Charlie Parker, continues to develop and grow. By beginning with the horror introduced in the first book, the author is able to create psychological parallels and foundations that build both plot platforms interpersonally and through the horrific events that seem to gravitate toward the protagonis ...more
Paul Nelson
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
'There are people whose eyes you must avoid, whose attention you must not draw to yourself.'

So the second book in the Charlie Parker series, and my reread mission continues. Hired by a woman to get child support from her ex-husband, Charlie joins a lengthy queue of people searching for Billy Purdue and the alleged funds he's suddenly come into. Pretty soon Rita Purdue and her son are dead, there are mobsters, hitmen and all sorts running round being naughty and Charlie has to wade through it a
Dirk Grobbelaar
The success of Every Dead Thing appears to have energized John Connolly, because here he writes with a confidence and clarity that other authors take a lifetime to achieve. If ever.

A particularly vivid experience, this. You can taste, smell and breathe this book. The opening words, "I dream dark dreams" set the tone of the novel. It is indeed the stuff of dreams. Terrifying dreams.

The plot involves the hunt for a serial killer, as with Every Dead Thing's The Traveling Man. You'll have to decide
I met Charlie Parker for the first time last year, when I read John Connolly’s first book in the Charlie Parker series, Every Dead Thing. To say I fell in love with him is a mere expression of the tip of an iceberg with regard to my feelings for Charlie Parker; they go definitely deeper than mere love for a fictional character. He is not your usual hero, all swashbuckling and saving damsels in distresses while showing he has no fears or that such events are just a part of his life. Oh no, he is ...more
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an old evil, and old evil has a way of permeating bloodlines and tainting those who played no part in its genesis: the young, the innocent, the vulnerable, the defenseless. It turns life to death and glass to mirrors, creating an image of itself in everything that it touches.

The great Charlie Parker re-read continues with Dark Hollow, and boy but this one was determined to live up to the name. If these earlier books didn't hold such great nostalgia value for me, I'd be sorely tempted to
Alucinante. Para que a nadie se le ocurra denigrar al género policial/novela negra. No es que sea una experta en la materia, pero la fantástica forma en la que Connolly logra espantarte, horrorizarte, hacerte reír en voz alta y obligarte a estrujar tu cerebro, en la misma continuidad argumental es incomparable. Sin cortes abruptos, ni pozos literarios ni agujeros en la historia. Al final, si no lográs dar con el "asesino" es porque su autor claramente es más inteligente que todos nosotros, simpl ...more
May 12, 2017 rated it liked it

To describe a book entitled Dark Hollow by decidedly dark fiction writer John Connolly and starring the most definitely dark protagonist Charlie “Bird” Parker seems a bit redundant, but that’s the feeling left after having read Dark Hollow … that it is dark.

Parker is dark because he is still haunted by the brutal slayings of his wife and child, as described in the equally dark first novel in the series, Connolly’s dark 1999 novel Every Dead Thing – which does not contain the word dark, but
Μαρία Γεωργοπούλου
Νομίζω πως ο John Connolly θα με καταστρέψει για όλα τα υπόλοιπα αστυνομικά βιβλία! Εξαιρετικός στον τρόπο που περιγράφει τα μέρη, αλλά και στη μεθοδολογία που χρησιμοποιεί όταν σκιαγραφεί χαρακτήρες.

Αυτό που μου αρέσει ιδιαίτερα είναι πως μέσα στις αστυνομικές ιστορίες, βάζει ένα μεταφυσικό στοιχείο, το οποίο όμως φαίνεται οικείο στον αναγνώστη, καθώς βασίζεται πάνω σε μεταφυσικές σκέψεις που έχουμε όλοι μας (π. χ μία ανατριχίλα όταν προαισθανόμαστε πως κάτι δεν πάει καλά ή η αίσθηση της παρου
Deb Jones
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series
Superb writing in this character-driven psychological thriller series. Charlie Parker is a man of intense loyalty and passion. In "Dark Hollow," Parker is still processing his grief over the loss of his wife and daughter nearly one year before and trying to make some semblance of a life for himself in the aftermath.

One strange death occurs almost simultaneously with a mass killing with marks of the mob clearly associated with it, neither of which have anything to do with Parker or anyone he know
Paul  Perry
The second of Connolly's Charlie Parker books is another superbly written examination of darkness, violence and possible redemption. the hints of a supernatural dimension continue - but the visions of the dead a surely just Bird's overwrought imagination. Aren't they?
aPriL does feral sometimes
‘Dark Hollow’ is SO exciting I couldn't stop reading it until I literally couldn’t focus on the page when my body demanded I go to sleep NOW! I cursed my physical weakness…..

After my morning coffee (without which the dementia which may attack me at any moment is once again held off), I finished the novel and now I am sated with satisfaction.

John Connolly’s writing style reminds me of John Sanford and James Lee Burke; however, since Connolly includes a strong element of supernatural ghost visita
A slight adding to my original review from 2012 when I was just discovering the writings of John Connolly and his Charlie Parker series. Having read the whole series by now (with high expectations of the next installments) this rereading which is only interesting in a series of books you are are really invested in them.

The second novel written By mr. Connelly in which Louis & Angel play a bigger part and also it seems that organised crime takes a vacation in Maine due to the amount of nearl
Jan 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I believe that good writing can transcend genres and Connolly is such an amazing writer that, even though I'm not a huge fan of mysteries or thrillers, this book was nearly impossible to put down and get 5 stars from me all the way. I seriously can't say enough good things about it. Great story, terrific character development, not too mention great characters, incredible suspense and also spooky and dark enough to please horror fans. Highly recommended.
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Even better than Every Dead Thing. Tighter and more focused in that the story spans the whole volume rather than being two stories and spends most of the time in basically one location with one set of characters. Louis and Angel really come into their own in this one in full comedic foils to Charlie Parker’s straight man. Dark, funny, compelling, heart-breaking, well written, beautiful and savage---sometimes at the same time. I can’t say enough about this writer and the promise that this series ...more
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, overdrive
This is a fast-paced thriller with an over abundance of assailants, a lot of dead bodies, a fair amount of gore and slight supernatural elements. I skimmed over a lot of the ex-girlfriend details. Be warned that children and pets are among the victims. This is the second book in the series and I've read some of the more recent books. It's probably best to read the series in order from the beginning, but that's not what I did. However, it seems that the tone and level of action and violence remai ...more
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No se trata simplemente de que tenga una trama chulísima y absorbente (imaginar esas noches en los bosque de Maine, brrrrrr), sino que Conolly nos habla de las raíces, las etapas del hombre y la supervivencia a través de la sangre.
La novela además está plagada de exabruptos propios de tipos duros: "eh, el sargento está tan lleno de mierda que tiene hasta marrón el blanco de los ojos"...
Y mis orejas entonces baten palmas.
Camille Stein
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alone, alone, about a dreadful wood
Of conscious evil runs a lost mankind,
Dreading to find its Father lest it find
The Goodness it has dreaded is not good:
Alone, alone, about our dreadful wood.

(Wystan Hugh Auden / “For The Time Being”)

—Eres único —dijo Louis—. Podrías caerte y te costaría encontrar el suelo.

—El sufrimiento no lo justifica todo, Bird —dijo Ángel en voz baja—. Así que ha sufrido, ya ves tú. Que se ponga a la cola con el resto de la gente, los simples mortales. Sufrir no es just
Ms. Nikki
When you cry,
I will wipe away your tears.
When you hurt,
I will take the pain away.
When you fall,
I will lift you up again.
When you need,
I will give my everything.
When you lay,
I will be right by your side.
When you...
I will...

by Nikki (I couldn't feel the book to write a poem specifically for it)

I don't know if it was the dreams Charlie was having or what, but this read took a while for me to warm to.

There was, as usual, the requisite amount of bloodshed and murder. Maybe a bit too much.

To sum up th
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
Dark Hollow is Book 2 of John Connolly's Charlie Parker series. If possible, I enjoyed this one even more so than EVERY DEAD THING. We learn more about Charlie, and watch how he grows from his emotional upstart to a man who just believes that it is his role to protect the innocents around him. This novel seemed to develop in terms of plot even more rapidly that its predecessor, and I loved the return of Charlie's loyal, enigmatic friends Lewis and Angel.

Book 3, THE KILLING KIND is rising on my T
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And so on to another book I have long procrastinated over reading for no apparent reason. And yes I am berating myself for doing so as this was a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Now I know that the whole idea of an author maturing and improving with age (or the number of books he has written in a series) sometimes feels like an over used cliche this is very much the case in the Charlie Parker series.

Which I suspect is totally wrong considering the number of books that are now in the series and this i
Adam Light
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The second part in the Charlie Parker series. Better than the first one, in my opinion.
Scott Rhee
Mar 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
There's probably nothing more enjoyable (except for maybe sex, chocolate, and winning the lottery) than discovering a new favorite author. John Connolly is one of my new favorites. His long-running detective series featuring his brooding, anguished private eye Charlie "Bird" Parker (not to be confused with the jazz musician) is one of those series that has quickly gained a following of devoted fans, but his name is still not as recognizable as, say, John Sandford or James Lee Burke. And it shoul ...more
George K.
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
Δεύτερο βιβλίο με ήρωα τον Τσάρλι Πάρκερ. Σίγουρα δεν φτάνει την νοσηρότητα, την πολυπλοκότητα και την δύναμη του πρώτου βιβλίου, όπως και να'χει όμως έχουμε να κάνουμε με μια εξαιρετικά ενδιαφέρουσα και καλογραμμένη αστυνομική ιστορία.

Ο Πάρκερ επιστρέφει στον τόπο που μεγάλωσε, στο Μέιν, και επισκευάζει το σπίτι του παππού του όπου θα είναι η νέα του κατοικία. Όμως τα προβλήματα δεν λένε να τον αφήσουν, μιας και θα μπλεχτεί σε μια περίπλοκη και επικίνδυνη ιστορία, όταν μια νέα γυναίκα και το π
David Brian
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"I dream dark dreams." A suitably fitting opening for the second installment from Charlie Parker's dark and violent life.

As the anniversary approaches of his wife and daughter's brutal slaying, Charlie 'Bird' Parker retreats to Maine, where he hopes old memories might begin the healing of his soul.
But fate can be a cruel mistress, and Charlie's decision to take on a simplistic case, involving child support and an ex-spouse, leads to his involvement with the untimely and savage murder of another
Liz Barnsley
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Oh the only thing I really need to tell you about this book is BEWARE MR PUDD. And if you are, like me, a ninny when it comes to all things arachnid, you MAY need to look away often during the reading of this one. From experience I know that this is not the darkest evil Charlie will face but I DO know it is the one that sticks out firmly in my mind...

I find it quite hard to review ANY of these novels without spoilers, the ongoing mythology and intrigue surrounding one of my best loved characters
Book Him Danno
I have begun working though the entire backlist of John Connolly. I read book 11 of the series and absolutely loved it. Book one was a rambling mess that really should have been two books at a minimum. Here with book two Connolly has narrowed down his plot to tell one story instead of many, but it really is a little too wandering to get there. Essentially this book could have used a lot more tightening to tell the story in much less time.

So it is great strides over book one, but nowhere near t
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muy bueno, como el primero, y con ganas de seguir con la serie de Charlie Parker y, sobre todo, con las andanzas de Angel y Louise. Ah, qué genial el puntito de humor que tiene el autor. :D
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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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Charlie Parker (1 - 10 of 16 books)
  • Every Dead Thing (Charlie Parker, #1)
  • The Killing Kind (Charlie Parker, #3)
  • The White Road (Charlie Parker, #4)
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“The nature of compassion isn't coming to terms with your own suffering and applying it to others: It's knowing that other folks around you suffer and, no matter what happens to you, no matter how lucky or unlucky you are, they keep suffering. And if you can do something about that, then you do it, and you do it without whining or waving your own fuckin' cross for the world to see. You do it because it's the right thing to do.” 114 likes
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