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The Black Angel

(Charlie Parker #5)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  7,575 ratings  ·  370 reviews
When a young woman disappears from the streets of New York City, ties of friendship and blood inevitably draw ingenious, tortured detective Charlie Parker into the search. Soon he discovers links to a church of bones in Eastern Europe, a 1944 slaughter at a French monastery, and to the myth of an object known as the Black Angel -- considered by evil men to be beyond pricel ...more
Paperback, 576 pages
Published February 2006 by Pocket Star (first published January 1st 2005)
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Stephen Hayes You should read the first one before reading any of the others, because all of them seem to refer to the first one constantly.

But if I had started…more
You should read the first one before reading any of the others, because all of them seem to refer to the first one constantly.

But if I had started with the first one I would never have read any of the others, because the first one deals with organised crime and gangs, which aren't my thing, and much of that could have been cut out without affecting the main plot. (less)

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Sep 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Charlie Parker
The sixth entry in the Charlie Parker series takes a slightly different approach. To date, Parker has been involved in cases that touched him or were jobs he willingly took on. In The White Road, Parker began to seriously evaluate his connection to evil though the cases he took on. The Black Angel begins with the christening of his and Rachel's daughter, and though it is initially played for laughs, it becomes emotionally fraught as Rachel starts to overreact to any hint of danger or John's conn ...more
Oct 06, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Book came with a music CD to accompany the book and is signed by John Connolly.
Μαρία Γεωργοπούλου
Δεν ξέρω τι παραπάνω να πω για αυτή τη σειρά που δεν το έχω ήδη πει! Από τη στιγμή που διάβασα το πρώτο βιβλίο, έγινε η αγαπημένη μου αστυνομική σειρά. Στο συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο ο συγγραφέας κάνει μία απότομη βουτιά στο μεταφυσικό στοιχείο, το οποίο βέβαια πάντα έπαιζε σημαντικό ρόλο και στα προηγούμενα βιβλία. Για ποιον λόγο όμως έγινε το κυρίαρχο στοιχείο σε αυτό;

Με μια πρόχειρη ανάγνωση θα έλεγα πως χρησιμοποιείται για να εξηγήσει γιατί ο Τσάρλι Πάρκερ έλκεται από αυτές τις υποθέσεις και για ν
Γιώργος Δάμτσιος
Ο Μαύρος Άγγελος είναι το πρώτο βιβλίο του Κόνολι που διάβασα. (Πριν καμιά πενταετία). Το αστείο είναι ότι τότε μού είχε φανεί εντελώς αυτοτελές –με μια μικρή εξαίρεση στα “οικογενειακά ζητήματα” του Πάρκερ. Πλέον, έχοντας πιάσει τη σειρά από την αρχή, απορώ αρκετά μ’ αυτήν μου την εκτίμηση.
Ουσιαστικά είναι το –μέχρι τώρα- βιβλίο κλειδί της σειράς, αυτό που ενώνει πολλά πράγματα από τις πλοκές των προηγούμενων βιβλίων, οδηγώντας τα προς μια καινούργια κατεύθυνση…

Ας πάρουμε όμως τα πράγματα απ
aPriL does feral sometimes
I highly recommend this strange, peculiar series (so far), but for the life of me, I don’t know why I am liking it. There is no reason for this atheist reviewer to give a dark Christian-theology-based noir series any of my time, except that I am very curious and entertained (plus I didn’t know what the series was about). It is a thrill ride (so far), if gore, torture, justified and unjust murder, terror and horrific graphic death doesn’t cause vomiting, gentle reader. (On second thought, people ...more
Sep 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
BLACK ANGEL in Connolly's Charlie Parker series is even darker than some of its predecessors. This supernatural thriller goes to great lengths in furthering the possible origins of Parker, and why he stands apart from others around him. Joining him once more--in a very personal role for one--are Lewis and Angel. As in all of John Connolly's books, there are many quotes that stand out to me. In this one, one of my personal favorites comes from (view spoiler) ...more
THE BLACK ANGEL (Thriller-US/Europe-Cont) – G-
Connolly, John - 5th in series
Atria Books, 2005 - ARC
Charlie Parker is trying to settle into life with his partner and new baby. At a party celebrating the baby's baptism, the Aunt of Charlie's friend, Louis, arrives telling him his niece, a prostitute and addict, has disappeared. But when Charlie, Louis and his partner, Angel, go looking for her, they find something much bigger, and rooted in history, killing young women.
*** I have loved Connolly's
This is the book where all previous references towards the paranormal seem to come together for a large part. It is also the book that made me take some pause from the writings of mr. Connolly, because some of the topics in his books are well worth some time thinking about them.

In this 5th Charlie Parker novel he once more is on the road with Louis & Angel. They play a more important part this time one of them is actually the cause of Charlies quest.
A family member of Louis dissapears and a
May 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
So, I'm 5 books into the Charlie Parker saga and so far, so good.

With this book, Connolly seems to have completely abandoned the realistic approach taken with the earlier books and gone full force into supernatural mode. That's not necessarily a bad thing, I mean, if it's done right anyway and Connolly seems to know just what he's doing.

When I read the initial plot and some spoiler free reviews, I was a little worried that Connolly was going to take Parker somewhere that I wasn't interested in r
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am really enjoying this series. I think that Connolly bit off a bit too much with this one, however. It read to me more like a Preston/Child supernatural thriller than an installment in this gritty noir series.

That isn’t a bad thing really but it made this book feel different to me that than the ones in the series. In The Black Angel, Mr. Connolly provides a history of the source of evil that has permeated the first two books and fills out a mythology of sorts to explain it all. In the first
Oct 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
2nd read - Parker is pulled into a search for Louis's blood relation, a prostitute missing from the streets of NYC. Along the way, the threads weave into a missing statue, that, according to legend, encompasses half a demon, trapped by monks in the 15th century.

"Reid flinched slightly, but otherwise gave no indication that my awareness of the Black Angel, and the story of it's creation, was perhaps greater than he had anticipated.
'It wasn't an item that the order was anxious to display,' he sa
Αλκιβίαδης Βασίλειος
Ο Μαύρος Άγγελος είναι το 1ο βιβλίο που διάβασα με ήρωα τον Τσάρλι Πάρκερ, αλλά και η πρώτη μου γνωριμία με τον συγγραφέα. Πρόκειται για ένα μεταφυσικό θρίλερ, εθιστικό, με δύο ενδιαφέρουσες υποθέσεις, δυνατή πλοκή, μ' αρκετή δράση και απανωτές ανατροπές. Επίσης, μ' άρεσαν πολύ οι περιγραφές γύρω από την έρευνα που έκανε ο συγγραφέας σε ιστορικό και θρησκευτικό επίπεδο. Όσο για τους χαρακτήρες: "Τσάρλι & Ρέητσελ, Έιντζελ & Λούις", θεωρώ ότι πρέπει να διαβάσω τη σειρά απ' την αρχή για να ...more
George K.
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
Από τον περσινό Απρίλιο είχα να διαβάσω βιβλίο με ήρωα τον Τσάρλι Πάρκερ (και γενικά βιβλίο του Τζον Κόνελι), και η αλήθεια είναι ότι μου έλειψε ο σκοτεινός κόσμος των ιστοριών του. Αυτό είναι το πέμπτο βιβλίο της σειράς, ποιοτικά νομίζω ότι είναι ελάχιστα κατώτερο των τεσσάρων προηγούμενων (με το πρώτο να είναι άνετα το καλύτερο μέχρι στιγμής), όμως κακά τα ψέμματα έχουμε να κάνουμε και πάλι με ένα δυνατό, δαιδαλώδες και εθιστικό θρίλερ.

Μια νεαρή μαύρη κοπέλα εξαφανίζεται από τους δρόμους της Ν
Selvianty Selvianty
The supernatural element was stronger in this book. And it was more adventurous because Parker needs to dig through history to find arcane artifacts. Just like with Dan Brown's it made me searched the Sedlec Church and the Nazi side story of Himmler because the past is connected according to Connolly. Louis and Angel is still charming as ever (though Louis will disagree) and those three are still the deathly combo when they started to act. There were few interesting and funny characters, the dea ...more
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wrote an entire review, and while writing, it disappeared. I don't get it. This has happened to me several times on Goodreads...

Well, it's a creepy book and I enjoyed it. I took off one star because one part of a hugely complex plot didn't make sense to me. This book also delves into where Charlie Parker 'came from' and who he may 'really be.' There are ossuaries in this one, huge rooms made of bones filled with bones, and based on actual ossuaries in Europe.

At any rate, disappointed I lost m
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Black Angel is as much a story of horror and violence as it is a mystery with some paranormal thrown in. A prostitute, related to Louis, is missing and believed dead. Charlie Parker accompanies his friends, Louis and Angel to New York to find the missing girl and find themselves in the middle of a mystery involving the slaughter at a French Monastery in 1944 and the myth of the Black Angel, lots of bones and the Believers.
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The best book I've read in the past 3 months. Parker meets Brightwell for the first time and he may be scarier here than anywhere else. I'm excited for the next book in the series. I want to reread them all. It is easy to get drawn into the descriptions of the ossuary and you can feel that you're inside the catacombs. Awesome.
Somewhere between a four and five star rating. This guy Connolly has some dark places he loves to write about, none darker than this book. Read this one in daylight unless you don't mind nightmares, demons, evil and things that go bump in the night. Just some friendly advice. At least now we know why Parker sees dead people.
Tom Mathews
John Connolly's Charlie Parker series has always been dark and has been seeing progressively more supernatural elements in each book but the fifth book has veered even more sharply to the dark side to the point where it is as much horror as it is mystery.
Mar 27, 2018 rated it liked it
3 estrellas con todo el dolor del alma. El ángel negro empieza muy potente y es adictiva; mola mucho....Hasta que se empeña, vaya por Dios, en mutar de novela negra a sobrenatural, con un final que me recuerda a la peli de Murphy, El chico de oro. Ya me tenían mosca los fantasmitas de las entregas anteriores...
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
The rating is probably closer to 4 1/2 stars on this one. I'm taking 1/2 a star off because this book cost me a lot of sleep, in other words, it creeped me out. The Charlie Parker series is one of the best, with heartwrenching, bloody, violent stories that seem to get darker with each book, and poor tortured Charlies' ghosts' never letting up. This one was really interesting because it gave us a bit of a history lesson in archangels, eastern european monasteries, and some darker forms of art col ...more
Feb 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
Crime and satanic myth come together in a Charlie Parker thriller. Not too successfully.

Sadly, I never found it convincing and as I read on it always felt self-indulgent and contrived. I feel a bit guilty saying this as he has moments when he writes beautifully and it is clear a lot of research went into this book, but the plot let it down. That and the fact that two of the potentially most interesting characters in the books, Louis and Angel, continue to be flat and closed to the reader. Parker
Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is probably exactly how dark supernatural thrillers should be written. On top of the always excellent writing and character development this series offers, this Charlie Parker thriller also features a spectacular background story, which suggests a possible explanation/motivation for his actions and his chosen path in life. As with each book, it does get progressively darker and sadder and more haunting. Highly recommended.
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This series just keeps getting darker. Not the type of book to read if you're in the wrong frame of mind.

The fat man smelled peculiar. He hadn't noticed any stench from the other one in blue but the tubby guy had an unusual body odor. He smelled earthy and Ruiz involuntarily found himself picturing pale worms breaking through damp clods of dirt and black beetles scurrying for the shelter of stones.

Hugh Smith
Jan 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
If you like your detectives bad ass and brooding with lots of baggage then Connolly's Charlie Parker is for you. Connolly's world is dark and has a supernatural twist that differentiates it from your average detective story.
Mar 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Black Angel was different from the previous Charlie Parker books in a couple ways. First, it incorporates Da Vinci Code-like elements (ancient histories and puzzles)...although I think Connolly handles these a lot better than Brown ever did. For one thing, he doesn't just keep throwing exposition at you in the same way over and over. Connolly incorporates it in educational conversations, like Brown, but he also uses flashbacks by current characters, or chapters written as if the historical scene ...more
Don Sparrow
Jul 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
"John Connolly", what can I say? You either love his novels or you hate them.I absolutely love them.This is the 5 th in the Charlie "Bird" Parker series. ( there are 9 in total ) and the great supporting cast of Louis, Angel, Jackie Garner and the Fulci Brothers thankfully all have prominant roles.Connolly has marvelous dexterity when it comes to using the English language.His prose can best be described as not only outstanding but actually beautiful. Connolly's novels occupy a distinctive niche ...more
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I CAN'T STOP. I was reading something else but, at the same, time I needed to go on with this series. Well... I didn't finish the other book yet. I could not. But it's not entirely my fault. It's Connolly's fault, for bringing Parker into my life. Parker and those amazing companions of his.
This book is much more supernatural than the previous ones. Despite my initial fear, the supernatural turn kept the story as compelling as it was, didn't took out any of its charm. On the contrary, it adds an
Feb 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
Stylishly literate gore and terror Connolly once again blends the private-eye novel and the supernatural thriller in a way that's altogether unique. Parker himself is a complex creation whose depths have still, even through five novels, been barely explored
The Black Angel is nothing less than a classic work, a tale in which one can feel reality shifting and churning uneasily with the turn of each page. Highest possible recommendation The Black Angel soars with enigmatic villains and a complex pl
Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was my favourite of the series so far.
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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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“Good will attract good to itself, and those involved will unite toward a common goal. Evil, in turn, draws evil men, but they will never truly act as one. They will always be distrustful, always jealous. Ultimately, they seek power for themselves alone, and for that reason they will always fall apart at the end.” 2 likes
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