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The Black Angel (Charlie Parker #5)

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To those who have been forsaken, hell has no geography.

The Black Angel begins with the disappearance of a young prostitute from one of New York City's seamiest neighborhoods. Like so many tormented souls before her, the girl's mother is inevitably drawn to Charlie Parker's doorstep desperate for redemption and revenge. Despite the danger that his chosen profession imposes
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ebook, 496 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Atria Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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Carol.
Sep 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Karl
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.
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
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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
Kimberly
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
Mark
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
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LJ
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
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Brandon
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
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George K.
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Chris
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Jaksen
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
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Jan
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.
Ben
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mike
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.
Pablo
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...
Jennifer
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
martin
Feb 11, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Bandit
Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Ctgt
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

9/10
Hugh Smith
Jan 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Traummachine
Mar 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
"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
Emi
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Walt
Feb 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Labijose
Quizás la más “sobrenatural” de las novelas de Charlie Parker que le he leído hasta ahora. Y también de las más lentas. Aunque contiene elementos que la hacen extraordinariamente interesante, (los pasajes referentes a los ángeles caídos, al libro de Enoc, y a la abadía de Sedlec, entre otros), no termina de redondear el conjunto. Al menos, no tanto como en anteriores novelas. La parte positiva es que nos hacemos una idea bastante definida de quién es en realidad Charlie Parker. La negativa, por ...more
Stuart Aken
I suspect that this is a very good book of its type, but I’ll never know. Sometimes, as a reader, I pick up a book and begin to read and know, very quickly that it isn’t for me. This is, obviously, a personal response.
Other readers may, however, gain value from the reasons why I failed to get past page 33 of a 596 page book. The book is described as ‘dark and powerful yet beautifully written’, by Big Issue, and that, I suspect, would have been my own assessment had I finished it. The writing is,
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pinknantucket
Dec 11, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
I nearly gave up on the first page (excluding the prologue), because of this sentence: ...the boy, now a man; her daughter, as she once was and as she now might be; and the one who had made her little girl upon her, his face sometimes contorted, as it was the moment of her daughter's conception, and at other times tattered and destroyed...

I mean, WTF?? I had to read it several times (and that's just a bit of the whole sentence), eventually deducing that 'made her little girl upon her' meant 'got
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Shaun Williams
What the hell happened? John Connelly had good things going on. A witty, enjoyable hero, a solid detective series with intriguing characters and a dark-yet-thin veil of the supernatural.
With "Black Angel," he decided to go full Indiana Jones sprinkled with with a bit of "Devil's Advocate."
It's a bad read from the get go and, as the bizarre plot gets punctuated with Connelly's desperate need to tell us EVERYTHING he knows about a specific subject, it only gets worse.
Where's the quick wit? The sna
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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
“After all, what is hell but the eternal absence of God? To exist in a hellish state is to be denied forever the promise of hope, of redemption, of love. To those who have been forsaken, hell has no geography.” 2 likes
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