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The Killing Kind

(Charlie Parker #3)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  10,334 ratings  ·  430 reviews
Did Grace Peltier commit suicide? When a mass grave in northern Maine reveals the final resting place of a religious community that disappeared 40 years ago, private detective Charlie Parker realises that their deaths are part of the same mystery.
Published May 15th 2005 by Not Avail (first published March 1st 2001)
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John Culuris
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once you decide to layer supernatural elements into your hardboiled detective novels, there comes a point where there’s no going back. When we first met Charlie Parker in 1999’s Every Dead Thing, a more hardcore introduction seemed impossible. Drinking himself blind in a bar after the latest argument with his wife, he stumbles home to find her and their young daughter brutally tortured and murdered. Due to the resulting grief, guilt, and frustration (he was a NYPD detective and there’s absolutel ...more
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of horror thrillers, supernatural mysteries
Finally Connolly lives up to the promise in The Lovers, book 8 in the Charlie Parker series. It is a mystery series that often borders on horror, a genre I prefer not to linger in, however, something about Connolly's writing is so evocative, so full of humanity that I keep returning to his writing. I think it might almost be the mirror-image of much I enjoy, perhaps because it centers around some of the most basic--but darkest--of emotions.

'There is a dark resource within all of us, a reservoir
Dirk Grobbelaar
I think [he] saw certain acts of violence and cruelty and wondered if there were some deeds that were beyond even the potential of human beings to commit; if there were creatures both more and less than human who preyed upon us.
They were the violent ones, the dark angels.

This is the third novel in the Charlie Parker thriller series. And it’s a corker. John Connolly writes beautifully and the dark subject matter appeals to me, so I was always going to like this series, but goodness gracious it’s
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
This book was good. I had to take frequent breaks from it, so my experience wasn't as smooth as the other two in the series. The strength of the story is character development. Old characters from the previous stories are brought out and clearly rounded, while new villains take their place on the roster.
I am beginning to notice similar thematic elements. There is the use of the kidnap scene and the rescue to ratchet up tension. There is a cleverly developed antagonist with a unique method of kil
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
How does one describe John Connolly's Writing AMAZING OUTSTANDING PHENOMENAL The Way he writes the Charlie Parker series is fabulous he gets the characters exact where you know where they stand in the story His faithful friends Louis & Angel are not to over the top but know how to take down the bad guys as well as Rachel.

For me The Killing Kind is the best so far i really enjoy the way Connolly gets right into detail about the Baptist Church he really looks into the history before he puts it
This is a honeycomb world.
You must be careful where you step.
And you must be ready for what you might find.

This is the book where John Connolly really hits his stride with Charlie Parker - we've had the first two books to ease us into this potentially uneasy mix of real and supernatural horror, and it's time to hit that gas pedal and really go for it. And he does! With some of the most horrifying villains the series ever sees, as well as good guys who really like to stretch the definition to the
aPriL does feral sometimes
Oooooh. I am feeling it more and more that the character Charlie Parker is a bit, well, angelic. Just saying.

In American pop culture, angels have been undergoing a rewrite. I am no expert, having been raised during the Christian Biblical Old Testament morality purification era of the 1950’s, when American politicians and the religious right were determined to cleanse America of everything involving sex or communism/socialism or free speech or books for adults or anyone non-white or anything unw
The disappearance of a religious community in Maine had long since been the subject of controversy. It wasn’t until recently that the discovery of a mass grave containing those that had vanished all those years ago that the state began to get some answers. Shortly after it’s discovery, Detective Charlie Parker reluctantly becomes involved in the search for those responsible for the slaughter. Can Charlie uncover the truth behind the murders or will his connection with the afterlife ultimately le ...more
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
How do you review a book this astoundingly good? There wasn't anything here that I could say I didn't honestly love about this book. John Connolly has it all from characterization, emotional turmoil, physical trauma, and electrifying atmosphere. I've already purchased the next book in this series, and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.

Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: To people not scared of spiders (you probably will be wary after this book.)
Recommended to Mark by: My experience with Mr. Connolly
The one book in the series I had up till now only owned in paperback, and now upgraded to a Hardcover version that fitted well with the whole series in hardcover. Some books will be kept and reread and I prefer them in the best way possible, this is one of those series. This book has now been reread once more and made darn sure that I will not watch the movie "Arachnophobia" anytime soon.

An early Charlie Parker novel that sets him on the road for future installments, religion, faith are the stro
Another well-written thriller featuring my favorite tortured hero— Charlie “Bird” Parker — and his pistol-packing compatriots.

A truly creepy storyline is populated with evil dudes, ghoulish end of days books, poisonous spiders galore and ghosts of the past. This multi-layer story is a page turner from start to finish.

I’m still creeped out... definitely sleeping with the night light on.
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
2nd read - Another great entry, including an old quasi-religious cult, a deranged arachnologist (I made this word up), and Louis and Angel.

For some dark, scary stuff, Mr Connolly's writing brings the humanity through.

1st read - The third in the Charlie Parker series, this concerns a decades-old religious community. There are some dark things in the past, and someone wants them to stay there. Good, fast read.
Jan 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I believe that the true definition of courage is being afraid of something and doing it anyway. Charlie Parker feels fear and compassion and anger and remorse and goes forward anyway and it sets him apart and above any other private investigator/detective/etc. I've ever read about. He's more like a superhero, a dark avenger who refuses to stand by and let others suffer, who will do all within his power to right the wrongs and bring the guilty to justice. I love this character and immensely enjoy ...more
Jan 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charlie Parker kills the evil baddies again aided by his faithful sidekicks, Angel, Louis and Rachel. I really enjoy the way John Connolly writes these books with just the right balance of description, spookiness and violence to keep the story rolling along at a fast pace and never letting up until the end. In fact not even then because he finishes this book with a line which makes the read want to move straight into the next one! I actually went to the shelf to make sure the sequel is ready for ...more
Original Review: Well, John Connolly managed to more than reclaim the magic. This third book of the Charlie Parker series is just fantastic! I loved this one as much as the first two of his books that I have read. In fact, certain scenes were even more powerful in this book than in any of the others. I'm very glad that this one turned out to be an autographed copy. Of course, the use of spiders managed to particularly frighten me. It was a very horrifying book, that may be a little much for some ...more
Dark, dark, and dark...with a side of cruelty and multiple orders of creepy, deadly spiders. Mr. Connolly has some serious issues with religion on full display here. A small religious community disappears in the early '60's and a girl researching the cult is found dead present day, apparently a suicide. Charlie "Bird" Parker is hired to find out what happened. Charlie sees and talks to dead people, which is unusual but is not a distraction to the flow. Always amazing writing and enjoyable repart ...more
Apr 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read it, loved it, of course I did.

It's creepy, complex, confounding. The characters are richly described and delineated. Set in Maine, which I love, and occasionally in the Boston area, the locales are meticulously portrayed. I'd just read another book set in Maine, a King novel, and both writers know the area. Trees, bushes, wind, the salt water, the sounds, the smells, etc. etc., and can you tell I'm NOT a Mainer, but a Cape Codder? But we're practically the same. Maybe.

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These books just keep getting better. Nastiest villain so far. And I do mean naaasty and his hit man is the stuff of nightmares. If you find spiders to be unsettling, you are really in for a treat. I found myself brushing imaginary webs off my arms during this one several times. Parker and his friends Angel and Louis may be over their heads in this one as they go up against a well connected ostensibly religious cult that uses murder as one of its main ways of keeping its power base in line.

I fou
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started The Killing Kind almost immediately after finishing Dark Hollow. I had intended to read a different book but had to see what Charlie Parker would encounter next.
Dec 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
John Connolly's tormented PI Charlie "Bird" Parker returns, this time trying to track down the answer to what really happened to a young girl who died while researching a group of religious extremists. As he delves deeper into the mystery he encounters not one, not two, but three of the type of grotesque, terrifying, almost supernaturally evil villains that Connolly writes so well.

There were sections of this book that literally had my heart pounding in my chest with terror. The rest of it is en
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Favourite in this series so far :)
Jul 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Connolly should be congratulated. He managed to create a phobia where previously there was none. Never again will I look at a spider in quite the same light. Powerful writing Mr Connolly. To be fair it was more the people behind the spiders than the poor spiders but still, I might not be the first to volunteer to take them outside.

Another great book the Charlie Parker series. Feel like I missed out a little though. There is almost a two year gap between the events of this and the previous n
Tom Mathews
Another good thriller featuring Charlie "Bird" Parker, Connolly's former NYPD officer turned private detective.

Forty years after they disappeared, members of a fringe religious cult are discovered, buried in a river bank in back woods Maine. At the same time Parker is hired to investigate the supposed suicide of a graduate student who was investigating the same group. Are these events related? (Of course!)

I'm a sucker for books involving religious cults so I found this one particularly entertai
Scott Brook
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good entry into the "Bird" Parker series. This one centering on a once defunct religious movement and its involvement in the death of a graduate student. You are plunged into more of Parker's backstory pertaining to his dad and grandfather and a little more revealing story of the Traveling Man and how it ties into this new case. All the same characters that you've been exposed to in past novels are here. And a little more exploration into Parker's visions that haunt him.

Really enjoyed th
Thomas Strömquist
Friends do their best to convince me that Connolly's Charlie Parker books are the best, but there is something in these that does not fit me all the way. Good thrillers, but I tend to lose focus and at times interest. Maybe don't take my word for it...
Pamela ✨I Blame Wizards✨
This book deserves all the stars. ALL OF THEM!!
May 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You take the Travelling Man (Charlie Parker #1) and I'll take Mr. Pudd-oh you creepy, disturbed man!
Marty Fried
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, mystery
I almost rated this lower, but I enjoyed the writing, the characters, and most of the story, so I think probably 3 1/2 stars is closer to what I think. Speaking of characters, this has one strange, very evil character known as Mr Pudd, whose hobby seems to be spiders and killing people, often with spiders. And if that's not bad enough, he works for someone who may be even worse. And to be truly evil like that, they have to be part of a crazy religious group that makes Jim Jones look like an ange ...more
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, reviewed

4 Stars for Narration by Holter Graham
4 Stars for Creep Factor
3 Stars on Main Plot
4 Stars for Character Development

It was jarring to go from Jeff Harding's narration to Holter Graham's. Perhaps I should have given myself more buffer books between book two and three. I'm not sure if that would have been enough. Harding had a way of infusing a depth of emotion into the reading that made the story more visceral. Graham is great but his rendition of Parker seems to be younger, less sure
Mar 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once upon a the Northern woods of Maine USA...

"In April, 1963, a group of four families left their homes on the eastern seaboard and journeyed north...for two hundred miles... to an area of land close by the town of Eagle Lake, twenty miles south of the border between New Brunswick and Maine. ...The Aroostock Baptists arrived in Eagle Lake on April 15, 1963. By January 1964, the settlement had been abandoned. No trace of the founding families...was ever found again."

So writes Grace Pe
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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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  • The Unquiet (Charlie Parker, #6)
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“I'd been hurt, and in response I had acted violently, destroying a little of myself each time I did so.” 29 likes
“There is a dark resource within all of us, a reservoir of hurt and pain and anger upon which we can draw when the need arises. Most of us rarely, if ever, have to delve too deeply into it. That is as it should be, because dipping into it costs and you lose a little of yourself each time, a small part of all that is good and honorable and decent about you. Each time you use it you have to go a little deeper, a little further down into the blackness. Strange creatures move through its depths, illuminated by a burning light from within and fueled only by the desire to survive and to kill. The danger in diving into that pool, in drinking from that dark water, is that one day you may submerge yourself so deeply that you can never find the surface again. Give in to it and you're lost forever.” 26 likes
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