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El poder de las tinieblas (original 2001; edition 2000)

by John Connolly

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Title:El poder de las tinieblas
Authors:John Connolly
Info:TusQuets (2005), Paperback, 408 pages
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Unable to set aside the murders of his wife and daughter, a haunted Parker returns to his hometown of Scarborough, Maine. Rather than finding solace in the northeast woods Parker is faced with a series of seemingly unrelated mysteries and a terrifying sociopathic mobster. And with this book, Connolly creates an amazing villain, one of mythical proportions. And the way all the different people involved in the story (the mob, cops, assassins) and the way Bird's personal life is portrayed on the page makes this book one of the best suspense novel I've read in a long time. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
Love this series!! I just discovered John Connolly and the Charlie Parker series and I can't wait to read them all!
  TracyCampbell | Feb 12, 2016 |
In the second book of the series Charlie Parker starts to investigate the case of some missing persons and missing money but when he finds it to be connected to an old unsolved case what he founds shakes even him. Plus we can meet again the great Angel - Louis duo as well. :) ( )
  TheCrow2 | Jan 19, 2016 |
Connolly should be ranked at the top of his field. His work with his American crime-fiction franchise and his iconic anti-hero at the center is even more impressive due to the fact that Connolly himself, is an Irishman.

His ability to create a chilling atmosphere is only second to his top notch character development. Parker returns alongside friends, Louis and Angel in Connolly's sequel to 2001's Every Dead Thing, Dark Hollow. In Dark Hollow, PI Charlie "Bird" Parker returns to his old stomping grounds of Portland, Maine, alone, to heal his wounds following the events of the last year as well as the brutal murder of his wife and child. As Parker begins to restore a home he had inherited from his grandfather, he takes a small job on the side - collect child support from a deadbeat dad for a longtime friend. However, what started as a simple job soon throws Charlie in the middle of a prominent mob boss' business, the disappearance of said deadbeat dad and the re-appearance of a man long thought to have vanished or never to exist at all. While dealing with all this, Charlie comes to grip with the sudden loss of communication with friend, Rachel Wolfe, the reappearance of former disgruntled partner Walter Cole AND meeting up with an old flame, who happened to be married, and still is, at the time of their initial affair.

You'd think that having this much going on at once would be overwhelming but Connolly maintains control throughout. I never felt lost at any point throughout the novels 500 pages and never felt that anything was unnecessary. Connolly often rewrites his books, sometimes in excess of 20 times so he makes sure his novels are tight. Further development is given to Parker's accomplices Louis and Angel. The nature of Louis' employment puts a strain on his relationship with Parker for the first time. We also get a glimpse into how Angel became intertwined with Parker in the first place. This excites me as Louis is given a more central role in a Parker novel down the road and his character is already interesting by the 2nd novel - I can only guess what Connolly has in store for the next few outings.

Dark Hollow focuses a bit more on who these central characters are, their backgrounds and Charlie's reason for continuing down this road. Connolly should be praised for his ability to write thrillers this good but nothing is better than proper character development, it keeps the series interesting. ( )
1 vote branimal | Apr 1, 2014 |
Very dark and claustrophobic. I liked Every Dead Thing better; the winter-in-Maine setting in Dark Hollow was almost too bleak and heavy. Plus, DH did not have enough Rachel, who was a welcome presence in EDT. I already have book #3 eyeballed at the library, but if these books are all this dark, I might not be able to read too many in a row without a lighthearted break. ( )
  BrookeAshley | May 23, 2013 |
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Alone, alone, about a dreadful wood
Of conscious evil runs a lost mankind,
Dreading fo find its Father.
W. H. Auden, For the Time Being
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For my Father
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The Dodge Intrepid stood beneath a stand of firs, its windshield facing out to the sea, the lights off, the key in the ignition to keep the heater running.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 074341022X, Mass Market Paperback)

Charlie "Bird" Parker, the protagonist of John Connolly's Shamus Award-winning first novel, Every Dead Thing, returns in another moody, masterful thriller set in the beautifully evoked Maine woods where Bird has returned to lick his wounds and recover from the murder of his wife and daughter explored in the earlier book. A half-hearted investigator, Bird agrees to track down the ex-husband of Rita Purdue and get the child support she has coming to her. And when Rita and her son are killed and the finger of suspicion points to Billy Purdue, Bird still feels a moral obligation to find the young man, even though he can't believe he's a killer. Then the bodies begin piling up, among them a bunch of Cambodian killers, some mob-connected Boston gangsters, a couple of people to whom Billy turned for refuge, and an old woman in a nursing home who dies with the name of a bogeyman on her lips--the mysterious Caleb Kyle. It's not the first time Bird's heard that name: his grandfather, who was also a cop, spent his last years trying to track down the legendary monster whose name was always used to scare kids into doing what they were supposed to. And it's not only his grandfather's ghost that haunts Bird as he attempts to solve the mystery of who Billy Purdue really is; the spirits of his dead wife and child urge him on in his attempt to find justice for Rita and her child as well. Aided in his quest by two unlikely but compellingly realized associates, a gay hit man and his lover, Bird confronts the evil that lurks in a mythical monster who turns out to be all too real, and comes to terms, finally, with the grief that has colored his life black since the death of his family. A powerful, well-paced thriller with a complex and interesting hero who bears even further explication--hopefully in his third adventure. --Jane Adams

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Grieving over the murder of his family, private detective Charlie "Bird" Parker returns to Maine in search of refuge, and becomes caught up in the murders of a young mother and her child.

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