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The Black Angel: A Thriller (Charlie Parker Mysteries) (original 2005; edition 2006)

by John Connolly

Series: Charlie Parker (5)

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The Black Angel is not an object. The Black Angel is not a myth. The Black Angel lives. A young woman goes missing from the streets of New York. Those who have taken her believe that nobody cares about her, and that no one will come looking for her. They are wrong. She is 'blood' to the killer Louis, the man who stands at the right hand of private detective Charlie Parker, and Louis will tear apart anyone who stands in the way of his attempts to find her. But as Louis's violent search progresses, Parker comes to realize that the disappearance is part of an older mystery, one that is linked to an ornate church of bones in Eastern Europe, to the slaughter at a French monastery in 1944, and to the quest for a mythical prize that has been sought for centuries by evil men: the Black Angel. Yet the Black Angel is more than a myth. It is conscious. It dreams. It is alive. And men are not the only creatures that seek it . . .… (more)
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Title:The Black Angel: A Thriller (Charlie Parker Mysteries)
Authors:John Connolly
Info:Pocket Star (2006), Edition: First Thus, Mass Market Paperback, 624 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:fiction, mystery

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The Black Angel by John Connolly (2005)

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Thought it went into dark areas not usually visited by John. Well conceived & delivered. ( )
1 vote BryceV | Apr 28, 2019 |
This was another great installment in the series. The story took a different stance on the whole murderer/paranormal story. Parker isn’t the main focus in the story and it’s a refreshing break. Louis’s backstory is fleshed out more and Parker’s supernatural elements are becoming more pronounced. Looking forward to reading the next novel in the series. ( )
1 vote Arkrayder | Apr 22, 2018 |
Mystery, thriller, suspense with hints of the supernatural (or super disturbed,) The "Black Angel" will lure you into a world where evil brushes casually by on busy city streets, and it will keep you there way past your bedtime. I enjoyed this book a great deal, and would recommend it generally, with the proviso that it's VERY,VERRY strong in terms of horror and suffering.
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  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
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 reading. I mean, I have enough supernatural in my reading life with Stephen King and I really enjoyed the Parker series having its distinct feel - the career of a witty and sarcastic P.I. with his two buddies, a hit-man and a retired career criminal specializing in B&E. However, Connolly does not go over board. Yes, this novel is supported on the readers ability to grasp the existence of Angels and seemingly immortal individuals but Connolly's back story supports it so well that it honestly does not seem like that much of a stretch.

While he spends a good portion of the book developing his characters (old and new) and their reasons for the acquisition of The Black Angel itself; he spends very little time on action. So little that I think that Connolly is not aware of just how well he writes action. The scenes involving intense shoot outs are far and few between - that being said, I can do without Connolly throwing in that stuff for the sake of it - I'm just craving more of it.

I'm a big fan of where this book went when the initial plot seemed to be taken care of. Connolly never abandons old plots and important events from previous novels - he blends everything in so very well. It's clear that he's not doing it to only seem consistent; he appears to have a long and drawn out vision of where this character is going. Which is reassuring considering I have the next 3 sitting on my bookshelf.

While the ending of this book isn't exactly the most thrilling of his work to date, the events that unfold could not be better for the longevity of the Charlie Parker character. I'm still just as interested to read the 6th book as I was to pick up the 2nd. ( )
1 vote branimal | Apr 1, 2014 |
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  jan.fleming | May 2, 2013 |
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No one can know the origin of evil who has not grasped the truth about the so-called Devil and his angels. -Origen (186-255)
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For Sue Fletcher, with gratitude and affection.
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The rebel angels fell, garlanded with fire.
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The Black Angel is not an object. The Black Angel is not a myth. The Black Angel lives. A young woman goes missing from the streets of New York. Those who have taken her believe that nobody cares about her, and that no one will come looking for her. They are wrong. She is 'blood' to the killer Louis, the man who stands at the right hand of private detective Charlie Parker, and Louis will tear apart anyone who stands in the way of his attempts to find her. But as Louis's violent search progresses, Parker comes to realize that the disappearance is part of an older mystery, one that is linked to an ornate church of bones in Eastern Europe, to the slaughter at a French monastery in 1944, and to the quest for a mythical prize that has been sought for centuries by evil men: the Black Angel. Yet the Black Angel is more than a myth. It is conscious. It dreams. It is alive. And men are not the only creatures that seek it . . .

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The Black Angel begins with the disappearance of a young woman from one of NYC seamiest neighborhoods. Ties of friendship and blood inevitably draw Charlie Parker into the search. As he digs deeper, he discovers that her disappearanceis linked to a church of bones in Eastern Europe, to the slaughter at a French monastery in 1944, and to the myth of an object known as the Black Angel-an object considered by people of certain tastes to be beyond priceless. But the Black Angel is not a legend., It is real. It dreams. And the mystery of its existence may contain the secet of Parker's own origins... (back of book)
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