Charlie Parker by John Connolly
The Charlie Parker series is one of my absolute favourites, frankly a tossup between it and Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch but they do not share much else. Set in Portland, Maine, Parker was left widowed by a serial killer and his wife and daughter still appear to him on occasion. In “Every Dead Thing” the first book in the series, you may attribute this to the mourning of recently deceased loved ones but as the series progresses the supernatural element comes to bear more often. Parker is often rescued by his partners in crime, Angel & Louis, who are lethal but also provide a comedic element. Connolly’s writing style transcends the normal genre conventions and as long as you have the stomach to bear the violence that occasionally plays out and do not mind the supernatural overtones that you will encounter, this series is one worth following.
Reviewed by CT, Aug 2008: http://henryct.wordpress.com/2008/08/01/review-every-dead-thing/
Reviewed by CT, May 2008: http://henryct.wordpress.com/2008/05/05/revew-the-unquiet-by-john-connolly/
Reviewed by CT, Aug 2009: http://henryct.wordpress.com/2009/08/14/review-the-lovers-by-john-connolly/
Reviewed by CT, July 2010: http://henryct.wordpress.com/2010/07/16/disappointed-in-connolly-and-koryta/
Reviewed by John, Nov 2011: http://henryct.wordpress.com/2011/11/12/review-the-burning-soul-by-john-connolly/