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Publisher's Summary

Have faith. I will find you.
Former NYPD detective Charlie "Bird" Parker is on the verge of madness. Tortured by the unsolved slayings of his wife and young daughter, he is a man consumed by guilt, regret, and the desire for revenge.
When his former partner asks him to track down a missing girl, Parker finds himself drawn into a world beyond his imagining - one where 30 year old killings remain shrouded in fear and lies, a world where the ghosts of the dead torment the living, a world haunted by the murderer responsible for the deaths in his family, a serial killer unlike any other, a monster who uses the human body to create works of art and takes faces as his prize. But the search awakens buried instincts in Parker: instincts for survival, for compassion, for love, and, ultimately, for killing.
Aided by a beautiful young psychologist and a pair of career criminals, he becomes the bait in a trap set in the humid bayous of Louisiana, a trap that threatens the lives of everyone in its reach. Driven by visions of the dead and the voice of an old black psychic who met a terrible end, Parker must seek a final, brutal confrontation with a murderer who has moved beyond all notions of humanity, who has set out to create a hell on earth: the serial killer known only as the Travelling Man.
In the tradition of classic American detective fiction, Every Dead Thing is a tense, richly-plotted thriller, filled with memorable characters and gripping action. It is also a profoundly moving novel, concerned with the nature of loyalty, of love, and of forgiveness. Lyrical and terrifying, it is an ambitious debut, triumphantly realized.
©2012 John Connolly (P)2012 Simon & Schuster, Inc
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Critic Reviews

"A stunner...as riveting and chilling as The Silence of the Lambs." (San Francisco Examiner)
"Every Dead Thing is intelligent, deep, and literate, and it is difficult to believe that this is John Connolly's first novel, so confident is the writing.... Buy it and be scared." (The Saturday Times, London)
"[A] darkly ingenious debut novel." (Publishers Weekly)
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By Catcher50 on 05-01-13

Horrible narration

I actually enjoyed the book. It was classic Connolly, with maybe even a bit of Dave Robicheaux's South Louisiana tossed in, for good measure. Not great literature, but a much better than average detective novel.

The real problem was with the narrator. Yes, I know that he made no real attempt to add a serious Louisiana accent, and I can deal with that, since some accents are very tough to get right. Or, in the case of a Scottish accent, if you get it right, the narration is totally unintelligible. The problem is that there were 1/2 dozen words that he completely mispronounced. Since some of them were place names and not just N'Awleans, but when he mispronounces Metarie, Ponchartrain, etc. and they are words/place names that come up repeatedly, it's like fingernails on a chalk board. It should have been basic research to check on those names.

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By FRITZ STOOP on 08-29-16

Brief, he ain't

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This boy's need to impress defiles his ability to convince. Like most Irish ( my Irish Catholic Law Professor Father-in-law was testament to the verbosity of the breed) Connolly's deluge of description at times withers the reader. We get it, and would prefer moving along in the plot. If I get lost in lyricism or minutiae, my interest in the story can be obscured. My Grandmother used to say, frequently, that, "Enough is too much". Connolly would do well to heed these words. He is a talented story-teller and his imagination is refreshing in a crowded field. But his work, as fine as it may be, strains to keep interest. His plotting is overly complex and he should get to the point much earlier and save those of us that appreciate his prose an exercise in tolerance.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Appropriate

Was Every Dead Thing worth the listening time?

Nope. Too long. Like taking the 'wrong way'

Any additional comments?

"Every time we praise a literary book for its heft, we contribute to a kind of aesthetic confusion." Anon

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