Every Dead Thing
Every Dead Thing by John Connelly.
Paperback: 512 pages
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books(June 16, 2015)
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: a world where thirty-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 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 bickering career criminals, Parker 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 Traveling 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, love, and forgiveness. Lyrical and terrifying, it is an ambitious debut, triumphantly realized.
I have read 2 other books by John Connolly and liked them both. This one was another good book. "Bird" was on the search for the cold case in which his wife and child were killed.... but not "just" killed.
At times he almost lost me by having so many people involved that I'd start wondering what the heck was going on. But eventually it cleared up and I once again knew what it was all about. I am a bit brain dead when I get too many characters to keep track of lol.
I enjoyed this book enough to order yet another book by the same author. Which surprises me since "detectives" are getting to be the "norm" when in truth my favorite books are still more to the "family secrets" when solving a crime.