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As a small boy, Louis witnesses an unspeakable crime that takes the life of a member of his small, Southern community. He grows up and moves on, but he is forever changed by the cruel and brutal nature of the act. It lights a fire deep within him that burns white and cold, a quiet flame just waiting to ignite.

Now, years later, the sins of his life are reaching into his present, bringing with them the buried secrets and half-forgotten acts of his past. Someone is hunting him, targeting his home, his businesses, and his partner, Angel.

The instrument of revenge is Bliss, a killer of killers, the most feared of assassins. Bliss is a Reaper, a lethal tool to be applied toward the ultimate end, but he is also a man with a personal vendetta.

Hardened by their pasts, Louis and Angel decide to strike back. While they form a camaraderie that brings them solace, it offers them no shelter from the fate that stalks them. When they mysteriously disappear, their friends are forced to band together to find them. They are led by private detective Charlie Parker, a killer himself, a Reaper in waiting.

Connolly's triumphant prose and unerring rendering of his tortured characters mesmerize and chill. He creates a world in which everyone is corrupt, murderers go unpunished, but betrayals are always avenged. Yet another masterpiece from a proven talent, The Reapers will terrify and transfix.

©2008 John Connolly; (P)2008 Simon and Schuster, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Connolly has crafted one of the most darkly intriguing books this reviewer has encountered in more than three decades of reading crime fiction....To call this a page-turner is to damn it with faint praise. Veteran crime fans will want to savor every note-perfect word." (Booklist)

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  • Shelby
  • epworth, GA, USA
  • 08-09-08

GOOD READ

THIS WAS MY VERY FIRST AUDIO BOOK AND I WAS MESMERIZED!THE NARRATOR WAS EXCEPTIONAL AND I HAVE THUS LOOKED FOR OTHER BOOKS THAT HE HAS READ.JOHN CONNELLY HAS ALWAYS BEEN A FAVORITE,SO NO DISAPPOINTMENT THERE.I LOVE BEING READ TO!

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  • Derek B.
  • A strange midwestern city, United States
  • 12-20-08

Order book of lost things instead!

"The book of lost things" is as enjoyable a book as I have ever read but this, probably because it is abriged, I just could not get to know the people in the story enough to care or like them! John Connolly is talented but abriged versions are hard to overcome and to me are almost pointless, but I tried because The book of lost things is so darn good I was hopping for a repeat performance!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful