Charlie Parker

31 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 3,794 ratings

Every Dead Thing 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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  • Book 1

    • Every Dead Thing

    • By: John Connolly
    • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
    • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 534
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 496
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 500

    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....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent story, mediocre narrator

    • By Karen on 11-18-12

    Regular price: $22.63

    • Every Dead Thing

    • By: John Connolly
    • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
    • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    Tormented and racked with guilt over the brutal slaying of his wife and daughter, Charlie Parker, ex-cop with the NYPD, agrees to track down a missing girl. It is a search that will lead him into an abyss of evil. At the same time, he is warned by an old black woman in Louisiana that "The Travelling Man" is about to strike again. Multiple strands converge with a horrific confrontation in which hunter and hunted are intimately connected by guilt.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A symphony of noir and macabre

    • By Claude on 10-31-17

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  • Book 2

    • Dark Hollow

    • By: John Connolly
    • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
    • Length: 14 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    Still raw from the brutal slayings of his wife and daughter, and the events surrounding the capture of their killer, Charlie Parker, retreats to the wintry Maine landscape of his childhood. By following in the steps of his beloved grandfather, Parker hopes to heal his spirit and get through the anniversary of Jennifer and Susan's murder. But the echoes of the past that await him are not all benign. In a gruesome re-enactment of Parker's own nightmares, another young woman is killed with her child and his brief involvement in their lives impels Parker to hunt their vicious murderer....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Charlie Parker series is a good

    • By Mark on 10-24-18

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    • Dark Hollow

    • A Thriller
    • By: John Connolly
    • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
    • Length: 14 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 362
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 336
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 330

    Back again is ex-New York Police Detective Charlie "Bird" Parker, who has returned to his hometown of Scarborough, Maine, after the vicious killings of his wife and daughter; it is time to leave the bloodstained streets of Manhattan and rebuild his family's house - as well as his own life.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Painfully slow going

    • By Allen Anthony on 05-18-16

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  • Book 3

    • The Killing Kind

    • By: John Connolly
    • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
    • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    Did Grace Peltier commit suicide? When a mass grave in northern Maine reveals the final resting place of a religious community that disappeared almost 40 years earlier, private detective Charlie Parker, hired to investigate the circumstances of her death, realises that their deaths and the violent passing of Grace Peltier are part of the same mystery, one that has its roots in her family history and in the origins of the shadowy organisation known as the Fellowship.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Charlie Parker survives another incredible

    • By Mark on 12-02-18

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  • Book 4

    • The White Road

    • By: John Connolly
    • Narrated by: Paul Birchard
    • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    In South Carolina, a young black man faces the death penalty for the rape and murder of Marianne Larousse, daughter of one of the wealthiest men in the state. It's a case that nobody wants to touch, a case with its roots in old evil, and old evil is private detective Charlie Parker's speciality. But Parker is about to make a descent into the abyss, a confrontation with dark forces that threaten all that Parker holds dear: his lover, his unborn child, even his soul.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • John Connolly has a great series on his hands

    • By Mark on 12-02-18

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    • The White Road

    • Charlie Parker, Book 4
    • By: John Connolly
    • Narrated by: Paul Birchard
    • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 187
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 170
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 171

    After years of suffering unfathomable pain and guilt over the murders of his wife and daughter, private detective Charlie Parker has finally found some measure of peace. As he and his lover, Rachel, are awaiting the birth of their first child and settling into an old farmhouse in rural Maine, Parker has found the kind of solace often lost to those who have been touched by true evil. But darkness soon descends when Parker gets a call from Elliot Norton, an old friend from his days as a detective with the NYPD.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beast audible so far.

    • By Ayla Sharp on 08-26-17

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  • Book 5

    • The Black Angel

    • By: John Connolly
    • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
    • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    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.

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    • The Black Angel

    • A Thriller
    • By: John Connolly
    • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
    • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 168
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 152
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 151

    The Black Angel begins with the disappearance of a young prostitute from one of New York City's seamiest neighborhoods. Like so many tormented souls before her, the girl's mother is inevitably drawn to Charlie Parker's doorstep desperate for redemption and revenge. Despite the danger that his chosen profession imposes on his wife and newborn daughter, Parker knows that the woman and her troubles cannot be ignored.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • As always AMAZING!

    • By Leslie on 10-27-18

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  • Book 6

    • The Unquiet

    • By: John Connolly
    • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
    • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    Daniel Clay, a once-respected psychiatrist, has been missing for years following revelations about harm done to the children in his care. Believing him dead, his daughter Rebecca has tried to come to terms with her father's legacy, but her fragile peace is about to be shattered. Someone is asking questions about Daniel Clay, someone who does not believe that he is dead: the revenger Merrick, a father and a killer obsessed with discovering the truth about his own daughter's disappearance.

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    • The Unquiet

    • A Charlie Parker Mystery
    • By: John Connolly
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 198
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 169
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 168

    In The Unquiet, private detective Charlie Parker returns to untangle a horrifying story of betrayal, unclean desires, and murder -- a story of never-ending evil whose conclusion is still unknown.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another excellent Charlie Parker Mystery.

    • By Annabelle on 03-20-14

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  • Book 7

    • The Reapers

    • By: John Connolly
    • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
    • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    They are the Reapers, the elite among killers. Men so terrifying that their names are mentioned only in whispers. The assassin Louis is one of them. But now Louis, and his partner, Angel, are themselves targets. And there is no shortage of suspects. A wealthy recluse sends them north to a town that no longer exists on a map. A town ruled by a man with very personal reasons for wanting Louis's blood spilt.

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    • The Reapers

    • A Charlie Parker Mystery
    • By: John Connolly
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 234
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 201
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 203

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

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Hard to get into

    • By P. Minor on 01-15-13

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  • Book 8

    • The Lovers

    • By: John Connolly
    • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
    • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    When Charlie Parker was still a boy, his father, a NYPD cop, killed a young couple, a boy and a girl barely older than his son, and then took his own life. There was no explanation for his actions. Now Parker is working on his most personal case yet: an investigation into his own origins and the circumstances surrounding the death of his father. The investigation will reveal a life haunted by lies, by secrets kept and loyalties compromised.

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    • The Lovers

    • A Charlie Parker Mystery
    • By: John Connolly
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 158
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 145
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 143

    Stripped of his license, Charlie Parker takes a job in a Portland bar. Alone and directionless, he faces at last a shadow he has lived with since his childhood: what made his father, a respected police officer, apparently shoot dead two unarmed teens and then commit suicide. His quest leads him back to the little New York town where he grew up, to the mysterious history of the NYPD, and to the existence of secret friends and hidden enemies.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I don't think John Connolly knows how to do wrong

    • By Natasa Jovanovic-Vuskovic on 02-27-13

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  • Book 9

    • Whisperers

    • A Charlie Parker Mystery
    • By: John Connolly
    • Narrated by: Holter Graham
    • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 340
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 270
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 277

    In his latest dark and chilling Charlie Parker thriller, New York Times best-selling author John Connolly takes us to the border between Maine and Canada. It is there, in the vast and porous Great North Woods, that a dangerous smuggling operation is taking place, run by a group of disenchanted former soldiers, newly returned from Iraq. Illicit goods - drugs, cash, weapons, even people - are changing hands.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thank you!

    • By Cathy E. Howe on 11-06-10

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    • The Whisperers

    • By: John Connolly
    • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
    • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    The border between Maine and Canada is porous. Anything can be smuggled across it: drugs, cash, weapons, people. Now a group of disenchanted former soldiers has begun its own smuggling operation, and what is being moved is infinitely stranger and more terrifying than anyone can imagine. Anyone, that is, except private detective Charlie Parker, who has his own intimate knowledge of the darkness in men's hearts.

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  • Book 10

    • The Burning Soul

    • A Charlie Parker Mystery
    • By: John Connolly
    • Narrated by: George Guidall, Tony Ward
    • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 183
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 165
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 169

    Randall Haight has a secret: He is a convicted murderer, a man with the blood of a young girl on his hands. He has built a new life for himself in the small Maine town of Pastor's Bay, but someone has discovered the truth about him. He is being tormented by anonymously sent reminders of his crime. He wants private detective Charlie Parker to make them go away.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great plot, Narration not so great

    • By Marian on 12-23-11

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    • The Burning Soul

    • A Charlie Parker Mystery
    • By: John Connolly
    • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
    • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    Randall Haight has a secret: when he was a teenager, he and his friend killed a 14-year-old girl. Randall did his time and built a new life in the small Maine town of Pastor's Bay, but somebody has discovered the truth about Randall. He is being tormented by anonymous messages, haunting reminders of his past crime, and he wants private detective Charlie Parker to make it stop. But another 14-year-old girl has gone missing, this time from Pastor's Bay, and the missing girl's family has its own secrets to protect.

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  • Book 11

    • The Wrath of Angels

    • By: John Connolly
    • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
    • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    In the depths of the Maine woods, the wreckage of an aeroplane is discovered. There are no bodies, and no such plane has ever been reported missing, but men both good and evil have been seeking it for a long, long time. What the wreckage conceals is more important than money: it is power. Hidden in the plane is a list of names, a record of those who have struck a deal with the Devil.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • lost the plot.....

    • By Janie on 09-25-12

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