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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.
But as Louis's violent search progresses, Parker comes to realize that the disappearance is part of an older mystery, one that is linked to an ornate church of bones in Eastern Europe, to the slaughter at a French monastery in 1944, and to the quest for a mythical prize that has been sought for centuries by evil men: the Black Angel.
Yet the Black Angel is more than a myth. It is conscious. It dreams. It is alive.
And men are not the only creatures that seek it . . .
Originally published: London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2005.
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Library Journal Review
What's the mysterious Black Angel, and how is it connected to a young woman's disappearance, a church of bones, and the bloodbath at a monastery? Connolly stalwart Charlie Parker finds out. The entire first printing will be autographed; with a 12-city tour. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
The first 60,000 copies of Irish thriller master Connolly's fifth Charlie Parker novel arrive signed, and with a CD. (The latter features tracks that either play a role in his darkly atmospheric novels, or are favored by their characters: everything from Kate Bush to Neko Case.) But fans won't need that much enticement to pick up his latest set of intricately plotted forays into the violent world of the undead. Parker has settled in Maine, still mourning his murdered wife and child while attempting devotion to his new partner, Rachel, and their infant daughter, Sam. At Sam's christening, Parker's sometime collaborator Louis receives an uninvited guest from New York: his aunt, distraught at the disappearance of her daughter, Alice, an NYC prostitute. It doesn't take much to draw an ambivalent Parker back into the game, and soon he's in New York and stumbling onto clues regarding the Black Angel, a statue associated with a Czech ossuary and sought by various evildoers for centuries-or perhaps a living, bloodthirsty spirit. Trips to the Czech Republic and elsewhere ensue as Parker seeks to know this latest face of evil. Connolly delivers a very intense blend of Parker's authentic soul searching and of his own distinctive, moody grue. 22-city author tour. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
In the fifth Charlie Parker novel, the private investigator, recently remarried (after the murders of his wife and child), has been trying to pull his life back together. But when his partner's cousin goes missing, Parker can't avoid getting back in the game. And when he realizes the young woman's disappearance is connected to an older, darker mystery, he once again is forced to risk life and sanity in a desperate good-versus-evil battle. Connolly, who resides in Ireland but writes about the U.S. like he's lived there all his life, once again blends the -private-eye novel and the supernatural thriller in a way that's altogether unique. Parker himself, one of the genre's more disturbed heroes, is a complex creation whose depths have still, even through five novels, been barely explored. The Charlie Parker novels are not for everyone (especially those who like their private-eye yarns unencumbered by philosophical or theological overtones), but Connolly has been building a cadre of devoted fans who clamor for his edgy take on the genre. --David Pitt Copyright 2005 Booklist
Kirkus Book Review
The latest problem for Big Problem Guy Charlie Parker is fallen angels, on a mission to recover one of their nasty number from centuries' long imprisonment. The Portland (Me.) Chamber of Commerce has to have mixed feelings about Irish journalist-turned-thrillmeister Connolly (Bad Men, 2004, etc.), who plugs the place relentlessly but who also continues to populate the beautiful coastline with busloads of murderers and the undead. The latter haunt the opening of Connolly's return to the torments of private investigator Parker as Parker's specters of dead wife and child, brutally murdered several thrillers prior, seem to be lurking around the house he now shares with psychologist girlfriend Rachel and their new baby. The hypertension of the domestic atmosphere ratchets up when an uninvited guest arrives at baby Sam's christening. She's the bereft mother of a missing heroin-addicted prostitute, up from the South to confront her nephew, Charlie's associate Louis, whom she had charged with protecting her daughter Alice. What Charlie and Louis and Louis's boyfriend Angel will learn when they dig into her exceptionally sordid past is that Alice had accidentally got involved in the theft of one of the fragments of a 16th-century map originally dispersed to trustworthy abbots of Cistercian monasteries. Reassembly of the fragments would reveal the spot where a Czech Cistercian hid one of the bad angels, a location long sought by the angel's chums and their hangers-on who call themselves Believers. How the bad angel fell into a vat of molten Bohemian silver and why one would hide the resultant statuary are bits slowly revealed to Charlie and his associates who must travel to New York, Mexico and the Czech Republic in their search. It is also revealed to Charlie that the exiles from Paradise, especially the morbidly obese eater of souls Brightwell, think that the p.i. properly belongs to their side. It's no wonder Rachel's gone home to mum and taken the baby. Stylishly literate gore and terror. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.