The Black Angel by John Connolly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Detective Charlie Parker is trying to help his friend Louis track down his missing cousin, an addict living rough on the streets of New York. When the investigation leads to a homemade house of horrors filled with human bones and statues made of remains, Parker tries to track down those responsible. He comes up against a group of cultists called The Believers, whom are convinced that angels fell to earth and took on human form, save one that was trapped in silver at a hidden location. The Believers come to suspect that Parker is a fallen angel himself, and that he must be captured. So the race is on - to find the killers, to discover a mysterious map that could lead to the location of the silver angel, and to keep Parker out of the hands of The Believers. This is a typically excellent entry in the Charlie Parker series by John Connolly, combining aspects of the supernatural to dark crime fiction. He makes the two fit seamlessly, making the story accessible for both horror and crime fiction fans. This is probably the longest novel in the series, as Connolly adds concurrent narratives and flashbacks as plot devices. The story keeps moving along rapidly and this book is highly recommended. The Black Angel - amazon.com View all my book reviews
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