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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,234 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Connolly Narrator: Jay O. Sanders Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Charlie Parker Series Release Date:
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Charlie Parker Returns in a Tale of Settling
Blood Debts—Past, Present, and Future

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. 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. But 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 creates a world where everyone is corrupt, murderers go unpunished, but betrayals are always avenged. The Reapers is sure to terrify and transfix.

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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 (Starred review)
  • “Never less than graceful and assured, [Connolly’s] writing is often lyrical, but in his portrait of the Fulci brothers, he employs humor and panache that recalls Trevanian at his snarkiest. To call this a page-turner is to damn it with faint praise. Veteran crime fans will want to savor every note-perfect word.”  


  • “Powerful, disturbing prose…New fans will be searching Connolly’s backlist to find out more.” 

    Omaha World-Herald

  • “The past comes back with a vengeance in bestseller Connolly’s unsettling eighth novel to feature ex-NYPD detective turned disgraced PI Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker…rich prose and compelling plot.” 

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tim Niland | 2/16/2014

    " This is a book in John Connolly's Charlie Parker series, but ostensibly it is really the story of Louis, Parker's enigmatic friend and colleague. When he was a young man, Louis witnessed a horrible race related hate crime, and then committed a crime of his own by avenging the death of his mother. Louis' mixture of intelligence and ruthlessness brings him to the attention to a man named named Gabriel who ran an elite group of contract killers called The Reapers. During his years as a contract killer, Louis ran amok from a fellow Reaper called Bliss, and the heart of the story is the attempt by Bliss to avenge himself against Louis. Louis had long since left the world of contract killing, settling into marginally more legal activities with his lover Angel. But when Gabriel re-enters his life prompting one last mission, Louis and Angel are caught in a deadly web of deceit and lies. This was a very well written novel, filling in the back story in one of the most interesting side characters of the series. Following Louis from a young man to a killer and then retirement takes a whole new slant on the series. Also you get into some of the other character's minds and learn what they think of Parker and his adventures. Parker does appear in person at the end of the novel, but Connolly keeps him in the third person, like a well known person reflected in a distant mirror. This isn't the place to start with this excellent series, because the narrative depends on quite a bit of back story from the previous novels. But this marks an excellent diversion in the series, changing the point of view and perspective and momentarily dropping the supernatural tinge that permeates the Parker centered novels to excellent effect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Paula Hebert | 2/8/2014

    " in this second in the charlie parker series, his two "friends" on the other side of the law, are sent to a small maine town, where they end up being hunted by n old enemy. we find out a lot about their respective pasts, and why they have ended up where they are in life. as with all of connolly's novels, this one is graphic and violent. not for the squeanish. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Charlie | 1/10/2014

    " a bit wordy, to many characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Coki | 1/8/2014

    " not much Parker action but lots about Louis' past. less spiritual than some of the others. good action, good pace "

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