The Killing Kind
When the discovery of a mass grave in northern Maine reveals the grim truth behind the disappearance of a religious community, private detective Charlie Parker is drawn into a violent conflict with a group of zealots intent on tracking down a relic that could link them to the slaughter. Haunted by the ghost of a small boy and tormented by the demonic killer known as Mr. Pudd, Parker is forced to fight for his lover, his friends…and his very soul.
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After winning the 2000 Shamus Award for Best First Private-Eye Novel for Every Dead Thing, John Connolly presents in The Killing Kind an even more caustic, edgier book filled with ravaged, vicious characters.
Former NYPD detective Charlie “Bird” Parker has returned to Maine after the murders of his wife and daughter, which continue to plague him. This time out, Parker is a P.I. hired by an U.S. senator to investigate the supposed suicide of Grace Peltier, a graduate student who was studying a vanished religious community known as the Aroostook Baptists.
Parker soon comes to believe that Grace’s studies might somehow have led to her death. His suspicions fall upon another religious cooperative known as the Fellowship, led by the fanatical Elias Pudd. As Parker digs further, he becomes a target of the zealous leader, who uses spiders to maim and murder. He also becomes haunted by the ghost of an Aroostook boy and eventually grows even more obsessed with his own bitterness and undying rage in a presumably godless world.
In a subtle and powerful fashion reminiscent of James Lee Burke and George C. Chesbro, Connolly walks the narrative tightrope between the real and the supernatural. The concept of spiders trained to do an evil occult master’s bidding is a powerful tool that drives the wheel of this fierce story. The Killing Kind is as much a meditative exploration of corruption as it is an action-packed mystery, offering readers the best of both intense worlds. A chilling, exceptionally dark yet lyrical novel, The Killing Kind packs a lot of muscle where it counts. —Tom Piccirilli