Every Dead Thing
Haunted by the unsolved slayings of his wife and daughter and tormented by his sense of guilt, former New York City detective Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker is a man consumed by violence, regret and the desire for revenge.
Then Bird’s ex-partner asks him to track down a missing girl and Bird embarks on an odyssey that is to lead him into the bowels of organised crime; to an old black woman who lives by the Louisiana swamps; to cellars of torture and death; and to a serial killer unlike any other who uses the human body as his own canvas and takes faces as his prize; a killer known only as The Travelling Man.
Steeped in the best tradition of American crime fiction, John Connolly’s stunning first novel pushes back the frontiers of the genre. Complexly plotted, richly textured with memorable characters and a profoundly moral dimension, it is an ambitious debut, triumphantly realised.