THE REAPERS by John Connolly
Atria Books; (May 27, 2008), 368 pages
This is the seventh book in the Charlie Parker series, although Charlie plays only a small role in The Reapers – joining the story near its conclusion. Rather his two NY based unofficial “partners” – Angel and Louis - are the “stars” – with Louis taking “Top Billing”. Angel and Louis are “bad guys”, who since meeting Charley – and in this author’s hands – fight the good fight - with any and all means justifying the end. And for those of you familiar with the series, the “ends” can be very violent ones indeed as Charlie has a knack of pitting himself, with Angel and Louis at his side or covering his back, against some incredibly evil beings.
Louis is the quintessential enigmatic character, the reader privy to just bits and pieces of his history from the earlier books. In The Reapers, we learn of Louis’ past as it all catches up with him - With Louis, Angel – and eventually Charlie – fighting for their lives in a deadly cat and mouse “game”.
The Reapers is somewhat of a change of pace in the Parker series, besides the protagonist shift, this is more of a straightforward thriller than a “mystery”, and there is a minimal amount of the supernatural that lurks in the previous books. Still the writing is excellent – with tidbits of dark humor sprinkled throughout – there is an excellent supporting cast, and the plot will keep you turning the pages. If you’re new to this author/series, this is not the place to start. If you are a fan of Charlie and Co., you won’t be disappointed with The Reapers.
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