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The Black Angel is not an object. The Black Angel is not a myth. The Black Angel lives. A young woman goes missing from the streets of New York. Those who have taken her believe that nobody cares about her, and that no one will come looking for her. They are wrong. She is 'blood' to the killer Louis, the man who stands at the right hand of private detective Charlie Parker, and Louis will tear apart anyone who stands in the way of his attempts to find her. But as Louis's violent search progresses, Parker comes to realize that the disappearance is part of an older mystery, one that is linked to an ornate church of bones in Eastern Europe, to the slaughter at a French monastery in 1944, and to the quest for a mythical prize that has been sought for centuries by evil men: the Black Angel.

Yet the Black Angel is more than a myth. It is conscious. It dreams. It is alive. And men are not the only creatures that seek it…

©2005 John Connolly (P)2005 ISIS Publishing Ltd

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Always a good read.

The Charlie Parker series is good. I listen to them every few years as I forget the intricacies of the stories and just want to get lostt in the tale.

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  • Mark
  • 20-01-2019

Another excellent instalment in the Charlie Parker

Another excellent instalment in the Charlie Parker series. As each individual book in this series unfolds more of the back story is revealed. The back is all about Charlie Parker and his slow recognition of who and what he is. So far each book has held my interest through to the end. Interesting enough to try the next one in the series at some point. Jeff Harding is the only narrator for this series.

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  • Nick GB
  • 11-06-2012

Lecter eats Langdon in Marlowes office.

I have not read this particular genre before but it was a cracking first read of a John Connolly book. Part serial killer thriller, part detective noir and part supernatural mystery but with just the right touch of humour and a freshness to the prose to keep you listening. Imagine Silence of the lambs meets the Da Vinci code with the mystery untangled by Raymond Chandler after a night watching the Omen.
Not only does John Connollys story entertain but Jeff Harding as the narrator does an excellent job. I feel he struggled in one or two places with pronunciation but overall he brought the book to life.

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  • Hop
  • 21-07-2019

One of the Best of Connolly's Bunch.

"The Black Angel" my most revisited Parker book throughout the years, it borrows from the esoteric themes of the books that have gone before it and attempts to tie them up in a scary knot. Connolly is so bold in his treatment of the supernatural in this one that it ought to detract from its credulity but it doesn't. Instead it makes for a compelling listen..and it helps that Harding is in good form.

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  • Graeme from Preston
  • 30-07-2016

The supernatural breaks through

An excellent, well written crime novel. But at this point on the series the supernatural bleeds through so it can't be denied any more. Previously there were hints of ghosts seen from a world beyond the living, but these could have been dismissed as psychological effects of guilt. No more. The Fallen angels live amongst us. Delighting in nightmare horrors. Charlie Parker falls unwillingly into the role of protector. But can one guilt ridden man save humanity from an evil so hideous it was banished from heaven and is beyond God's redemption? Let's hope so.

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  • Mr Rupert Seymour
  • 25-09-2014

Dark Labyrinthine Complexities...

If you could sum up The Black Angel in three words, what would they be?

Deep - Shadowy - Compelling

What did you like best about this story?

The slow development of the many layers of plot weaving strands of grief and shadows through the mysteries that surface unexpectedly throughout the reading.

Which character – as performed by Jeff Harding – was your favourite?

All of them ... Jeff Harding is THE master reader. His voice, the intonations and characterisation of both men and women is brilliant. I select books not just for the stories but for the readers. Jeff Harding is always top of the list,

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

After nigh on 17 hours to select even a few highlights would deny merit to the rest of the story. 17 hours is a long time and it is a very long complex story.

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  • M. E. Ditchburn
  • 08-04-2013

Undercurrents

Probably my favourite Charlie Parker novel. A fine selection of characters, humour, rich language with the recurring undercurrent becoming more clear. I love the hints of the eternal struggle between good and evil manifested in the corporeal plane.



The disintegration of Charlie's marriage at first seems a little cliched but as things develop cliched is not what it is.



Once against wonderfully read by Jeff Harding. Thanks Jeff

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  • John Carty
  • 07-06-2021

Magic as always frm Mr Connolly

Loved the Supernatural Element regarding Charlie Parker As usual We are in Private Eye, Gay Hit-Man Friends US Underbelly situation

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-04-2021

Great read

riveting from the start. love how Charlie parkers identity unfolds throughout the series. Well read, written and paced

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  • Lornie Lou
  • 19-12-2019

White knuckle joyride to depths of hell! (&back)

Highly recommended!! Top notch thriller with a great range of characters throughout it's dark, gritty, esoteric storyline. Fine as a stand alone novel as not really reliant on details from previous books in the series. Only disappointment is the seriousness of subject matter left Angel and Louis so focused on their aims, they had little time for their characteristic banter and bicker and marital moaning . Still gripped me till the end , thanks in no small part to Jeff Harding's powerfully descriptive vocal skills. Well deserved place in my top 20 rereads/ return visits.

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  • Allan D Lauder
  • 13-02-2019

Back on form

a great story, brilliantly narrated, Charlie parker back on form, a little longer than it needed to be but great characters keep you engaged.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-11-2017

Another classic

I enjoyed having Jeff Harding back. another. classical book by John Connolly really enjoyed listening, I have read all the Charlie Parker books and Jeff really brings Parker alive, so settle back and let the Black Angel take you into unknown realms, thoroughly enjoyed it

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