TITLE: DARK HOLLOW
AUTHOR: JOHN CONNOLLY
Details: no. 2 Charlie "Birdman" Parker
This book, like the previous one, is hard to describe since there is so very much happening; initially appearing unconnected acts of violence that somehow all make sense by he end of the book. And there are a lot of players as well, most of them violent or in danger of violence in one way or another.
Charlie "Bird" Parker is nearing the first anniversary of the brutal murder of his wife and young daughter and trying to rebuild his life by moving into and renovating the house he inherited from his grandfather. A favour he does for a local young woman draws him into a spiral of ever increasing violence, starting with the death of the woman and her young son.
As he sets out to find the woman's ex-husband he finds himself facing mob opposition as well as an evil force that has been around for 30 years and is looking to finish what was started in a past that belonged to and involved Bird's grandfather.
With law-enforcement, the mob, the old evil and Bird all looking for the same man an explosion of violence is unavoidable. And Bird, assisted by the loyal Louis and Angel, finds himself smack in the middle of it.
Another dark and violent story, but I find myself growing fond of Bird, his ghosts and his attempts to find redemption.
Angel and Louis are a fabulous couple, always bickering but extremely loyal to each other and to Bird.
The decision has been made; I will continue with this series.