Charlie Parker Books

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Charlie Parker is the main character of the series of novels written by well-known Irish writer John Connolly. The character of Charlie Parker was first introduced in 1999 in a novel called “Every Dead Thing”, which collected many recognitions. The series revolves around the former NYPD detective Charlie “Bird” Parker (every coincidence is purely intentional), a man who used to solve gruesome cases in “The City That Never Sleeps”.

Now he fights even more disturbing visions that haunt him for years. His wife and his little daughter were brutally murdered and Charlie never forgave himself. He was a heavy drinker and was drinking in a bar while his family was dying. Thus, he wanders through the mean streets of New York in search for some kind of redemption or distraction at least.

Order of Charlie Parker Series

1Every Dead Thing1999Description / Buy
2Dark Hollow2000Description / Buy
3The Killing Kind2001Description / Buy
4The White Road2002Description / Buy
5The Black Angel2005Description / Buy
6The Unquiet2007Description / Buy
7The Reapers2008Description / Buy
8The Lovers2009Description / Buy
9The Whisperers2010Description / Buy
10The Burning Soul2011Description / Buy
11The Wrath of Angels2012Description / Buy
12The Wolf in Winter2014Description / Buy
13A Song of Shadows2015Description / Buy
14A Time of Torment2016Description / Buy
15A Game of Ghosts2017Description / Buy
16The Woman in the Woods2018Description / Buy
17A Book of Bones2019Description / Buy
18The Dirty South2020Description / Buy
19The Nameless Ones2021Description / Buy

Order of Charlie Parker Non-Fiction Novels

1Parker: A Miscellany2016Description / Buy
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Order of Charlie Parker Non-Fiction Novels

1Parker: A Miscellany2016Description / Buy
Print: Print PDF

Charlie Parker Awards

John Connolly has received quite a few awards for his work on the “Charlie Parker Series”. His opening novel “Every Dead Thing” won the Shamus Awards, which is given to an exceptional detective fiction novels and short stories. In 2000, Connolly was nominated for the Barry Award, an award for the best crime fiction novel first published in the UK. In 1999, Conolly’s first novel was shortlisted for the prestigious Bram Stoker Award in the First Novel category. Other books of the series did not go under the radar, thus “The White Road” won the Barry Award in 2003, whereas “The Killing Kind” and “Dark Hollow” were also nominated for that award in the preceding years.

Best Charlie Parker Books

Besides “Every Dead Thing” which is considered as probably his best novel, Connolly wrote several more praiseworthy sequels such as “Dark Hollow” and “The Killing Kind”.

Dark Hollow is a follow-up to the novel that introduced a reader to charismatic detective Charlie “Bird” Parker. This second novel of the series published in 1999 continues the story of Charlie as he is trying to come to terms with the death of his family. The killer, known as “The Traveling Man” is captured and Charlie has to face quite an awkward question- and now what? Bird seeks peace in the solitude of his family estate in Maine. The snowy landscape and quiet solitude are exactly what Charlie is looking for in order to clear his mind. That is not meant to be as the past is going to come after him like it never did before. A case emerges in which a mother and daughter are killed in a way very similar to the case of Charlie’s family. As that is not enough, his late grandfather’s battles are going to land on Charlie’s back, as he tries to solve the case his grandfather did not finish. and right there in that case lies much more than Charlie can imagine, and same applies to his grandfather’s estate.

The Killing Kind is the third novel of the series revolving around Charlie Parker. Charlie, who is now a private eye, again finds himself in the peculiar circumstances in Maine, as religious side takes over. He was trying to shove his nose in a series of low-profile cases involving adultery, stalking etc. He found a new love in form of Rachel Wolfe, the psychologist, and settled in his grandfather’s old house. But it was never meant to last. A horrific, almost ritual murder happens and the long mystery of the disappearance of the religious community is solved when a mass grave is found. It seems as the cult of some kind is involved in murders and its members quickly disperse around Maine in order to find incriminating evidence. Parker has to deal with this cult, and in addition has to solve a murder of his ex-girlfriend’s daughter, all the while fighting with ominous visions and terrible hallucinations. Life just never gets easier for Charlie.

Other book series you may like:

Readers who liked Bird’s cases might enjoy the “Matthew Scudder” series which deals with another alcoholic ex-cop. Scudder left the police after the death of a little girl for whose death he feels responsible. Hence, he goes to a self-imposed exile in Hell’s Kitchen, where he works as a private investigator. Readers may also find interesting the book series about lieutenant “Jonathan Stride“, obsessive, yet romantic detective who solves crimes in Duluth, Minnesota. There is also an interesting series about “Max Mingus”, a Miami detective who was sentenced to eight years of prison for the murder of the junkie killers.

What Is The Next Book in The Charlie Parker Series?

There doesn't seem to be an upcoming book in The Charlie Parker Series. The newest book is The Nameless Ones and was released on July, 8th 2021.

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