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06/18/2005 Archived Entry: "Book review: The Killing Kind"

The Killing Kind
by John Connolly
Published by Pocket Books, 2003

Review by Betsy Phillips

Holy cow is this book good! From the opening page clear through to the end it's as much a rumination on the nature of evil and the ways the past haunts the present as it is a thriller about a shadowy religious group called The Fellowship that appears to be involved in the disappearance of another religious group some forty years before and the recent death of a young grad student.

Charlie Parker, John Connolly's ex-cop turned private eye, is hired to solve the death of the grad student and is soon caught up in a shadowy underworld full of almost supernatural evil. From the get-go, the book sucks you right in. More than that, Connolly really gets what being a character like Parker would be like for one's psyche and Parker is literally haunted by his past as he tries to come to terms with the events in this book and events that, I assume, happened in previous books in the series.

My only reservation is that this book is full of bugs -- especially spiders -- so if you have any kind of bug issues, parts of this book are going to be extremely unbearable. Spiders don't scare me, but after reading this book, and going to bed, I woke up in the middle of the night to the dog making some weird noise and my first thought was that an army of spiders was coming to get me. So, just a warning.

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