John Connolly, The Killing Kind 1/12 rebinding – early Charlie Parker
John Connolly is a unique contributor to crime and a modern master of mystery and imagination stories. The new introduction sets the Charlie Parker novels in the context of Edgar Allen Poe tales of mystery and imagination. Connolly has a strong fan base.
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John Connolly, The Killing Kind – 1/12 1st edition copies deluxe leather rebound copies, signed by the author on limitation with new text about the author.
John Connolly is a unique contributor to crime and a modern master of mystery and imagination stories. The new introduction reflects these sentiments:
The English poet A E Houseman said that his work did not stimulate the intellect so much as feelings in the body; to reach other worlds around our own. Another Victorian, perhaps the most influential of the early crime writers, Edgar Allan Poe, also offered his readers other worlds. His fascination of combining mystery, imagination and terror was a masterstroke, and one spread of crime fiction set in train, resulting today in a massive media industry.
John Connolly is a unique contributor to crime literature with his Charlie Parker detective stories. Now spanning seventeen books from Every Dead Thing (1999) through to Book of Bones (2019), they bring together the poets sensitively for these other forms of perception with a narrative that has historical depth, empirical detail and, importantly the chill factor. These books have contemporary crimes with ex-NYPD cop throwing a light on mysteries, often with layers of past and present injunctions. Into one plot line we typically finds another bolted-on, and another side turning … For Connolly, like the late Michael Dibdin, ‘crime’ is not Literature with a big ‘L’, but a form of popular expression which can be both literature and a critical force. It is about seeing things differently, going beneath the surface, delving into superstition. Allied to this is the on-going suspense; as we await the confrontation with outright evil in many of the stories. Edgy feelings are created at the start of this the third Charlie Parker when we discover a spider infestation has seemingly killed a woman in her garage. But as the story unfolds we have mention of “lost souls”, obscure cults and Biblical references.
Curiously, one of the Psalms sums up the nerve-tangling Charlie Parker books: “Truly you set them in slippery places; you make them fall to ruin. How they are destroyed in a moment, swept away utterly by terrors! They are like a dream when one awakes; on awakening you despise their phantoms”. Psalm 73. 18-20.