Dark Hollow by John Connolly
Hodder Published 2000
Charlie Parker isn’t a lucky man. A simple job of getting child maintenance for a client turns into a hunt for a killer that’s linked to an old lady’s fear of a man called Caleb Kyle and pile of money that a lot of people are eager to get there hands on. It’s a mess that Charlie can’t avoid stepping in.
Connolly puts you in the action from the very first page as he sets up the events that snowball throughout Dark Hollow. The plotting is tighter than a washing line on a windy day. Just when you think you know what is going on the action snaps in another direction.
Added to that, Connolly is a well read and intelligent writer who doesn’t shy away from the details and doesn’t dumb down for the reader. This can make for a challenging read, not because it’s complicated in anyway, it’s more the depths of darkness he descends as he explores the more disturbing parts of human nature.
Parker’s world isn’t one you’d see on your average cop show on TV. It’s one where you kill or be killed and that’s another thing that is different about Connolly’s detective. He isn’t pure and greater than the criminals. He’s only just about on the right moral side.
This first person-tale is well worth reading. I’d suggest reading Every Dead Thing first as it explains why Parker is so haunted by the dead and what fuels his actions.