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Every Dead Thing

1999 Best First Novel Shamus Award Winner
1999 L.A. Times Book of the Year

Every Dead Thing
Every Dead Thing

Haunted by the unsolved slayings of his wife and young daughter, and tormented by his sense of guilt, former NYPD detective Charlie Parker is a man consumed by violence, regret and the desire for revenge. But when his ex-partner asks him to track down a missing girl, Parker embarks on an odyssey that is to lead him to the heart of organized crime; to an old black woman who dwells by a Louisiana swamp and hears the voices of the dead; to cellars of torture and murder; and to a serial killer unlike any other, an artist who uses the human body as his canvas and takes faces as his prize, the killer known only as the Traveling Man.

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"An ambitious, moral, disturbing tale with a stunning climax."
   —The Times

"Painstaking research, superb characterisation, and an ability to tell a story that's chilling and thought provoking make this a terrific thriller."
   —The Mirror

"Connolly's first novel is a spellbinding book. Informed but uncluttered, it holds the reader fast in a comfortless stranglehold."
   —L.A. Times

"Every Dead Thing is a stunner... Connolly has created a complex tale that is as riveting and chilling as Thomas Harris's Silence of the Lambs and James Patterson's Kiss The Girls. Well-paced and character-driven, Every Dead Thing is a terrific addition to the genre."
   —San Francisco Examiner

"A darkly ingenious debut novel." starred review
   —Publishers Weekly

"Extravagantly gifted... Ambitious, grisly."
   —Kirkus Reviews

"This is Connolly's first novel and a remarkable achievement, up there with Kathy Reichs, Patricia Cornwell and Jeffery Deaver's best works. A literate and absorbing story full of action, in which a multi-dimensional and very human hero fights the worst kind of monsters. I look forward to more from this author, and to the inevitable movie.
   —Book Loons

Simon & Schuster, US & Canada hardcover, May 1999, ISBN: 9780684857145
Pocket Books, US & Canada paperback, July 2000, ISBN: 9780671027315
Hodder & Stoughton, UK, Ireland, Australia, etc. hardcover, January 1999, ISBN: 9780340728970
Hodder & Stoughton, UK, Ireland, Australia, etc. paperback, February 2010, ISBN: 9781444704686