The Reapers

The Reapers

They are the Reapers, the elite among killers. Men so terrifying that their names are mentioned only in whispers. The assassin Louis is one of them. But now Louis and his partner, Angel, are themselves targets - and there is no shortage of suspects....

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Title:The Reapers
Author:John Connolly
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The Reapers Reviews

  • Brandon

    I doubt that Connolly ever had the idea that he would do an entire book dedicated to Louis and Angel. That being said, I had hoped early on that this book would eventually exist.

    In The Reapers, long time associates of Charlie Parker, Louis and Angel, get their own novel. Louis and Angel have recently fallen into the cross hairs of a rival long thought dead. A former colleague of Louis, Bliss, has returned to seek his vengeance against those who brutally disfigured him, leaving him for dead years

    I doubt that Connolly ever had the idea that he would do an entire book dedicated to Louis and Angel. That being said, I had hoped early on that this book would eventually exist.

    In The Reapers, long time associates of Charlie Parker, Louis and Angel, get their own novel. Louis and Angel have recently fallen into the cross hairs of a rival long thought dead. A former colleague of Louis, Bliss, has returned to seek his vengeance against those who brutally disfigured him, leaving him for dead years ago. However, Louis and Angel are unaware of his resurgence, accepting a job from a wealthy criminal recluse who asks them to take out his longtime rival. The pair goes missing during said job and it's up to their friends, led by Parker to find them.

    This novel is refreshing in so many ways from the previous Parker installments. Gone is the first person narrative, gone are the supernatural aspects and for the most part, gone is Charlie Parker himself. Having already explored a lot of Angel's history in the earlier books, Connolly dives deep into Louis' upbringing and the circumstances that led him down his path in life. Told through flashbacks, Connolly shapes Louis through his first kill and his subsequent recruitment of a man known as Gabriel. This man becomes Louis' father figure, molding him into a "Reaper"; a hit man.

    I really enjoyed the back story on Louis, I felt like it's long overdue and without a doubt, he's grown to become my favorite character in the Parker series. He's written with such passion; Connolly paints him as a consistent professional but with a dry sense of humor that is just awesome. The novel also goes into detail the lengths that Louis and Angel take to maintain their lifestyle. Louis does a lot of his business through shell companies and pre-paid, disposable cell phones, trying not to deal with anyone directly unless absolutely necessary, even paying homeless people to pay bills and acquire new phones with pre-paid calling cards. It's pretty slick.

    Parker's role was perfect, leading a rag tag group of allies to aid Louis and Angel upon their disappearance. I'm growing to love Parker's hired goons, the Fulci brothers. Their associate, Jackie Garner (hired by the Fulci brothers to take care of their business affairs), had one of the better moments in the series leaving me laughing out loud.

    I'm so glad Connolly decided to give Louis and Angel their own entry in the long running Parker series. I'm hoping that he one day decides to give them another kick at the can. I'll try not to be greedy though - I'll take as many Parker books that Connolly will throw at me.

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  • Bandit

    Another excellent entry into what is quite possibly the best detective series out there. This time Connolly lets Charlie Parker take a back seat with Louis and Angel as the driving force. The reader gets a deeper insight into Louis' upbringing and things that made him the killer with occasional sparks of conscience that he became. The book also works as a fine meditation on the nature of evil and/or violence and on the effects it has on the innocent and not so innocent bystanders. The adversarie

    Another excellent entry into what is quite possibly the best detective series out there. This time Connolly lets Charlie Parker take a back seat with Louis and Angel as the driving force. The reader gets a deeper insight into Louis' upbringing and things that made him the killer with occasional sparks of conscience that he became. The book also works as a fine meditation on the nature of evil and/or violence and on the effects it has on the innocent and not so innocent bystanders. The adversaries in this book are less terrifying/supernatural seeming as the ones in previous books, instead a great deal of the book is told from the perspectives of the characters that up till now have been either unmentioned or periphery, which is great because it provides the reader with an opportunity to see how the world at large perceives Charlie and co. Character writing is Connolly's strong suit, even minor ones he manages to flesh out so well and vividly, a remarkable quality in a remarkable writer all around. Highly recommended.

  • Phrynne

    Number 8 in the Charlie Parker series and each book gets better than the one before. This one centres around Louis and Angel . Charlie only makes a token appearance but that does not matter at all. The reader discovers heaps about Louis's past and the reasons for him being the way he is. At the same time there is a fast paced, thrilling story plus some laugh out loud dialogue especially between Angel and Louis.

    writes so well. His descriptions of the American way of life are master

    Number 8 in the Charlie Parker series and each book gets better than the one before. This one centres around Louis and Angel . Charlie only makes a token appearance but that does not matter at all. The reader discovers heaps about Louis's past and the reasons for him being the way he is. At the same time there is a fast paced, thrilling story plus some laugh out loud dialogue especially between Angel and Louis.

    writes so well. His descriptions of the American way of life are masterful and he can conjure up a mental picture of anything with just a few sentences. For anyone who likes a good thriller this is a fantastic series.

  • Karl

    This copy is signed by John Connolly.

  • Kimberly

    is Book 7 in author John Connolly's "Charlie Parker" series. This book is a bit of a departure from the usual because Charlie Parker, himself, is side-lined for much of the novel. Instead, the focus is primarily upon Louis and his partner, Angel, fighting a battle from something in Louis' shadowed past.

    As usual, Connolly weaves a trail that wraps up all the threads perfectly in the end. With one of the best writin

    is Book 7 in author John Connolly's "Charlie Parker" series. This book is a bit of a departure from the usual because Charlie Parker, himself, is side-lined for much of the novel. Instead, the focus is primarily upon Louis and his partner, Angel, fighting a battle from something in Louis' shadowed past.

    As usual, Connolly weaves a trail that wraps up all the threads perfectly in the end. With one of the best writing styles I've ever come across, unforgettable characters, and exciting storylines, the entire

    series is one I can not recommend highly enough.

    Highest recommendation!

  • Scott Rhee

    "The Reapers" is a slight departure for John Connolly, whose main protagonist, Charlie Parker, P.I., takes a backseat in this one in order to showcase one of Parker's enigmatic partners, Louis, a tough Southern black killer-for-hire.

    Louis (pronounced "Loo-ee", like the French King) is a fascinating character, for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that he is gay. He's actually part of a two-man crew of hired killers. His lover, Angel, is also a hit-man. They met and fell in love in

    "The Reapers" is a slight departure for John Connolly, whose main protagonist, Charlie Parker, P.I., takes a backseat in this one in order to showcase one of Parker's enigmatic partners, Louis, a tough Southern black killer-for-hire.

    Louis (pronounced "Loo-ee", like the French King) is a fascinating character, for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that he is gay. He's actually part of a two-man crew of hired killers. His lover, Angel, is also a hit-man. They met and fell in love in prison, and they have been together ever since. Angel, not to be too cliche, completes Louis. He provides a balance of calm and peace to Louis's tumultuous, violent soul.

    In this book, we find out more about Louis's dark past: his father was an outspoken black man living in the Far South, who got "too uppity" with the wrong people one night and was subsequently lynched and set on fire. Louis is still haunted by his father's ghost (metaphorically AND literally), which he calls "The Burning Man".

    Louis's rage at his father's murder set him on the course that led him to become the violent killer he is. He has learned to control that rage somewhat, but he has many regrets of things in his past. One of those regrets has returned with a vengeance.

    One of Louis's early "hits", a vicious killer ironically named Bliss, is, it turns out, very much alive and well. He has spent nearly 30 years planning the perfect revenge: the murder of every single person Louis loves. Fortunately, Louis had long ago put protective measures in place to prevent such an attempt.

    Unfortunately (for Louis), Bliss has hired a spectacular crew of killers, calling themselves "Reapers". Louis, along with the help of Angel, Parker, and his own eclectic crew of Reapers, must find and kill Bliss before he can find Louis. Bliss, however, has had almost 30 years to plan this out.

    As always, Connolly has written another dark and disturbing tale that is as beautifully written as it is bloody and ultra-violent.

  • Mike

    2nd read - This time we see more of Louis and Angel, with Louis's time as a young man and his recruitment into "The Reapers", a clandestine organization that rents it's members out for killing jobs. Louis has left the group behind years ago, but is now targeted by persons unkown with a link to the Reapers, including his recruiter and mentor, Gabriel.

    Parker, the detective, is seen only peripherally, with appearances by Jackie and the notorious Fulci brothers.

    'Louis found it hard to understand who

    2nd read - This time we see more of Louis and Angel, with Louis's time as a young man and his recruitment into "The Reapers", a clandestine organization that rents it's members out for killing jobs. Louis has left the group behind years ago, but is now targeted by persons unkown with a link to the Reapers, including his recruiter and mentor, Gabriel.

    Parker, the detective, is seen only peripherally, with appearances by Jackie and the notorious Fulci brothers.

    'Louis found it hard to understand who so many others of his race failed to connect with this (country) music: it spoke of rural poverty, of love, of despair, of faithfulness and infidelity, and these were experiences known to all men, black as well as white.'

    1st read - A different story, centering more on Louis and Angel with quite a bit of Louis' history and background. It helps to flesh out the character in a story centering on revenge.

  • John McDermott

    Excellent as always with the main focus on Louis and Angel. Consequently there are no supernatural shenanigans in The Reapers ; just a bunch of Assassins trying to blow each other away with as many bullets as possible. Smashing!

  • aPriL does feral sometimes

    In ‘The Reapers’, number 7 of the Charlie Parker mysteries, the reader is treated to a Louis and Angel story (‘The Detective’ Parker arrives late in the plot). Instead of the usual paranormal horror mystery in which Parker tends to become involved, this tale explains Louis’ backstory for half of the book in alternating chapters of flashbacks

    with an entertaining black-ops thriller filling out the remainder of the book.

    Louis is a man w

    In ‘The Reapers’, number 7 of the Charlie Parker mysteries, the reader is treated to a Louis and Angel story (‘The Detective’ Parker arrives late in the plot). Instead of the usual paranormal horror mystery in which Parker tends to become involved, this tale explains Louis’ backstory for half of the book in alternating chapters of flashbacks

    with an entertaining black-ops thriller filling out the remainder of the book.

    Louis is a man with so much violent history in his past

    his life rivals James Bond movies in secret missions. Along the way former allies became enemies, and Louis is not certain whether Gabriel, his old

    boss, is friend or foe. When hit squads attack every part of Louis’ life - his apartment, the auto repair shop he invested in for a cover - he spots the old professionalism signaling this is a black-ops effort. So, it is unavoidable that he must call his former boss, Gabriel, the creator of the special unit of men he called ‘the reapers’, of which Louis once was a member.

    Gabriel is old now, and a new man, Milton,

    is being prepared to become what Gabriel was, with the exception of keeping Gabriel’s ‘reapers’. Milton may or may not be hostile to Gabriel, despite that the two men are theoretically working for the same ends.

    Gabriel still has feelings for Louis (although Louis isn’t sure of that) and as a favor to Louis, he has protected Louis’ new location and identity. Gabriel asks Milton for information on the fingerprints left behind in the attack on Louis without going into a lot of detail. Another surprise which puzzles Gabriel is the Federal agents which showed up after the attack on the auto garage asking about the fake name Louis bought the business under. The frontmen who actually run the auto repair business, Willie and Arno, are not friends of Louis exactly, but they know enough to have explained it was a robbery, and thus it should have been strictly a police matter, not Federal. A lot of dirty secrets could be exposed, depending on who initiated the operation against Louis.

    Louis walked away and hid from the people who made him who he is. There were a few loose ends, some of whom still hate Louis. One of those ends has decided it is the right time for payback…

  • Jaksen

    Meh, nothing there. Disappointed, didn't finish. No rating.

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