Molto bello: un thriller duro e a tratti violento, con inserito del soprannaturale. L'ho letto quasi per caso, ma ne sono stato soddisfatto. Pur intuendo che il libro fa parte di un più ampio ciclo (come poi ho scoperto) sul protagonista, il detective C. Parker, si legge benissimo da solo e la vicenda è totalmente autoconclusiva. Se riuscirò leggerò sicuramente altro di Connolly: bravo!...Continua
The 5th book in the Charlie Parker series, The Black Angel is probably the most ambitious work that author John Connolly has undertaken yet. Much of the backstory was told in the form of flashbacks with page after page of italics to medieval times and World War II which is too details and I found I won’t be lost in the story if I skip most of them. Also, there was at times simply too much character exposition for minor characters.
A young woman Alice goes missing from the streets of New York. Those who have taken her believe that nobody cares about her, and that no one will come looking for her. They are wrong. She is 'blood' to Louis, the man who stands at the right hand of private detective Charlie Parker, and Louis will tear apart anyone who stands in the way of his attempts to find her. But as Louis's violent search progresses, Parker comes to realize that the disappearance is part of an older myth that involves The Black Angels known as Ashmael and Immael who gloried in the death and destruction that they brought down on the earth in the form of wars, rape and murder. But then Immael was confronted by a Cistercian monk and in the ensuing battle fell into a vast vat of molten silver where he was trapped, cast as a silver statue, and hidden. Ever since, Ashmael has been searching for the map detailing where Immael was held. The map had been separated into fragments and scattered around the world. Should Immael be freed, an unthinkable fury would be unleashed on the world. Louis and Parker had found out that the "person" behind Alice's murder is a man known as Brightwell, a huge monstrous man with a frightening disregard for human life and an unquenchable need to kill. But more frightening about this man is that he appears to have supernatural powers that he uses to gruesome effect on his victims. Brightwell leads a secret group of people known as "Believers" who are all on the hunt for the elusive fragments of the missing map. When they track down a piece they go to any lengths to acquire it, with devastating results....Continua