The Killing Kind
Nobody wants to believe that Grace Peltier committed suicide: not Curtis, her father; not former US senator Jack Mercier; and not private detective Charlie Parker, who has been hired to investigate the circumstances of her death.
But when a mass grave in northern Maine reveals the final resting place of the Aroostook Baptists, a religious community that disappeared almost forty years earlier, Parker realises that their deaths and the violent passing of Grace Peltier are part of the same mystery, one that has its roots in her family history and in the origins of the shadowy organisation known as the Fellowship.
For before she died, Grace Peltier stole something from the Fellowship, a relic capable of linking it to decades of violence and the slaughter of the Aroostook Baptists, and now someone has been sent to recover it. Lied to, intimidated, and haunted by visions of a small, stray boy, Parker's search for the truth behind Grace's death draws him into a series of increasingly violent confrontations with the Fellowship's enforcer, the demonic arachnophile known as Mr. Pudd.
Aided and abetted by the genial killers Angel and Louis, Parker must descend into the depths of a honeycomb world populated by dark angels and lost souls, a world where the ghosts of the dead wait for justice and the unwary are prey for creatures of the worst kind...
The killing kind.
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"The unrivalled master of Maine noir. Menace has never been so seductive."
"Connolly does the chill factor brilliantly, creating horror out of the sort of misguided religious fervour not seen since Waco. Mass graves, Parker's sixth sense, and deadly spiders set the mind and pulse racing."
"A stunningly creepy book, with a villain who sets a new benchmark in nightmare-inducing fear. Nail-biting stuff."
"A brilliantly terrifying ride."
"The Killing Kind is smart and literate, wise and tender, enthralling and compulsive. A rare thriller indeed."
"The Killing Kind is a phenomenal book. Since [Every Dead Thing] his books have only improved, getting better with every one, hitting an elegant crescendo with his next book, The White Road. The prose is beautiful and incredibly evocative. There are certain passages which stop you in your tracks, inspiring wonder and awe. The plot is equally outstanding; thrilling, yet not too complex. The Killing Kind is a page-turning, exciting read. I find it hard to praise this book adequately. You simply have to read it."
—Mystery Ink Online
Atria Books, US & Canada paperback, September 2002, ISBN: 9780743453349
Pocket Books, US & Canada paperback, March 2003, ISBN: 9780743456371
Hodder & Stoughton, UK, Ireland, Australia, etc. hardcover, March 2001, ISBN: 9780340771204
Hodder & Stoughton, UK, Ireland, Australia, etc. paperback, February 2010, ISBN: 9781444704709