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 realizes 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 organization 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 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
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