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Review: The Reapers

The Reapers
Title: The Reapers
Author: John Connolly
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½
Publisher: Pocket Star Books
Copyright: 2008
Pages: 515
Keywords: crime, thriller
Reading period: 24–26 June, 2009

Charlie Parker, the hero of John Connolly’s books, has always been able to rely on his friends, the former assassin Louis and his life-partner Angel, for backup when events turn blood­y—­most recently in The Unquiet.

Louis’ past is catching up with him, leading to a bloody climax. As we explore that past, we learn how a gay, black teenager in a sundown town was recruited to be a “reaper”. When Louis and Angel are set up, Parker and other friends must go in after them.

Partly an ex­plo­ration of the different ways that the act of killing can affect people, partly a thriller, generally satisfying.

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