The Black Angel by John Connolly
I hate to say it, but this is my least favorite Charlie Parker novel to date (it was bound to happen at some point, I guess). I think the reason it wasn’t as enjoyable for me was because I felt like Parker was barely in it. Connolly brings in a lot of history to this novel, as he always does, but this time there was a LOT of background. And we had the stories of a LOT of people who end up being eliminated from the story after their introduction and backstory (or a portion of it) is told in specific detail. These stories made up the majority of the novel. So while Parker was in there and being awesome, he didn’t discover nearly as much as the reader did, and I always like learning clues along with Parker. He’s a complex and emotionally injured individual, and he’s fascinating to read about. Luckily, there are more Parker books, so I have something to look forward to.