Those familiar with John Connolly’s Charlie Parker series are already acquainted with Louis & Angel; a hitman and burglar respectively, they usually serve as secondary characters to Parker’s lead. In The Reapers, Louis and Angel finally take center stage and the result is… mixed.
While I enjoyed the book tremendously, being a big fan of Angel I couldn’t help but come away somewhat disappointed at the lack of attention given to his character’s history. Louis’ youth and path to becoming a hitman, a Reaper, is explored beautifully and extensively, yet we were given nothing more about Angel in this offering than had already been alluded to in previous Parker outings.
Angel is such an interesting character in the way that he often serves as a bridge between Parker and Louis, as well as acts as Louis’ conscience on occasion, more about him and his history would have been more than welcomed.
Still, the story, which revolves around an event from Louis’ early years as a Reaper coming back to haunt him, is strong (duh, it’s Connolly) and the little appetizer tastes of Louis and Angel we normally have to settle for are finally served up here as a satisfying full course meal.
To find out more about John Connolly, Charlie Parker and Louis & Angel, visit Connolly’s website.