John Connelly's novels are very dark noir, with a hint of the supernatural, and are more firmly in the suspense genre than anything else. I thought it might be an interesting change from paranormal or urban fantasy. Plus, he's one of my absolute favorite authors, and I never hesitate to pimp him.
Kristin, I accept!
(This is actually the UK cover, but it kinda scares the shit of me, so I'm using it.)
E V E R Y D E A D T H I N G
An L.A. Times Book of the Year, 1999
Haunted by the unsolved slayings of his wife and young daughter, and tormented by his sense of guilt, former NYPD detective Charlie Parker is a man consumed by violence, regret and the desire for revenge. But when his ex-partner asks him to track down a missing girl, Parker embarks on an odyssey that is to lead him to the heart of organized crime; to an old black woman who dwells by a Louisiana swamp and hears the voices of the dead; to cellars of torture and murder; and to a serial killer unlike any other, an artist who uses the human body as his canvas and takes faces as his prize, the killer known only as the Traveling Man.