The Nameless Ones is the nineteenth book in the Charlie Parker series. However, Charlie rarely appears in this book. The assassins Louis and Angel are the main characters this time.
The Balkan Conflict of the 1990s is alive and well as the Serbian mafia in the Netherlands starts bumping off its enemies. When the violent and vicious leaders of the gang, the Vuksan brothers, go too far, both the assassins and their own higher-ups in the Serbian mafia start gunning for them.
I should have read the book blurb before requesting this book. I love the Charlie Parker character. I enjoyed the last book in this series, The Dirty South. I originally read the first seven books in the series as they came out in the early aughts. However, The Reapers was an anomaly. It, like The Nameless Ones, had little Charlie Parker involvement. Instead, it also focused on Angel and Louis. So, I requested a sequel to my least favorite book in the series. But enough about me.
Who will enjoy this book? It has a lot of gory violence—though mostly off stage. The first 20% will get new readers to the series up to date. Once the focus returns to the present day, the pacing speeds up considerably. If you are looking to investigate what it is like to be either in a mafia or an assassin, The Nameless Ones is the perfect read. For me, it was an overlong 3-star book. Still, I will be looking for the next true Charlie Parker-focused book next year.
Thanks to Emily Bestler Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.