John Connolly
AUTHOR

John Connolly

I was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1968 and have, at various points in his life, worked as a journalist, a barman, a local government official, a waiter and a "gofer" at Harrods department store in London. I studied English in Trinity College, Dublin and journalism at Dublin City University, subsequently spending five years working as a freelance journalist for The Irish Times newspaper, to which I continue to contribute, although not as often as I would like. I still try to interview a few authors every year, mainly writers whose work I like, although I've occasionally interviewed people for the paper simply because I thought they might be quirky or interesting. All of those interviews have been posted to my website, http://www.johnconnollybooks.com.

I was working as a journalist when I began work on my first novel. Like a lot of journalists, I think I entered the trade because I loved to write, and it was one of the few ways I thought I could be paid to do what I loved. But there is a difference between being a writer and a journalist, and I was certainly a poorer journalist than I am a writer (and I make no great claims for myself in either field.) I got quite frustrated with journalism, which probably gave me the impetus to start work on the novel. That book, Every Dead Thing, took about five years to write and was eventually published in 1999. It introduced the character of Charlie Parker, a former policeman hunting the killer of his wife and daughter. Dark Hollow, the second Parker novel, followed in 2000. The third Parker novel, The Killing Kind, was published in 2001, with The White Road following in 2002. In 2003, I published my fifth novel - and first stand-alone book - Bad Men. In 2004, Nocturnes, a collection of novellas and short stories, was added to the list, and 2005 marked the publication of the fifth Charlie Parker novel, The Black Angel. In 2006, The Book of Lost Things, my first non-mystery novel, was published.

Charlie Parker has since appeared in five additional novels: The Unquiet, The Reapers (where he plays a secondary role to his associates, Louis and Angel), The Lovers, The Whisperers, and The Burning Soul. The eleventh Charlie Parker novel, The Wrath of Angels, will be available in the UK in August 2012 and in the US in January 2013.

The Gates launched the Samuel Johnson series for younger readers in 2009, followed by Hell's Bells (UK)/The Infernals (US) in 2011. A third Samuel Johnson novel should be finished in 2013.

I am also the co-editor, with fellow author Declan Burke, of Books to Die For, an anthology of essays from the world's top crime writers in response to the question, "Which book should all lovers of crime fiction read before they die?" Books to Die For is available in the UK as of August 2012, and will be available in the US in October 2012.

I am based in Dublin but divide my time between my native city and the United States, where each of my novels has been set.

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    • The Book of Lost Things

    • By: John Connolly
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,833
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,590
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,589

    High in his attic bedroom, 12-year-old David mourns the loss of his mother. He is angry and he is alone, with only the books on his shelf for company....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • For Those Who Enjoy Playing with Fairytales

    • By alison on 01-06-13

    Regular price: $21.52

    • Every Dead Thing

    • By: John Connolly
    • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
    • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 505
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 470
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 475

    Have faith. I will find you.....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent story, mediocre narrator

    • By Karen on 11-18-12

    Regular price: $22.63

    • The Woman in the Woods

    • By: John Connolly
    • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
    • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 461
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 415
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 408

    When the body of a woman - who apparently died in childbirth - is discovered, private investigator Charlie Parker is hired to track down both her identity and her missing child....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Could not get into this book.

    • By J. Gregg on 06-30-18

    Regular price: $22.67

    • Dark Hollow

    • A Thriller
    • By: John Connolly
    • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
    • Length: 14 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 345
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 322
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 315

    Back again is ex-New York Police Detective Charlie "Bird" Parker, who has returned to his hometown of Scarborough, Maine, after the vicious killings of his wife and daughter....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Painfully slow going

    • By Allen Anthony on 05-18-16

    Regular price: $22.67

    • The White Road

    • Charlie Parker, Book 4
    • By: John Connolly
    • Narrated by: Paul Birchard
    • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 170
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 155
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 156

    After years of suffering unfathomable pain and guilt over the murders of his wife and daughter, private detective Charlie Parker has finally found some measure of peace....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beast audible so far.

    • By Ayla Sharp on 08-26-17

    Regular price: $22.67

    • A Song of Shadows

    • A Charlie Parker Thriller
    • By: John Connolly
    • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
    • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 370
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 344
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 343

    Still recovering from his life-threatening wounds, detective Charlie Parker investigates a case that has its origins in a Nazi concentration camp during the Second World War....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Charlie Parker reboot.

    • By Lisa on 08-07-16

    Regular price: $22.67

    • Bad Men

    • By: John Connolly
    • Narrated by: Hayward Morse
    • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 53

    New York Times best-selling author John Connolly masterfully intertwines mystery, emotion, violence, and the supernatural in this raw and gripping thriller....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • HORRIBLE NARRATION!!!!!

    • By GI Joe with Kung-Fu Grip on 07-24-18

    Regular price: $22.67

    • A Time of Torment

    • A Charlie Parker Thriller, Book 14
    • By: John Connolly
    • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
    • Length: 14 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 232
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 205
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 209

    Jerome Burnel was once a hero. He intervened to prevent multiple killings and in doing so destroyed himself. His life was torn apart. He was imprisoned, brutalized....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • True Return To Form

    • By Bill on 08-30-16

    Regular price: $22.67

    • The Wrath of Angels

    • A Charlie Parker Mystery, Book 11
    • By: John Connolly
    • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
    • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 163
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 151
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 149

    In the depths of the Maine woods, the wreckage of a plane is discovered. There are no bodies, and no such plane has ever been reported missing....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Demons, missing airplanes and hauntings oh my

    • By dee on 12-20-13

    Regular price: $22.63

    • The Killing Kind

    • A Charlie Parker Thriller
    • By: John Connolly
    • Narrated by: Holter Graham
    • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 118
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 111
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113

    Irish author John Connolly delivers the third novel in his best-selling, critically acclaimed series featuring troubled ex-cop turned detective Charlie Parker....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The scariest book of the series, for me.

    • By Cathy E. Howe on 12-21-17

    Regular price: $22.67

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