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John Connolly (born 31 May 1968) is an Irish writer who is best known for his series of novels starring private detective Charlie Parker.


Biography


Education and early career

Connolly was educated at
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and graduated with a BA in English from
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Trinity College, Dublin
, and a Masters in journalism from
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. Before becoming a full-time novelist, he worked as a journalist, a barman, a local government official, a waiter and a gofer at
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department store in London.


Writing career

After five years as a freelance journalist for ''The Irish Times'' newspaper, he became frustrated with the profession, and began to write his first novel, ''Every Dead Thing'', in his spare time (he continues to contribute articles to the paper, most frequently interviews with other established authors). ''Every Dead Thing'' introduced readers to the
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Charlie Parker, a former police officer hunting the killer of his wife and daughter. It was nominated for the
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and went on to win the 2000
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for Best First Private Eye Novel, making Connolly the first author outside of the US to win. Connolly has since written further books in the Parker series, 19 as of 2019, and a non-Parker
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, as well as venturing outside of the crime genre with the publication of first, an anthology of ghost stories and later, a novel about a young boy's
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journey through a fantasy realm during
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England. Film and television adaptations of his works are currently in development; the earliest to appear to audiences was partially based on the short story " The New Daughter", and starred
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and
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. Connolly also tours to promote the launch of his books. In 2007, he made book store appearances in Ireland, United Kingdom, United States, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Taiwan to promote ''The Unquiet''. The seventh book in the Charlie Parker series, ''The Reapers'', was published in 2008. It differs from the earlier books in that the story is told from the
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of Parker's close friends and allies in combat, Louis and Angel. Louis and Angel are an unlikely couple whose quibbles and good humour are sometimes the source of
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. Louis is an enigmatic, large black man who was a hired killer but who now seems to be in semiretirement; Angel is a small part-Latino man and ex-burglar. They appear episodically throughout the Charlie Parker books as his only close friends, revealing themselves when Parker is in need of help and professional protection from his enemies. The ninth Parker novel, titled ''The Whisperers'', was published in 2010; the tenth, ''The Burning Soul'', in 2011. ''The Wrath of Angels'', the eleventh Charlie Parker novel, was published by Hodder & Stoughton in the UK in August 2012, and was released by Atria/Emily Bestler Books in the US on 1 January 2013. ''The Wolf in Winter'', published in 2014, represented a shift from Charlie Parker's customary first-person narration to a third-person point of view, a shift that continues in ''A Song of Shadows'' (2015) and ''A Time of Torment'' (2016). ''A Book of Bones'' (2019) marks the end of the sequence that began with the novella "The Fractured Atlas," included in ''Night Music: Nocturnes Vol. 2'' (2015), and is a true sequel to ''The Woman in the Woods''. 2009 marked the publication of Connolly's first novel specifically for younger readers, ''The Gates''. A sequel was published in 2011 as ''Hell's Bells'' in the UK and as ''The Infernals'' in the US. The third book in the Samuel Johnson series, ''The Creeps'', was published in 2013. Connolly also collaborated with his partner, journalist
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, on ''The Chronicles of the Invaders'', a fantasy trilogy for teen readers: ''Conquest'' (2013), ''Empire'' (2015), and ''Dominion'' (2016). Connolly collaborated with fellow Irish author
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to edit ''Books to Die For: The World's Greatest Mystery Writers on the World's Greatest Mystery Novels'', a nonfiction anthology published in August 2012 by Hodder & Stoughton and in October 2013 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books. ''Books to Die For'' was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America, won the Agatha Award for Best Non-fiction, and won the Anthony Award for Best Critical Nonfiction Work. In 2017, Connolly turned a decades-long fascination with the comedian
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into the novel ''he'', a fictional exploration of the comedian's last years. ''Horror Express'', a monograph based on the 1972 film, was nominated for a ''Bram Stoker Award'' for Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction.


Themes

Connolly was drawn to the tradition of American
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, because it seemed the best medium through which he could explore the issues of compassion, morality, reparation and salvation. He credits veteran authors
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,
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, and
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as influences, and is often praised for writing in a rich and introspective style of prose.


Bibliography


Charlie Parker series

#''Every Dead Thing'' (1999) #''Dark Hollow'' (2000) #''The Killing Kind'' (2001) #''The White Road'' (2002) #''The Reflecting Eye'' (2004) (novella contained within ''Nocturnes'') #''The Black Angel'' (2005) #''The Unquiet'' (2007) #''The Reapers'' (2008) #''The Lovers'' (2009) #''The Whisperers'' (2010) #''The Burning Soul'' (2011) #''The Wrath of Angels'' (2012) # ''The Wolf in Winter ''(2014) # ''A Song of Shadows ''(2015) # ''A Time of Torment'' (2016) #''Parker : A Miscellany'' (2016) # ''A Game of Ghosts'' (2017) # ''The Woman in the Woods'' (2018) # ''A Book of Bones'' (2019) # ''The Dirty South'' (2020) # ''The Nameless Ones'' (2021)


Samuel Johnson series

# ''The Gates'' (2009) # ''The Infernals'' (2011), published as ''Hell's Bells'' in the UK # ''The Creeps'' (2013)


The Chronicles of the Invaders trilogy

# ''Conquest'' (2013) # ''Empire'' (2015) # ''Dominion'' (2016)


Other novels

*''Bad Men'' (2003) *''
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'' (2006) *''He: A Novel'' (2017)


Short story collections

*''Nocturnes'' (2004) – a collection of supernatural tales book-ended by two novellas, 9 of which are transcripts of stories written for presentation on
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''Five Ghost Stories By John Connolly'': The Erlking, Mr Pettinger's Demon, Mr Gray's Folly, The Ritual of the Bones, Nocturne. *''Night Music: Nocturnes 2 ''(2015)


Short stories

*"The Inkpot Monkey" (2004) – in ''Like A Charm: A Novel In Voices'' – an anthology of short stories from 15 mystery writers, (also featured in ''Nocturnes''). Edited by
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. *"Mr. Gray's Folly" (2005) – in ''Dangerous Women'' – an anthology of short stories from 17 crime writers. Edited by Otto Penzler. *"The Cycle" (2005) – under the pseudonym Laura Froom (after the titular vampire in a story from ''Nocturnes'') in ''Moments: Short Stories by Irish Women Writers in Aid of the Victims of the Tsunami''. Edited by Ciara Considine. *"A Haunting" (2008) – in ''Downturn Tales: Stay-Up-All-Night Stories from Your Favorite Bestselling Authors''. *"Lazarus" (2010) – in ''
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. *"The Caxton Lending Library & Book Depository" (2013) – a Bibliomystery published as e-text, paperback and limited edition hardcover by
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, New York *"The Wanderer in Unknown Realms" (2013) – a novella published electronically by Hodder & Stoughton and Atria/Emily Bestler Books and in limited hardcover edition by the author.


Nonfiction

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Film adaptations

*'' The New Daughter'' (2009) – partially based on a short story of the same name from ''Nocturnes'', starring
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and
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, directed by Luiso Berdejo, with a screenplay by John Travis *(Prospective) ''The Gates'', ''The Infernals'', and ''The Creeps'' — acquired for development by DreamWorks Studios as a possible franchise, November 2015


Awards

* Nominee: 1999
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(First Novel), for ''Every Dead Thing'' * Nominee: 2000
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(Best British Crime Novel), for ''Every Dead Thing'' * Winner: 2000
Shamus Award The Shamus Award is awarded by the Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) for the best detective fiction Detective fiction is a subgenre of crime fiction and mystery fiction in which an criminal investigation, investigator or a detective—either ...
(Best First P.I. Novel), for ''Every Dead Thing'' * Nominee: 2001 Barry Award (Best British Crime Novel), for ''Dark Hollow'' * Nominee: 2002 Barry Award (Best British Crime Novel), for ''The Killing Kind'' * Winner: 2003 Barry Award (Best British Crime Novel), for ''The White Road'' * Nominee: 2005 , for "Miss Froom, Vampire" * Nominee: 2007 Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year, for ''The Book of Lost Things'' * Winner: 2012
Agatha Award The Agatha Awards, named for Agatha Christie, are literary awards for mystery and crime writers who write in the cozy mystery subgenre (i.e. closed setting, no sex or violence, amateur detective). At an annual convention in Washington, D.C., the Ag ...
(Best Nonfiction), with
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, for ''Books to Die For'' * Nominee: 2013
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(Best Critical/Biographical), with
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, for ''Books to Die For'' * Nominee: 2013 H.R.F. Keating Award, with
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, for ''Books to Die For'' * Winner: 2013
Anthony Award The Anthony Awards are literary awards for mystery (fiction), mystery writers presented at the Bouchercon, Bouchercon World Mystery Convention since 1986. The awards are named for Anthony Boucher (1911–1968), one of the founders of the Mystery Wr ...
(Best Critical Nonfiction Work), with
Declan Burke Declan "Dec" Burke (born 22 May 1972 from Limerick Limerick (; ga, Luimneach ) is a city in County Limerick, Ireland. It is located in the Mid-West Region and is also part of the province A province is almost always an administrative div ...
, for ''Books to Die For'' * Winner: 2014
Edgar Award The Edgar Allan Poe Awards, popularly called the Edgars, are presented every year by the Mystery Writers of America Mystery Writers of America (MWA) is an organization of mystery and crime writers, based in New York City New York, often ...
(Best Short Story), for '' The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository'', ''Bibliomysteries'' * Winner: 2014
Anthony Award The Anthony Awards are literary awards for mystery (fiction), mystery writers presented at the Bouchercon, Bouchercon World Mystery Convention since 1986. The awards are named for Anthony Boucher (1911–1968), one of the founders of the Mystery Wr ...
(Best Short Story), for ''The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository'', ''Bibliomysteries'' * Nominee: 2016 Barry Award (Best Novel), for ''A Song of Shadows'' * Nominee: 2018
Bram Stoker Award The Bram Stoker Award is a recognition presented annually by the Horror Writers Association (HWA) for "superior achievement" in dark fantasy and horror fiction, horror writing. History The Awards were established in 1987 and have been presented ann ...
(Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction), for ''Horror Express''


References


External links

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