Books by John Connolly

John Connolly was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1968 and has, at various points in his life, worked as a journalist, a barman, a local government official, a waiter and a dogsbody at Harrods department store in London. He studied English in Trinity College,

A BOOK OF BONES by John Connolly
Released: Oct. 15, 2019

"Essentially a series of darkly entertaining yarns perfect for fireside reading late on cold, rainy nights."
Investigator Charlie Parker's pursuit of his nemesis peaks in this 17th installment of Connolly's series, a seamless, expansive, and chilling blend of police procedural and gothic horror tale. Read full book review >
Released: June 12, 2018

"A complicated plot, richly drawn characters, and a vein of horror will keep readers devouring the pages."
Private detective Charlie Parker faces a pair of otherworldly foes in a crime novel packed with colorful characters. Read full book review >
HE by John Connolly
Released: May 1, 2018

"This exploration of how art often diverges from the reality of the artist's life is not only moving, but also bracingly adult."
The life and art of Stan Laurel, from vaudeville and silent movies to the talkies and old age, is explored in this artful novel. Read full book review >
A GAME OF GHOSTS by John Connolly
Released: July 4, 2017

"Connolly creates complicated plots that never unravel. He's just that good."
The games begin anew as retired police detective Charlie Parker, along with fan-favorite sidekicks Angel and Louis, bring their special brand of cynicism and expertise to Connolly's latest paranormal thriller. Read full book review >
A TIME OF TORMENT by John Connolly
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"No more likely than late Faulkner novels to win new fans for the author, but bestselling author Connolly's fans, who already know what they like, won't care a bit."
Beneath the generic title—when is it not a time of torment for seen-it-all detective Charlie Parker?—lurks a supernatural nightmare within a criminal nightmare. Read full book review >
DOMINION by John Connolly
Released: May 17, 2016

"A yarn that makes little claim to originality but offers appealing characters and an involving narrative to devotees of easy-reading space operas."
An alien-warfare trilogy (Empire, 2015, etc.) culminates with white-hat aliens, black-hat aliens, young human survivors, and evil brain-sucking parasites battling to a gruesome finish. Read full book review >
A SONG OF SHADOWS by John Connolly
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Connolly infuses his thrillers with enough of the supernatural to please fans of both genres, but it's his sense of humor, timeless characters, and impeccable writing that make his work worth reading."
Nazis, neighbors, and a nasty hit man coalesce around Connolly's iconic character, Charlie Parker, who's recovering from a near-fatal hit. Read full book review >
EMPIRE by John Connolly
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Should particularly appeal to the more youthful section of the audience, devotees of the Kevin Anderson-Brian Herbert epics and suchlike."
Second in a just-about independently intelligible alien-warfare trilogy (Conquest, 2014) from Connolly (the Charlie Parker mysteries, etc.) and wife Ridyard, who offer a helpful short summary in the first couple of pages.Read full book review >
THE WOLF IN WINTER by John Connolly
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"While it helps to have read previous Parker novels, it's not a prerequisite for enjoying this witty and imaginative journey into the darker natures of men and things that go bump in the night."
Parker, Connolly's scarred and battered private detective, continues on the trail of his main quarry—The Collector—but swerves to take a job offered by a homeless man in his 12th outing. Read full book review >
THE CREEPS by John Connolly
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"Connolly has perfected delivering clever, funny, offbeat tales that are guaranteed to delight both older and younger readers."
Connolly whisks readers back to the unsettling English village of Biddlecombe for another oddly entertaining adventure populated by hoards of demons, monsters, ghostly creatures and one valiant little boy with his small canine sidekick. Read full book review >
THE WRATH OF ANGELS by John Connolly
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"Connolly's Parker remains an interesting character, but Connolly's books are infinitely more enjoyable when he refrains from political moralizing."
Connolly's antihero, former cop turned private detective Charlie Parker, continues his fight against the forces of darkness in this supernatural thriller. Read full book review >
THE INFERNALS by John Connolly
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

In The Gates, readers received an introduction to the off-kilter world of Samuel Johnson and his dachshund, Boswell, who live in Biddlecombe, England. The Infernals continues the story of Samuel, who is now 13, and going through the usual early teen angst of worshipping from afar the most popular girl in school. The only difference is that Samuel has a bit of an undeserved reputation as a troublemaker, when in reality he and Boswell managed to save the world from an invasion from Hell. That invasion was made possible by a little-noticed side effect from the Large Hadron Collider, which allowed the denizens from down below to get a toehold in real-time England. While the Great Malevolence, as his demons like to call him, sinks deeper and deeper into a funk, others fight for control in his absence, which allows Connolly to introduce an improbable supporting cast that includes two police officers, the driver of a Happy Whip ice-cream truck, four rude dwarfs and a host of demons and otherworldly creatures as Samuel and Boswell, once again, find themselves sucked into an adventure they'd rather not have. Connolly's hilarious and witty tale is replete with interesting scientific and social observations. It's a story that educates without pain and, much like fellow British author of the comically absurd, Tom Holt, Connolly finds humor in folklore, legend, fables and fairy tales. Read full book review >
THE BURNING SOUL by John Connolly
Released: Sept. 6, 2011

"An intelligent, plausible thriller, both harrowing and memorable."
Connolly's latest Charlie Parker thriller offers a powerful story line that weaves together suspense, mystery and a small touch of the supernatural. Read full book review >
THE GATES by John Connolly
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Any reader who appreciates the imaginative fantasy of Neil Gaiman or the gentle wit of Christopher Moore will find a kindred spirit here."
An 11-year-old boy, his dachshund and an outcast demon must stop hell on Earth. Read full book review >
THE LOVERS by John Connolly
Released: June 1, 2009

"Though Charlie's investigation of his roots doesn't provide anything like closure to this heaven-storming series, it provides all the pleasures fans expect."
Bereft of his private investigator's license since his last horrific outing (The Reapers, 2008, etc.), Charlie Parker takes time out from tending bar in Portland, Maine, to confront the powers of Hell once more as he searches for the reason his father killed himself. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 7, 2006

"A robust storyteller loses his way."
A child's nightmare odyssey through an alternate world inspired by the darkest aspects of fairy tales. Read full book review >
THE BLACK ANGEL by John Connolly
Released: June 1, 2005

"Stylishly literate gore and terror."
The latest problem for Big Problem Guy Charlie Parker is fallen angels, on a mission to recover one of their nasty number from centuries' long imprisonment. Read full book review >
BAD MEN by John Connolly
Released: April 1, 2004

"A stylish darkness sucks you under."
After his fourth Charlie Parker private investigator entry, The White Road (2003), the Irish Connolly offers a supernatural chiller to brighten his dark-veined Americana. Read full book review >
THE WHITE ROAD by John Connolly
Released: March 11, 2003

"So, not your usual thriller. And the payoff comes singing like eelgrass in a stream."
Fourth in the Charlie Parker private-eye series (The Killing Kind, 2002, etc.) by former Dublin journalist Connolly: as ambitiously rich as ever, with lyrically dark watercolors. Read full book review >
THE KILLING KIND by John Connolly
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Connolly's reflections on evil, the past, and reparation are lyrical and affecting, and his grim fundamentalists send off frissons. But the often-languorous narrative lacks tone and modulation."
Detective Charlie Parker (Dark Hollow, 2001, etc.) finds salvation in this uneven tale of his investigation into the death of a graduate student. Read full book review >
DARK HOLLOW by John Connolly
Released: July 1, 2001

"Long, but a strong stride forward."
New York PD Detective Charlie "Bird" Parker, relocated to his hometown in Maine after the murders of his wife and daughter in Every Dead Thing (1999), tracks a serial killer. Read full book review >
EVERY DEAD THING by John Connolly
Released: May 1, 1999

Irish journalist Connolly's first novel is an ambitious, grisly, monstrously overextended foray up and down the eastern US—and deep into Hannibal Lecter territory. Two years ago, NYPD Detective Charlie ("Bird") Parker left his wife and daughter for the thousandth time to go drinking and returned to find them brutally murdered and posed by someone with a macabre sense of ritual. Now a recovering alcoholic, Bird is off the force, not a licensed p.i. but available for jobs like finding Catherine Demeter, the missing date of wealthy Isobel Barton's stepson Stephen, who seems to have followed young Evan Baines in vanishing from the Barton estate. Extricating himself from his usual round of drug-runners and bail-jumpers, Bird traces Catherine's troubles back to the murder of her sister in Haven, Virginia. At the same time, the Traveling Man, the killer of Bird's wife and daughter, roars back into his life with a gruesome memento. Catherine Demeter's disappearance, Bird realizes, has something to do with his own loss; but how can he figure out exactly what when everybody who might give him information is getting killed? Against all odds, Bird tracks down Catherine and the criminal who made her disappear—only to realize (with a sense of exhaustion many readers will share) that solving the mystery has simply returned him to square one, hunting once more for the Traveling Man among the even more violent citizens of Louisiana as his search takes him and his sidekicks, criminal psychologist Rachel Wolfe and two lowlifes called Louis and Angel, into the middle of a bayou gang war. The crowded canvas teems with doomed minor characters, but the extravagantly gifted Connolly, living up to his title, is never too busy for another flashback to Bird's violent past en route to his final confrontation with the Traveling Man. Beneath the unblinking carnage and grueling pace is a truly harrowing murder plot. Only the Traveling Man himself disappoints. Read full book review >