John Connolly was born on 31st May 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, Dublin and journalism at Dublin City University, subsequently spending five years working as a freelance journalist for The Irish Times newspaper, to which he continues to contribute.

He is based in Dublin but divides his time between his native city and the United States

Book List in Order: 40 titles




  • Chaos and murder arrive in Charlie Parker’s hometown of Portland, Maine, with two connected crimes in the latest novel in #1 nationally bestselling author John Connolly’s “flawless and highly suspenseful” (PopSugar) series.From “a master of...



    • / Police/Detective/Law Enforcement
    • Buy

    The New York Times–bestselling author tells the story behind private detective Charlie Parker, the haunted hero of John Connolly’s eerie supernatural crime thrillers.Recounting his days as a journalist for the Irish Times and the Dublin murder th...



  • “One of the best thriller writers we have.” —Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling authorFrom the international and instant New York Times bestselling author of The Dirty South, the white-knuckled Charlie Parker series returns with this h...



  • From internationally bestselling author John Connolly, a new short story to brighten the dark months, featuring the beloved character of Samuel Johnson.The Monks of Appalling Dreadfulness are the most feared assassins in the Multiverse.They are ruthl...



  • The New York Times bestselling author of A Book of Bones goes back to the very beginning of Private Investigator Charlie Parker’s astonishing career with his first terrifying case. It is 1997, and someone is slaughtering young women in Burdon Co...



  • Private Investigator Charlie Parker returns in this heart-pounding thriller as he seeks revenge against the darkest forces in the world, from the internationally bestselling author of the acclaimed The Woman in the Woods. He is our best hope. H...



  • Mr. Berger has spent 34 years keeping his life as empty as possible. His job title as a “Closed Accounts Registrar” doesn’t spark much interest, and his cautious flirtation with a woman at his company was cut short upon her engageme...








  • A gripping thriller starring Private Investigator Charlie Parker. When the body of a woman -- who apparently died in childbirth -- is discovered, Parker is hired to track down both her identity and her missing child. In the beautiful Maine woods, ...



  • John Connolly conjures the Golden Age of Hollywood in this moving, literary portrait of Laurel & Hardy--two men who found their true selves in a comedic partnership. "AMBITIOUS . . . EVOKES THE STYLE OF SAMUEL BECKETT." --NEW YORK TIMES"BRILLIANT." -...



  • It is deep winter and the darkness is unending. A private detective named Jaycob Eklund has vanished and Charlie Parker is assigned to track him down. Parker’s employer, Edgar Ross, an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has his own reaso...



  • Dangerous and driven private investigator Charlie Parker returns in the latest gripping thriller of internationally bestselling author John Connolly’s series, in which ungodly fears haunt a strange and isolated community. Jerome Burnel was once ...



  • From the bestselling author of the Charlie Parker mysteries -- "the finest crime series currently in existence" (The Independent) -- comes a new anthology of chilling short fiction. A decade after Nocturnes first terrified and delighted readers, J...



  • Still recovering from his life-threatening wounds, private detective Charlie Parker investigates a case that has its origins in a Nazi concentration camp during the Second World War. Parker has retreated to the small Maine town of Boreas to regain...



  • The next pulse-pounding thriller in John Connolly's internationally bestselling Charlie Parker series. The community of Prosperous, Maine has always thrived when others have suffered. Its inhabitants are wealthy, its children’s future secure. It...



  • A series of stories that provide a picture of struggle and strength in many different societies. What makes history live? Stories about individuals who take us to places we have not been. Learning about the lives of girls and women over a lengthy per...



  • In this clever and quirky follow-up to The Gates and The Infernals, Samuel Johnson’s life seems to have finally settled down -- after all, he’s still got the company of his faithful dachshund Boswell and his bumbling demon friend Nurd; he has foi...



  • Books alter men, and men, in their turn, alter worlds. Soter is a man who has been haunted by World War I. But when he's sent to investigate the disappearance of Lionel Maudling, the owner of a grand country house whose heir may be accused for his d...







  • In the depths of the Maine woods, the wreckage of an aeroplane is discovered. There are no bodies, and no such plane has ever been reported missing, but men both good and evil have been seeking it for a long, long time. What the wreckage conceals is ...



  • The world’s greatest mystery writers on the world’s greatest mystery novels: Michael Connelly on The Little Sister . . . Kathy Reichs on The Silence of the Lambs . . . Mark Billingham on The Maltese Falcon . . . Ian Rankin on I Was Dora Suarez . ...



  • A collection of excerpts from the Charlie Parker thrillers, including: Every Dead Thing, Dark Hollow, The Killing Kind, The White Road, The Black Angel, The Unquiet, The Reapers, The Lovers, The Whisperers, The Burning Soul, and The Wrath of Angels. ...



  • Samuel Johnson - with a little help from his dachshund Boswell and a very unlucky demon named Nurd - has sent the demons back to Hell. But the diabolical Mrs Abernathy is not one to take defeat lying down. When she reopens the portal and sucks Samuel...



  • From New York Times bestselling author John Connolly, a wonderfully strange and brilliant novel about a boy, his dog, and their struggle to escape the wrath of demons. Young Samuel Johnson is in trouble. Not only is his eyesight so poor that he mista...



  • New York Times bestselling author John Connolly delivers a chilling new thriller starring crime detective Charlie Parker. Randall Haight has a secret, and somebody in his small town of Pastor's Bay, Maine, knows it. With the truth being spread all...



  • From the New York Times bestselling author of The Whisperers“Connolly’s dark, lyrical prose will leave unshakable images lurking on the edge of the reader’s consciousness.” —Booklist All John Connolly fans know to expect the unexpected. He ...



  • "A PAGE TURNING THRILL RIDE THAT YOU WON'T WANT TO PUT DOWN," SAYS THE SACRAMENTO BOOK REVIEW OF THIS SPINE-TINGLING NOVEL. NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR JOHN CONNOLLY CHILLS WITH THIS BRUTAL TALE DEPICTING A TERRIFYING CONSEQUENCE OF WAR THAT NO...



  • Young Samuel Johnson and his dachshund, Boswell, are trying to show initiative by trick-or-treating a full three days before Halloween, which is how they come to witness strange goings-on at 666 Crowley Road. The Abernathys don''t mean any harm by th...



  • Charlie Parker is a lost soul. Deprived of his private investigator's license and under scrutiny by the police, Parker takes a job in a Portland bar. But he uses his enforced retirement to begin a different kind of investigation: an examination of hi...







  • A POETIC AND OMINOUS NOVEL ABOUT A CHAIN OF KILLINGS, OBSCURELY LINKED OVER A LONG PASSAGE OF YEARS, AND THE SETTLING OF THEIR BLOOD DEBTS -- PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE. As a small boy, Louis witnessed an unspeakable, racially motivated crime that ...



  • But that is the nature of revenge. It escalates. It cannot be controlled. One hurt invites another, on and on until the original injury is all but forgotten in the chaos of what follows. John Connolly's originality and talent for storytelling ha...



  • New York Times bestselling author John Connolly's unique imagination takes readers through the end of innocence into adulthood and beyond in this dark and triumphantly creative novel of grief and loss, loyalty and love, and the redemptive power of st...



  • To those who have been forsaken, hell has no geography. The Black Angel begins with the disappearance of a young prostitute from one of New York City's seamiest neighborhoods. Like so many tormented souls before her, the girl's mother is inevitabl...



  • In his first collection of short fiction, New York Times bestselling author John Connolly offers a selection of dark, daring, and utterly haunting tales. Here are lost lovers and missing children, predatory demons, and vengeful ghosts. In "The New Da...



  • in Like A Charm

    Desire leaves a man destroyed ... A young girl's curiosity reveals secrets better left hidden ... Jealousy drives a woman mad ... An obsession with numbers precipitates a deadly revenge ... Ambition leads to a curious exchange ... An uncanny likeness...



  • On the Maine island once known as Sanctuary, policeman Joe Dupree is the guardian of its secrets, keeper of its memories. He knows that Sanctuary had been steeped in carnage once, centuries ago, when its settlers were betrayed to their enemies and sl...



  • 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. As he and his lover, Rachel, are awaiting the birth of their first child and set...



  • When the discovery of a mass grave in northern Maine reveals the grim truth behind the disappearance of a religious community, private detective Charlie Parker is drawn into a violent conflict with a group of zealots intent on tracking down a relic t...



  • Haunted by the murder of his wife and daughter, former New York police detective Charlie Parker retreats home to Scarborough, Maine, to rebuild his shattered life. But his return reawakens old ghosts, drawing him into the manhunt for the killer of ye...







  • Step into the tortured mind and gritty world of former NYPD detective Charlie "Bird" Parker, who is tormented by the brutal, unsolved murders of his wife and young daughter. Driven by visions of the dead, Parker tracks a serial killer from New York ...


Complete Series List in Order

A Charlie Parker Thriller

0.5) The Dirty South (Jan-2020)
1) Every Dead Thing (May-1999)
2) Dark Hollow (Jul-2001)
3) The Killing Kind (Sep-2002)
4) The White Road (Mar-2003)
5) The Black Angel (Jun-2005)
6) The Unquiet (May-2007)
7) The Reapers (May-2008)
8) The Lovers (Jun-2009)
9) The Whisperers (Jul-2010)
10) The Burning Soul (Sep-2011)
11) Wrath of Angels (Nov-2012)
12) The Wolf in Winter (Nov-2014)
13) A Song of Shadows (Oct-2015)
14) A Time of Torment (Aug-2016)
15) A Game of Ghosts (Jul-2017)
16) The Woman in the Woods (Jun-2018)
17) A Book of Bones (Oct-2019)
18) The Nameless Ones (Nov-2021)
19) The Furies (Oct-2022)

Nocturne

1) Nocturnes (Mar-2005)
2) Night Music (Oct-2015)

A Samuel Johnson Tale

1) Hell's Bells aka The Infernals (Oct-2011)
1) The Infernals (Oct-2011)
2) The Creeps (Oct-2013)

Multi-Author Series List

Bibliomysteries

33) The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository (Dec-2018)

Fairytale Retellings: Red Riding Hood

The Book of Lost Things (Sep-2006)

Award-Winning Books by John Connolly

Every Dead Thing
1999 Shamus Award -- First P.I. Novel
The White Road
2003 RT Reviewers Choice Award -- PI Novel