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John Connolly

Ireland (b.1968)

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, 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.

Genres: Mystery, Horror, Young Adult Fantasy, Literary Fiction
Series contributed to
Non fiction
Bram Stoker Best First Novel nominee (2000) : Every Dead Thing
Barry Awards Best British Crime Novel winner (2003) : The White Road
British Fantasy Society Best Novel nominee (2006) : The Black Angel
Barry Awards Best Novel nominee (2008) : The Unquiet
Macavity Awards Best Novel nominee (2008) : The Unquiet
Barry Awards Best Novel nominee (2016) : A Song of Shadows

John Connolly recommends
Mary's Prayer (1997)
(Stephen Larkin, book 1)
Martyn Waites
"One of the brightest stars in the British crime writing firmament."
The Master of Rain (2002)
Tom Bradby
"Master of Rain is that rare thing: a truly epic crime novel, brilliantly researched and superbly executed."
Kisscut (2002)
(Grant County, book 2)
Karin Slaughter
"With Blindsighted, Karin Slaughter left a great many thriller writers looking anxiously over their shoulders. With Kisscut, she leaves most of them behind."
Borrowed Light (2006)
Joolz Denby
"One of the most talented and humane novelists that we have."
The House at Midnight (2008)
Lucie Whitehouse
"THE HOUSE AT MIDNIGHT is a stunning piece of modern gothic. Gripping, accomplished, and ultimately mesmerizing, it represents the arrival of a major literary talent."
Bad Moon Rising (2008)
(Pine Deep Trilogy, book 3)
Jonathan Maberry
"One of the best supernatural thrillers of recent years."
The Good Son (2008)
(J McNee, book 1)
Russel D McLean
"The most exciting, and gripping, Scottish crime fiction debut of recent years."
Payback (2008)
(Mace and Pylon, book 1)
Mike Nicol
"Read Mike Nicol now, before everyone else starts telling you how wonderful he is."
The Vanishing of Katharina Linden (2009)
Helen Grant
"Both a wonderful first novel and a strange, haunting modern fairy tale."
The Twelve (2009)
(Jack Lennon Investigation, book 1)
Stuart Neville
"Not only one of the finest thriller debuts of the last ten years, but also one of the best Irish novels, in any genre, of recent times."
City of Lost Girls (2010)
(Ed Loy, book 5)
Declan Hughes
"Hughes is simply the best Irish crime novelist of his generation."
The Rising (2010)
(Inspector Benedict Devlin, book 4)
Brian McGilloway
"Set to become one of the great series in modern crime fiction."
The Nameless Dead (2011)
(Matt Wells, book 4)
Paul Johnston
"Johnstone is one of the brightest stars in the night skies of mystery fiction."
Collecting Cooper (2011)
(Theodore Tate, book 2)
Paul Cleave
"Dark, bloody, and gripping... In Paul Cleave, Jim Thompson has another worthy heir to his throne."
Absolute Zero Cool (2011)
Declan Burke
"Among all the recent crop of Irish crime novelists, it seems to me that Declan Burke is ideally poised to make the transition to a larger international stage."
Everything To Lose (2014)
(Rookie Club, book 5)
Danielle Girard
"[some]of the strongest female characters to have graced the genre in years."
Defender (2017)
(Voices , book 1)
G X Todd
"So accomplished that it's difficult to believe it's a first novel, Defender is already worthy to take its place alongside The Stand in the canon. An absolute gem of a book."
The Binding Song (2017)
Elodie Harper
"A splendidly unsettling debut - a chilling mystery to be read with the lights on and your back to the wall."

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