About The Author
John Connolly was born in Dublin and his previous jobs include barman, local government official, waiter and dogsbody at Harrods. He has long been a freelance contributor to the Irish Times.
He published his first book in 1999, Every Dead Thing, which introduced his memorable anti-hero former NYPD detective Charlie Parker, a man consumed by violence, regret and the desire for revenge. The book won the Private Eye Writers of America's Shamus Award, which rewards best first novels in the detective genre. Connolly has often commented on his passion for American writers of crime fiction such as Ed McBain, James Lee Burke and Ross Macdonald.
He has also written a stand alone crime novel, Bad Men, a fantasy title, The Book of Lost Things, about a twelve-year-old boy who grief at the death of his mother traps him in a fantasy land, and a collection of supernatural tales, Nocturnes, originally written for BBC Radio 4. In 2009 he published The Gates, the first of three supernatural fantasy novels featuring a young Samuel Johnson fighting the forces of Darkness; the third in the series, Creeps, is published in October 2013.
In 2012, he co-edited Books to Die For, an award-winning collection of essays by more than 120 crime writers from around the world that forms an indispensable guide for any fan of crime fiction to the very best in the hard-boiled and noir crime. Contributors include James Ellroy, Ian Rankin, Kathy Reichs, Mark Billingham, Michael Connelly and Sara Paretsky.
The eleventh book in the Charlie Parker series, The Wrath of Angels, is newly available in paperback. The wreckage of a plane is discovered in Maine woodland; hidden on board is a list of people who have supposedly done a deal with the Devil. Charlie Parker joins the race to find it, but the forest holds another secretsomeone, perhaps something has survived the crash.
Here John shares somes of his favourite books, many of which have inspired his own writing. His choices vary from hard-boiled detective fiction to a French classic, and masterful writers as diverse as PG Wodehouse and Richard Ford.
He also shared with us which books he'll be giving and is hoping to receive for Christmas 2015.
Author photo © Mark Condren