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.
His first novel, Every Dead Thing, was published in 1999, and introduced the character of Charlie
Parker, a former policeman hunting the killer of his wife and daughter. Dark Hollow followed in 2000. The third Parker novel, The
Killing Kind, was published in 2001, with The White Road following in 2002. In 2003, John published his fifth novel
- and first stand-alone book - Bad Men. In 2004, Nocturnes, a collection of novellas and short stories, was added to the list, and 2005 marked the publication of the fifth Charlie Parker novel, The Black Angel. John's seventh novel, The
Book of Lost Things, a story about fairy stories and the power that
books have to shape our world and our imaginations, was published in September 2006, followed by the next Parker novel, The
Unquiet, in 2007. He is currently working on The Reapers which,
if he stops pfaffing about, will be published in 2008.
John Connolly is based in Dublin but divides his time between his native city
and the United States, where each of his novels has been set.