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John Connolly

Ireland (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.
Non fiction
Married to a Stranger: A True Story of Murder and the Multi-Million Dollar Mail-Order Bride BusinessBooks to Die For
Bram Stoker First Novel nominee (2000) : Every Dead Thing
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

John Connolly recommends
Mary's Prayer
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
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
Borrowed Light (2006)
Joolz Denby
"One of the most talented and humane novelists that we have."
The House at Midnight
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
Bad Moon Rising (2008)
(Pine Deep Trilogy, book 3)
Jonathan Maberry
"One of the best supernatural thrillers of recent years."
The Good Son
The Good Son (2008)
(J McNee, book 1)
Russel D McLean
"The most exciting, and gripping, Scottish crime fiction debut of recent years."
The Vanishing of Katharina Linden
The Vanishing of Katharina Linden (2009)
Helen Grant
"Both a wonderful first novel and a strange, haunting modern fairy tale."
The Twelve
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."
Payback (2010)
(Mace and Pylon, book 1)
Mike Nicol
"Read Mike Nicol now, before everyone else starts telling you how wonderful he is."
City of Lost Girls
City of Lost Girls (2010)
(Ed Loy, book 5)
Declan Hughes
"Hughes is simply the best Irish crime novelist of his generation."
The Rising
The Rising (2010)
(Inspector Benedict Devlin, book 4)
Brian McGilloway
"Set to become one of the great series in modern crime fiction."
Black Heart
Black Heart (2011)
(Mace and Pylon, book 3)
Mike Nicol
"Read Mike Nicol now, before everyone else starts telling you how wonderful he is."
The Nameless Dead
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
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
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
Everything To Lose (2014)
(Rookie Club, book 5)
Danielle Girard
"[some]of the strongest female characters to have graced the genre in years."

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