John Connolly: An Author You Don't Want to Miss

My husband actually recommended John Connolly to me and I'm so glad he did. I started with his first book, Every Dead Thing. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. I just had to know what was going to happen next. Every Dead Thing was published in 1999 and is the first in the Charlie Parker series. Parker is a former police officer turned private detective. He's lost his wife and daughter to a serial killer and left the police force looking for answers. Haunted by visions of the dead, Parker is drawn to the American south desperate to find the monster who killed his family. To help in his quest, he recruits his friend and former informant, Angel and his partner, Louis. Angel is a gifted lock pick and Louis was one of the world's deadliest assassins. The three are a force to be reckoned with.

John Connolly was born in Dublin, Ireland. He studied English and journalism in college and worked for five years as a freelance journalist for The Irish Times newspaper. He continues to contribute today. Every Dead Thing was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel. It won the 2000 Shamus Award for Best First Private Eye Novel. Along with the Charlie Parker books, Connolly's also written several short stories and a stand-alone crime novel, Bad Men. In 2006 The Book of Lost Things was published, it's Connolly's first non-mystery novel. I've read Bad Men and I thought it was very well done.

I've now read all of the Charlie Parker books and they're all fantastic. Connolly is a masterful storyteller; weaving suspense, intrigue and sometimes the supernatural into his tales. Whenever I finish one of his books, I'm automatically thinking ahead to the next in the series; impatient to have it in my hands. Angel and Louis are my favorite part of the Parker series. They are very intriguing characters and we learn a little more about them in each book. Connolly's characters aren't your typical hero types. Actually, they're anti-heroes, in that they don't follow the letter of the law to get the "bad guy". But they are undoubtedly the team you want on your side when bad things start happening around you. It makes you think, can a good guy do bad things and still be a good guy?

My Favorite John Connolly Book:The Reapers

My favorite John Connolly book is The Reapers. It was published in 2008 and it's part of the Charlie Parker series. However, Parker takes a back seat in this one. We finally start to learn more about Louis' infamous past as a Reaper, an elusive and elite killer for hire. We even catch a glimpse of his childhood and we start to see how he came to be the way he is. Now, someone from Louis' past is seeking vengeance for his sins. He targets Louis and Angel's home, their businesses and their friends. When Angel and Louis decide to launch a counter-attack, they disappear and it's up to Parker and their few other friends to find the couple before it's too late. This book was a fast-paced thrill ride. I loved it from start to finish. I think I finished reading it within a day. I couldn't put it down. I would recommend John Connolly to anyone who loves a good suspense story. His books are so well written and easy to read. If you like suspense, crime fiction and a good story, you should definitely check him out!

Interview with John Connolly

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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

Hi Lissa! I was excited to see in my inbox that you'd written a new hub. This is a great find. Deff my kind of writer -- love the genre and an Irish writer, well that's just bonus!

Very well written hub. Thumbs UP! MM


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Lissa Lynn 6 years ago from upstate NY Author

Thanks Mighty Mom :) And thanks for stopping by :) He's a really wonderful storyteller. :) I hope you enjoy his work as much as I have :)


Madame X 6 years ago

Thanks Lissa - I'll go get this one. I love intrigue and suspense and mystery!


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Lissa Lynn 6 years ago from upstate NY Author

:) You're welcome Madame X. I hope you'll enjoy it!


TheSablirab 6 years ago

I have been in desperate need of a new book series to read; I have re-read the Twilight series and am now in the midst of re-reading the Ender's Game series; I'll have to check out his books at the library and see how they are. Thanks for the recommendation!


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Lissa Lynn 6 years ago from upstate NY Author

I know exactly how you feel Sablirab :) I re-read all the time when I'm out of new material. Lately I've been doing more writing than reading, though. :) Hope you like the books as much as I do :)


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keira7 6 years ago

Hi Lissa, great hub as usual. With all theses recommendations for books I won`t have time to write hubs or respond to new hubs:) Not that I`m complaning you understand:)


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Lissa Lynn 6 years ago from upstate NY Author

:) sorry Keira :) I know how that is, too. :) Thanks for your comments :)

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