John Connolly is one of the most successful thriller writers with multi-million sales of books worldwide and various literary awards.
Let us introduce you to some of his best works:
Charlie Parker Series
This series follows the story of former New York City police officer Charlie Parker who later on turned to be a private investigator with cases increasingly taking on shades of the supernatural. Connolly started the series with “Every Dead Thing” in 1999. The series has overall 16 books.
Samuel Johnson Novel
This three-novel series follows the story of Samuel Jackson who battles the forces of darkness with the help of his faithful Dachshund, Boswell and various demons, dwarfs and police officers, among others.
Chronicles of the Invaders
This series was a collaboration between Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard. This tells the story of Syl and Paul who traveled to different worlds. After five years they discovered that the universe changed vastly beyond their imaginings.
Nocturnes features short fictions with stories about darkness, predatory demons, vengeful ghosts and the haunting anthology of lost lovers and missing children.
The Book of Lost Things
This centers the story of 12-year old David who mourns the death of his mother and finds a company in the presence of books. The books began to whisper to him. Out of anger and loneliness, his imagination helped him discover that reality and fantasy began to meld.
The story of Bad men starts with an ancient account of betrayal between settlers. Few year later, a group of kills returned to seek revenge on a young woman and her son. A rookie officer and policeman stand in their way to solve the case.
The Wanderer in Unknown Realms
Lionel Maulding, a rare-book collector, went missing from his country home in Norfolk. Soter, a WWI veteran took charge of the investigation. He found out Maulding’s interest in occultism. In his search, he encountered horrific experiences.
The Museum of Literary Souls
Mr. Berger thought his year of existence was pointless until he found the book which brought him to a strange fate. Berger then journeys towards the blurry line between fiction and reality.…
#1 Every Dead Thing
Charles Parker, drunk, came back to home and found out that his wife Susan and daughter Jennifer have been murdered. In the search for retribution, he hunted “The Traveling Man” who slew his family.
#2 Dark Hollow
Parker left New York for good and retreated to Maine where he earned a decent living as a private investigator. There he encountered a double murder case.
#8 The Lovers
Parkers re-examined his own troubled past while being mysterious followed by a pair of sweethearts. Parker lost his license and worked again behind bars. He also discovered here his ability to commune with spirits.
#5 The Black Angel
Parker met Louis and Angel whom he asked for help. Parker was a black man who is also an implacable killer while Angel is a shambolic crook. The two are lovers who provide help to Parker.
#3 The Killing Kind
Parker is drawn to the sudden disappearance of Aroostook Baptists, a religious community who vanished in the forests of Maine four decades earlier. In this section, Mr. Pudd was also introduced.
#7 The Reapers
The Reapers are an elite band of killers. Louis, his comrade was once a member of this group. With this, the Reaper is hunting Louis who is the target of their leader, Bliss.
#11 The Wrath of Angels
A pair of woodsmen discovered a plane that crashes in the forest of Northern Maine. They noticed that there was something sinister in the crash site. They told Parker about hints of their fears.
#4 The White Road
Parker faced the murder case of the daughter of one of the oldest and wealthiest families in South Carolina. Also, Reverend Aaron Faulkner petitioned for a review of Parker’s jail sentence.
#6 The Unquiet
Parker investigated the case of a once-respected psychiatrist who has been missing after revelations of his alleged abuse of children under his care.
#9 The Whisperers
This happens at the border between Maine and Canada where a dangerous smuggling operation took place. The illegal operation was operated by disenchanted former soldiers.…
Before becoming a phenomenal writer, John Connolly has also been a huge fan of stories from other authors and writers. These stories inspired him to create his own masterpieces, which earned worldwide acceptance. His favorite books range from hard-boiled detective fictions to French classics.
Here are his picks:
The Sportswriter, Richard Ford
Frank Bascombe who was a sportswriter earn a living by studying people who mostly are living entirely within themselves. He aspires to be one of them. However, he suffered incurable dreaminess and occasional pounding of the heart. He also lost his career, son, and marriage. He ends up losing the remnants of his familiar life.
The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas
Considered to be one of the most popular historical romances, Connolly finds this his perfect adventure novel. It follows the adventure of young Gascon gentleman d’Artagnan and his three friends, the musketeers Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. The four defended the honor of the regiment and the queen against the machinations of Cardinal Richelieu.
The Code of the Woosters, P.G. Wodenhouse
This follows the adventures of Bertie Wooster and Jeeves. Jeeves’ cleverness rescued Bertie from being arrested and engaged by a mistake. This is considered one of the greatest comic novels with different kinds of characters and twists.
The Chill, Ross Macdonald
The Chill centers the story of a distraught young man who hired Archer to track down his runaway bride. However, Archer finds himself implicated in two murders. The detective novel combines desperately believable characters and nerve-racking suspense to become one of the most intricate story plots ever created by an American crime writer.
Black Chery Blues, James Lee Burke
Ex-New Orleans cop Dave Robicheaux spent his days in a fish business, following the murder of his wife and the untimely death of his father. But when an old friend appears, Robicheaux was brought back into the violent world of Mafia.