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.