John Connolly was born in Dublin, Ireland on the 31st of May, 1968. He graduated with a degree in Journalism. Before becoming a phenomenal writer, he also worked as a barman, local government official, and waiter. He also worked as a journalist for five years in which he contributed to the newspaper publication Irish Times.
Connolly left his job as a journalist to venture his passion for writing novels. His first ever publication was the first novel of Charlie Parker series, Every Dead Thing in 1999. This introduced the character of Charlie Parker who was a former policeman turned private investigator hunting the killer of his wife and daughter. The book won the Private Eye Writers of America’s Shamus Award. The novel followed 15 more books to conclude the series.
He also wrote a collection of supernatural tales, Nocturnes; a stand-alone crime novel, Bad Men; a fantasy title, The Book of Lost Things and The Chronicles of the Invaders trilogy. In 2009, Connolly published The Gates, his first novels for young adults which introduced the character of Samuel Johnson.
In 2012, he co-edited Books To Die For together with Declan Burke, which is composed of award-winning essays from over 120 crime writers.
Connolly’s works are drawn into American crime fiction. Some of his which are inspired by the works of American writers James Lee Burke, Ed McBain, Ross Macdonald and some other fiction witers.
Connolly achieved multi-million sales worldwide for his books and countless literary awards. One of his first awards was the 2000 Shamus Award for Every Dead Thing as the Best First P.I. Novel. His Charlie Parker novels were also nominated four times for Barry Awards, in which his The White Road won as Best British Crime Novel in 2003. His work with Burke, Books to Die For also won Best Critical Nonfiction Work in 2013 Anthony Awards.