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.
His first novel, Every Dead Thing, was published in 1999,
and introduced the character of Charlie Parker, a former
policeman hunting the killer of his wife and daughter. Dark
Hollow followed in 2000. The third Parker novel, The
Killing Kind, was published in 2001, with The White Road
following in 2002. In 2003, John published his fifth novel -
and first stand-alone book - Bad Men. In 2004, Nocturnes,
a collection of novellas and short stories, was added to
the list, and 2005 marked the publication of the fifth
Charlie Parker novel, The Black Angel.
John Connolly is based in Dublin but divides his time
between his native city and the United States, where each
of his novels has been set.