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John Connolly  

Irish Journalist and Author

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's seventh novel, "The Book of Lost Things," a story about fairy stories and the power that books have to shape our world and our imaginations, was published in September 2006. He continued to write several more novels including 2014's "The Wolf in Winter."

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.

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