John Connolly Books

John Connolly was born in 1968 in Dublin, Ireland. At certain points in his life, John Connolly worked as a waiter, journalist, local government official, a barman and a dogsbody at the Harrods department store based in London. He studied English at The Trinity College, Dublin and journalism at The Dublin City University. He subsequently spent 5 years working as the freelance journalist for The Irish Times newspaper; a newspaper that he continues contribute up to today.

Johnny Connolly is the author of the Charlie Parker series of novels.

Order of Charlie Parker Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Every Dead Thing 1999 Description / Buy
2 Dark Hollow 2000 Description / Buy
3 The Killing Kind 2001 Description / Buy
4 The White Road 2002 Description / Buy
5 The Black Angel 2005 Description / Buy
6 The Unquiet 2007 Description / Buy
7 The Reapers 2008 Description / Buy
8 The Lovers 2009 Description / Buy
9 The Whisperers 2010 Description / Buy
10 The Burning Soul 2011 Description / Buy
11 The Wrath of Angels 2012 Description / Buy
12 The Wolf in Winter 2014 Description / Buy
13 A Song of Shadows 2015 Description / Buy
14 A Time of Torment 2016 Description / Buy
15 A Game of Ghosts 2017 Description / Buy
16 The Woman in the Woods 2018 Description / Buy
17 A Book of Bones 2019 Description / Buy
18 The Dirty South 2020 Description / Buy

Order of Charlie Parker Non-Fiction Novels

# Read Title Published Details
1 Parker: A Miscellany 2016 Description / Buy

Order of Nocturnes Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Nocturnes 2004 Description / Buy
2 Night Music 2015 Description / Buy

Order of Samuel Johnson vs. the Devil Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Gates 2009 Description / Buy
2 The Infernals / Hell's Bells 2011 Description / Buy
3 The Creeps 2013 Description / Buy

Order of Chronicles of the Invaders Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Conquest 2013 Description / Buy
2 Empire 2014 Description / Buy
3 Dominion 2016 Description / Buy

Order of John Connolly Standalone Novels

# Read Title Published Details
1 Bad Men 2003 Description / Buy
2 The Book of Lost Things 2006 Description / Buy
3 Inherit the Dead 2013 Description / Buy
4 He 2017 Description / Buy

John Connolly Anthologies

# Read Title Published Details
1 Like a Charm 2004 Description / Buy
2 Dangerous Women 2005 Description / Buy
3 From the Republic of Conscience 2010 Description / Buy
4 Books to Die For 2012 Description / Buy
5 Inherit the Dead 2013 Description / Buy
6 Echoes of Sherlock Holmes 2016 Description / Buy
Print: Print PDF


The Charlie Parker series, as well as all other John Connolly novels, feature the same chronological order as their publication order.


The Books To die For novel, a nonfiction anthology that was co-edited by Declan Burke and John Connolly, won the 2013 Anthony, Macavity and Agatha Awards for Best Critical and Biographical Book of the year.

John Connolly Anthologies:

John Connolly is also the editor of the incredible anthology Books to Die For. Released in 2012, this anthology features some of the greatest mystery writers.

Authors who have written for the Books To Die For anthology include the likes of Kathy Reichs, Ian Rankin and the author of the Harry Bosch series, Michael Connelly.

This anthology is different from your standard anthology as it is actual essays by the authors sharing their favourite stories.

For example the author Sara Paretsky talks about her favourite book which was Bleak House by Charles Dickens. She breaks down the book covering the story and what it entails, and just why exactly it’s a favourite.

This sort of anthology can be interesting for a couple of reasons. For example it’s a great way to find some new books to read. You also get more of a description than your standard description on the back of the book cover.

More importantly you get to really understand the hows and whys in regard to a book. It’s very, very interesting to see an actual writers take on things and it will help you look at books differently.

It will also help change your approach when you read future novels in this genre as there will be a lot more to think about, and a lot more behind just the story.


When it comes to John Connolly, most readers would agree that the best books he writes are the Charlie Parker series of novels. Here are what we feel are three of the best books in that series:

The Killing Kind: Did Grace Peltier actually commit suicide? When a mass grave in the northern Maine reveals the ultimate resting place of the religious community which disappeared almost 40 years earlier, Charlie Parker, a private detective hired to investigate the circumstances of their death, realizes that the deaths along with the violent passing of Grace are part of the same mystery. A mystery that has its roots in the family history and also in the origins of a shadowy organization called the Fellowship. Assisted by the genial killers Louis and Angel, Parker has to descend into the depths of the honeycomb world. This is a world populated by lost souls and dark angels, a world where ghosts of the dead usually wait for justice and the unwary are preys for the worst type of creatures.

The White Road: This is the fourth book in Charlie Parker series. In South parts of Carolina, a young black man is facing the death penalty for the murder and rape of Marianne Larousse, the daughter of one of the richest men in the state. It is a case that nobody ever wants to touch, a case with roots in the old evil, and the old evil is Charlie Parker’s specialty. However, Parker is just about to make a descent into the abyss, a confrontation with the dark forces that are threatening all that Charlie Parker holds dear: his unborn child, his lover and even his soul. In a prison cell, one fanatical preacher is just about to take his revenge on Parker, its instruments being the very men that Charlie Parker is hunting, and a strange creature that keeps its secrets buried by the riverbank. This is the undiscovered killer Cyrus Nairn. Within a short period of time, all these figures will face the final reckoning in the northern forests and southern swamps, in distant locations that are linked by one thread. This is a place where the paths of the dead and living converge. A place only as known the White Road.

The Black Angel: With The Black Angel novel, John Connolly takes the Charlie Parker series a step away from being the conventional serial killer thriller and over the borders into supernatural horror. This is exactly where these extraordinary novels have been heading to from the beginning. The question of how and why so many bad individuals find their way into Charlie Parker’s orbit has always been lurking in the background of the novels. Why are so many ghosts of the victims pointing him and why so good a man who is so fond of his killers for hire friends Angel and Louis. Many writers would simply leave them as givens, but John Connolly has a lot of integrity for that.

The search for Louis’ junkie cousin as well as her abductors, leads the trio further into the darkness. They have managed to fight evil obsessives before, but none was as bad as the Believers. This is a group that’s obsessed with the fallen angels and with strange sculpted objects that men have made from the human bones. However, this time at least there’s a possibility that what Believers believe is in fact true, both what they believe about Charlie Parker and what they also believe about the world. This is one book that ought to be ludicrous and insane yet it’s in fact chilling

When Does The Next John Connolly book come out?

John Connolly doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is The Dirty South and was released on June, 30th 2020. It is the newest book in the Charlie Parker Series.