At a Glance
- New John Connolly Books
- Charlie Parker Books In Publication Order
- Charlie Parker Short Stories
- Other Charlie Parker Books
- Nocturnes Books In Publication Order
- The Book of Lost Things Books In Publication Order
- Samuel Johnson Vs. The Devil Books In Publication Order
- Chronicles of the Invaders Trilogy
- Standalone Novels In Publication Order
- Novellas and Short Stories
- Non-Fiction Books in Publication Order
- Series John Connolly Contributed To
- John Connolly Biography – About the Author
- Who is Charlie Parker?
Reading the John Connolly books in order is akin to traveling down a road filled with very disturbed, slightly supernatural, poetic and often gory and gruesome passers-by.
Here are the John Connolly books in order of publication and chronological order for his series, standalone novels, short stories, short story collections, along with nonfiction books. The list will be updated with new books as the author publishes them.
New John Connolly Books
Charlie Parker Books In Publication Order
- Every Dead Thing (#1), 1999
- Dark Hollow (#2), 2000
- The Killing Kind (#3), 2001
- The White Road (#4), 2002
- The Reflecting Eye (#4.5), 2004 (included in Nocturnes)
- The Black Angel (#5), 2005
- The Unquiet (#6), 2007
- The Reapers (#7), 2008
- The Lovers (#8), 2009
- The Whisperers (#9), 2010
- The Burning Soul (#10), 2011
- The Wrath of Angels (#11), 2012
- The Wolf in Winter (#12), 2014
- A Song of Shadows (#13), 2015
- A Time of Torment (#14), 2016
- A Game of Ghosts (#15), 2017
- The Woman in the Wood (#16), 2018
- A Book of Bones (#17), 2019
- The Dirty South (#18), 2020 – also a prequel novel
- The Nameless Ones (#19), 2021
- The Furies (#20), 2022
Charlie Parker Short Stories
- The Reflecting Eye (#4.5), 2004
Other Charlie Parker Books
Nocturnes Books In Publication Order
supernatural short story collection
The Book of Lost Things Books In Publication Order
Samuel Johnson Vs. The Devil Books In Publication Order
Chronicles of the Invaders Trilogy
with Jennifer Ridyard
Standalone Novels In Publication Order
- Bad Men, 2003
- Inherit the Dead, 2013
- He, 2017 (a literary imagining of the life of the great comedian Stan Laurel)
Novellas and Short Stories
Non-Fiction Books in Publication Order
- Married to a Stranger, 2005 (with Gaylen Ross)
- Books to Die For, 2012
- Filthy Rich: The Shocking True Story of Jeffrey Epstein – The Billionaire’s Sex Scandal, 2016 (with James Patterson, Tim Malloy)
- Shadow Voices, 2021
Series John Connolly Contributed To
- The Underbury Witches, 2006 Open Door Series 5)
- The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository, 2013 (Bibliomysteries / Death Sentences)
John Connolly Biography – About the Author
John Connolly is the Irish author of his popular Charlie Parker supernatural crime mystery series set in Maine, US.
He was born in 1968 in Dublin, Ireland. He studied English at Trinity College, Dublin, where he got his BA and an M.A. in journalism from Dublin City University.
Before becoming a full-time author, he held several odd jobs, such as being a barman, a waiter, a low-level clerk at Harrods in London, aka a local government official, and a freelance journalist for The Irish Times newspaper, where he remained for 5 years. While no longer employed there, he still contributes articles and interviews other authors every now and then.
John Connolly’s work in the field of journalism was a stepping stone to his career as a mystery author. In fact, he wrote his very first book, Every Dead Thing (which turned out to become the first Charlie Parker book) while he was still freelancing as a journalist. The book was published in 1999, setting the course for a successful career with many books to follow. It received the 2000 Shamus Award for Best First Private Eye Novel and was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel.
John Connolly is the only non-American author to receive the Shamus Award, and the first Irish author to receive an Edgar Award.
Once John Connolly fully embraced his book author career, he started writing in earnest. John Connolly’s books so far include over 20 stories in several suspense and fantasy series and several standalone novels. Over the years he won various literary awards including the Barry Award, the Agatha Award, the Anthony Award, and the Edgar Award, and others being nominated for several more.
His short story, The New Daughter, included in Nocturnes, the supernatural story collection, was the base of a movie with the same title featuring Kevin Costner and Ivana Baquero.
The most popular of John Connolly’s series, is his Charlie (Bird) Parker thriller series, featuring the ex-cop ex-PI troubled guy who has his very own demons to battle while also fighting the evil that tries to destroy the world, one person at a time. You know, those sadistic serial killers who prey on the innocent and torture them to unspeakable lows before killing them without mercy.
Interestingly enough, I first heard of this author when I’ve bought on an impulse his standalone novel The Book Of Lost Things. I was in a phase in my life when searching and reading the so-called ‘books about books’ aka the Bibliomysteries Books (e.g. cozies involving bookshops, mysteries evolving around strange books, etc.)
I truly got hooked on this author’s writing with the very first Charlie Parker book, called Every Dead Thing. I have read it several years ago, and just now recently went back to read it again along with rest of the series to eventually catch up to his latest novel, published this year called A Time Of Torment.
Most of the John Connolly books have supernatural elements, and early on, the author drew heavy criticism for them from critics. Still, he didn’t give up and continued to add supernatural to his Charlie Parker thriller series.
While the books are set in the US and the author is living in Dublin, Ireland, the author does bring in some elements from him in his stories in the form of folklore, the uncanny, and the supernatural part of the fiction. Some books have quite strong elements of folklore within the pages.
Besides the Charlie Parker Series, John Connolly also wrote several shorter stories, edited a nonfiction book of essays on writing by several other authors, and with He, in 2017, he departed from his usual genre by creating a promising reimagined fictional biography of Stan Laurel. A delightful novel full of humor and biographical tidbits for every lover of the Golden-Age comedy.
Who is Charlie Parker?
Charlie Parker was once a cop with the NYPD. Now, he is a tough private investigator – some might call him an occult detective. Still, he never uses the occult and the paranormal in explaining the various loopholes in the stories.
His past is dire, and Charlie Parker learned the hard way that real evil exists. He accepts it, and he has learned to deal with it. His dark past comes to us right from the start, in the first book – Every Dead Thing – when his wife and young daughter were tortured and killed while he was away binge drinking. Ridden with guilt, he leaves his job at the NYPD and begins working as a PI.
As a private investigator, behind the cases he takes on, however, there is one thing Charlie Parker can’t stop thinking about: finding the one who destroyed his family. A man called The Traveling Man.
After leaving New York, Charlie Parker retreats to Maine, where he begins working in earnest as a PI with the help of his supernatural comrades Louis and Angel.