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John Connolly

John ConnollyLike many journalism or English grads John Connolly was working as a reporter. In between assignments for Irish Times in Dublin, he began working on his novel a mystery. Oddly, he set the book on the east coast of United States, and he boldly gave his protagonist a very famous American name: Charlie "Bird" Parker.

Every Dead Thing by John ConnollyMost authors suffer tales of rejection, but for Connolly his formula worked. The book, "Every Dead Thing," became an instant bestseller and was nominated for a Bram Stoker award, named an L.A. Times book of the year, and went on to win the Shamus Award for Best First Private Eye Novel. Not too bad.

Connolly gave up his day job and began to write fiction full time. In just a little over fifteen years, he has written another dozen Charlie Parker mysteries, and another ten suspense titles. And he has continued to win awards: The Edgar, the Agatha, the Anthony, and the Macavity. He has been nominated for over ten more.

So as he sits in the converted attic of his house, long and narrow, with sloping ceilings, occasionally hitting his head, pursuing his daily writing goal - we can be assured that another memorable thrill ride in coming our way.