Jury convicts ex-FBI agent of corruption

BOSTON, May 28 (UPI) -- A federal jury in Boston Tuesday convicted a former FBI agent of racketeering and obstruction of justice. The jury deliberated over two days before deciding Joh

Jury mulls ex-FBI agent's fate

BOSTON, May 24 (UPI) -- The fate of a former FBI agent was in the hands of a federal jury Friday. The jurors were deliberating the case of retired FBI Special Agent John Connolly, accu

Jury gets FBI corruption case

BOSTON, May 23 (UPI) -- A federal jury in Boston begins deliberating Friday whether a former FBI agent was corrupted by his underworld informants or was a dedicated agent who risked his life to recruit criminal snitches for the agency's war against the Mafia. Closing arguments w

Jury gets FBI corruption case

BOSTON, May 23 (UPI) --

Trial of FBI agent nears end

BOSTON, May 22 (UPI) -- Closing arguments were set for Thursday in the Boston trial of a former FBI agent accused of being corrupted by the underworld informants he was supposed to be controlling. Retired FBI Special Agent John Connolly is on trial on federal charges of racketee

Ex-FBI agent's defense rests

BOSTON, May 21 (UPI) -- The defense rested Tuesday without calling a former FBI agent to rebut federal charges he took bribes to protect his gang-boss informants. Closing arguments hav

Mob hitman testifies at FBI trial

BOSTON, May 14 (UPI) -- A man who admitted to killing 20 people faced cross-examination Tuesday at the federal racketeering trial of a former FBI agent. John Martorano said it was info

FBI agent linked to gang on trial

BOSTON, May 9 (UPI) -- Federal prosecutors Thursday planned to call witnesses in their attempt to prove a former FBI special agent took bribes from Boston gang leaders he had cultivated as informants against the Mafia. Retired agent John Connolly insists he was only following o
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John Connolly
AFTRA President John Connolly speaks at an election night party hosted by The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and held at the Millenium Biltmore hotel on November 8, 2005 . (UPI Photo/ Phil McCarten)

John Connolly (born May 31, 1968, Dublin) is an Irish writer who is best known for his series of novels starring private detective Charlie Parker.

His first novel, Every Dead Thing, was met with critical acclaim; it was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel and went on to win the 2000 Shamus Award for Best First Private Eye Novel (he is the first author outside of the US to have won the award). Connolly's debut introduced readers to the anti-hero Charlie Parker, a former police officer hunting the killer of his wife and daughter. Connolly has since written a further 5 books in the popular Parker series and a non-Parker thriller, as well as venturing outside of the crime genre with the publication of first, an anthology of ghost stories and later, a novel about a young boy's coming-of-age journey through a fantasy realm during World War II England. Several film adaptations of his works are currently in development; the earliest to appear to audiences will be partially based on the short story "The New Daughter", and stars Kevin Costner and Ivana Baquero, previously seen in the acclaimed film Pan's Labyrinth. Connolly is also known to tour extensively to promote the launch of his books. In 2007, Connolly made book-store appearances in Ireland, United Kingdom, United States, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Taiwan to promote The Unquiet.

Before becoming a full-time novelist, Connolly had worked as a journalist, a barman, a local government official, a waiter and a gofer at Harrods department store in London. After graduating with a B.A. in English from Trinity College, Dublin and a M.A. in Journalism from Dublin City University, he spent five years working as a freelance journalist for The Irish Times newspaper. He quickly became frustrated with the profession, and began to write Every Dead Thing in his spare time. Connolly continues to contribute articles to the paper, most notable of which have been a series of interviews with other established authors.

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