Crime writer to visit library as part of tour for new book

John Connolly
John Connolly

AN award winning author is heading to Scarborough Library to showcase his new thriller series.

John Connolly, who created the best-selling Charlie Parker novels, will be visiting the library in Vernon Road next month to promote The Wrath of Angels.

The Irish novelist, who was the first non-American writer to win the US Shamus award, has been described as a lively and entertaining speaker.

He will be dropping in to Scarborough as part of a UK tour and will be joined on the night by fellow mystery writer Declan Burke.

Together they will be chatting about classic crime.

They will also be discussing a new work they have co-edited - ‘Books To Die For’ - which has been created from a series of personal essays about the thriller books they love from Christie to Child and Poe to PD James, from Sherlock Holmes to Hannibal Lecter and Philip Marlowe to Peter Wimsey.

County Councillor Chris Metcalfe, North Yorkshire’s executive member for Libraries said: “We are delighted that John has included us in his UK tour and and want to give him a warm welcome to Scarborough - a must for all thriller fans!

“This is just the sort of event libraries are keen to host, illustrating that we are centres of excellence for reader development.”

The Wrath of Angels is the 11th Charlie Parker novel, and was published in August this year before is release in the US next January.

Every Dead Thing introduced readers to the anti-hero Charlie Parker, a former police officer hunting the killer of his wife and daughter. The book 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.

Several film adaptations of his works are currently in development.

The John Connolly event at Scarborough library begins at 7pm on Thursday, September 13 and will be held in the library concert hall.  Tickets are £3 including complimentary refreshments, and are available from the library.