From the bestselling author of the Charlie Parker mysteries—"the finest crime series currently in existence" (The Independent)—comes a new anthology of chilling short fiction.
A decade after Nocturnes first terrified and delighted readers, John Connolly, bestselling author of thirteen acclaimed thrillers featuring private investigator Charlie Parker, gives us a second volume of tales of the supernatural. From stories of the monstrous for dark winter nights to fables of fantastic libraries and haunted books, from a tender account of love after death to a frank, personal, and revealing account of the author's affection for myths of ghosts and demons, this is a collection that will surprise, delight—and terrify.
Night Music: Nocturnes 2 also contains two novellas: the multi-award-winning The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository and The Fractured Atlas.
Night Music: Nocturnes 2 is a masterly collection to be read with the lights on—menace has never been so seductive.
About the Author
John Connolly is the author of the Charlie Parker series of mystery novels, the supernatural collection Nocturnes, the Samuel Johnson Trilogy for younger readers, and (with Jennifer Ridyard) the Chronicles of the Invaders series. He lives in Dublin, Ireland. For more information, see his website at JohnConnollyBooks.com, or follow him on Twitter @JConnollyBooks.
Date of Birth:May 31, 1968
Place of Birth:Dublin, Ireland
Education:B.A. in English, Trinity College Dublin, 1992; M.A. in Journalism, Dublin City University, 1993
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It’s been more than a decade since the appearance of Nocturnes,Volume 1. Volume 2 contains all the short stories and two novellas John Connolly has written between then and now. Not that he was idle, having completed the Chronicles trilogy and other novels as well. The present volume demonstrates his writing at its peak. As well, it shows his fascination with the occult, most if not all dealing with otherworldly subjects or events. A highlight is the award-winning novella, The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository. It is an intriguing story in which the characters of the world’s greatest literature come alive, not only in the reading but also in the flesh. There is a marvelous short story, apparently an afterthought, entitled Holmes on the Range: A Tale of the Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository, in which Arthur Conan Doyle is confronted with the problem of solving the Library’s problems when he resurrected Holmes after killing him off in a mortal battle with his arch enemy. And of course Dr.Watson comes to the rescue. The various short stories include monsters and ghosts and demons, although one is a tender love story, albeit ending in a peaceful death. It is a wonderful collection, and is a delight to read. Just don’t do it on a rainy, dark night when the wind is howling. Obviously the volume is recommended.