CRIME pays – at least for one celebrated Irish crime writer.
Accumulated profits at John Connolly's firm almost doubled last year to €581,678.
The multi-award-winning writer is best known for his Charlie Parker series and new figures show that accumulated profits at his Bad Dog Books Ltd last year increased by 90pc from €305,861 to €581,678.
A former journalist, the Rialto, Dublin native's first novel, 'Every Dead Thing' was published in 1999.
Later this month, Connolly and co-author and fellow company director, Jennifer Ridyard, will publish their first book in the 'Chronicles of the Invaders' series for teen readers.
In a press interview, Connolly confirmed that he was taking nothing for granted in the success he has enjoyed.
He said: "You are only two books away from disaster commercially.
"One failed experiment is acceptable. Two, and you have visions of your publisher examining the small print on your contract."