John A. Connell is an American author of historical mystery novels. He writes the Mason Collins series. John is from Atlanta, where he got his BA in Anthropology. He has worked as a motion picture camera operator, a jazz pianist, a stock boy in a bra factory, a machinist, newspaper rack repairman, and a printing-press operator. John splits his time between the U.S. and France.

John A. Connell made his debut as a novelist in 2015 with the novel Ruins of War. The novel was nominated for a Barry Award. Below is a list of John A. Connell’s books in order of when they were originally released:

Publication Order of Mason Collins Books

Ruins of War(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Spoils of Victory(2016) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bones of the Innocent(2019) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
To Kill a Devil(2020) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price


Notes: Ruins of War was also published as Madness in the Ruins. Spoils of Victory was also published as Haven of Vipers.

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John A. Connell Synopsis: Ruins of War by John A. Connell is the first book in the Mason Collins series. In the winter of 1945, mere months after World War II, Munich is in ruins. Mason Collins – a former Chicago homicide detective, U.S. soldier, and prisoner of war – is now a U.S. Army criminal investigator in the American Zone of Occupation. It’s his job to enforce the law in a place where order has been obliterated. And his job just became much more dangerous. A killer is stalking the devastated city – one who has knowledge of human anatomy, enacts mysterious rituals with his prey, and seems to pick victims at random. Relying on his wits and instincts, Mason must venture to places where his own life is put at risk: from interrogation rooms with unrepentant Nazi war criminals to penetrating the U.S. Army’s own black market. What Mason isn’t aware of is that the killer he’s chasing is after him, too…

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