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Every Dead Thing

Dark Hollow

The Killing Kind

The White Road

The Reflecting Eye
(novella in the

The Black Angel

The Unquiet

The Reapers

The Lovers

The Whisperers

The Burning Soul


Bad Men


The Book of Lost Things

(for young adults)

The Gates

The Infernals


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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Connolly, John

The infernals : a novel / by John Connolly.

    p. cm.

1. Hell—Fiction. 2. Good and evil—Fiction. I. Title.

PR6053.O48645I64 2011



ISBN 978-1-4516-4308-4
ISBN 978-1-4516-4310-7 (ebook)

For Cameron and Alistair


Chapter I:
In Which We Find Ourselves in Hell, but Only Temporarily, So It’s Not All Bad News

Chapter II:
In Which We Learn a Little About How Hard It Is to Be in Love

Chapter III:
In Which We Delve Deeper into the Bowels of Hell, Which Is One of Those Chapter Headings That Make Parents Worry About the Kind of Books Their Children Are Reading

Chapter IV:
In Which We Reacquaint Ourselves with Nurd, formerly “Nurd, The Scourge of Five Deities,” Which Was All Something of a Misunderstanding, Really

Chapter V:
In Which We Encounter Mr. Merryweather’s Dwarfs—or Elves—and Rather Wish We Hadn’t

Chapter VI:
In Which Samuel Is Reunited with Boswell, and We Learn Why One Should Not Trust a Mirror

Chapter VII:
In Which We Pay a Visit to Mrs. Abernathy’s House. Which Is Nice. Not.

Chapter VIII:
In Which We Wonder Just How Smart Really Smart People Sometimes Are

Chapter IX:
In Which Mr. Merryweather’s Elves Embark on a New Adventure

Chapter X:
In Which Mr. Merryweather’s Dwarfs Make an Unpleasant Discovery

Chapter XI:
In Which Samuel Arrives, and Nurd Departs

Chapter XII:
In Which Dozy Is the Bearer of Bad News

Chapter XIII:
In Which We Meet a Ram, and Some Old Friends Are Reunited

Chapter XIV:
In Which the Forces of Law and Order Assert Themselves

Chapter XV:
In Which Something of the Nature of this World Is Revealed Through Old Ram

Chapter XVI:
In Which Hell Gets Stranger, and the Scientists Grow More Curious

Chapter XVII:
In Which the True Faces of the Conspirators Are Revealed, and an Ugly Bunch They Are Too

Chapter XVIII:
In Which Those Who Will Be of Help to Samuel Begin to Come Together

Chapter XIX:
In Which We Encounter Some of the Other Unfortunate Residents of Hell

Chapter XX:
In Which We Meet the Blacksmith

Chapter XXI:
In Which Nurd Considers Changing His Name to “Nurd, Unlucky in Numerous Dimensions”

Chapter XXII:
In Which We Learn That There Is Always Hope, as Long as One Chooses Not to Abandon It

Chapter XXIII:
In Which Mrs. Abernathy Loses Her Temper, and We Meet Up Again with an Unpleasant Personage from Earlier in Our Tale

Chapter XXIV:
In Which We Speculate on What, If Anything, Might Be Worse Than Evil

Chapter XXV:
In Which a Familiar Odor Sends the Dwarfs’ Spirits Soaring

Chapter XXVI:
In Which We Learn of the Difficulties in Re-creating the Taste of Something Truly Horrible

Chapter XXVII:
In Which We Hear a Surprising Confession

Chapter XXVIII:
In Which Everything Goes Horribly Wrong

Chapter XXIX:
In Which Various August Personages Put Their Plans in Motion

Chapter XXX:
In Which the Watcher Is Torn

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