Michael Connelly – Author Guide

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Michael Connelly is a US crime writer, most well known for being the creator of the Harry Bosch crime novels. Connelly started out as a crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times, during which he wrote his first published novel, The Black Echo featuring Harry Bosch. While at the Los Angeles Times he wrote three more Bosch novels before quitting his job to be a full time novelist.
Because of his time as a reporter covering crime in the Los Angeles area, he has a lot of experience of real crimes, and he has good relationships with the LAPD.
I really like Michael Connelly’s books, they’re really good, solid crime fiction. If I’m after reading a crime novel he’s one of my go to authors.


As mentioned above, the first Harry Bosch book, The Black Echo, was also Connelly’s first published novel. In all there are 16 published Harry Bosch books, listed here in order:
Other recurring characters who appear in some of these books are Rachel Walling (who first appears in The Poet) and Terry McCaleb (who first appears in A Darkness More Than Night).
The Narrows, while a Harry Bosch novel, is also the sequel to The Poet (which Bosch wasn’t in), so makes it quite an interesting linking book.


Mickey Haller is a lawyer, called a ‘Lincoln Lawyer’ by some because his office is the stretch limo in which he is driven (by a former client paying off his fees) around Los Angeles, looking for work. Mickey Haller is the half brother of Connelly’s main series character, Hieronymous “Harry Bosch”. The books featuring Mickey Haller are:
Other Books by Michael Connelly
Blood Work (1998) – This book introduces former FBI agent Terry McCaleb, who is recovering after a heart transplant. When a woman asks him to investigate the murder of her sister he is in for a shock, as the dead woman was the person whose heart now beats in his chest.
Void Moon (2000) – Cassie Black, and ex-con, gets tempted back into crime whilst on parole. The target is the very casino where she was caught attempting to steal from the last time, it is the place that put her behind bars and her lover in a coffin…
‘Chasing the Dime’ (2002) – When brilliant scientist and entrepreneur Henry Pierce moves into a new apartment following a breakup, he finds his new telephone number used to belong to a call girl who has now gone missing. As he is drawn into a quest to find the missing girl, he finds himself getting deeper and deeper into trouble.
The Poet (2002) – When crime beat report Jack McEvoy’s brother, a homicide detective, kills himself, he decides to write the story about it. But the more he investigates, the more he begins to suspect that his brother’s death wasn’t suicide… Awesome book, one of the best crime books I’ve ever read.
Crime Beat (2006) – A non-fiction collection of journalistic crime pieces.
I’ve read all of Connelly’s standalone novels – they are all excellent, at least as good as his better known Harry Bosch novels.
The Late Show (2017) – The start of a new crime series featuring Renee Ballard, a once up and coming young  L.A. detective who has been banished to the night shift after filing a sexual harassment suit against her supervisor.
And Finally
For more information about Michael Connelly, visit his official website at:

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