Michael Connelly Crime Novels - A Guide
About Michael Connelly
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.
Harry Bosch Books
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:
The Black Echo (1992)
The Black Ice (1993)
The Concrete Blonde (1994)
The Last Coyote (1995)
Trunk Music (1997)
Angels Flight (1999)
A Darkness More Than Night (2001)
City of Bones (2002)
Lost Light (2003)
The Narrows (2004)
The Closers (2005)
Echo Park (2006)
The Overlook (2007)
The Brass Verdict (2008) - also featuring Mickey Haller
9 Dragons (2009) - also featuring Mickey Haller
The Reversal (2010) - also featuring Mickey Haller
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.
The Mickey Haller Novels
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:
The Lincoln Lawyer (2005)
The Brass Verdict (2008)
The Reversal (2010)
The Fifth Witness (2011)
The latest Mickey Haller novel, The Fifth Witness is released in April 2011 (release date 5 April).
Other Books by Michael Connelly
Michael Connelly has also written several other books, listed below.
'The Poet' (1996) - This book features reporter Jack McEvoy and FBI agent Rachel Walling, and is the book which established Michael Connelly's popularity.
'The Scarecrow' (2009) - Another book featuring reporter Jack McEvoy.
'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 entreprenuer 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.
'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.
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Also, watch out for the new film, The Lincoln Lawyer, based on Michael Connelly's bestsellign book, coming to a cinema near you.