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Michael Connelly Books in Order - Harry Bosch

Updated on April 26, 2013

One of the Best Fictional Characters - Harry Bosch

I have read all Michael Connelly books in order where Harry Bosch appears. But it started pretty innocently...

I actually read a Harry Bosch novel by Michael Connelly because I was desperate for a book to read. I had blown through my current inventory and asked my mom for a book from her collection. She gave me "The Black Echo" and I was hooked.

I am very loyal to the authors I like and tend to lean toward series as my favorites. It usually takes me a book or two to warm up to an author I haven't read before. Not so in the case of the Harry Bosch series by Michael Connelly.

I take my reading seriously. By that, I mean I choose to invest time into the books I read. In return, I want the stories and characters to captivate me.

I want to feel like once I start reading, I can't put it down. I have to know how it turns out. Mystery is my genre of choice for entertainment reading -- crime novels, in particular.

The Black Echo (A Harry Bosch Novel)

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The Black Echo - #1 in the Michael Connelly Books in Order - Harry Bosch Series

The Black Echo: A Novel (A Harry Bosch Novel Book 1)
The Black Echo: A Novel (A Harry Bosch Novel Book 1)

This is the book that started it all for the Harry Bosch series. We meet and get to know a bit about the character as we follow his investigation of a murder. He's an L.A native with a questionable background but with a heart for the victims and getting justice.


And "The Edgar" Goes To...

In 1992, "The Black Echo" lead to Michael Connelly receiving the coveted "Edgar Award" for Best First Novel.

Harry Bosch - Michael Connelly
Harry Bosch - Michael Connelly

Noted Physical Traits of Harry Bosch

Character by Michael Connelly

From his Harry Bosch novels, we know that Harry is:

  • A few inches under 6 feet tall
  • "Wiry" in build - this goes back to his physical characteristics making him perfect to carry out the job of "tunnel rat" during the Vietnam War. I, personally, take it to mean he is trim but strong.
  • He has brown hair and a mustache
  • His eyes are brown, nearly black. I think this adds to the mysteriousness of the character.

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The Black Ice - #2 in the Michael Connelly Books in Order - Harry Bosch Series

The Black Ice (A Harry Bosch Novel)
The Black Ice (A Harry Bosch Novel)

This book starts with the supposed suicide of a fellow cop -- but it feels wrong . His instincts lead Bosch to Mexico as well as border towns between California and Mexico. The twists and turns of the story make it all worthwhile!

Harry Bosch History
Harry Bosch History

Harry Bosch's Personal History

Character by Michael Connelly

Harry is a complicated character. I'm not sure we, as readers, will be able to totally understand him but Michael Connelly has given us clues throughout the series as to his demons, motivation and self appraisal. Here is a bit about Harry's history that makes him so appealing to the masses:

  • Born and Raised in Los Angeles
  • Son of a Hollywood prostitute (father unknown at the time)
  • His mother was murdered when he was 11 years old
  • Thrown into the "system" as an orphan. Lived in a group home as well as spending time at a few different foster homes.
  • Ran away and joined the Army while in his teens.
  • Served during the Vietnam War as a "Tunnel Rat". He would venture in the tunnels used by the Vietcong.
  • After leaving the Army, he joined the LAPD and moved up the ranks.
  • We meet him as a Detective III, meaning he is the lead Detective in cases he is assigned.

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Everybody counts or nobody counts.

Harry Bosch Psycological
Harry Bosch Psycological

Harry Bosch's Pychological Make Up

Character by Michael Connelly

Bosch finds himself in conflict with authority on almost a daily basis. He has a rigorous set of personal ethics that he clings too, come hell or high water. He has an innate sense of right and wrong but doesn't mind bending rules for the greater good of solving a mystery or murder.

He has said on more than one occasion "he speaks for the dead" as a homicide detective. He believes it is his job to speak for them and act for them in order to solve the crime of their deaths.

He also treats all the deaths with the same importance. His personal motto is "Everybody counts or nobody counts". Admirable!

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The Concrete Blonde - #3 in the Michael Connelly Books in Order - Harry Bosch Series

The Concrete Blonde (A Harry Bosch Novel)
The Concrete Blonde (A Harry Bosch Novel)

She may just be a prostitute, but her life counted too. Follow Harry as he investigates the strange find of a blonds body buried in concrete.


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Michael Connelly Talks about Creating Harry Bosch

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Echo Park - #12 in the Michael Connelly Books in Order - Harry Bosch Series

Echo Park (A Harry Bosch Novel)
Echo Park (A Harry Bosch Novel)

A confession from the alleged killer of an old, unsolved murder case, Harry is back in the saddle hunting down the real story... and he won't stop until he uncovers it -- no matter what.

Harry Bosch - Appeal
Harry Bosch - Appeal

Why is Harry Bosch Appealing to Readers?

Michael Connelly Characters

The thing about Harry is that he is so believable. He seems like a regular Joe. He's no GQ model, financially rich or a fairy tale hero. He's "one of the masses" that we can all relate to in one way or another.

There's no x-ray vision, super strength or mystical power that makes him special. What he does have is tenacity, a deep moral code and an unrelenting drive for the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. It's how we like to think of our law enforcement officers -- persistent, obstinate and stubbornly searching for the answers to a crime. Not just any answers but the truth -- right, wrong or indifferent -- the truth.

Though it's a bit cliched, I have a young dog. When he gets a new toy, he has one goal -- to reduce it to pieces. He works on it almost exclusively until he reaches that goal. Whether it's an un-stuffed toy or a bone, eventually, it will be in pieces or simply disappear (bone) from his persevering gnawing.

That's what I think of when trying to describe Harry Bosch -- a dog with a bone or toy.

I think he said it best when someone asked about his job as a homicide detective in this quote from the Harry Bosch novel "The Last Coyote":

"Everybody counts or nobody counts. That's it. It means I bust my [a**] to make a case whether it's a prostitute or the mayor's wife. That's my rule."

Solving the murder and finding the killer is the one and only job.

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#17 - The Black Box - Newest Book in the Michael Connelly Books in Order - Harry Bosch Series

The Black Box (A Harry Bosch Novel)
The Black Box (A Harry Bosch Novel)

Just published, November 26, 2012, this book is destined to be a bestseller again!

I've read it and loved it (as usual). Can't wait for the next one!


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Michael Connelly's books are fantastic. They are well written, easy to become engrossed in and have such believable characters. I have read many and will continue until I've read them all and then anxiously await new books. Bravo, Mr. Connelly. You're one heck of a writer!

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Do you recommend Harry Bosch Novels or Michael Connelly books to Family and Friends?

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      4 years ago

      I love all of Connelly's books, but especially the Harry Bosch series. Great lens!

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      4 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I have enjoyed the ones I've read. Sometimes they are a bit too scary for someone like me, though.

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      5 years ago

      I love the Harry Bosch series. Great lens!

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      6 years ago

      Great review of the Harry Bosch novels! As a writer I truly enjoyed the video interview with the author Michael Connelly.

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      6 years ago

      Yeah for purple star for Harry Bosch! I enjoy all of Connelly's books - and now I want one to read! right now! :)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      6 years ago from United States

      This is awesome! Congratulations on the purple star!

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      6 years ago

      Connelly's an excellent author. I also enjoy his other series involving Harry's half-brother, Mickey Haller.

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      6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I've read several Harry Bosch novels ... am working my way through the series. I'm a mystery series reader and love reading an entire series without pause (that is, reading other books in between!) :).

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      These sound good. I'm going to try them. Thanks for the recommend.

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      6 years ago

      I like michael connelly's books they are really good.

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      6 years ago

      Yes, I have friends and relatives for whom Bosch is a perfect fit. Because we live in LA, it is fun to drive the freeways and the little spots where Harry hangs out. He's a tough guy with a big heart sort of like my military father.

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      Renaissance Woman 

      6 years ago from Colorado

      Excellent feature on the Harry Bosch series. I just finished reading The Black Box and The Drop. The thing I love about Harry, in addition to what you shared, is his relationship with his daughter Maddy. And yes, his credo deeply resonates: "Everybody counts or nobody counts." If I were ever in trouble, I would want Harry on the case. I totally respect a character who stands up for what is right even at his own peril.

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      6 years ago

      Actually, I encouraged my son to read Michael Connelly because he's such a good writer. I prefer the edginess of Bosch; my son likes the Lincoln Lawyer's lighter style better.

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      6 years ago

      @eightieschild: Thanks so much! Harry Bosch is one of my favorites for sure. Just finishing up another in the series. I am almost all the way through. After i found him, I read a few out of order and decided to go back and read them in order. Up to 9 Dragons! Thanks again for your kind words!

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      6 years ago

      Hey Mandee, so thrilled that someone has done a Harry Bosch lens for the book club lens.

      Aside from my own entry, I really hope that either this or the Kinsey Millhone one wins, as I'm a huge fan of both! :)

      I think I prefer Kinsey to Harry, but this lens is better than the one on Harry (sorry if you're reading this Bill, just thought your lens was perhaps a little short).

      Great lens and good luck in the quest! :)


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