Michael Connelly Books in Order - Harry Bosch
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.
Have you ever read a Harry Bosch novel?
The Black Echo - #1 in the Michael Connelly Books in Order - Harry Bosch Series
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.
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.
The Black Ice - #2 in the Michael Connelly Books in Order - Harry Bosch Series
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'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.
Everybody counts or nobody counts.
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!
The Concrete Blonde - #3 in the Michael Connelly Books in Order - Harry Bosch Series
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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Echo Park - #12 in the Michael Connelly Books in Order - Harry Bosch Series
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.
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.
"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
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!
Which is your favorite (or most intriguing if you haven't read any) Harry Bosch novel?
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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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