Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly was born in Philadelphia, PA on July 21, 1956. He moved to Florida with his family when he was 12 years old. Michael decided to become a writer after discovering the books of Raymond Chandler while attending the University of Florida. Once he decided on this direction he chose a major in journalism and a minor in creative writing - a curriculum in which one of his teachers was novelist Harry Crews.

After graduating in 1980, Connelly worked at newspapers in Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, primarily specializing in the crime beat.  In Fort Lauderdale he wrote about police and crime during the height of the murder and violence wave that rolled over South Florida during the so-called cocaine wars. In 1986, he and two other reporters spent several months interviewing survivors of a major airline crash. They wrote a magazine story on the crash and the survivors which was later short-listed for the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. The magazine story also moved Connelly into the upper levels of journalism, landing him a job as a crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times, one of the largest papers in the country, and bringing him to the city of which his literary hero, Chandler, had written.

After three years on the crime beat in L.A., Connelly began writing his first novel to feature LAPD Detective Hieronymus Bosch. The novel, The Black Echo, based in part on a true crime that had occurred in Los Angeles, was published in 1992 and won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel by the Mystery Writers of America. Connelly followed up with three more Bosch books, The Black Ice, The Concrete Blonde, and The Last Coyote, before publishing The Poet in 1996 - a thriller with a newspaper reporter as a protagonist. In 1997, he went back to Bosch with Trunk Music, and in 1998 another non-series thriller, Blood Work, was published. It was inspired in part by a friend's receiving a heart transplant and the attendant "survivor's guilt" the friend experienced, knowing that someone died in order that he have the chance to live. Connelly had been interested and fascinated by those same feelings as expressed by the survivors of the plane crash he wrote about years before. The movie adaptation of Blood Work was released in 2002, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood.

Connelly's next book, Angels Flight, was released in 1999 and was another entry in the Harry Bosch series. The non-series novel Void Moon was released in 2000 and introduced a new character, Cassie Black, a high-stakes Las Vegas thief. His 2001 release, A Darkness More Than Night, united Harry Bosch with Terry McCaleb from Blood Work, and was named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Los Angeles Times.

In 2002, Connelly released two novels. The first, the Harry Bosch book City Of Bones, was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times. The second release was a stand-alone thriller, Chasing The Dime, which was named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Los Angeles Times.

Lost Light was published in 2003 and named one of the Best Books of 2003 by the Los Angeles Times. It is another in the Harry Bosch series but the first written in first person. To celebrate its release, Michael produced the limited edition jazz CD, Dark Sacred Night, The Music Of Harry Bosch.

Connelly's 2004 novel, The Narrows, is the sequel to The Poet. It was named one of the Best Books of 2004 by the Los Angeles Times. His 11th Harry Bosch novel, The Closers, was published in May 2005, and debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. The Lincoln Lawyer, Connelly's first-ever legal thriller and his 16th novel, was published in October 2005 and also debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. This book introduced Mickey Haller, a Los Angeles defense attorney who works out of the back seat of his Lincoln Town Car. The movie adaptation, starring Matthew McConaughey as Haller, was released in 2011. This is the second film adapted from a Connelly novel.

Crime Beat, a non-fiction collection of crime stories from Michael's days as a journalist, was released in 2006, as was the Harry Bosch novel, Echo Park, released in October 2006. The Overlook, Michael's 18th novel, was originally serialized in the New York Times Magazine. This Harry Bosch story was published as a book with additional material in May 2007.

Michael's 19th novel, The Brass Verdict, was released in October 2008, and debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. It introduces Lincoln lawyer Mickey Haller to LAPD Detective Harry Bosch in a fast-paced legal thriller. Michael's 20th novel, The Scarecrow, was first released in May 2009, and reunites reporter Jack McEvoy and FBI Agent Rachel Walling for the first time since The Poet. It too debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Michael released a second book in 2009, the 15th Harry Bosch novel, Nine Dragons. In this story, Bosch goes to Hong Kong to find his missing daughter.

In October 2010, The Reversal was released and debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. This book has Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch working together on the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. The Fifth Witness, a Mickey Haller novel, was released in April 2011 and also debuted at #1.  Michael's 2011 novel,  The Drop, a Harry Bosch novel, debuted at #1. His latest #1 ranked book, The Black Box, focuses on Harry Bosch once again and is Michael's 25th novel. Its release also comes in Michael's 20th year in publishing. It was released in November 2012.  The Gods of Guilt, a Mickey Haller novel, was released in 2013. The latest book The Burning Room, a Harry Bosch novel, released in November 2014.

Fifty-eight million copies of Connelly's books have sold worldwide and he has been translated into thirty-nine foreign languages. He has won the Edgar Award, Anthony Award, Macavity Award, Los Angeles Times Best Mystery/Thriller Award, Shamus Award, Dilys Award, Nero Award, Barry Award, Audie Award, Ridley Award, Maltese Falcon Award (Japan), .38 Caliber Award (France), Grand Prix Award  (France), Premio Bancarella Award (Italy), and the Pepe Carvalho award (Spain) .

Michael was the President of the Mystery Writers of America organization in 2003 and 2004. In addition to his literary work, Michael is one of the producers of the TV show, "Bosch," which is streaming on Amazon Prime Instant Video.  He was also one of the creators, writers, and consulting producers of Level 9, a TV show about a task force fighting cyber crime, that ran on UPN in the Fall of 2000. And he can sometimes be seen on the hit TV show Castle playing poker!

Books by Michael Connelly

Two Kinds of Truth

Published: November 2017

The 20th Bosch novel: Harry Bosch searches for the truth as an old case from his LAPD days comes back to haunt him in this gripping thriller from mega-bestseller Michael Connelly.

Two Kinds of Truth CD

Published: November 2017

Audio edition: Harry Bosch searches for the truth as an old case from his LAPD days comes back to haunt him in this gripping thriller from mega-bestseller Michael Connelly.

The Black Echo (25th Anniversary Edn)

Published: September 2017

Celebrating 25 years of Michael Connelly, a special edition of the book that introduced the now legendary Harry Bosch to the world.

The Wrong Side of Goodbye

Published: August 2017

Only Harry Bosch can uncover LA's darkest secrets in this new gripping thriller from global bestseller Michael Connelly.

A Darkness More Than Night

Published: August 2017

LAPD Detective Harry Bosch crosses paths with FBI profiler Terry McCaleb in the most dangerous investigation of their lives.

Nine Dragons

Published: August 2017

From the streets of Los Angeles to the shimmering skyline of Hong Kong, Harry Bosch pursues the criminals who have kidnapped his daughter.

The Late Show

Published: July 2017

The current #1 fiction bestseller in Australia and the US: a pulse-pounding thriller, introducing a driven, young detective trying to prove herself in the LAPD.
Includes an extract of Two Kinds of Truth, the new Harry Bosch novel to be published in November 2017.

The Late Show CD

Published: July 2017

Unabridged audio edition of Michael Connelly's pulse-pounding new thriller, introducing a driven, young detective trying to prove herself in the LAPD.

The Wrong Side of Goodbye

Published: November 2016

Only Harry Bosch can uncover LA's darkest secrets in this new gripping thriller from global bestseller Michael Connelly.

The Wrong Side of Goodbye CD

Published: November 2016

Audio edition read by Titus Welliver. Unstoppable detective Harry Bosch returns in a new thriller from #1 bestselling author Michael Connelly.

The Crossing

Published: August 2016

Harry Bosch teams up with Lincoln Lawyer Mickey Haller in the new thriller from international bestselling author Michael Connelly.

Trunk Music (BOSCH TV tie-in)

Published: May 2016

The fifth Harry Bosch novel from the award-winning No. 1 bestselling author. The murder of a Hollywood producer has all the signs of a Mafia hit but something doesn't add up for Harry Bosch. Featured in Series 2 of BOSCH, screening on SBS in April.

The Black Box

Published: January 2016

The Crossing

Published: November 2015

Harry Bosch teams up with Lincoln Lawyer Mickey Haller in the new thriller from the international bestselling author Michael Connelly.

The Crossing

Published: November 2015

Unabridged audio edition, read by Titus Welliver: Harry Bosch teams up with Lincoln Lawyer Mickey Haller in the new thriller from the international bestselling author Michael Connelly.

The Concrete Blonde (BOSCH TV tie-in)

Published: August 2015

Tie-in to Series One of the television series BOSCH: Four years ago, Harry Bosch shot notorious serial killer 'The Dollmaker'. Now the case has come back to haunt him.

City of Bones (BOSCH TV tie-in)

Published: August 2015

Tie-in to Series One of the television series BOSCH: When the bones of a young boy are found, Harry is drawn into a case that brings up dark memories.

Echo Park (BOSCH TV tie-in)

Published: August 2015

Tie-in to Series One of the television series BOSCH: Bosch reopens the hunt for a psychotic killer who stalked the streets of Los Angeles years before.

The Black Echo

Published: June 2015

The first ever Harry Bosch novel - the book that started it all.

Echo Park

Published: June 2015

Bosch reopens the hunt for a psychotic killer who stalked the streets of Los Angeles years before.

The Last Coyote

Published: June 2015

After being put on involuntary stress leave for attacking his boss, LAPD detective Harry Bosch is drawn to investigate a 30 year old crime - his mother's murder case.

The Reversal

Published: June 2015

Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch together take on a seemingly unwinnable case.

The Burning Room

Published: May 2015

A bullet takes ten years to find its mark. Now Bosch must find the killer.

The Drop

Published: March 2015

Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two.

The Burning Room (CD)

Published: November 2014

Detective Harry Bosch tackles a cold case unlike any he's ever worked, in the new thriller from the international bestselling author, Michael Connelly. Unabridged edition read by Titus Welliver, star of the forthcoming Bosch TV series.

The Burning Room

Published: November 2014

Detective Harry Bosch and his new partner tackle a cold case unlike any other as they investigate a recent murder where the trigger was pulled ten years earlier. The blistering new thriller from international #1 bestselling author, Michael Connelly.

The Poet

Published: November 2014

Michael Connelly's breakout thriller: A cunning, poet-quoting serial killer of unprecedented savagery executes one homicide cop after another.

The Gods of Guilt

Published: August 2014

Defense attorney Mickey Haller returns with a haunting case - the murder of a former client.

The Gods of Guilt cd

Published: December 2013

The unabridged audio edition of the fifth Mickey Haller, 'The Lincoln Lawyer' thriller.

The Gods of Guilt (Haller 5)

Published: December 2013

Defense attorney Mickey Haller returns with a haunting case - the murder of a former client.

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