Michael Connelly (born July 21, 1956, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American author of detective novels and other crime fiction, notably those featuring LAPD Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch. His books, which have been translated into 35 languages, have garnered him every major award in his genre, such as the Edgar Award, Anthony Award, Macavity Award, Los Angeles Times Best Mystery/Thriller Award, etc. Connelly was the President of the Mystery Writers of America from 2003 to 2004.His style does not usually involve researching for his books; he says that he prefers to just write, focusing more on his characters than the surroundings. His books often reflect on events happening in the world, like the 9/11 bombings and the beating of Rodney King. Most of the events in Harry Bosch's life in his novels are loosely based on events he himself was witnessing or undergoing.Connelly's second most-used protagonist is ethically dubious defense lawyer Mickey Haller, who has appeared as the protagonist in five Connelly novels. Other POV characters besides Harry Bosch include Los Angeles Times crime reporter Jack McEvoy and FBI profiler Terry McCaleb. Characters in one series pop up in other series quite frequently, as shown below. All of his books are partly or wholly set in Los Angeles, to the extent that the series as a whole is a pretty good guided tour of the city.Has a regular poker game with a fictional novelist.The films Blood Work and The Lincoln Lawyer are based on his novels.A series titled Bosch, based on the Harry Bosch character with Titus Welliver as Bosch, debuted on Amazon in 2014.
Books published by Michael Connelly (in chronological order, arranged by main character):
- The Harry Bosch Novels
- The Black Echo
- The Black Ice
- The Concrete Blonde
- The Last Coyote
- Trunk Music
- Angels Flight
- A Darkness More Than Night - Co-starring Terry McCaleb, also featuring Rachel Walling and Jack McEvoy.
- City of Bones
- Lost Light
- The Narrows - Also features Rachel Walling, Terry McCaleb and Cassie Black.
- The Closers
- Echo Park - Also features Rachel Walling. A serial killer featured in this book was described as a former client of Mickey Haller.
- The Overlook - Also features Rachel Walling.
- 9 Dragons - Also features Mickey Haller.
- The Drop
- The Black Box
- The Burning Room
- The Crossing - Also features Mickey Haller.
- The Wrong Side Of Goodbye - Also features Mickey Haller.
- The Mickey Haller novels
- Other Novels
- Suicide Run - Short story collection featuring Harry Bosch ("Suicide Run", "Cielo Azul", "One Dollar Jackpot")
- Angle of Investigation - Short story collection featuring Harry Bosch ("Christmas Even", "Father's Day", "Angle of Investigation")
- Mulholland Dive - Short story collection ("Cahoots", "Mulholland Dive", "Two Bagger")
- Miscellaneous short stories:
- "Switchblade", "Red Eye", "A Fine Mist of Blood" (all featuring Harry Bosch), "The Safe Man"
This author's other novels include examples of:
- Call-Back: Connelly's novels, especially the Harry Bosch series, never shy away from references to past events without ever falling into Continuity Lockout territory.
- Call-Forward: Short story "Cahoots", being set in 1932, included this exchange.“Where do you want to go?”
“Where the hell is that?”
“There’s nothing there but sand.”
- Comic-Book Time: Averted, as Harry and everyone else in the Bosch universe age in real time. Michael Connelly admitted in a 2017 interview that he came up with new protagonist Renee Ballard because Harry Bosch, born in 1950, is getting too old for police department derring-do.
- Continuity Nod: Chasing the Dime could have been a stand-alone novel, with its protagonist Henry Pierce being a computer software entrepreneur who does not pop up in any other Connelly book. But just to make clear that it was in the same universe, Connelly makes Pierce's dead sister a victim of The Dollmaker (a serial killer that Harry Bosch investigated and killed), and takes the prosecuting attorney from Angels Flight and makes her Pierce's lawyer.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: In short story "Mulholland Dive", a bad guy kills his target by letting loose a coyote that causes the target to veer right off Mullholland Drive. As he's driving away from the scene, the bad guy sees a coyote on Mulholland Drive and goes veering off the cliff.
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Zig-zagged. Connelly's first two novels certainly make it appear that he intended to include "Black" in his titles. He drops it after those, however, and only does it once again after (so far) in the 20th-anniversary The Black Box.
- In-Series Nickname: One of Connelly's absolute favorite tropes. From minor characters (like Lt. Angel "Brick Man" Brockman in The Last Coyote) to major players like Mickey "The Lincoln Lawyer" Haller, sometimes it seems like Harry Bosch is the only character in the 'verse without an in-series nickname.
- The Internet Is for Porn: Chasing the Dime, in which software designer Henry Pierce gets fixated on an Internet call girl and winds up in a lot of trouble.
- In the Style of...: Short story "The Safe Man" is a ghost story that deliberately invokes the style of Edgar Allan Poe.
- Intrepid Reporter: Jack McEvoy, who tends to get hunted by murderers due to his diligence.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: All of Connelly's novels take place within the same fictional universe.note Note the many character crossovers in the bibliography above; even minor characters pop up in multiple novels.
- Nanomachines: This is what Henry Pierce is trying to make in Chasing the Dime.
- Oddball in the Series:
- 2005 short story "The Safe Man", originally published anonymously in a fiction anthology before being released under Connelly's name in 2012, is not connected to the Harry Bosch universe. It's subtitled "A Ghost Story" and is also the only piece of Connelly fiction to deal with the supernatural.
- Another short story, "Cahoots" (included in the collection Mulholland Dive) also is not connected to the Bosch universe. And it is unique in the Connelly canon in that it's a period piece, set in 1932 as Los Angeles was hosting the Olympics.
- The Profiler: Rachel Walling, Terry McCaleb.
- Real Person Cameo: Real Life LAPD detectives Rick Jackson and Tim Marcia and real-life lawyer Dan Daly pop up from time to time as characters in Connelly books.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: In Chasing the Dime, Henry finally finds the prostitute he's been trying to track down, literally stuffed into a fridge. It's an effort to frame him for murder.
- Title Drop: Every single novel mentions the title at some point in the narrative.
- A True Story In My Universe:
- In the Connelly universe, The Film of the Book of Blood Work is Based on a True Story—Clint Eastwood attends Terry's funeral, and Buddy complains about how he is portrayed in the Blood Work movie.
- The Poet is, in universe, a true crime book written by Jack McEvoy, as mentioned in both The Narrows and The Scarecrow.