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Michael Connelly (1) (1956–)

Author of The Lincoln Lawyer

For other authors named Michael Connelly, see the disambiguation page.

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About the Author

Michael Connelly was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 21, 1956. He graduated from the University of Florida in 1980 where he majored in journalism and minored in creative writing. After graduation, he worked at newspapers in Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, specializing in the show more crime beat. In 1986, he interviewed survivors of a plane crash with two other reporters and the magazine story subsequently written on the crash was on the short list for the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. This story led to a job as a crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times. After three years there, he began writing his first novel. His first novel, The Black Echo, was published in 1992 and won the Edgar Award for best first novel. He is the author of the Harry Bosch series, the Jack McEvoy series, and the Mickey Haller series. He has won numerous awards including the Anthony Award, Macavity Award, Shamus Award, Dilys Award, Nero Award, Barry 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). (Bowker Author Biography) show less


Works by Michael Connelly

The Lincoln Lawyer (2005) 7,249 copies
The Black Echo (1992) 5,578 copies
The Poet (1996) 5,228 copies
Echo Park (2006) 4,817 copies
The Closers (2005) 4,815 copies
The Brass Verdict (2008) 4,672 copies
The Narrows (2004) 4,644 copies
City of Bones (2002) 4,453 copies
Lost Light (2003) 4,332 copies
A Darkness More Than Night (2001) 4,241 copies
The Overlook (2007) 4,232 copies
The Black Ice (1993) 4,187 copies
The Concrete Blonde (1994) 4,183 copies
Angels Flight (1999) 4,132 copies
Trunk Music (1997) 3,885 copies
The Last Coyote (1995) 3,839 copies
Blood Work (1997) 3,790 copies
Nine Dragons (2009) 3,715 copies
The Scarecrow (2009) 3,652 copies
The Reversal (2010) 3,591 copies
Chasing the Dime (2002) 3,254 copies
The Fifth Witness (2011) 3,190 copies
The Drop (2011) 3,151 copies
Void Moon (1999) 2,997 copies
The Black Box (2012) 2,750 copies
The Burning Room (2014) 2,497 copies
The Gods of Guilt (2013) 2,490 copies
The Crossing (2015) 2,354 copies
The Wrong Side of Goodbye (2016) 2,270 copies
The Late Show (2017) 2,220 copies
Two Kinds of Truth (2017) 2,059 copies
Dark Sacred Night (2018) 1,987 copies
The Night Fire (2019) 1,708 copies
The Law of Innocence (2020) 1,407 copies
Fair Warning (2020) 1,289 copies
The Dark Hours (2021) 1,180 copies
Desert Star (2022) 883 copies
The Harry Bosch Mysteries (2000) 656 copies
Resurrection Walk (2023) 486 copies
Three Great Novels (2001) 313 copies
Switchblade (2014) 251 copies
The Best American Mystery Stories 2003 (2003) — Editor — 203 copies
In the Shadow of the Master: Classic Tales by Edgar Allan Poe (2009) — Editor; Contributor — 165 copies
The Blue Religion: New Stories about Cops, Criminals and the Chase (2008) — Editor; Introduction & Contributor — 151 copies
Blood Work (abridged audio) (1998) 30 copies
Measures of Poison (1773) 20 copies
The Mortarmen (2005) 13 copies
Advertencia razonable (2021) 6 copies
No title 5 copies
Murder Worthy (2017) 3 copies
Father's Day 3 copies
Michael Connelly Sampler (1996) 2 copies

Associated Works

The Locked Room (1973) — Introduction, some editions — 1,161 copies
FaceOff (2014) — Contributor — 501 copies
Elevator Pitch (2019) 484 copies
Half-Minute Horrors (2009) — Contributor — 276 copies
In the Company of Sherlock Holmes (2011) — Contributor — 224 copies
The Best American Mystery Stories 2008 (2008) — Contributor — 168 copies
Vengeance (2012) — Contributor — 157 copies
The Best American Mystery Stories 2002 (2002) — Contributor — 156 copies
Los Angeles Noir (2007) — Contributor — 146 copies
Dangerous Women (1998) — Contributor — 132 copies
The Best American Mystery Stories 2009 (2009) — Contributor — 111 copies
The Best American Mystery Stories 2015 (2015) — Contributor — 103 copies
The Best American Mystery Stories 2013 (2013) — Contributor — 97 copies
The Best American Mystery Stories 2018 (2018) — Contributor — 96 copies
Double Exposure (2009) — Contributor, some editions — 90 copies
USA Noir: Best of the Akashic Noir Series (2013) — Contributor — 83 copies
The Rich and the Dead (2011) — Contributor — 62 copies
P. S. Ich töte dich: 13 Zehn-Minuten-Thriller (2010) — Contributor — 59 copies
When a Stranger Comes to Town (2021) — Contributor — 56 copies
Dead Man's Hand: Crime Fiction at the Poker Table (2007) — Contributor — 52 copies
The Secret Society of Demolition Writers (2005) — Contributor — 48 copies
The Best Mystery Stories of the Year: 2022 (2022) — Contributor — 39 copies
Murderers' Row (2001) — Contributor — 37 copies
Tampa Bay Noir (2020) — Contributor — 35 copies
Six John Jordan Mysteries (2015) — Introduction, some editions — 34 copies
Reader's Digest Select Editions 2007 v02 #290 (2007) — Contributor — 20 copies
The Interrogator and Other Criminally Good Fiction (2012) — Contributor — 19 copies
The Penguin Book of Crime Stories (2007) — Contributor — 17 copies
Three Killer Thrillers (2014) — Introduction — 3 copies
Reader's Digest Select Editions 2018 v05 #359 (2018) — Author — 3 copies
Reader's Digest Select Editions 2017 v05 #353 (2017) — Contributor — 1 copy


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Common Knowledge

Country (for map)
Estats Units
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Places of residence
Gainesville, Florida, USA
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Los Angeles, California, USA
University of Florida (BA - Journalism)
Mystery Writers of America (President|2003 - 2004)
Los Angeles Times
Awards and honors
Edgar Award
Anthony Award
Macavity Award
Los Angeles Times Best Mystery/Thriller Award
Shamus Award
Dilys Award (show all 15)
Nero Award
Barry Award
Audie Award
Ridley Award
Maltese Falcon Award (Japan)
.38 Caliber Award (France)
Grand Prix Award (France)
Premio Bancarella Award (Italy)
Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award (2022)
Philip Spitzer (Philip G. Spitzer Literary Agency)
Short biography
Michael Connelly is the bestselling author of over thirty novels and one work of nonfiction. With over seventy-four million copies of his books sold worldwide and translated into forty foreign languages, he is one of the most successful writers working today. A former newspaper reporter who worked the crime beat at the Los Angeles Times and the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, Connelly has won numerous awards for his journalism and his fiction. His very first novel, The Black Echo, won the prestigious Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best First Novel in 1992. In 2002, Clint Eastwood directed and starred in the movie adaptation of Connelly's 1998 novel, Blood Work. In March 2011, the movie adaptation of his #1 bestselling novel, The Lincoln Lawyer, hit theaters worldwide starring Matthew McConaughey as Mickey Haller. His most recent #1 New York Times bestsellers include Dark Sacred Night, The Late Show, Two Kinds Of Truth, The Late Show, The Wrong Side Of Goodbye, The Crossing, The Burning Room, The Gods of Guilt, The Black Box, and The Drop. Michael is the executive producer of BOSCH, an Amazon Studios original drama series based on his bestselling character Harry Bosch, starring Titus Welliver and streaming on Amazon Prime. He is also the executive producer of the documentary films, SOUND OF REDEMPTION: The Frank Morgan Story and Tales Of the American. He spends his time in California and Florida.



Chat in Book Discussion : The Poet by Michael Connelly (January 13)
For fellow Michael Connelly Fans - Who should I turn to next? in Crime, Thriller & Mystery (November 2023)
Let’s Meet the Author in Book Discussion : The Last Coyote by Michael Connelly (March 2023)
Chat in Book Discussion : The Last Coyote by Michael Connelly (March 2023)
Chat in Book Discussion : The Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly (July 2020)
Chat in Book Discussion : The Black Ice by Michael Connelly (May 2020)
Chat in Book Discussion : The Black Echo by Michael Connelly (August 2019)


Good old Bosch joined by detective Renee Ballard. Bosch is searching an historical case of a young murdered girl. Technology has improved but Ballard have to manually search thru old written up case pages over several years.
Pain strikingly they crack the case against internal police resistanc. To get quick justice they tell the father (criminal) of the murderers location and basic justice is done.
BryceV | 73 other reviews | Feb 27, 2024 |
Well it might well not be high literature, and there are some fantastical elements, but it is a right-rollicking, gripping, page-turner of a book. Devoured very quickly.
malcrf | 16 other reviews | Feb 24, 2024 |
Well, this was the first Michael Connelly -book for me. Strange that I have not bumped to him earlier because I really like these sort of crime detective novels. Well, better late than never, as they say.

The reason behind finding these books was Jo Nesbö and his Harry Hole -series. I listened all Harry Hole -audio books and really liked them. I also loved Harry as a main character. Harry Hole is middle-aged alcoholic rock fan. That's the type of hero I like.

In one interview Nesbö said that his main influence was Michael Connelly and Hieronymus Bosch -series. So after reading that I immediately crabbed this first book in Bosch -series.

And I did really liked it as you can see (4,5 stars out of five). Almost gave out five but I think the plot could have been just a little stronger.

I think that pretty soon they don't make books like these anymore because of all that woke-shit. So I am glad that I still have many more Bosch-books to go. Cheers for the future good reading times with those!
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heavy-hannu | 161 other reviews | Feb 22, 2024 |
Renée Ballard is a Bosch/Not-Bosch-type character. They both have dogs. He's into jazz. She surfs. They both draw outside the lines in their police work. He's a lead Robbery Homicide Detective. She's babysitting crime on the night shift. They want to see justice done. He lives in the Hollywood Hills. She lives in a tent on the beach. And it's this last point that gives me pause. I'm not sure if her homelessness is a reaction to her sexual harassment episode, but it seems a bit unstable to me, especially for a cop. Honestly, Ballard is not very likable. If I was on the force, I'd certainly give her a wide berth at work. The plot was just okay and, being Michael Connelly, the novel is definitely a police procedural story. I probably won't pick up the sequel.… (more)
mtbass | 97 other reviews | Feb 21, 2024 |



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