Michael Connelly (born July 21, 1956) is an American author of detective novels and other crime fiction, notably those featuring LAPD Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch and criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller. Connelly is the bestselling author of thirty-one novels and one work of non-fiction. With over 60 million copies of his books sold worldwide and translated into forty foreign languages, he is one of the most successful writers working today. 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 Two Kinds of Truth, The Late Show, The Wrong Side of Goodbye, The Crossing, The Burning Room, The Gods of Guilt, and The Black Box. His books, which have been translated into 39 languages, have garnered him many awards. Connelly was the President of the Mystery Writers of America from 2003 to 2004.
|Born||July 21, 1956|
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
|Education||St. Thomas Aquinas High School|
|Alma mater||University of Florida|
|Home town||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|Genre||Crime fiction, thriller|
Linda McCaleb (m. 1984)
Connelly was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the second oldest child of W. Michael Connelly, a property developer, and Mary Connelly, a homemaker. According to Connelly, his father was a frustrated artist who encouraged his children to want to succeed in life and was a risk taker who alternated success with failure in his pursuit of a career. Connelly's mother was a fan of crime fiction and introduced her son to the world of mystery novels.
At age 12, Connelly moved with his family from Philadelphia to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School. At age 16, Connelly's interest in crime and mystery escalated when, on his way home from his work as a hotel dishwasher, he witnessed a man throw an object into a hedge. Connelly decided to investigate and found that the object was a gun wrapped in a lumberjack shirt. After putting the gun back, he followed the man to a bar and then left to go home to tell his father. Later that night, Connelly brought the police down to the bar, but the man was already gone. This event introduced Connelly to the world of police officers and their lives, impressing him with the way they worked.
Connelly had planned on following his father's early choice of career in building construction and started out at the University of Florida in Gainesville as a building construction major. After earning grades that were lower than expected, Connelly went to see Robert Altman's film The Long Goodbye (1973). The film, based on Raymond Chandler's 1953 novel of the same name, inspired Connelly to want to become a mystery writer. Connelly went home and read all of Chandler's works featuring Philip Marlowe, a detective in Los Angeles during the 1940s and '50s, and decided to switch majors to journalism with a minor in creative writing.
After graduating from the University of Florida in 1980, Connelly got a job as a crime beat writer at the Daytona Beach News Journal, where he worked for almost two years until he went to the Fort Lauderdale News and Sun-Sentinel in 1981. There, he covered the crime beat during the South Florida cocaine wars. He stayed with the paper for a few years and in 1986, he and two other reporters spent several months interviewing survivors of the 1985 Delta Flight 191 plane crash, which story earned Connelly a place as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The honor also brought Connelly a job as a crime reporter at the Los Angeles Times. He moved to California in 1987 with his wife Linda McCaleb, whom he met while in college and married in April 1984.
After moving to Los Angeles, Connelly went to see the High Tower Apartments where Raymond Chandler's character Philip Marlowe had lived (in The High Window (1942)), and Robert Altman had used for his film The Long Goodbye (1973). Connelly got the manager of the building to promise to phone him if the apartment ever became available. Ten years later, the manager tracked Connelly down, and Connelly decided to rent the place. This apartment served as a place to write for several years.
After three years at the Los Angeles Times, Connelly wrote his first published novel, The Black Echo (1992), after previously writing two unfinished novels that he had not attempted to get published. He sold The Black Echo to Little, Brown to be published in 1992 and won the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award for best first novel. The book is partly based on a true crime and is the first one featuring Connelly's primary recurring character, Los Angeles Police Department Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch, a man who, according to Connelly, shares few similarities with the author himself. Connelly named Bosch after the Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch, known for his paintings full of sin and redemption, such as the painting Hell, a copy of which hangs on the office wall behind Connelly's computer. Connelly describes his own work as a big canvas with all the characters of his books floating across it as currents on a painting. Sometimes they are bound to collide, creating cross currents. This is something that Connelly creates by bringing back characters from previous books and letting them play a part in books written five or six years after first being introduced.
Connelly went on to write three more novels about Detective Bosch — The Black Ice (1993), The Concrete Blonde (1994), and The Last Coyote (1995) — before quitting his job as a reporter to write full-time.
Harry Bosch and Connelly received a good deal of publicity in 1994, when President Bill Clinton came out of a bookstore carrying a copy of The Concrete Blonde in front of the waiting cameras. A meeting was set up between the two at the Los Angeles Airport.
In 1996, Connelly wrote The Poet, his first book not to feature Bosch; the protagonist was reporter Jack McEvoy. The book was a success and earned Connelly comparisons to author Thomas Harris by reviewers. In 1997, Connelly returned to Bosch in Trunk Music before writing another book, Blood Work (1998), about a different character, FBI agent Terry McCaleb. Blood Work was made into a film in 2002, directed by Clint Eastwood, who also played McCaleb, an agent with a transplanted heart, in pursuit of his donor's murderer. The book came together after one of Connelly's friends had a heart transplant, and he saw what his friend was going through with survivor's guilt after the surgery. When asked if he had anything against the changes made to fit the big screen, Connelly simply replied: "If you take their money, it's their turn to tell the story".
Connelly wrote another book featuring Bosch, Angels Flight (1999), before writing Void Moon (2000), a free-standing book about Las Vegas thief Cassie Black. In 2001, A Darkness More Than Night was published, in which Connelly united Bosch and McCaleb to solve a crime together, before releasing two books in 2002. The first, City of Bones, was the eighth Bosch novel, and the other, Chasing the Dime, was a non-series novel. In 2001, Connelly left California for Tampa Bay, Florida, together with his wife and daughter, so that both he and his wife could be closer to their families. His novels still took place in Los Angeles.
In 2003, another Bosch novel, Lost Light, was published. With this book, a CD was released, Dark Sacred Night, the Music of Harry Bosch, featuring some of the jazz music Bosch listens to. Connelly says he prefers listening to rock and roll, jazz, and blues. While writing he listens exclusively to instrumental jazz, though, because it does not have intrusive vocals, and because the improvisational playing inspires his writing. The Narrows, published in 2004, was a sequel to The Poet but featured Bosch instead of McEvoy. Together with this book, a DVD was released called Blue Neon Night: Michael Connelly's Los Angeles, in which film Connelly presents some of the places in Los Angeles that are frequently featured in his books.
The Closers, published in May 2005, was the 11th Bosch novel. It was followed by The Lincoln Lawyer in October, Connelly's first legal novel; it features defense attorney Mickey Haller, Bosch's half-brother. The book was made into a film in 2011, starring Matthew McConaughey as Haller. After releasing Crime Beat (2006), a non-fiction book about Connelly's experiences as a crime reporter, Connelly went back to Bosch with Echo Park (2006). This book sets its opening scene in the High Tower Apartment that Connelly rented and wrote from. His next Bosch story, The Overlook, was originally published as a multi-part series in the New York Times Magazine. After some editing, it was published as a novel in 2007. In October 2008, Connelly wrote The Brass Verdict, which brought together Bosch and Haller for the first time. He followed that with The Scarecrow (May 2009), which brought back McEvoy as the lead character. 9 Dragons, a novel taking Bosch to Hong Kong, was published in October 2009. The Reversal (October 2010), reunites Bosch & Haller as they work together under the banner of the state on the retrial of a child murderer. The Haller novel The Fifth Witness was published in 2011.
The Drop, which refers in part to the "Deferred Retirement Option Plan" that was described in the novel The Brass Verdict (2008), was published in November 2011. The next Bosch novel was The Black Box (2012). Connelly's subsequent novel, a legal thriller, was a return to Haller: The Gods of Guilt (2013). His next book returned to Bosch in The Burning Room (2014), and then Connelly used Haller as a main supporting character in the Bosch novels The Crossing (2015) and The Wrong Side of Goodbye (2016).
Connelly has won nearly every major award given to mystery writers, including 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), the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière (France) and Premio Bancarella Award (Italy). In 2012, The Black Box won the world's most lucrative crime fiction award, the RBA Prize for Crime Writing worth €125,000.
When starting a book, the story is not always clear, but Connelly has a hunch where it is going. The books often reference world events, such as the 1992 Los Angeles riots and the September 11 attacks. Even events that might not be considered as world-changing are included in some of the books, because they are of personal interest to Connelly. For example, in City of Bones, Detective Bosch investigates the murder of an 11-year-old boy. This was written during Connelly's early years as a father of a daughter, and it hit close to home. According to Connelly, he didn't mean to write about the biggest fear of his life; it just came out that way.
Detective Bosch's life usually changes in harmony with Connelly's own life. When Connelly moved 3,000 miles across the country from Florida, Bosch had some life-changing experiences that sent him in a new direction in the book written at that time, City of Bones. According to Connelly, his "real" job is to write about Bosch, and his purpose in bringing McCaleb and Bosch together in A Darkness More Than Night was to use McCaleb as a tool to look at Bosch from another perspective and keep the character interesting.
Every character in the list below, with one exception, has appeared in a Harry Bosch book. All of Michael Connelly's novels occur in the same fictional universe and character crossovers are common.
Each of these characters has appeared in at least two of Connelly's novels.
|Title||Publication date||Featuring||Also featuring|
|The Black Echo||1992||Harry Bosch (1)||Eleanor Wish|
|The Black Ice||1993||Harry Bosch (2)|
|The Concrete Blonde||1994||Harry Bosch (3)|
|The Last Coyote||1995||Harry Bosch (4)|
|The Poet||1996||Jack McEvoy (1)||Rachel Walling|
|Trunk Music||1997||Harry Bosch (5)||Eleanor Wish, Roy Lindell|
|Blood Work||1998||Terry McCaleb (1)||Jaye Winston|
|Angels Flight||1999||Harry Bosch (6)||Eleanor Wish, Roy Lindell|
|Void Moon||2000||Cassie Black|
|A Darkness More Than Night||2001||Terry McCaleb (2), Harry Bosch (7)||Jaye Winston, Jack McEvoy|
|City of Bones||2002||Harry Bosch (8)|
|Chasing the Dime||2002||Henry Pierce|
|Lost Light||2003||Harry Bosch (9)||Eleanor Wish, Roy Lindell|
|The Narrows||2004||Harry Bosch (10)||Rachel Walling, Terry McCaleb, Eleanor Wish|
|The Closers||2005||Harry Bosch (11)||Kiz Rider|
|The Lincoln Lawyer||2005||Mickey Haller (1)|
|Echo Park||2006||Harry Bosch (12)||Rachel Walling|
|The Overlook||2007||Harry Bosch (13)||Rachel Walling|
|The Brass Verdict||2008||Mickey Haller (2)||Harry Bosch, Jack McEvoy|
|The Scarecrow||2009||Jack McEvoy (2)||Rachel Walling|
|Nine Dragons||2009||Harry Bosch (14)||Eleanor Wish, Mickey Haller, David Chu|
|The Reversal||2010||Mickey Haller (3)||Harry Bosch, Rachel Walling|
|The Fifth Witness||2011||Mickey Haller (4)|
|The Drop||2011||Harry Bosch (15)||David Chu, Dr Hannah Stone|
|The Black Box||2012||Harry Bosch (16)||David Chu, Dr Hannah Stone|
|The Gods of Guilt||2013||Mickey Haller (5)|
|The Burning Room||2014||Harry Bosch (17)||Rachel Walling, Lucia Soto|
|The Crossing||2015||Harry Bosch (18)||Mickey Haller, Lucia Soto|
|The Wrong Side of Goodbye||2016||Harry Bosch (19)||Mickey Haller|
|The Late Show||2017||Renee Ballard (1)|
|Two Kinds of Truth||2017||Harry Bosch (20)||Mickey Haller|
|Dark Sacred Night||2018||Harry Bosch (21)||Renee Ballard|
|The Night Fire||2019||Harry Bosch (22)||Renee Ballard & Mickey Haller|
Blood Work is a 2002 American mystery thriller film produced, directed by, and starring Clint Eastwood. The film co-stars Jeff Daniels, Wanda De Jesús, and Anjelica Huston. It is based on the novel of the same name by Michael Connelly.
Eastwood won the Future Film Festival Digital Award at the Venice Film Festival.Blood Work (novel)
Blood Work is a novel written by Michael Connelly which marks the first appearance of Terry McCaleb. The book was used as the basis for the 2002 movie of the same name, starring Clint Eastwood. Connelly was inspired to write the story by a friend who received an organ transplant.Chasing the Dime
Chasing the Dime is a novel by American crime-writer Michael Connelly.City of Bones (Connelly novel)
City of Bones is the twelfth novel by American crime author Michael Connelly, and the eighth featuring the Los Angeles detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch. It was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times.Connelly (surname)
Connelly is an anglicised form of the Gaelic-Irish surname Ó Conghalaigh. Following is a list of notable people with the surname Connelly:
A. Scott Connelly, owner of Met-Rx, Inc.
Al Connelly, guitarist with band Glass Tiger
Ana Paula Connelly, Brazilian beach volleyball player
Andrew Connolly, Irish actor
Bert Connelly, Canadian ice hockey player
Bill Connelly (baseball), American baseball player
Bill Connelly (soccer), American soccer player
Billy Connolly, Scottish comedian and presenter
Bob Connelly, Scottish footballer
Brent Connelly, Australian Rules footballer
Charlie Connelly, British author
Chris Connelly (journalist), American sports and entertainment writer
Chris Connelly (musician), Scottish singer/songwriter
Christopher Connelly (actor), American actor
Chuck Connelly, American painter
Clyde Connelly, a character in Dream Team
Cornelia Connelly, founder of the first Holy Child School
Dale Connelly, American radio host
Edward Connelly, American silent film actor
Fred Connelly, English footballer
George Connelly, Scottish footballer
Henry Connelly, Governor of New Mexico (1861-1866)
Henry C. Connelly (1832–1912), New York politician
James Connelly (ice hockey), Canadian ice hockey player
Jennifer Connelly, American actress
Jeter Connelly Pritchard, American politician
Joan Breton Connelly, American classical archaeologist
Joe Connelly (musician), American singer and musician
Joe Connelly (writer), American writer
John Connelly (disambiguation)
Karen Connelly, Canadian writer
Kevin Connelly, British comedian and impressionist
Liam Connelly, Master of world capitals and discoverer of Geothermal-Enthrophilioghy
Lloyd Connelly, American Superior Court judge
Marc Connelly, American playwright
Mark Connelly (historian), British historian
Maryanne Connelly, American Democratic politician
Matthew Connelly, American educator
Matthew J. Connelly (1907--1976), American businessman and civil servant
Michael Connelly, American detective writer
Michael Connelly, American Republican politician
Michael Connelly (New Zealand politician), New Zealand Labour Party activist, father of:
Mick Connelly (Michael Aynsley Connelly), New Zealand Labour Party politician and cabinet minister.
Mike Connelly, American footballer
Peggy Connelly, American singer and actress
Peter Connelly, Video game composer
Reg Connelly, British songwriter and music publisher
Robert Connelly, American mathematician
Ross J. Connelly, COO of OPIC
Sean Connelly, English footballer
Sean Connelly (judge), American judge
Ted Connelly (1918–2013), Australian politician
Tina Connelly, Canadian track and field athlete
Thomas M. Connelly, Executive Vice President of E. I. Du Pont de Nermours and Company
Tom Connelly, American baseball player
Wayne Connelly, former Canadian ice hockey player
William A. Connelly, American Sergeant Major of the ArmyHarry Bosch
Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch (pronounced "He-ron-ee-mus" "Bosh") is a fictional character created by American author Michael Connelly. Bosch debuted as the lead character in the 1992 novel The Black Echo, the first in a best-selling police procedural series now numbering 21 novels.
The novels are more or less coincident in timeframe with the year in which they were published. Harry, as he is commonly known by his associates, is a veteran police homicide detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. Bosch was named after the 15th century Dutch artist, Hieronymus Bosch.
Since 2015, Titus Welliver has portrayed the titular character in Bosch, a television series adapted from the novels.Jack McEvoy
John "Jack" McEvoy is a literary character created by Michael Connelly in the 1996 novel The Poet and starring again in the sequel the Scarecrow thirteen years later. In the interim, McEvoy appeared in one Harry Bosch novel – 2001's A Darkness More Than Night – and one Mickey Haller novel – 2008's The Brass Verdict.
Connelly describes his time writing about McEvoy as his "least favorable writing experience" because "he is easily the most autobiographical character I have ever written about".Michael Connelly (disambiguation)
Michael Connelly (born 1956) is an American author.
Michael Connelly may also refer to:
Michael Connelly (Illinois politician), American politician
Michael Connelly (Medal of Honor) (1843–1881), American Civil War sailor and Medal of Honor recipient
Michael Connelly (New Zealand politician) (1887–1970), politician and trade unionist
Mick Connelly (1916–2003), New Zealand politician
Mike Connelly (born 1935), American football playerMickey Haller
J. Michael "Mickey" Haller, Junior is a fictional character created by Michael Connelly in the 2005 novel The Lincoln Lawyer. Haller, a Los Angeles-based defense attorney, is the paternal half-brother of Connelly's best-known character, LAPD Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch. The Mickey Haller series consists of six published novels, with the most recent published in December 2015.
A film adaptation of The Lincoln Lawyer, starring Matthew McConaughey as Mickey Haller, was released in the spring of 2011.The Black Echo
The Black Echo is the 1992 début novel by American crime author Michael Connelly. This is the first of Connelly's Bosch series. The book won the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for "Best First Novel" in 1992.The Brass Verdict
The Brass Verdict is the 19th novel by American author Michael Connelly and features the second appearance of Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Michael "Mickey" Haller. Connelly introduced Haller in his bestselling 2005 novel The Lincoln Lawyer.The Closers (Connelly novel)
The Closers is the 15th novel by American crime author Michael Connelly, and the eleventh featuring the Los Angeles detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch. This novel features a return to an omniscient third-person style narration after the previous two, set during Bosch's retirement (Lost Light and The Narrows) were narrated in from a first-person perspective.The Fifth Witness
The Fifth Witness is the 23rd novel by American author Michael Connelly and features the fourth starring appearance of Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Michael "Mickey" Haller. The Fifth Witness was published in the United States on April 5, 2011.The Gods of Guilt
The Gods of Guilt is the 26th novel by American author Michael Connelly and his fifth to feature Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller. The book was published in the United States on December 2, 2013.
The novel follows Haller as he takes on the case of Andre La Crosse, a "digital pimp" who allegedly murdered Gloria Dayton, an old friend of Haller's.
Connelly's signature character Harry Bosch appears in the book but does not play a major role. The novel is so named because Haller describes members of a jury as "gods of guilt."The Lincoln Lawyer
The Lincoln Lawyer is a 2005 novel, the sixteenth by American crime writer Michael Connelly. It introduces Los Angeles attorney Mickey Haller, half-brother of Connelly's mainstay detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch.The Poet (novel)
The Poet is the fifth novel by award-winning American author Michael Connelly. Published in 1996, it is the first of Connelly's novels not to feature Detective Harry Bosch and first to feature Crime Reporter Jack McEvoy. A sequel, The Narrows, was published in 2004. The Poet won the 1997 Dilys Award.
The story is told in first-person narrative from the perspective of reporter Jack McEvoy. At times, a first-person narrative is also used for a mysterious character named "Eidolon". And, while telling the story from the viewpoint of pedophile William Gladden, Connelly uses third-person narrative. The book also features the first appearance of FBI agent Rachel Walling, a recurring character in Connelly's novels.
In April 2004, The Poet was reissued in paperback with an introduction by Stephen King.The Reversal
The Reversal is the 22nd novel by American author Michael Connelly and features the third major appearance of Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Michael "Mickey" Haller. Connelly introduced Haller in his bestselling 2005 novel The Lincoln Lawyer and then paired him with LAPD detective Harry Bosch, his half-brother, in 2008's The Brass Verdict. In 2009's 9 Dragons, Haller was a secondary character as Bosch's personal lawyer. The Reversal was published in the United States on October 5, 2010.The Scarecrow (Connelly novel)
The Scarecrow is a 2009 novel written by American author Michael Connelly. It was Connelly's 21st book (20th novel) and the second featuring as the main character Jack McEvoy, a reporter now living in Los Angeles, and FBI agent Rachel Walling. As a result, the novel is a sequel to the events in Connelly's 1996 book The Poet, although another Connelly novel, The Narrows, was published in 2004 as the "official" sequel to The Poet. The book was published in the UK and Ireland on May 12, 2009, and in the US and Canada on May 26, 2009.
Although McEvoy has made two subsequent appearances in Connelly's Harry Bosch novels (A Darkness More Than Night and The Brass Verdict), and Walling has appeared in three such novels (The Narrows, Echo Park and The Overlook), this was their first appearance together since The Poet.Void Moon
Void Moon is the ninth novel by American crime author Michael Connelly. It was released in the UK in 2000 and was the third of Connelly's books not to follow the character Harry Bosch. It was also his first novel to feature a female protagonist, Cassidy "Cassie" Black, and a protagonist who is a criminal instead of an investigator of criminals.
Novels by Michael Connelly
|Harry Bosch series|
|Mickey Haller series|
|Jack McEvoy series|
|Renee Ballard series|
Recipients of the Bancarella Prize