VJ Books Features Michael Connelly!
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. 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.
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.
Connelly's books have been translated in 35 languages and have 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 was 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.
Michael lives with his family in Florida.
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Michael Connelly Bibliography
Harry Bosch Series
· The Black Echo (1992)
· The Black Ice (1993)
· The Concrete Blonde (1994)
· The Last Coyote (1995)
· Trunk Music (1997)
· Angels Flight (1999)
· A Darkness More Than Night (2001) – also featuring Terry McCaleb and Jack McEvoy
· City of Bones (2002)
· Lost Light (2003)
· The Narrows (2004) – also featuring Rachel Walling and Terry McCaleb plus a short appearance by Cassidy Black.
· The Closers (2005)
· Echo Park (2006) – also featuring Rachel Walling
· The Overlook (2007) – also featuring Rachel Walling
· 9 Dragons (2009) – also including Mickey Haller
· The Reversal (2010) – also featuring Mickey Haller
· The Drop (November 28, 2011)
Mickey Haller Series
· The Lincoln Lawyer (2005)
· The Brass Verdict (2008) – featuring Harry Bosch and Jack McEvoy
· The Reversal (2010) – also featuring Harry Bosch
· The Fifth Witness (2011)
Jack McEvoy Series
· The Poet (1996) – featuring Jack McEvoy and Rachel Walling
· The Scarecrow (2009) – featuring Jack McEvoy and Rachel Walling
Stand Alone Novels
· Blood Work (1998) – featuring Terry McCaleb
· Void Moon (2000) – featuring Cassie Black
· Chasing the Dime (2002) – featuring Henry Pierce
· The Best American Mystery Stories 2003 (2003) – collected short stories.
· Murder In Vegas (2005) – collected short stories.
· In the Shadow of the Master (2009) – collected short stories by Edgar Allan Poe re-written by current mystery writers including Sue Grafton and Stephen King
· "Two-Bagger" – in Murderers' Row (2001) and The Best American Mystery Stories 2002 (2002).
· "Cahoots" – in Measures of Poison (2002)
· "After Midnight" – in Men from Boys (2003)
· "Christmas Even" – in Murder...and All That Jazz (2004); a Harry Bosch story (partner: Jerry Edgar)
· "Cielo Azul" – in Dangerous Women (2005); a Harry Bosch and Terry McCaleb story (backstory to A Darkness More than Night)
· One story published anonymously in The Secret Society Of Demolition Writers (2005)
· "Angle of Investigation" – in Plots with Guns (2005) and The Penguin Book Of Crime Stories (2007) – continuation of The Closers; with Harry Bosch (partner: Kiz Rider)
· "Mulholland Dive" – in Los Angeles Noir (2007), Prisoner of Memory (2008), The Best American Mystery Stories (2008), and A Prisoner of Memory and 24 of the Year's Finest Crime and Mystery Stories (2008)
· "Suicide Run" – in Hollywood and Crime (2007); featuring Harry Bosch
· "One Dollar Jackpot" – in Dead Man's Hand (2007); featuring Harry Bosch
· "Father's Day" – in The Blue Religion (2008), and The Best American Mystery Stories (2009); a Harry Bosch story (partner: Ignacio Ferras)
· "Blue and Black" – in Hook, Line & Sinister (2010); a Harry Bosch story, with Rachel Walling
· "The Perfect Triangle" – in The Dark End of the Street (2010); a Mickey Haller story
Crime Beat (2006), collected journalism from the Sun-Sentinel and Los Angeles Times