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Publication Order of Bosch Universe Books

The Black Echo (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Black Ice (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Concrete Blonde (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Coyote (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Poet (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trunk Music (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blood Work (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Angels Flight (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Void Moon (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Darkness More Than Night (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
City of Bones (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lost Light (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Narrows (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Closers (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lincoln Lawyer (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Echo Park (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Overlook (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Brass Verdict (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Scarecrow (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nine Dragons (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blue on Black (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Reversal (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Angle of Investigation (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fifth Witness (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Suicide Run (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Drop (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Black Box (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gods of Guilt (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Switchblade (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Burning Room (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Crossing (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wrong Side of Goodbye (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Late Show (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Two Kinds of Truth (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Sacred Night (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Night Fire (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fair Warning (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Law of Innocence (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dark Hours (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Desert Star (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Resurrection Walk (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Waiting (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon
All of the series and books by Michael Connelly take place in the same universe with numerous crossovers.For the best experience, it is advised reading them all in this order.

Publication Order of Harry Bosch Books

The Black Echo (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Black Ice (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Concrete Blonde (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Coyote (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trunk Music (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Angels Flight (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Darkness More Than Night (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
City of Bones (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lost Light (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Narrows (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Closers (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Echo Park (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Overlook (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nine Dragons (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Drop (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Black Box (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Switchblade (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Burning Room (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Crossing (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wrong Side of Goodbye (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Two Kinds of Truth (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Sacred Night (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Night Fire (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dark Hours (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Desert Star (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Resurrection Walk (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Waiting (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Harry Bosch Short Stories/Novellas

Blue on Black (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Angle of Investigation (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Suicide Run (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Mickey Haller Books

The Lincoln Lawyer (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Brass Verdict (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Reversal (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fifth Witness (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gods of Guilt (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Law of Innocence (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Resurrection Walk (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Renée Ballard Books

Publication Order of Jack McEvoy Books

Publication Order of Terry McCaleb Books

Blood Work (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Darkness More Than Night (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Narrows (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

with Dennis Lehane
The Safe Man: A Ghost Story (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Red Eye (With: Dennis Lehane) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Mulholland Dive (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Children's Books

Filbert Nutberry's Grand Christmas Adventure (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Crime Beat (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
26 Miles to Boston (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fenway 1946: Red Sox, Peace, and a Year of Hope (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Mysterious Profiles Books

Elvis Cole and Joe Pike (By: Robert Crais) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jack Taylor (By: Ken Bruen) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jack Reacher (By: Lee Child) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Charlie Parker (By: John Connolly) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hieronymus Bosch (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lincoln Rhyme (By: Jeffery Deaver) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Alex Delaware (By: Jonathan Kellerman) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tess Monaghan (By: Laura Lippman) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Charlie Resnick (By: John Harvey) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus (By: Faye Kellerman) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Inspector Morse (By: Colin Dexter) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dismas Hardy (By: John Lescroart) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bob Lee Swagger (By: Stephen Hunter) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Aloysius X. L. Pendergast (By: Douglas Preston) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lou Boldt (By: Ridley Pearson) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spenser (By: Robert B. Parker) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Charlotte and Thomas Pitt (By: Anne Perry) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
John Rebus (By: Ian Rankin) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mallory (By: Carol O'Connell) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jane Whitefield (By: Thomas Perry) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ian Rutledge: A Mysterious Profile (By: Charles Todd) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Amos Walker (By: Loren D. Estleman) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Precious Ramotswe (By: Alexander McCall Smith) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maisie Dobbs (By: Jacqueline Winspear) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lincoln Lawyer (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ben Kincaid (By: William Bernhardt) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Repairman Jack (By: F. Paul Wilson) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Measures of Poison(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
In the Shadow of the Master(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Mystery Stories 2003(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder in Vegas: New Crime Tales of Gambling and Desperation(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Secret Society of Demolition Writers(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Penguin Book of Crime Stories(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Blue Religion(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Prisoner of Memory and 24 of the Year's Finest Crime and Mystery Stories(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Mystery Stories 2008(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Half-Minute Horrors(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Mystery Stories 2009(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hook, Line & Sinister(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Rich and the Dead(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Down These Green Streets(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Vengeance(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Mystery Stories 2013(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
USA Noir(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
FaceOff(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
In the Company of Sherlock Holmes(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Mystery Stories 2015(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Highway Kind(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Sunlight or In Shadow(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Alive in Shape and Color(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tampa Bay Noir(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
When a Stranger Comes to Town(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mysterious Bookshop Presents the Best Mystery Stories of the Year 2022(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Almost every single one of the fiction novels written by Michael Connelly are contained within the same universe. Above we have listed them within the “Bosch Universe” order and that is the suggested reading order. We have also broken them down separately by character.

Michael Connelly Biography:

Michael Connelly is a best selling American author of crime fiction and detective books. His novels have been translated into 36 languages. He was born and is the second oldest child of a property developer and a homemaker. His mother was interested in crime fiction and introduced Michael to the genre. Michael moved from Philadelphia to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Connelly’s interest in crime escalated when one day he saw a mysterious man throw something into the hedge.

He retrieved the object and it turned out to be a gun wrapped in a shirt. He went home and told his father. Connelly was introduced to and impressed by the world of police investigation. He graduated from Saint Thomas Equinas High School and majored in building trade at the University of Florida. With less than adequate grades, he went to see The Long Goodbye, based on Raymond Chandler’s book. The experience further inspired Connelly to be a writer. He read all of Chandler’s works then decided to change his educational focus to education and minor in creative writing. Connelly graduated from the University of Florida in 1980.

He began writing on crime in the Daytona Beach News Journal. He then got a job at the Fort Lauderdale News and Sun-Sentinel. He covered the rampant violence and chaos of the south Florida cocaine wars. In 1984 he married Linda McCaleb, whom he met in college. Connelly was placed as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize interviewing survivors of the plane crash of Delta Flight 191 in 1986. This led to him landing a job at the Los Angeles Times and moved to California in 1987.

Connelly visited the apartments featured in The Long Goodbye with Phillip Marlowe. Eventually he rented an apartment when they became available to write in. In 1992 Connelly sold his first novel The Black Echo to Little, Brown. It features one of Connelly’s recurring characters, Hieronymous Harry Bosch, Los Angeles Police Department Detective. Bosch became an orphan at age 11 when his mother, a prostitute was murdered. Connelly wrote three more novels in the Bosch series while still a reporter.

After completing The Black Ice, The Concrete Blonde, and The Last Coyote, Connelly chose to write full time and quit his day job. Connelly wrote The Poet featuring a different main character in 1996. The main character was Jack McEvoy, a journalist. In 1998, he published Blood Work, a story about Terry McCaleb, an FBI Agent. It was made into a Hollywood movie directed by and starring Clint Eastwood as McEvoy in 2002. It costars Jeff Daniels as Buddy Noone and Anjelica Huston as Dr. Bonnie Fox.

Connelly also wrote the Mickey Haller series. Three of the books also feature Jack McEvoy, with one featuring Rachel Walling. The first book in the series, The Lincoln Lawyer, was published in 2005. It follows Mickey Haller, the half brother of Harry Bosch, who is a Los Angeles lawyer. Haller operates in LA, driven around in a Lincoln Towncar by a client paying off dues. Meanwhile, a wealthy real estate agent is accused of attempted murder and assault.

The plot heats up as an innocent jailed man weaves his way into the mystery whose freedom is staked on the detectives solving the case. The Lincoln Lawyer has been nominated for numerous awards. It was adapted into a 2011 film starring Matthew McConaughey and Marisa Tomei. Mickey Haller returns in the 2008 novel The Brass Verdict. Mickey has been healing since the events of the last book and has developed an addiction to painkillers.

He enters the world of law once more when an old associate is murdered. Haller gets all of his acquaintance’s workload, including an alleged double homicide done by Walter Elliott, a mogul. While Haller works on strategy, Walter admits to him that he is connected to the mob and believes they may be responsible both for the murders he is accused of but also killing Mickey’s associate Vincent. As Haller works through the clues, unexpected people come out from the woodwork.

When Walter is found dead, Haller must put the pieces together and solve a crime that won’t quit. Connelly also wrote two episodes of the science fiction drama Level 9. It aired on UPN and was broadcast in 2000. The show dealt with a secret government agency. The series aired thirteen total episodes that were sixty minutes each. Sci Fi Channel later acquired the rerun rights and aired three final episodes that had never been before shown.

A famous moment in Connelly’s career was when Bill Clinton was seen with a copy of his book The Concrete Blonde. Clinton was a big fan and it was arranged for the President and the author to meet in an airport. In 2001 Connelly left California and moved to Tampa Bay, Florida with his wife and daughter. In 2003 another Harry Bosch centric novel called Lost Light. An accompanying cd called Dark Sacred Night: The Music of Harry Bosch with jazz-themed music that the character was said to listen to.

In 2004 The Narrows was published. The Narrows coincided with a dvd release: “Blue Neon Light: Michael Connelly’s Los Angeles”. In addition to novels, Michael Connelly has published multiple short stories. He has written three collections of short stories: Angle of Investigation, Suicide Run, and Mulholland Drive. Michael wrote one non fiction book in 2006 called Crime Beat. It collected journalism from his work at the Los Angeles Times and the Sun-Sentinel.

Michael Connelly appears from time to time on the prime time detective drama Castle, starring Nathan Fillion. He plays one of Fillion’s poker buddies along with James Patterson, Stephen J. Cannell, and Dennis Lehane. From Harry Bosch to Jack McEvoy to Mickey Haller, Connelly has not tired of writing suspenseful, surprising thrillers nor exhausted his interest in crime fiction. His most recent novel has been The Gods of Guilt, the latest in the Mickey Haller series.

Half brother Harry Bosch is rumored to be making an appearance in this novel as well as Harry’s daughter, Maddie. Michael Connelly has sold over 50 million books worldwide and continues to write. He currently lives with his family in Florida.

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19 Responses to “Michael Connelly”

  1. kevin willoughby: 4 months ago

    Love watching all the series about Harry Bosch ( dvds)
    just been watching Bosch Legacy series 1@2 .Can’t wait to get more in series 3 when it comes out .Bloody good
    Det show @ best that I’ve seen . Now in my 80th year .Any idea when series 3 is coming out here to Australia?

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    • Graeme: 4 months ago

      Season 3 hasn’t been made yet although it was renewed. So it could be either later this year, or next year. There are also two spinoffs being created one with J. Edgar and one with Renee Ballard so not sure if they will air those first before Bosch Legacy.

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  2. Terry: 5 months ago

    Just finished Resurrection Walk. Couldn’t put it down; LATE night reading. . . .

    It left me wondering – Is this book Connelly’s own resurrection walk?

    If it is, he is retiring with a bang, not a whimper.
    GET IT WHILE IT’S HOT ! ! !

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  3. Chris Braun: 9 months ago

    Void moon… shouldn’t this be included in the Bosch reading lists? It intersects on several topics… the hotel in Vegas… the probation officer… etc

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    • Graeme: 9 months ago

      Yep we have that one listed as part of the Bosch Universe.

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  4. Dave Colson: 12 months ago

    Thank you for giving us (me) so many great stories. I am quite old and love to spend my time being entertained by the thinking and activities of the many characters in Connelly’s 30+ books…Easy to reread…Thanks

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  5. Stephen W Cone: 1 year ago

    I just reread “The Law of Innocence.” What a wonderful and interesting story. I hope to see more of Mickey Haller in the future.

    Thank you, Steve Cone

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  6. Lisa Havener: 1 year ago

    I fear we are saying goodbye to Bosch. I was very sad to read Desert Star. He has been a constant through the years. What a wonderful character! Thank you Michael Connelly!!!!

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    • Tyler Proctor: 1 year ago

      Maybe Bosch can beat that cancer with one more book. He’s certainly my favorite detective.

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      • Lana: 1 year ago

        I hope Bosch can beat this. He is definitely my fav. I can’t wait for a new book.

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  7. Robert King: 2 years ago

    Re-discivered your stories . I am in the process of visiting books that i have read ,and am happy to report that Mr. Bosch is high on the list of enjoyable re-reads. looking forward to new adventures. thank you.
    Robert

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  8. Gail Blanton: 2 years ago

    LOVE YOUR WRITING !!! Please don’t ever stop writing about Harry Bosch, Mickey Haller, Renee’ Ballard or Jack McEvoy. Can’t get enough. Don’t worry about Bosch getting so old he has to die, he could always come back as Maddie’s spiritual mentor during stressful times.

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    • Sandra chandler: 1 year ago

      Really gripping books, cannot put down it holds you tight.Have got all the “Harry Bosch” books and never get fed up of reading them. I love crime books, but Michael Connelly is buy far the best. Leaves James. Patterson,Lee child’s and others standing.

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  9. Joann Smith: 2 years ago

    Don’t kill off Harry Bosch. We followed him through the years and at 70+ he still is active and has a detectives mind and has his own way of solving crimes. We need Harry Bosch.

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  10. J Miller: 2 years ago

    Great author bio! Thanks.

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  11. William Patric: 7 years ago

    The problem with the new series female lead, is that she’s not the female lead we were always promised as his fans. He was supposed to promote Maddie to the lead.

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    • Shinjitsu no Hikari: 4 years ago

      This is three years later, and you don’t seem to understand that Connelly has a logistics problem that he has no choice about working around. Namely that Bosch is 70 years old, and no longer part of any police force; ergo, he can’t carry the series by himself anymore since he’s now relegated to being a sort-of consultant on Renee’s cases.

      Meanwhile, Maddie is in college in pursuit of a psychology degree. If we go by the timeline of her being born sometime after Angels Flight in 1999, that means she’s now no more than 21 y/o, and thus not yet ready to join the LAPD because she still has at least another year of college before she would join the force.

      There’s a hitch though, with that: Maddie is moving away from being a cop like her dad to becoming a counselor of some kind. If she wants to do that for the LAPD, she will need a PhD, and that means another 5 years of grad school. I don’t know if Connelly will go there, but it depends on where he’s taking her as a character.

      Either way, Connelly has needed a character who’s on the LAPD force right now to help transition from Harry to Maddie joining the force. Hence, Renee Ballard. She’ll fill in the gap until Maddie is ready to take over.

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      • Caleb: 2 years ago

        I agree, and I’m also getting the sense that Maddie’s told is going to be from another POV of the criminal justice system. You’ve got Bosch and Ballard on the LEO side, Haller on he defense attorney side, as I think Maddie is going to expand the characters to having a POV from that of a prosecutor and we will see her climb the ranks of the DA office maybe even working along side Haller’s daughter Haylee (whose mom was a prosecutor or Maddie and Haylee could be on opposite sides of Haylee ends up on the defense side like her dad. Now matter what, I can’t wait to see how their characters develop and the paths they take. My biggest fear is when Bosch (who is 70+ yrs old now) eventually kicks the bucket and no longer a character 🙁

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  12. Rachel Kosters Stienstra: 9 years ago

    You really need to proof this document! Too many mistakes for a writer’s site.

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