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Michael Connelly (born July 21, 1956, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American author of detective novels, notably those featuring LAPD Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch, named after the Dutch painter of fantasy and horror. The Black Echo, the first book featuring Bosch, won the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award for Best First Novel of 1992.
Connelly has written other books outside the Bosch series, including Blood Work, which was made into a 2002 movie directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. In 2006, The Lincoln Lawyer was selected as one of ten books to feature in Richard & Judy's televised book club.
Connelly is a graduate of the University of Florida, where he earned a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1980. After graduation, he worked as a journalist in Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In 1986 he co-authored an article which was later short-listed for the Pulitzer Prize. Consequently, Connelly was offered a job as a crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Connelly has also written for television.
- Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch - a (fictional) LAPD detective who retired and became a private investigator for a couple of novels, before returning to LAPD's Open Unsolved Unit (a fictional unit based on LAPD's actual Cold Case Homicide Unit) and later the RHD Homicide Special Unit ).
- Kizmin 'Kiz' Rider - Bosch's partner in Hollywood homicide and the new Open Unsolved Unit
- Jerry 'Jed' Edgar - Bosch's partner in Hollywood homicide
- Eleanor Wish - Ex-FBI agent, ex-con and Bosch's ex-wife
- Francis 'Frankie' Sheehan - Bosch's partner in the Robbery Homicide Division
- Terrell 'Terry' McCaleb - former FBI agent
- Rachel Walling - FBI agent, and Bosch's sometime girlfriend
- Michael 'Mickey' Haller - a criminal defense attorney and Harry Bosch's half brother
- Roy Lindell aka Luke Goshen - FBI agent
- Irvin S. Irving - LAPD Deputy Chief
- John Chastain - LAPD IAD Detective
- Harvey 'Ninety-Eight' Pounds - Bosch's ex-supervisor
- Lieutenant Grace Billets - Hollywood Homicide Lieutenant. Bosch's supervisor before he moved back to RHD
- Janis Langwiser - a criminal defense attorney
- Jack McEvoy - crime reporter, twin brother of one of the Poet's victims.
- Cassidy 'Cassie' Black - an ex burglar appearing in Void Moon, The Narrows, and The Closers
- Thelma Kibble - Cassie Black's parole agent, appears in Void Moon, A Darkness More Than Night, and The Closers
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
- City Of Bones (2002)
- Lost Light (2003)
- The Narrows (2004), also featuring Rachel Walling and Terry McCaleb
- The Closers (2005)
- Echo Park (2006), also featuring Rachel Walling
- The Overlook (2006), a serialized novella published in The New York Times Magazine, and later published as a full novel (2007), also featuring Rachel Walling
- "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)
- "Cielo Azul", in Dangerous Women (2005)
- 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)
- "Mulholland Dive", in Los Angeles Noir (2007), and Prisoner of Memory (2008)
- "Suicide Run", in Hollywood and Crime (2007)
- "One Dollar Jackpot", in Dead Man's Hand (2007)
- "Father's Day," in The Blue Religion (2008)
As guest editor
- The Best American Mystery Stories 2003 (2003), collected short stories.
- Murder In Vegas (2005), collected short stories.
- "Level 9" (2001), Co-Creator