Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch has been featured in more than 15 novels by bestselling author Michael Connelly, including "The Black Echo" and "The Black Ice." "The Black Echo," a crime thriller inspired by true events, was Connelly's debut novel.
After "The Black Echo" was published in 1992, winning the Edgar Award for Best First Novel from the Mystery Writers of America, Connelly followed up with "The Black Ice," "The Concrete Blonde," "The Last Coyote" and many more novels based on the character. Bosch, an LAPD detective, was orphaned at age 11 and grew up in a youth hall as well as various foster homes. He went on to join the army and completed two tours of duty in Vietnam before returning to Los Angeles. In "The Black Echo," Bosch relives the horrors of war when the body of an old friend and fellow soldier is found in the drainpipe at the Mulholland Dam.
Connelly named the character after a 15th-century Dutch painter who specialized in depictions of violence and debauchery. Bosch's personality, interests and accomplishments are not based on any particular law enforcement officer or the author himself, although Connelly worked as a crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times in the late '80s and early '90s.