Michael Connelly Books In Order: Bosch and Haller Series
As a former police reporter for the Los Angeles Times, and now a New YorkTimes bestselling author, Michael Connelly is one of the world’s leading authors with his Harry Bosch thriller series. The TV tie-in, of which Connelly is an executive producer on, is one of the most popular, original series on Amazon’s Prime network, and has now reached its fourth season.
Born in Philadelphia, PA on July 21st 1956, Connelly aged 12 and his family moved to Florida and it was there, during his time at the University of Florida, that he decided to major in Journalism with a minor in creative writing. Connelly’s career after graduating in 1980, was with newspapers in Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale specializing in the crime sector.
Connelly’s time in Fort Lauderdale was spent writing about the violence of the Cocaine wars and the crime at the height of that period. It wasn’t until a magazine story by Connelly and others about the survivors of a plane crash, did he manage to gain entry to the upper levels of the journalistic world, by becoming a crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times.
The experiences of his time there became the foundation for his work on the thirty-two novels he has since published, selling over seventy-four million copies of his books worldwide, and becoming one of the most successful writers of today. The novels laid out below are those books in order of publication.
Harry Bosch Series
The Harry Bosch series of books are standalone novels that can be read independently from the others, although the stories follow along with the evolution of his career and personal life.
LAPD detective Harry Bosch gets a call-out on his pager. A body has been found in a drainage tunnel off Mulholland Drive, Hollywood. At first sight, it looks like a drugs overdose, but the puncture wound amid the scars of old tracks leaves Bosch unconvinced.
Whats worse, Harry Bosch recognizes the victim. Billy Meadows was a fellow ‘tunnel rat’ in Vietnam. Bosch believes he let down Billy once before, now he is determined to bring the killer to justice.
A body is found in a hotel room and reporters are all over the case: it appears to be a missing LAPD narcotics detective. The rumours were that he had been selling a new drug called Black Ice that had been infiltrating Los Angeles from the Mexican cartel.
The LAPD declare the death a suicide, but Harry Bosch is not so sure. There are unexplained details from the crime scene which just don’t add up. Bosch starts his own maverick investigation, which soon leads him over the borders and into a dangerous world of police politics and deadly corruption. . .
When Harry Bosch shot and killed the ‘Dollmaker’ the police were convinced it marked the end of the search for one of the most bizarre serial killers.
But four years later, the ‘Dollmaker’s widow is taking Bosch to court, accusing him of killing the wrong man. To make matters worse, Bosch has just received a note, similar to ones the Dollmaker used to taunt him with, giving him a location where a body is to be found.
Is the Dollmaker still alive?
Harry Bosch is down on his luck – his house is condemned, his girlfriend left him and he has been suspended for attacking his superior.
To occupy his time, he examines the old case files covering a murder which took place on October 28, 1961. The victim was Marjorie Phillips Lowe – his mother . . .
Harry Bosch is back at the LAPD in Homicide after disciplinary leave. But, in the wooded hills overlooking the Hollywood Bowl, he finds a corpse in te back of a white Rolls-Royce. It looks like a simple case of Trunk Music – the execution style where the victim is shot in his own vehicle – but the victim is LA movie producer Tony Aliso, and the mob weren’t the only ones after him.
Harry Bosch finds himself in charge of a case that no one else will touch. His job is to nail the killer of hot shot black lawyer Howard Elias, who had been found murdered on the eve of going to court on behalf of a man the LAPD believes guilty of the rape and murder of a twelve-year-old girl. Elias was to reveal the real killer and bring down the racist cops who beat up his client during a violent interrogation.
Now Bosch must take a long, hard look at some of his colleagues in the police department.
Terry McCaleb’s enforced quiet lifestyle on the island of Catalina is a far cry from the hectic excitement of his former role as an FBI profiler. However, when small-time criminal Edward Gunn is found dead, McCaleb becomes embroiled in a disturbing and complex case leading him to cross the path of Harry Bosch.
This infamous detective has always teetered on the brink of darkness in order to get inside the head of the killer. Is it possible that he has stepped across that finely drawn line and embraced darkness?
When the bones of a boy are found scattered in the Hollywood Hills, Harry Bosch is drawn into a case that brings up dark memories from his past.
Unearthing hidden stories, he finds the child’s identity and reconstructs his fractured life, determined that he won’t be forgotten. At the same time, a new love affair with a female cop begins to blossom – until a stunningly blown mission leaves him in more trouble than ever before. The investigation races to a shocking conclusion and leaves Bosch on the brink of an unimaginable decision . . .
When he left the LAPD, Bosch took a file with him: the case of a production assistant murdered four years earlier during a movie set robbery. The LAPD thinks the stolen money was used to finance a terrorist training camp. Thoughts of the original murder victim were lost in the federal zeal, and when Bosch decides to reinvestigate, he quickly falls foul of both his old colleagues and the FBI.
When the private investigation enables him to meet up with an old friend, shadows from his past come back to haunt him . . .
Former FBI agent Rachel Walling is working a dead-end stint in South Dakota when she gets the call she’s been dreading for four years. The Poet is back. And he has not forgotten Rachel. He has a special present for her.
Harry Bosch is adjusting to life in Las Vegas as a private investigator and a new father. He gets a call, too, from the widow of a friend who died recently. Previously in his FBI career, the friend worked on the famous case tracking the killer known as The Poet. This fact alone makes some of the elements of his death doubly suspicious.
And Harry Bosch is heading straight into the path of the most ruthless and inventive murderer he has ever encountered. . .
Harry is back, assigned to the LAPD’s Open-Unsolved Unit with his former cop ally and partner, Kizmin Rider. These detectives are the Closers. They are thrown into a politically sensitive and dangerous case when a white supremacist is connected to the 1988 murder of a mixed race girl.
The police department has changed, but one thing hasn’t – Harry’s nemesis, Irving. The former Deputy Chief has been pushed from power and given a virtually meaningless new role. Full of vengeance, Irving calls Harry a ‘retread’. He watches from the sidelines like an injured bear, hoping Harry will make a mistake . . .
In 1993 Homicide Detective Harry Bosch was assigned the case of a missing person, Marie Gesto. The young woman was never found – dead or alive – and the case has haunted Bosch ever since.
Thirteen years later, Bosch is back in the Open Unsolved Crimes Unit when he gets a call from the DA’s office. A man accused of two killings is willing to confess to several other murders in a deal to avoid the death penalty. One of his victims, he says, is Marie Gesto.
When investigating these previously unsolved crimes, Bosch begins to crack when he realizes that he and his partner missed a clue that could have prevented the serial killer striking again.
When a physicist is murdered in LA, it seems the killer has no fear of publicity, leaving the body on the Mulholland overlook, a site with a stunning view over the city. And when it’s discovered that the victim turned over a quantity of a lethal chemical to his killer before he died, Harry knows he has more than just a single death to worry about.
Alongside the forces of Homeland Security, Harry realizes he must solve the murder or face unimaginable consequences.
The shooting of a Chinese liquor store owner in LA brings Harry Bosch back to the Rodney King riots and the moment a stranger gave a young cop sanctuary. Now the debt must be repaid, and Harry soon discovers the old man’s death was no ordinary hold-up.
Homing in on clues disregarded by the cops on the scene, Harry builds a picture of corruption and intimidation, with the local triads at the heart of it. But as he tries to build a case and breach the impenetrable wall of silence in the local community, he finds he is taking a dragon by the tail – a dragon whose talons reach well beyond LA, and even the States.
Suddenly the most precious thing in Harry’s life is under threat, and he will need to leave the familiarity of his home turf, alone and without backup, if he is going to stop his worst nightmare from happening.
When evidence links a brutal murder in 1989 to a convicted rapist named Clayton Pell, the case should be watertight. Pell’s DNA was found on the victim – but he was only eight years old at the time.
This is not the only mystery Harry Bosch has to solve. A man jumped – or was pushed – from a window. The victim’s father is Councilman Irving, who’s been intent on destroying Harry’s career for years. Now Irving wants Harry to head up the investigation.
Harry uncovers traces of two of the city’s deepest secrets: a killer operating for as many as three decades without being detected, and a conspiracy that goes back into the dark history of the police department . . .
May 1992, and after four LAPD officers are acquitted following the savage beating of Rodney King, Los Angeles is ablaze. As looting and burning take over the city, law and order are swept away in a tidal wave of violence. But under threat of their lives, homicide detectives like Harry Bosch are still stubbornly trying to do their job. With no effective police presence on the streets, murder just got a whole lot easier – and investigating them a whole lot harder.
When Harry finds the body of a female journalist in an alley, he is forced to hand over the case to the Riot Crimes Task Force, knowing that it will never be solved.
Twenty years later, new evidence confirms her death was not a case of random violence but something much more personal. This time Harry is determined that the killer isn’t going to escape – even if it means stepping back into the darkest days of the city he loves . . .
In the LA Police’s Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet ten years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but any other evidence is virtually non-existent.
Now Bosch and his new partner, rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case. Starting with the bullet that’s been lodged for years in the victim’s spine, they must pull new leads from years-old information, which soon reveals that this shooting may have been anything but random in this gripping police procedural.
Six months ago, Harry Bosch left the LAPD before they could fire him, and then hired maverick Defense Attorney Mickey Haller to sue the department for forcing him out. Although it wasn’t the way he wanted to go, Harry has to admit that being out of the game has its benefits. Until Mickey asks him to help on one of his cases, and suddenly Harry is back where he belongs, right in the centre of a particularly puzzling murder mystery. The difference is, this time Harry is working for the defense, aiming to prevent the accused, Da’Quan Foster, from being convicted. And not only does the prosecution seem to have a cast-iron case, but having crossed over to ‘the dark side’ as his former colleagues would put it, Harry is in danger of betraying the very principles he’s lived by his whole career.
Harry Bosch is working as a part-time detective in the town of San Fernando outside of Los Angeles, when he gets the invitation to meet with the ageing aviation billionaire Whitney Vance. When he was eighteen Vance had a relationship with a Mexican girl called Vibiana Duarte, but soon after becoming pregnant she disappeared.
Now, as he reaches the end of his life, Vance wants to know what happened to Vibiana and whether there is an heir to his vast fortune. And Bosch is the only person he trusts to undertake the assignment.
Harry’s aware that with such sums of money involved, this could be a dangerous undertaking – not just for himself, but for the person he’s looking for – but as he begins to uncover Vibiana’s tragic story, and finds uncanny links to his own past, he knows he cannot rest until he finds the truth.
Harry Bosch works cold cases, helping out the under-funded San Fernando police department. When a double murder at a local pharmacy is called in, Bosch is the most seasoned detective on the scene.But with experience, come the ghosts of long-forgotten crimes. A death row inmate claims Bosch framed him, and that new DNA evidence proves it. The LAPD investigators say the case is watertight, leaving Bosch out in the wilderness to clear his name and keep a sadistic killer behind bars. There’s only one person he can trust to help prove his innocence: Mickey Haller, The Lincoln Lawyer…
As both cases tangle around him, Bosch learns there are two kinds of truth: the kind that won’t die and the kind that kills.
Detective Renée Ballard is working the graveyard shift again, and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours only to find that an older man has snuck in and is rifling through old file cabinets.
The intruder is none other than legendary LAPD detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has gotten under his skin. Ballard kicks him out, but eventually Bosch persuades her to help and she relents.
Bosch is investigating the death of fifteen-year-old Daisy Clayton, a runaway who was brutally murdered. He crossed paths with her devastated mother while working a previous case, and Daisy’s story has seized hold of him.
Mickey Haller Series
Mickey Haller is the paternal half-brother of Harry Bosch, and followed in their fathers footsteps by becoming a defense attorney. The Mickey Haller books are narrated in the first-person by Haller.
Mickey is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense attorney who operates out of the back of his car, a Lincoln, taking whatever cases the system throws in his path. He’s been a defense lawyer for a long time, and he knows just how to work the legal systems. When a Beverly Hills rich boy is arrested for brutally beating a woman, Haller has his first high-paying client in years. The evidence mounts on the defense’s side, and Haller might even be in the rare position of defending a client who is actually innocent.
But then the case starts to fall apart, neither the suspect nor the victim are quite who they seem – and Haller quickly discovers that when you swim with the sharks, it’s easy to wind up as prey.
Defense lawyer Mickey Haller has had some problems, but now he’s put all that behind him and is ready to resume his career. Then another lawyer, Vincent, dies, and Haller gets an unexpected windfall: he inherits all Vincent’s clients, putting his stalled career back on track at a stroke.
Not only that, but Vincent had taken on a high-profile and potentially lucrative murder case. It’ll be a trial that promises big fees and an even bigger place in the media spotlight – and if Mickey can win against the odds, he’ll really be back in the big leagues.
The only problem is the detective handling the case – a certain Harry Bosch – is convinced the killer must be one of Vincent’s clients. Suddenly Mickey is faced with the biggest challenge of his career: how to defend a client successfully who might just be planning to murder him.
When defense lawyer Mickey Haller is invited by the Los Angeles County District Attorney to prosecute a case for him, he knows something strange is going on. Mickey’s one of the best American legal brains in the business, and to switch sides likes this would be akin to asking a fox to guard the hen-house. But the high-profile case of Jason Jessup, a convicted child killer who spent almost 25 years on death row before DNA evidence freed him, is an intriguing one . . .
Eager for the publicity and drawn to the challenge, Mickey takes the case, with LAPD Detective Harry Bosch on board as his lead investigator. But as a new trial date is set, it starts to look like he’s been set up. Mickey and Harry are going to have to dig deep into the past and find the truth about what really happened to the victim all those years ago in this nail-biting courtroom drama.
In tough times, crime is one of the few things that still pays, but even criminals are having to make cutbacks. So for defense lawyer Mickey Haller, most of his new business is not about keeping people out of jail; it’s about keeping a roof over their heads as the foreclosure business is booming.
Lisa Trammel has been a client of Mickey’s for eight months, and so far he’s stopped the bank from taking her house. But now the bank’s CEO has been found beaten to death – and Lisa is about to be indicted for murder . . .
Mickey Haller gets the text ‘Call me ASAP – 187’, and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention.
Suddenly, Mickey’s not just trying to get his client off a murder charge, but there is a more personal connection: the victim was Gloria Dayton – his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow. Far from saving her, Haller may have been her downfall.
Haunted by the ghosts of his own past, and with his own guilt or redemption on the line, he desperately needs to find out who Gloria really was and who, ultimately, was responsible for her death.
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