A former Los Angeles Times crime reporter, Michael Connelly’s familiarity with the seamy side of L.A. adds a steamy kind of street cred to his hardboiled, gritty detective novels -- especially his bestselling series of mysteries featuring dark detective Hieronymous “Harry” Bosch.
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Date of Birth:
July 21, 1956
Place of Birth:
B.A. in Journalism, University of Florida, 1980
Edgar Award for Best First Novel for The Black Echo
Michael Connelly's official web site
|The Best Book to Read First|
|The Black Echo|
Connelly won the Edgar award for Best First Novel for his debut introducing L.A. cop Hieronymous “Harry” Bosch -- a detective with a decidedly dark side. A former LAPD hero demoted from the homicide desk to the bumbling Beverly Hills squad, Harry kicks off Connelly’s gritty, gutsy series as he investigates the suspicious death of a fellow Vietnam vet.
|The city of Los Angeles has always been the scene of Connelly's best-loved books; now, in a special limited-edition DVD, Connelly himself provides an insider's look at the places that give his stories and characters their soul. A must-have for any Connelly Fan, Blue Neon Night brings Connelly's L.A. to vivid life -- and explores the writer's relationship with the setting that inspires him. Special extras include book summaries and excerpts, an inside look at The Narrows, and Connelly's thoughts on the music mentioned in his novels.|
|The Long Goodbye|
In our exclusive interview, we asked Connelly about some of his favorite books. Of Raymond Chandler's classic crime novel, he reflects, "The book’s evocation of Los Angeles and the social commentary on the city inspired me to become a writer."
Connelly also mentioned Thomas Harris's Red Dragon as a best-loved book. Read our interview to learn about more of his all-time favorite writers and reads, including: