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Michael Connelly - Author

About the Author

Michael Connelly is a former police reporter for the LOS ANGELES TIMES and the international bestselling author of the Harry Bosch thriller series.  He is the author of several standalones, including the highly acclaimed legal thriller, THE LINCOLN LAWYER, which was selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club. BOSCH, the TV series based on Michael's novels, is the most watched original series on Amazon Prime Instant Video and has just been commissioned for a second series. His novel Blood Work was adapted into a film in 2002 with a screenplay by Brian Helgeland and direction by Clint Eastwood, who also played the lead role. Connelly's novel The Lincoln Lawyer was made into a film in 2011, with Matthew McConaughey playing defense lawyer Michael "Mickey" Haller. He occasionally makes guest appearances as himself in the ABC comedy/drama TV series Castle.
 
His books have been translated into 31 languages and have won awards all over the world, including the EDGAR and ANTHONY AWARDS.  Fifty-eight million copies of Connelly’s books have sold worldwide and he has been translated into thirty-nine foreign languages.

Author photo © Wendy Werri

Featured books by Michael Connelly

The Late Show

The Late Show

Author: Michael Connelly Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/01/2018

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The Wrong Side of Goodbye

The Wrong Side of Goodbye

Author: Michael Connelly Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/05/2017

Only Harry Bosch can uncover LA's darkest secrets in this new gripping thriller from global bestseller Michael Connelly. 'What do you want me to do?' Bosch asked again. 'I want you to find someone for me,' Vance said. 'Someone who might not have ever existed.' 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.

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The Burning Room

The Burning Room

Author: Michael Connelly Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/03/2015

In the LAPD'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.

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The Burning Room

The Burning Room

Author: Michael Connelly Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/11/2014

In the LAPD'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 nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but any other evidence is virtually nonexistent. 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.

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The Drop

The Drop

Author: Michael Connelly Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/10/2011

A message to our readers from Michael Connelly...     A cold case gets a DNA hit for a rape and murder which points the finger at a 29-year-old convicted rapist who was only eight at the time of the murder. Then a city councilman's son is found dead - fallen or pushed from a hotel window - and he insists on Bosch taking the case despite the two men's history of enmity. The cases are unrelated but they twist around each other like the double helix of a DNA strand. One leads to the discovery of a killer operating in the city for as many as three decades; the other to a deep political conspiracy that reached back into the dark history of the police department.

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Other books by Michael Connelly

The Night Fire A Ballard and Bosch thriller

The Night Fire A Ballard and Bosch thriller

Author: Michael Connelly Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/10/2019

LAPD Detective Renee Ballard and Harry Bosch come together again on the murder case that obsessed Bosch's mentor - but was this flame kept alive, or a secret that was meant to be snuffed out? Back when Harry Bosch was just a rookie homicide detective, he had an inspiring mentor who taught him to take the work personally and light the fire of relentlessness for every case. Now that mentor, J.J. Thompson, is dead, but after his funeral his widow hands Bosch a murder book that Thompson took with him when he left the LAPD 20 years before - the unsolved killing of a troubled young man in an alley used for drug deals. Bosch brings the murder book to Renee Ballard and asks her to help him find what about the case lit Thompson's fire all those years ago. That will be their starting point. The bond between Bosch and Ballard tightens as they become a formidable investigation team. And they soon arrive at a worrying question: Did Thompson steal the murder book to work the case in retirement, or to make sure it never got solved?

The Night Fire A Ballard and Bosch thriller

The Night Fire A Ballard and Bosch thriller

Author: Michael Connelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/10/2019

LAPD Detective Renee Ballard and Harry Bosch come together again on the murder case that obsessed Bosch's mentor - but was this flame kept alive, or a secret that was meant to be snuffed out? Back when Harry Bosch was just a rookie homicide detective, he had an inspiring mentor who taught him to take the work personally and light the fire of relentlessness for every case. Now that mentor, J.J. Thompson, is dead, but after his funeral his widow hands Bosch a murder book that Thompson took with him when he left the LAPD 20 years before - the unsolved killing of a troubled young man in an alley used for drug deals. Bosch brings the murder book to Renee Ballard and asks her to help him find what about the case lit Thompson's fire all those years ago. That will be their starting point. The bond between Bosch and Ballard tightens as they become a formidable investigation team. And they soon arrive at a worrying question: Did Thompson steal the murder book to work the case in retirement, or to make sure it never got solved?

Dark Sacred Night The Brand New Ballard and Bosch Thriller

Dark Sacred Night The Brand New Ballard and Bosch Thriller

Author: Michael Connelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2019

Hollywood vs. The Author

Hollywood vs. The Author

Author: Michael Connelly, T. Jefferson Parker, Lawrence Block Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/11/2018

It's no secret that authors have a love-hate relationship with Hollywood. The oft-repeated cliche that the book was better than the movie holds true for more reasons than the average reader will ever know. When asked about selling their book rights to Hollywood authors like to joke that they drive their manuscripts to the border of Arizona and California and toss them over the fence, driving back the way they came at breakneck speed. This is probably because Hollywood just doesn't get it. Its vision for the film or TV series rarely seems to match the vision of the author. And for those rare individuals who've had the fortune of sitting across the desk from one of the myriad, interchangeable development execs praising the brilliance of their work while ticking off a never-ending list of notes for the rewrite, the pros of pitching their work to Hollywood rarely outweigh the cons. Stephen Jay Schwartz has sat on both sides of that desk-first as the Director of Development for film director Wolfgang Petersen, then as a screenwriter and author pitching his work to the film and television industry. He's seen all sides of what is known in this small community as Development Hell. The process is both amusing and heartbreaking. Most authors whose work contains a modicum of commercial potential eventually find themselves in the room taking a shot at seeing their creations re-visualized by agents, producers or development executives. What they often discover is that their audience is younger and less worldly as themselves. What passes for story notes is often a mishmash of vaguely connected ideas intended to put the producer's personal stamp on the project. Hollywood Versus The Author is a collection of non-fiction anecdotes by authors who've had the pleasure of experiencing the development room firsthand-some who have successfully managed to straddle the two worlds, seeing their works morph into the kinds of feature films and TV shows that make them proud, and others who stepped blindsided into that room after selling their first or second novels. All the stories in this collection illustrate the great divide between the world of literature and the big or small screen. They underscore the insanity of every crazy thing you've ever heard about Hollywood. For insiders and outsiders alike, Hollywood Versus The Author delivers the goods. With contributions by Michael Connelly, Lawrence Block, Max Allan Collins, Alan Jacobson, Andrew Kaplan, Tess Gerritsen, James Brown, Peter James, Rob Roberge, Lee Goldberg, Naomi Hirahara, T. Jefferson Parker, Diana Gould, Joshua Corin, and Alexandra Sokoloff

Dark Sacred Night The Brand New Ballard and Bosch Thriller

Dark Sacred Night The Brand New Ballard and Bosch Thriller

Author: Michael Connelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2018

*THE FIRST EVER BOSCH & BALLARD THRILLER: THE NEW BLOCKBUSTER FROM THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER* At the end of a long, dark night Detectives Renee Ballard and Harry Bosch cross paths for the very first time. * * * * * Detective Renee Ballard works the graveyard shift and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours to find a stranger rifling through old files.The intruder is none other than legendary LAPD detective Harry Bosch, hunting for leads in an unsolved case that has got under his skin. Ballard escorts him out but - curious to know what he was searching for - soon becomes obsessed by the murder of Daisy Clayton. Was she the first victim of a serial killer who still stalks the streets? For Bosch, the case is more than personal: it may be all he has left. But in a city where crime never sleeps, even detectives have a dark side... * * * * * CRIME DOESN'T COME BETTER THAN CONNELLY. 'One of the world's greatest crime writers' Daily Mail 'A master of the genre' Stephen King 'A superb natural storyteller' Lee Child 'Novels of exceptional quality' The Times 'Genuine modern classics' Independent on Sunday 'Crime thriller writing of the highest order' Guardian 'One of the great storytellers of crime fiction' Sunday Telegraph 'America's greatest living crime writer' Express 'No one writes a better modern thriller than Connelly' Evening Standard

Dark Sacred Night The Brand New Ballard and Bosch Thriller

Dark Sacred Night The Brand New Ballard and Bosch Thriller

Author: Michael Connelly Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/10/2018

*THE FIRST EVER BOSCH & BALLARD THRILLER: THE NEW BLOCKBUSTER FROM THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER* At the end of a long, dark night Detectives Renee Ballard and Harry Bosch cross paths for the very first time. * * * * * Detective Renee Ballard works the graveyard shift and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours to find a stranger rifling through old files.The intruder is none other than legendary LAPD detective Harry Bosch, hunting for leads in an unsolved case that has got under his skin. Ballard escorts him out but - curious to know what he was searching for - soon becomes obsessed by the murder of Daisy Clayton. Was she the first victim of a serial killer who still stalks the streets? For Bosch, the case is more than personal: it may be all he has left. But in a city where crime never sleeps, even detectives have a dark side... * * * * * CRIME DOESN'T COME BETTER THAN CONNELLY. 'One of the world's greatest crime writers' Daily Mail 'A master of the genre' Stephen King 'A superb natural storyteller' Lee Child 'Novels of exceptional quality' The Times 'Genuine modern classics' Independent on Sunday 'Crime thriller writing of the highest order' Guardian 'One of the great storytellers of crime fiction' Sunday Telegraph 'America's greatest living crime writer' Express 'No one writes a better modern thriller than Connelly' Evening Standard

Die Verlorene

Die Verlorene

Author: Michael Connelly Format: eBook Release Date: 15/08/2018

Don't mess with Harry - Ermittlerlegende Harry Boschs 21 Fall: eine millionenschwere ErbschaftHarry Bosch, mittlerweile als Privatermittler ttig, soll den Erben des Milliardrs Whitney Vance finden: Der alte Mann hatte als Student ein Verhltnis mit einer Mexikanerin, die er auf Druck seines Vaters verlie als die junge Frau schwanger wurde. Ein Leben lang hat Vance sich dafr geschmt, nun will er Wiedergutmachung leisten. Es versteht sich, dass kaum einer in seinem Umfeld von dieser Entwicklung begeistert ist. Bosch ist klar, dass er mit uerster Vorsicht vorgehen muss. Doch kaum hat er erste Erfolge erzielt, erfhrt er vom pltzlichen Tod seines Auftraggebers. Fr Harry Bosch bedeutet das nur eines: Jetzt erst recht!"e;Bosch at his best."e; New York Times

The Late Show

The Late Show

Author: Michael Connelly Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/01/2018

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Ehrensache

Ehrensache

Author: Michael Connelly Format: eBook Release Date: 03/01/2018

Eine Ikone der modernen Kriminalliteratur: Der 20. Fall fur Detective Harry Bosch - von Amerikas Top-Thriller-Autor Michael ConnellyDetective Harry Bosch ist in Rente gegangen und nicht mehr beim Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), aber sein Halbbruder, der Anwalt Mickey Haller, braucht die Hilfe des erfahrenen Ermittlers. Eine Frau ist im Schlafzimmer ihres Hauses brutal ermordet worden, und alle Indizien deuten auf einen von Hallers Klienten, einen frheren Gangster, mittlerweile brgerlicher Familienvater. Obwohl die Mordanklage wasserdicht scheint, hlt Mickey sie fr vorgeschoben. Offenbar soll seinem unschuldigen Klienten etwas angehngt werden. Zuerst will Bosch damit nichts zu tun haben, aber dann nimmt er sich der Sache an und betreibt mit der ihm eigenen Hartnckigkeit Nachforschungen, um den Fall aufzuklren. Doch je nher er der Wahrheit kommt, umso mehr gert er in das Visier des Tters Der amtierende Herrscher des Polizei-Thrillers."e; Kirkus Reviews ber Michael Connelly

Filbert Nutberry's Grand Christmas Adventure

Filbert Nutberry's Grand Christmas Adventure

Author: Michael Connelly Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/11/2017

Filbert Nutberry's Grand Christmas Adventure

Filbert Nutberry's Grand Christmas Adventure

Author: Michael Connelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2017

Two Kinds of Truth A Harry Bosch Thriller

Two Kinds of Truth A Harry Bosch Thriller

Author: Michael Connelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2017

Harry Bosch works cold cases as a volunteer for the San Fernando police department when he's called out to a local drug store where a young pharmacist has been murdered. Bosch and the town's three-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous, big business world of prescription drug abuse. Meanwhile, an old case from Bosch's LAPD days comes back to haunt him when a long-imprisoned killer claims Harry framed him and that there's new evidence which proves it. Bosch left the LAPD on bad terms, so his former colleagues aren't keen to protect his reputation. He must fend for himself in clearing his name and keeping a clever killer in prison. The two unrelated cases wind across each other like strands of barbed wire, and Bosch learns that there are two kinds of truth: the kind that sets you free and the kind that leaves you buried in darkness.

The Black Echo

The Black Echo

Author: Michael Connelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2017

Go back to where it all began for LAPD detective Harry Bosch, star of Amazon Prime's Bosch, in his first case The Black Echo - a gripping, action-packed thriller. LAPD detective Harry Bosch is a loner and a nighthawk. One Sunday he 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 routine drugs overdose case, but the one new puncture wound amid the scars of old tracks leaves Bosch unconvinced. To make matters worse, Harry Bosch recognises the victim. Billy Meadows was a fellow 'tunnel rat' in Vietnam, running against the VC and the fear they all used to call the Black Echo. Bosch believes he let down Billy Meadows once before, so now he is determined to bring the killer to justice.

The Late Show

The Late Show

Author: Michael Connelly Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 11/07/2017

CRIME NEVER SLEEPS. 'CRIME BOOK OF THE YEAR' Daily Mail ONE OF AMAZON'S BEST MYSTERY/THRILLERS OF THE YEAR* * * * * Detective Renee Ballard works 'The Late Show', the notorious graveyard shift at the LAPD. It's thankless work for a once-promising detective, keeping strange hours in a twilight world of crime. Some nights are worse than others. And tonight is the worst yet. Two shocking cases, hours apart: a brutal assault, and a multiple murder with no suspects. Ballard knows it is always darkest before dawn. But what she doesn't know - yet - is how deep her investigation will take her into the dark heart of her city, the police department and her own past... The Late Show will keep you up all night: it's time to meet Detective Renee Ballard. * * * * * 'The new novel from America's greatest living crime writer is a gripping thrill ride that will entrance you and keep you reading until the small hours' Daily Express 'It has been more than ten years since Connelly, one of the world's greatest crime writers, last launched a major new character. Superb storytelling - this cements Connelly's place at the very top of the crime-writing tree' Daily Mail 'Classy and clever, with a tenacious heroine' Sunday Mirror 'Connelly achieves an enormous amount in these pages: he creates a new character who immediately leaps into life; and controls a complex, fast-paced plot full of surprises' Evening Standard 'The Late Show introduces a terrific female character: Detective Renee Ballard. The pacing is breathless ... Ballard has astonishing resourcefulness and bravery - she is complicated and driven' New York Times 'Although the usual Connelly fingerprints are in evidence here - the real achievement is the creation of his tenacious heroine, Ballard' Guardian 'Ballard is significantly more than a Bosch replacement or clone - an absorbing character on her own terms. Connelly has created yet another potentially iconic tarnished knight of those perennially mean streets' Irish Times 'A characteristically complex tale of murder and police corruption' Mail on Sunday (Thriller of the Week) 'First there was Detective Harry Bosch, then Lincoln lawyer Mickey Haller, and now comes Renee Ballard, ace thriller writer Michael Connelly's first new protagonist in 10 years. A nail-bitingly exciting investigation featuring a finely realised new character from one of America's finest contemporary novelists' Irish Independent