Books by Michael Connelly

THE GODS OF GUILT by Michael Connelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 2, 2013

"Not much of a thriller or a mystery, but illuminating about the ways in which the law works and doesn't."
The fifth in the best-selling Lincoln Lawyer series. Read full book review >
THE BLACK BOX by Michael Connelly
Released: Nov. 26, 2012

"The resulting tension lifts this sturdy but uninspired procedural above most of its competition, though nowhere close to the top of Connelly's own storied output."
Harry Bosch (The Drop, 2011, etc.) returns to yet another cold case—one that was taken out of his hand 20 years ago when it was still red hot. Read full book review >
THE DROP by Michael Connelly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 28, 2011

"Not by a long shot Bosch's finest hour, but a welcome return to form after the helter-skelter 9 Dragons (2009)."
Harry Bosch, the LAPD detective who insists, "I don't want to be famous. I just want to work cases," gets his wish times two. Read full book review >
THE FIFTH WITNESS by Michael Connelly
THRILLERS
Released: April 5, 2011

Just in time for his movie debut this spring, Connelly brings back the Lincoln Lawyer for a satisfying case that pits him against a real-estate foreclosure mill. Read full book review >
9 DRAGONS by Michael Connelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"A short-story–sized mystery exploded by the triple-sized dose of vigilante justice Bosch gets to dispense as cop and father."
An apparently everyday murder in South Los Angeles takes Harry Bosch (The Brass Verdict, 2008, etc.) further and deeper than a case has ever sent him before. Read full book review >
THE SCARECROW by Michael Connelly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 26, 2009

"Middling among the distinguished author's score of thrillers. New fans hooked by this one will be happy to know that his backlist is even richer."
Downsized from the Los Angeles Times, crime reporter Jack McEvoy decides to ride one last big story to the moon. Read full book review >
THE BRASS VERDICT by Michael Connelly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 14, 2008

"Even if the case is less than baffling, Connelly brings his two sleuths together in a way that honors them both."
The answer to every Connelly fan's dream: Hieronymus Bosch meets the Lincoln Lawyer. Read full book review >
THE OVERLOOK by Michael Connelly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 22, 2007

"A beautifully stripped-down case that makes up in tension and velocity what it lacks in amplitude. Serialization hasn't hurt Connelly any more than it did Charles Dickens, who's cited at several key points."
In a 12-hour adventure first serialized in weekly installments in the New York Times Magazine, Harry Bosch finally catches a fresh case after years of resurrecting old ones (Echo Park, 2006, etc.), and it's a honey. Read full book review >
ECHO PARK by Michael Connelly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 9, 2006

"Connelly offers a stellar demonstration of why, as Harry says, "taking it straight to the heart is the way of the true detective," whatever the costs to himself and others."
Harry Bosch, back with the LAPD in the Open-Unresolved Unit (The Closers, 2005), wrestles with a teasing case from his salad days in Hollywood homicide. Read full book review >
THE LINCOLN LAWYER by Michael Connelly
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 3, 2005

"Contains everything readers have come to expect from powerhouse Connelly. Bonus: Additional installments hold the intriguing possibility of one day seeing Bosch and Haller together on the streets of L.A."
Fresh from returning Harry Bosch to the LAPD with The Closers (2005), veteran crime novelist Connelly offers intrigue and bracing twists in his first legal thriller. Read full book review >
MURDER IN VEGAS by Michael Connelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2005

"Anyone for Atlantic City?"
An undistinguished collection of 22 new stories by members of the International Association of Crime Writers. Read full book review >
LOST LIGHT by Michael Connelly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 29, 2003

"Mystery fans will cherish echoes of The Doorbell Rang and The Long Goodbye, but the best news is that prodigious Connelly hasn't been content simply to echo his own earlier successes."
Retired from the LAPD's Hollywood Division, Harry Bosch (City of Bones, 2002, etc.) has taken out a p.i.'s license—a lucky thing, because a hailstorm of backlogged felonies is about to come his way. Read full book review >
CHASING THE DIME by Michael Connelly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 15, 2002

"Connelly diabolically teases readers with bits of exposition while scaring the hell out of them in the most accomplished slice of Hitchcock since the Master's heyday. The result is a tour de force of nerve-shredding suspense."
And now for something completely Hitchcockian from the chronicler of Harry Bosch (City of Bones, p. 205, etc.): a wrong number that spins into a full-court press against the beleaguered hero's liberty and life. Read full book review >
CITY OF BONES by Michael Connelly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 16, 2002

"A bone to throw to loyalists while they wait for another case to rival A Darkness More Than Night (2001)."
Connelly takes his customary edge off Harry Bosch's latest case: the murder of a 12-year-old runaway that had never even been suspected until a playful dog turned up his bones in a shallow grave. Read full book review >
A DARKNESS MORE THAN NIGHT by Michael Connelly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Bosch fan or McCaleb fan, you can't lose with this chilling tour-de-force. "
Connelly pits his latest series hero, FBI agent Terry McCaleb (Blood Work, 1998), against his veteran series op, LAPD detective Harry Bosch (Angels Flight, 1999, etc.), in this extraordinary excursion into good, evil, and the labyrinth of human motives. Read full book review >
VOID MOON by Michael Connelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Lesser Connelly: Interesting characters, incident aplenty, but overplotting undermines the mano-a-womano center."
She's a thief, he's a killer, and two and a half million dollars is the issue between them in this dark (and sometimes dreary) thriller. Read full book review >
ANGELS FLIGHT by Michael Connelly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Reliable suspense on a grand scale, though the half-hearted attention to the suspects and Harry's perfunctory domestic troubles, as well as the lack of a powerfully mysterious center, make this the most routine of Connelly's eight world-class thrillers."
The murder of a high-profile civil rights lawyer is just the trigger for another far-ranging case for L.A. cop Harry Bosch (Trunk Music, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
BLOOD WORK by Michael Connelly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 1998

"A tormented hero, a canny and malicious killer, endlessly patient detective work alternating with dark threats and tense action scenes: Connelly seems bent on wiring together every cliche of the mano-a-mano genre and juicing them fill they sing."
Another of Connelly's volcanic lawmen confronts his nightmare double—the killer whose brutal crime saved the hero's life. Read full book review >
TRUNK MUSIC by Michael Connelly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"If you'd like to see a buried love affair take off like a rocket and a bunch of crooks and crooked cops as canny and treacherous as le Carres spies, you've come to the right place."
Hollywood homicide dick Harry Bosch goes up against whoever killed high-rolling, lowlife filmmaker Tony Aliso and tipped his body into the trunk of his Rolls. Read full book review >
THE POET by Michael Connelly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 15, 1996

"Prepare to be played like a violin."
Connelly takes a break from his Harry Bosch police novels (The Last Coyote, p. 328, etc.) for something even more intense: a reporter's single-minded pursuit of the serial killer who murdered his twin. Read full book review >
THE LAST COYOTE by Michael Connelly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 1995

"Bosch grabs you and shakes you — and it feels great."
Connelly dishes out another big, satisfying helping of LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch (The Concrete Blonde, 1994, etc.), returning for a fourth time in this dark, angry story of murder and obsession. Read full book review >
THE CONCRETE BLONDE by Michael Connelly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 1994

"But the charming, if retro, writing ("The courtroom seemed as silent as a dead man's heart") and the lurid thrills make this gem as lovable as any tale of serial murder can be."
Veteran crime reporter Connelly's (The Black Ice, 1993) third novel deftly blends cop thriller and courtroom drama in a darkly gripping tale structured around a set of gruesome serial killings. Read full book review >
THE BLACK ICE by Michael Connelly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 1993

"Expertly told, and involving enough—but lacking the sheer artistry and heart-clutching thrills of, say, David Lindsay's comparable Stuart Haydon series (Body of Evidence, etc.)."
Second tense, tightly wound tangle of a case for Hieronymous Bosch (The Black Echo, 1991). Read full book review >
THE BLACK ECHO by Michael Connelly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 21, 1992

"Still, Connelly knows his turf and perhaps he'll map it more freshly next time out."
Big, brooding debut police thriller by Los Angeles Times crime-reporter Connelly, whose labyrinthine tale of a cop tracking vicious bank-robbers sparks and smolders but never quite catches fire. Read full book review >