Michael Connelly was born in Philadelphia and moved with his family to Florida when he was 12. A student at the University of Florida, he discovered the works of Raymond Chandler and decided to become a journalist. He minored in creative writing, knowing early on that he wanted to be a novelist.
He laid his groundwork by becoming a crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times. His career got off to an intense start when the Los Angeles Riots broke out in 1992. After the court verdict acquitting four Los Angeles police officers of assault and excessive force, following a high speed pursuit involving Rodney King, rioting started in South Central Los Angeles. Fifty-three people died and over 2,000 people were injured. Michael Connelly was one of the reporters who went into South Central to cover the events.
Out of this came his most recent Harry Bosch novel, The Black Box. This is where his experience and police department resources came together in the book Publisher’s Weekly named one of the best books of 2012.
The Book Cellar usually has many of Michael Connelly’s novels on hand in both hardcover and paperback. If you haven’t read Michael Connelly and don’t know anything about Homicide Detective Harry Bosch you can get to know him through earlier novels. Connelly’s books stand alone, so you don’t have to read them in order, but it’s enjoyable to watch Harry’s career and the changes in his life over the years. Do you ever pick up a book, read it in one sitting and you immediately want more, but you have to wait and entire year until the author is finished writing the next one? If you haven’t discovered Michael Connelly you can go back and read, read, read. If you’ve already read his books, it’s nice to revisit them like old friends.