Michael Connelly doesn’t need an introduction. He is the popular author of detective novels and other crime fiction, notably those featuring LAPD Detective Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch and criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller. Connelly has won every major award given to mystery writers, including the Edgar Award, Anthony Award, Macavity Award, and Los Angeles Times Best Mystery/Thriller Award to name a few. He did a short interview a while ago with Barnes & Noble in which he talked about his inspiring authors, creation of Harry Bosch and importance of character development in writing crime fiction.
Personally what I have found interesting in Connelly’s novels is the fact that they often reference world events, such as September 11 or the beating of Rodney King. Additionally as he has gone through different stages of his life, his books have also gone through a cycle of evolution with him. Events that might not be considered as world changing are included in some of the books because they are of personal interest to Connelly. In Angels Flight, Detective Bosch investigates the murder of an eleven-year old girl. This was written during Connelly’s early years as a father of a daughter and it hit close to home and he wrote about his biggest fear as a parent.
He has a new novel in the market now: The Drop (A Harry Bosch novel) in which we are going to review in a few weeks’ time. Link to The Drop (Harry Bosch)