Wednesday, February 26, 2014

ON THE CRIME BEAT: MICHAEL CONNELLY



For Michael Connelly fans the coming of a new book is always reason to celebrate. When this former Los Angeles Times crime reporter had his first novel published in 1992, did he realize that he was going to become one of most popular contemporary authors? Mainly writing about two flawed characters, Los Angeles Police Detective Harry (Hieronymus) Bosch and his half-brother Mickey Haller, a defense attorney who works out of the back seat of his car, Connelly captures the dedication of two professionals who always seek justice, but don’t always follow the rules. The Monrovia Library has all the Michael Connelly titles, including some on CD and some in Spanish.

Michael Connelly books always have a good mystery that unravels in a suspenseful way and always have main characters which readers care about. And, because almost every Connelly book is set in Los Angeles, readers can identify with the settings where Harry and Mickey operate.
 
Connelly’s new novel is The Gods of Guilt, a sequel to the bestselling The Lincoln Lawyer. Mickey Haller is caught up in a messy murder case that involves former clients. The twisting and turning plot and the courtroom dramatics are outstanding. There are 5 titles in the Mickey Haller series.



The Harry Bosch series now has 18 titles, through which readers have followed the character’s checkered career as a homicide detective and his tumultuous personal life. The latest in this series is The Black Box.

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