The Harry Bosch novels in order are the perfect read for anyone who loves heart-stopping thrillers with lots of action and great characters.
Michael Connelly is an amazing American author, and truly, best known for his Harry Bosch series, which was recently televised, picked up by Amazon, with Titus Welliver playing the main character.
So here are all the Harry Bosch books in order by Michael Connelly in reading and publication order.
Harry Bosch Books In Order
1. The Black Echo (Harry Bosch #1), 1992
2. The Black Ice (Harry Bosch #2), 1993
3. The Concrete Blonde (Harry Bosch #3), 1994
4. The Last Coyote (Harry Bosch #4), 1995
5. Trunk Music (Harry Bosch #5), 1997
6. Angels Flight (Harry Bosch #6), 1999
7. A Darkness More Than Night (Harry Bosch #7, Terry McCaleb #2), 2001
8. City Of Bones (Harry Bosch #8), 2002
9. Lost Light (Harry Bosch #9), 2003
10. The Narrows (Harry Bosch #10), 2004
11. The Closers (Harry Bosch #11), 2005
12. Echo Park (Harry Bosch #12), 2006
13. The Overlook (Harry Bosch #13), 2007
14. The Brass Verdict (Harry Bosch #14, Mickey Haller #2), 2008
15. Nine Dragons (Harry Bosch #15, Mickey Haller #3), 2009
16. The Reversal (Harry Bosch #16, Mickey Haller #4), 2010
17. The Fifth Witness (Mickey Haller #5 – Harry Bosch appeared only briefly, 2011)
18. The Drop (Harry Bosch #17), 2011
19. The Black Box (Harry Bosch #18), 2012
20. The Gods of Guilt (Mickey Haller #6 – Harry Bosch appeared only briefly), 2013
21. The Burning Room (Harry Bosch #19), 2014
22. The Crossing (Harry Bosch #20, Mickey Haller #7), 2015
23. The Wrong Side of Goodbye (Harry Bosch #21), 2016
24. Two Kinds of Truth (Harry Bosch #22), 2017
I’ve read all the Harry Bosch novels in the order written and I have to admit that they this series is one of my favorites ever, even though I’ve read almost everything else author Michael Connelly has written to date.
Michael Connelly has written so far two main series, the Harry Bosch series, and the Mickey Haller series, and a few smaller series including the Terry McCaleb, Jack McEvoy and the newer Renée Ballard series.
I have first heard about Michael Connelly when I picked up The Black Echo at a local used books shop many years ago. I’ve read it not really knowing what it was about, only knowing that it’s a murder mystery book. After reading this book (which coincidentally happened to be the first in the Harry Bosch series) I went hunting for of the rest of the books that were already published, and I was lucky enough to read them in order (which is how I usually like to read my mystery series).
Harry Bosch is a fun and multidimensional character with a real-life story of his own. In the first novel, he is accused of killing a Vietnam “tunnel rat” whom he happened to know many lifetimes ago. I remember the book was full of atmosphere and a fast read. It literally hooked me on the series and I have read everything Michael Connelly has written since then.
Currently, Two Kinds of Truth is the latest book in the Harry Bosch series (#22), published in 2017. There are a few books in the Mickey Haller series that also have Harry Bosch in them, but not as the main character. While some Haller books only mention Harry Bosch in passing, some feature the two of them working together, like in the latest book, The Crossing.
I think of Harry Bosch as the ultimate detective. Initially, all the cases seem hopeless, unsolvable, but Harry is the one that finds something small that belongs to the case. And once he found that short thread, he follows it until he uncovers more threads, and follows there too, just like a dog following a strong smell, right until he solves the case. I really like his reluctance to give up on a case because he knows it will unravel in front of his eyes if he only keeps at it a bit more.
I was always thinking that the Harry Bosch series should be made into a few movies because they definitely deserve it. Thankfully Michael Connelly’s books are already translated to the TV in a new series starring Titus Welliver, which I really love (based on the episode I saw on Amazon a while back.
Should we read the Harry Bosch novels in order?
I’ve read all the Harry Bosch books so far (including the related Mickey Haller books) and personally I think reading them in order is best if you can get hold of the books in the right order. Granted, each novel has one mystery that Harry solves, however, the character really grows from book to book.
You can see in each of the Harry Bosch novels that the author, Michael Connelly, gets more and more attached to Harry and really writes about him with a passion. It is a pity to miss out on that.
List of short stories in the Harry Bosch series
Blue on Black, 2010
Suicide Run, 2011 (includes 3 short stories: Cielo Azul, Suicide Run, One Dollar Jackpot)
Angle Of Investigation, 2011 (includes 3 short stories: Father’s Day, Christmas Even, Angle of Investigation)
Blood Washes Off, 2011
A Fine Mist of Blood, 2012
Switchblade, 2014 (Harry Bosch #18.5)
The Crooked Man, 2014 (Harry Bosch short story, published in In The Company of Sherlock Holmes)