Harry Bosch Novels In Order

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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


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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)


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  1. Erik says:

    Just finished my first Harry novel “ The Black Echo” and absolutely loved it…. if you like this series you should read the Harry Hole series by Jo Nesbo. They just made the Snowman movie which is from the series…. I haven’t seen it so I can’t comment on it but the books were outstanding.

  2. Grace du Prie says:

    I am missing ‘Void Moon’ in this list

    • Mystery Sequels says:

      Void Moon is listed at the end of the page under the Standalone Novels section. It is not part of the Harry Bosch series.

  3. Theresa Yourie says:

    Harry Bosch is my favorite fictional detective, No other character in print has his moral principles. I realize it is unrealistic for someone is as good as he is. I wish I had the ability to tell you how much I admire him. Please write more Harry Bosch, maybe including his daughter as a central character. I saw the first book on Netflix. I feel it was very miscast. I did not watch the others. If Tom Selleck were younger he would be perfect. I am 82 and cannot always call up names, but the man who played the Boy from Oz on Broadway would be a very good choice.

  4. Annette Toomey says:

    Love this series. Read some books out of order but now going back to the beginning. I haven’t watched Bosch the series yet but hope to this week

  5. John Wayne Peel says:

    Saw the movie The Lincoln Lawyer, read four f the Harry Bosch books already and saw Blood Work with Clint Eastwood. already. But it was 9 Dragons that got me started. Cannot wait to read the rest, and see the Bosch movies when I can. Love Titus Wellever already!

  6. Jo-Anne Bambrough says:

    Picked up Crossing & loved it. Didn’t realize how many novels there were. Wish I had started from the first novel….but enjoying collecting them all now. Even got several friends into them & exchange on a regular basis. I read3 a week…can’t stop. I’m addicted!!!

  7. Renée says:

    I read all of Michael Connelly’s books one summer. (Yes, I really like to read, and yes I read pretty fast!) I think the ONLY way to read these books is in the order published whether they are a Bosch book, a Haller book, or one of the other characters who had reoccurring appearances in a book “series” of their own. It doesn’t hurt to take a break from one to read another, and to me the important thing is to have an accurate timeline. No backtracking or jumping ahead for me.
    I absolutely love series of books with the same characters (Grafton’s Kinsey Milhone, Patterson’s Alex Cross and Robb’s Eve and Rourke to name a couple others), but Connelly’s characters and their stories are some of my absolute favorites!

  8. Rob says:

    Totally hooked on Bosch. Just finished 9 dragons and have read all from the beginning of the series in less than a year. Don’t know what I’ll do when I finally catch up to present day!

  9. ken says:

    Woody Harrellson would play well as Harry Bosch.

  10. Lin says:

    I thought Stacey Keach would have been a good Bosch

  11. Tommy says:

    Started the last coyote 6 years ago at pc beach Fla. 1 week, 10%
    Then 6 months ago I picked it up on my kindle. Finishing in 4 weeks. In 6 months I’ve read the 1st 6 Harry Bosch books. Can’t get enough. Downloaded the next 3. Can’t wait….

  12. Luke Asher says:

    I received the crossing as a Christmas gift. Should I read the ones prior to this for the story to make sense? TIA

  13. Bruce Hughes says:

    I’m not a book reader, but now that I’m retired, I have read most of the Michael Connelly books on the nook and have really enjoyed them.

  14. Ian Hodgson says:

    I an really enjoying the Bosch novels and am working through them in order after being introduced via the TV series which I thought was very good indeed. Titus is the ideal person as far as I am concerned. I think the novels are very well written with lots of depth. In the main I agree with your comments about the books except for one thing – I would never classify Bosch as “fun” character! Angst ridden with lots of baggage more like!

  15. Orthostice says:

    I was looking for a little break from all the “literature” (with fake British accent) I read for the classes that I teach. I saw the Bosch series on Amazon, binge-watched the entire first season, then proceeded to read 18 of the 21 novels in the book series. Connelly can spin a tale; that is certain. If you like Bosch, read Ed Lin’s books, the NYC/Asian-American equivalent of the Bosch series.

    • Ian Hodgson says:

      I think the Bosch novels could be classed as modern literature as I regard them as well crafted. Compare the prose style with some other modern writers and he is a literary genius! For example “Gone Girl” which I was given is in my view terribly written. Or Lee Child whom I thoroughly enjoy and have read extensively but good though he is at what he does is not as good as Connelly as a writer.

      • Matt Van Every says:

        Sorry, I just can’t agree with that. He’s a good writer…and I’m no highbrow. My main issue is to say he stands above so many others. Although I can agree to a point.

        Lee Child is pretty good, I don’t see a big difference. Vince Flynn, DeMille, Greg Iles, Ben Coes, Trevanian, Ludlum (some, but I guess that’s my argument for all),Don Winslow, Daniel Silva, North Patterson, Philip Margolin, Tom Clancy, Allan Folsom, Barry Eisler…..Connelly is right in line with these guys.

        The two I’d argue are far beneath the others…John Grisham and James Patterson. There’s a reason for their popularity…..and that’s because in journalism school you’re taught to write at an 8th grade level to reach the largest possible audience. Applies here….

        I’d never read any Steven King, but just did read 110-22-63. The book was great and wildly entertaining, but the prose was at that Grisham/Patterson level.

        As far as modern classics, I just don’t see a lot really qualifying. I think you can’t put any author in arbitrarily, but can include some individual books. The Last Man, and American Assassin by Flynn; Natchez Burning and The Bone Tree by Iles…along with his historical fiction release The Black Cross; Plum Island, Night Fall, The Lion by Nelson DeMille; The Cartel by Winslow; The Pillars of the Earth and The Day of the Jackal by Ken Follet; The Day After Tomorrow by Folsom….. those jump to mind.

        The only modern author that I think you can list all books as modern classics, and he only wrote three….is Stieg Larsson. Those books were breathtaking, relevant to current events and satirical of political and government issues, and just plain unable to be put down. The prose was brilliant and everything about them told the reader “this author is smarter than probably anyone you know, and he’s been blessed by the Gods.”

        • Matt Van Every says:

          I’d also add Robert Harris to that list…The Ghost, Imperium, and An Officer and a Spy are brilliant books.

      • Dlm says:

        I just started reading Bosch and didn’t know there was an order, at first. I enjoy them. Lee Childs Jack Reacher is different. Jack gets put in situations where Bosch seeks them out. I don’t like that Tom Cruise played Reacher in the film. He comes nowhere close to the physical description of Reacher. Jim Caveizal would be better.

        • Marti jo says:

          Definitely agree with you on the Tom Cruise thing! After watching Ray Donovan I now also think, in addition to Jim C. Being a better choice, Liev Schriber would be, too! Any one but Cruise. Or Vern Troyer. Lol

  16. Damon says:

    I have read every Bosh book more than twice over the the years including the spin off charectors. I was a cop for 25 years and really enjoy the series. Wish I could have gotten away with one tenth of what he does. Harry is getting old. What are your plans for him? Pre-queals? His daughter joining up with Harry as the mentor?

  17. Jim says:

    I think you forgot “The Poet” in your sequence.

    • Steve says:

      Yes! “The Poet” is a major piece to be read, I think before “The Narrows,” which seems like a sequel work.

      • Mystery Sequels says:

        I haven’t forgotten him, he is added in the Jack McEvoy series as first book. If you read the books, you will see that it is not really a Harry Bosch book, the main character is Jack.

  18. jenny Parkinson says:

    I have just started reading your books

  19. just finished watching the bosch series and loved it … didn’t think i would like titus welliver in the lead … i have seen him in a lot of roles and it seems he always played a guy you didn’t like … as harry bosch he is perfect …

  20. June Stewart says:

    I have read all the Harry Bosch books and love them. I have just finished The Burning Room and wonder when the next in the series will be available.

    Thank you.

  21. James L. Davis says:

    I would put the book “The Narrows” into the Terry McCaleb series because his presense is felt throughout the book. Also Bosch finishs what Terry & Rachel began so many years before. The final McCaleb chapter is closed in this book. Also Buddy pesters Bosch in the same way he dogged Terry.

  22. John Gorter says:

    Hi

    Where does Blood Work fit in? Terry McCaleb starts I guess. Just starting it today.

    Ciao

    John

    • Mystery Sequels says:

      Blood Work is the first in the Terry McCaleb series (which is listed at the bottom of this page, right after the Mickey Haller series). It contains only 2 books, and the second one, A Darkness More Than Night is also Harry Bosch #7.

  23. Marilyn Magaro says:

    Love the Harry Bosch series . . . I’m rereading them now!

  24. Scott says:

    Where would the short stories fit in this order?

  25. Angela Brodie says:

    Jusst finished The Reversal. I mentions Harry’s daughter’s mother as having been killed and Mattie is now woth Harry. In which book was her death featured?

  26. Steve Sutton says:

    I’ve read the first 13 books in order (Harry Bosch). It seems from reading the first few pages that the “Brass Berdict is more Haller than Bosch book. I know they will team up eventually in the book but should I save the Brass Verdict as a Haller series book and move on to 9 Dragons? I just finished the overlook.

    Thanks,

    Steve

    • Mystery Sequels says:

      In the Brass Verdict Mickey is the main character, but Harry Bosch is there to help and only appears now and then – at crucial moments, mind you.

      If you’re also reading the Mickey Haller books later on, then yes, I think it’s better if you pick this one up as the second Mickey Haller book, as it’s more about him than Harry Bosch.

    • Dlm says:

      Nine dragons is more Bosch than Haller. Overlook is Bosch. Read nine dragons with the Bosch series.

  27. Karen says:

    Did you leave out. The Lincoln Lawyer on purpose?

    • Mystery Sequels says:

      Yes, as Harry Bosch doesn’t really appear in the book, which is all about his half-brother, Mickey Haller. I initially intended to create a second page about Mickey Haller, however on second thought I added the books in the series on the same page, below Harry Bosch, so now The Lincoln Lawyer is also featured.

  28. Jose Martinez says:

    I’m not sure I agree with you of who should portray Bosch on film.
    looks like I’m not going to like the actor you guys choosed.

    Will see, guess!

    • BloggersMark says:

      I agree with you in a way I guess. I tried to turn my son on to Connelly a long time ago! We are a family of readers!! But my son prefers reading Azimov and I, not so much! But I had an idea of Bosch in my head after following the series. The the character in my head evolved when I started listening to the series on CD read by Len Cariou. And out of nowhere my son turns me on to “Bosch” on Amazon! Not exactly my idea of Bosch( in my head) but Titus does a pretty good job after I watched a couple of episodes. I like the show and it gives my son and I something more to talk about!

  29. Steve says:

    I know the actor to play Harry Bosch has already been chosen, but I think Donnie Wahlberg from “Blue Bloods” would make a perfect Bosch. Just sayin …

  30. Brian Jackson says:

    I always thought Bruce Willis would be ideal but maybe he’s getting a bit too old.

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