Michael Connelly Harry Bosch Novels In Order of Reading

Last Updated on November 29, 2022 The Harry Bosch novels in order are the perfect read for anyone who loves heart-stopping thrillers with lots of action and great characters, as well as for readers who enjoy the novels of James Patterson.

Michael Connelly is an amazing American author, and truly, best known for his Harry Bosch series, which was recently televised by Amazon, with Titus Welliver playing the main character.

So here are all the Harry Bosch books in order in reading and publication order, followed by Connelly’s other series including Mickey Haller, Terry McCaleb, Jack McEvoy, and Renée Ballard.


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Desert Star (Harry Bosch #24, Renee Ballard #5), 2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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), 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), 2008
  15. Nine Dragons (Harry Bosch #15), 2009
  16. The Reversal (Harry Bosch #16), 2010
  17. The Drop (Harry Bosch #17), 2011
  18. The Black Box (Harry Bosch #18), 2012
  19. The Burning Room (Harry Bosch #19), 2014
  20. The Crossing (Harry Bosch #20), 2015
  21. The Wrong Side of Goodbye (Harry Bosch #21), 2016
  22. Two Kinds of Truth (Harry Bosch #22), 2017
  23. Dark Sacred Night (Harry Bosch #23), 2018
  24. The Night Fire (Harry Bosch #24), 2019
  25. The Dark Hours (Harry Bosch #25), 2021
  26. Desert Star (Harry Bosch #26), 2022

Short Stories in the Harry Bosch Series


Mickey Haller Books in Order

  1. The Lincoln Lawyer, 2004
  2. The Brass Verdict, 2008
  3. The Reversal, 2010
  4. The Fifth Witness, 2011
  5. The Gods Of Guilt, 2013
  6. The Crossing, 2015
  7. The Law of Innocence, 2020

Terry McCaleb Books in Order

  1. Blood Work, 1998
  2. A Darkness More Than Night, 2000

Jack McEvoy Books in Order

  1. The Poet, 1996
  2. The Scarecrow, 2009
  3. Fair Warning, 2020

Renée Ballard Books in Order

  1. The Late Show, 2017
  2. Dark Sacred Night, 2018
  3. The Night Fire, 2019
  4. The Dark Hours, 2021
  5. Desert Star, 2022

Other Michael Connelly Books



Should We Read the Harry Bosch Books in Order?

I’ve read all the Harry Bosch books in order so far (including the related Mickey Haller books, the Renée Ballard books, and all the rest) and personally I think reading them in order is best. 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 novels that the author gets more and more attached to Harry Bosch and really writes about him with a passion. It is a pity to miss out on that.


About LAPD Homicide Detective Harry Bosch

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 he has written since then.

Harry Bosch is a Los Angeles Police Department detective who retired and went on to become a private investigator for a couple of books, following which he returned to LAPD’s Open Unsolved Unit. He is about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, with a wiry frame and a small but strong build, sports a moustache and has dark eyes. His mother was a prostitute and his fater a defense attorney.

In Two Kinds of Truth, published in 2017, Harry Bosch is a volunteer cold case cop at SFPD and is asked to help with a case involving a pharmacy where a young employee was murdered.

At the same time, he gets involved in a case started by the newly created LAPD Conviction Integrity Unit, which tells him that signs are showing that he mishandled some old cases back when he was working for the police.

Since he left the police on relatively bad terms, his old colleagues are not overly eager to help him save his reputation. Now Harry has to work the murder case while trying to get to the bottom of who framed him and how he can clear his name and reputation as well.

In Desert Star, published in 2022, Detective Harry Bosch teams up once again with Renée Ballard.

Are Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller related?

Yes, indeed they are. Mickey Haller is Harry Bosch’s half-brother. Both have the same father, J. Michael Haller, however, they have different mothers.

Mickey Haller’s mother is a Mexican-born B-level actress about whom very little is known from the books or the TV series.

Harry Bosch’s mother is Marjorie Lowe, who was basically a prostitute in Hollywood who got pregnant after having sex with Harry’s father once. She died in 1961 (was murdered).

Harry Bosch was already an adult when he first met Mickey Haller and their father. At the time, Mickey was only five.

There are a few books in the Mickey Haller series that also have Harry in them but not as the main character. While some Haller books only mention Harry in passing, some feature the two of them working together, like in The Crossing.

Harry is the ultimate detective. Initially, all the cases seem hopeless and unsolvable, but Harry is the one that finds something small that belongs to the case.

And once he finds 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.

Harry has a daughter, Maddie, who initially was mostly living with her mother, Eleanor, the ex-wife of Harry. The two lived in Hong Kong and only meet Harry a couple of times a year until eventually Eleanor was killed while trying to save Maddie from Chinese gangsters. After the funeral, Maddie went to live with her father.

Where else has Harry Bosch appeared in books?

Harry has made several cameo appearances in books by other crime and thriller authors. He appeared in books by Robert Crais, Joe Gores, and Paula Woods.


Michael Connelly Biography

Michael ConnellyThe author Michael Connelly was born in 1956 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. When he was 12 years old, his family moved to  Fort Lauderdale, Florida. There he enrolled at St. Thomas Aquinas High School.

The author’s introduction to the world of crime happened in an entirely random way. One evening he was going home from his job as a dishwasher at a hotel. He suddenly noticed someone throw something into the bushes. Curious as he was, he checked out those bushes and found a gun wrapped in a shirt.

He got even more curious, so he decided to follow that person, on a trek that took him to a nearby bar. He then went home to tell his dad about the guy in the bar. Together, they went to the police, and he led them to the hidden gun. By then, the suspect was gone from the bar.

However, he was thoroughly fascinated with the way the police handled that case, and he couldn’t get that event out of his mind.

He continued his studies and enrolled at the University of Florida in Gainesville with a major in building construction, as he wanted to follow his father’s job. His grades were, however, not up to par. After watching the movie The Long Goodbye, he decided that he wanted to become a book author. The movie was based on Raymond Chandler’s books, so he began reading everything the author has written.

Thus, the author switched his major from construction to journalism. His minor was in creative writing, which helped him develop as a book writer. After he graduated from the university in 1980, he became a crime-beat writer at the  Daytona Beach News Journal. Next year, he moved to work for the Fort Lauderdale News and Sun-Sentinel again as an investigative reporter.

In 1985 he was one of the reporters to interview the survivors of the Delta Flight 191 plane crash. The story he wrote thereafter made him a candidate for the Pulitzer Prize. In 1987 he moved to Los Angeles, California with his family, where he began working for the Los Angeles Times as a crime reporter.

He had been working for the newspaper for three years when he wrote The Black Echo, his debut novel. The book was published in 1992 by Little, Brown. That book earned him the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award for Best First Novel. The book is also the first in the Harry (Hieronymus) Bosch series.

He continued to work for the Los Angeles Times until he completed another three books,  The Black IceThe Concrete Blonde, and The Last Coyote, all part of the Harry Bosch series before he resigned and went on to become a full-time author.

The author continued his series until 1996 when he wrote The Poet. It was to become the first book in his Jack McEvoy series. The next year he wrote The Trunk Music, which went back to the popular Harry Bosch book series.

After that, the author once again diverged from his main series when he wrote Blood Work, the first book in his Terry McCaleb FBI Agent series. This was in 1998. Four years later, in 1992, Clint Eastwood starred in the movie made based on Blood Work, where he played Terry McCaleb and also directed the movie.

For his numerous books, Michael Connelly received several awards, including the Edgar Award, the Anthony Award, the Macavity Award, the Shamus Award, and the Barry Award, as well as several international awards from countries like Italy, France, and Japan.

Many of his books are written surrounding actual, real-life events, including the 9/11 attack. Most characters in the series appear in the same universe and often crossover from series to series. The latest series, Renée Ballard, also has Harry Bosch working together with Renée Ballard in solving cases.

Besides his several mystery and thriller series, the author also wrote a nonfiction book called Crime Beat, which was published in 2006.

An interesting trivia note, one of his biggest fans is the ex-US president Bill Clinton, who was seen reading The Concrete Blonde. The two men met at an airport later on.

The Harry Bosch series order includes all the rest of the author’s books as well since they are all part of the Harry Bosch universe. In fact, even the standalone novels (except for the non-fiction book), are part of the same universe.

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. Most of these series also intersect with the author’s main one, so I have added them to this page as well. Thus reading the Harry Bosch books in order is recommended, along with all the related stories in the same universe featuring other main characters.

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  1. ken says:

    Woody Harrellson would play well as Harry Bosch.

  2. Lin says:

    I thought Stacey Keach would have been a good Bosch

  3. 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….

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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

  8. 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?

  9. 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.

  10. jenny Parkinson says:

    I have just started reading your books

  11. 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 …

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Marilyn Magaro says:

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

  16. Scott says:

    Where would the short stories fit in this order?

  17. 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?

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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!

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