If you are fond of crime stories and still haven’t heard of Harry Bosch, do not waste any more time!
First the facts!
The author Michael Connelly was born in 1956 in Philadelphia. He majored in journalism at the University of Florida and decided to become a writer after reading Raymond Chandler’s works. Connelly worked at newspapers specialising in the crime beat (hence his convincing descriptions of LAPD work). He lives in Florida with his family. The first novel about LAPD Detective Harry Bosch The Black Echo was first published in 1992 and won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel by the Mystery Writers of America. Then followed: The black Ice, The Concrete Blond, The Last Coyote, Trunk Music, Angels Flight, A Darkness More Than Night, City of Bones, Lost Light, The Narrows, The Closers, Echo Park, The Overlook, The Brass Verdict, Nine Dragons, The Reversal, The Fifth Witness, The Drop, The Black Box, The Gods of Guilt, The Burning Room, The Crossing.
Why Harry Bosch?
It’s actually Hieronymus Bosch and there are a couple of facts we need to know before we open the book:
- He was named after the 15th century Dutch painter.
- His mother was a prostitute and was murdered when Harry was 11
- He joined the army and did tours in Vietnam, which lead him to working in LAPD.
So what makes him so special? First of all, he is haunted by the mystery of his mother’s death and the trauma of Vietnam. Secondly, Bosch is damaged goods as his scars seem far too big for any woman to handle. Thirdly, his inner struggles merge with the chaos of the world and empower him – he belongs to his victims and vice versa. Thanks to all the damage he’s been though he sees them like no one else can. He is the prototypical detective: unyielding, unstoppable and restless. Harry is who we want to imagine being out there on the streets doing all the dirty work no one else dares to.
Learn more about Michael Connelly’s books at: http://www.michaelconnelly.com/