Michael Joseph Connelly (born July 21, 1956) is an American creator of detective novels and different crime fiction, notably these that includes LAPD Detective Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch and prison protection lawyer Mickey Haller.
Connelly is the bestselling creator of 31 novels and one work of non-fiction, with over 74 million copies of his books bought worldwide and translated into 40 overseas languages. His first novel, The Black Echo, received the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best First Novel in 1992. In 2002, Clint Eastwood directed and starred within the film adaptation of Connelly’s 1997 novel, Blood Work. In March 2011, the film adaptation of Connelly’s novel The Lincoln Lawyer starred Matthew McConaughey as Mickey Haller. Connelly was the President of the Mystery Writers of America from 2003 to 2004.
In 1996, Connelly wrote The Poet, his first e book to not characteristic Bosch, as a substitute the protagonist was reporter Jack McEvoy. The e book was successful. In 1997, Connelly returned to Bosch in Trunk Music earlier than writing one other e book, Blood Work (1997), a couple of totally different character, FBI agent Terry McCaleb. Blood Work was made into a movie in 2002, directed by Clint Eastwood, who additionally performed McCaleb, an agent with a transplanted coronary heart, in pursuit of his donor’s assassin. The e book got here collectively after considered one of Connelly’s buddies had a coronary heart transplant and he noticed what his buddy was going by means of with survivor’s guilt after the surgical procedure. When requested if he had something towards the modifications made to suit the large display, Connelly merely replied: “If you’re taking their cash, it is their flip to inform the story”.
Michael Connelly acquired a great deal of publicity in 1994, when President Bill Clinton got here out of a bookstore carrying a replica of The Concrete Blonde in entrance of the ready cameras. A gathering was arrange between the 2 at Los Angeles International Airport.
Connelly went on to write down three extra novels about Detective Bosch — The Black Ice (1993), The Concrete Blonde (1994), and The Last Coyote (1995) — earlier than quitting his job as a reporter to write down full-time.
After three years on the Los Angeles Times, Connelly wrote his first printed novel, The Black Echo (1992), after beforehand writing two unfinished novels that he didn’t try to get printed. He bought The Black Echo to Little, Brown to be printed in 1992 and received the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award for greatest first novel. The e book is partly based mostly on a real crime and is the primary one that includes Connelly’s main recurring character, Los Angeles Police Department Detective Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch, a person who, in keeping with Connelly, shares few similarities with the creator himself. Connelly named Bosch after the Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch, recognized for his work filled with sin and redemption, such because the portray Hell, a replica of which hangs on the workplace wall behind Connelly’s laptop. Connelly describes his personal work as a giant canvas with all of the characters of his books floating throughout it as currents on a portray. Sometimes they’re certain to collide, creating cross currents. This is one thing that Connelly creates by bringing again characters from earlier books and letting them play an element in books written 5 or 6 years after first being launched.
After transferring to Los Angeles, Connelly went to see the High Tower Apartments the place Raymond Chandler’s character Philip Marlowe had lived (in The High Window (1942)), and Robert Altman had used for his movie The Long Goodbye (1973). Connelly received the supervisor of the constructing to vow to telephone him if the house ever turned out there. Ten years later, the supervisor tracked Connelly down, and Connelly determined to hire the place. This house served as a spot to write down for a number of years.
After graduating from the University of Florida in 1980, Connelly received a job as a criminal offense beat author on the Daytona Beach News Journal, the place he labored for nearly two years till he went to the Fort Lauderdale News and Sun-Sentinel in 1981. There, he lined the crime beat throughout the South Florida cocaine wars. He stayed with the paper for just a few years and in 1986, he and two different reporters spent a number of months interviewing survivors of the 1985 Delta Flight 191 airplane crash, which story earned Connelly a spot as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The honor additionally introduced Connelly a job as a criminal offense reporter on the Los Angeles Times. He moved to California in 1987 along with his spouse Linda McCaleb, whom he met whereas in school and married in April 1984.
Connelly had deliberate on following his father’s early selection of profession in constructing building and began out on the University of Florida in Gainesville, on the Rinker School of Building Construction, finding out building administration. After incomes grades that have been decrease than anticipated, Connelly went to see Robert Altman’s movie The Long Goodbye (1973). The movie, based mostly on Raymond Chandler’s eponymous 1953 novel, impressed Connelly to need to turn out to be a thriller author. Connelly went dwelling and browse all of Chandler’s works that includes Philip Marlowe, and determined to switch to the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, main in journalism, and minor in inventive writing.
At age 12, Connelly moved along with his household from Philadelphia to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the place he attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School. At age 16, Connelly’s curiosity in crime and thriller escalated when, on his method dwelling from his work as a lodge dishwasher, he witnessed a person throw an object right into a hedge. Connelly determined to research and located that the thing was a gun wrapped in a lumberjack shirt. After placing the gun again, he adopted the person to a bar after which left to go dwelling to inform his father. Later that evening, Connelly introduced the police all the way down to the bar, however the man was already gone. This occasion launched Connelly to the world of cops and their lives, impressing him with the best way they labored.
Connelly was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the second oldest little one of W. Michael Connelly, a property developer, and Mary Connelly, a homemaker. According to Connelly, his father was a pissed off artist who inspired his kids to need to reach life and was a danger taker who alternated between success and failure in his pursuit of a profession. Connelly’s mom was a fan of crime fiction and launched her son to the world of thriller novels.