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The Black Echo (1992)

Connelly’s de­but in­tro­duces us to Harry Bosch, an LAPD de­tec­tive with a scep­ti­cal out­sider’s per­spec­tive on au­thor­ity. The ear­lier nov­els tend to be darker and denser than later ones, this one thanks to its sub­ter­ranean en­vi­rons.

2 The Last Coy­ote (1995)

The fourth Bosch novel is key to un­der­stand­ing his char­ac­ter: it con­cerns his in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the mur­der of his own mother, a pros­ti­tute stran­gled when he was a boy. It also shows Connelly’s grow­ing con­fi­dence with com­plex plot­ting.

The Poet (1996)

Connelly’s first non-bosch book in­tro­duces the re­cur­ring char­ac­ters of Jack Mcevoy (a partly au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal jour­nal­ist, who says “Death is my beat”) and FBI agent Rachel Walling, and de­tails the hunt for a pae­dophile se­rial killer. Bru­tal, pow­er­ful, bleak.

The Lin­coln Lawyer (2005)

A first out­ing for Mickey Haller, Bosch’s half-brother, a de­fence at­tor­ney who works out of the back of a Lin­coln limo. The tone is lighter, but a re­cur­ring Connelly theme, the cor­rup­tion of those in au­thor­ity, runs through the Haller books.

Nine Dragons (2009)

An­other the­mat­i­cally im­por­tant Bosch novel in its ex­plo­ration of his re­la­tion­ship with his daugh­ter, Mad­die. By now, the prose is far sparser than in ear­lier nov­els, which some­how only makes the tragedy de­tailed here even more of a punch in the gut.

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