Michael Connelly was born on July 21, 1956 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, is a well-known author of detective novels and several critically-acclaimed works. Notable characters in Michael Connelly’s works include Detective Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch and lawyer Mickey Haller. Michael’s works have been translated into more than 39 languages and brought him many different awards. Connelly served as president of the Mystery Writers of America association between 2003 and 2004.
Michael is the second son of W. Michael Connelly – a real estate trader – and Mary Connelly – a housewife. In his words, his father was a failed artist in the field of pursuit, but he always supported Michael Connelly pursue dreams and achieve success. His mother was a fan of crime fiction and she was the one who led him into the world of mysterious novels. At age 12, his family moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he attended Saint Thomas Aquinas High School. He became interested in the crime story after witnessing a man throw an object packed through a fence in an alley. With the curiosity inherent, he investigates and discovers that the object is a gun. Michael Connelly tracked the man to a pub and reported it to his father. Late that night, he led the police to the bar but the man had disappeared. It was this event that brought Connelly to the world of crime and police, and he was totally impressed with the way the investigators worked and the attitude of the investigators.
Michael Connelly attended the University of Florida with plans to continue his father’s career in the real estate field. But after receiving less than expected results, he went to Robert Altman, who produced the film The Long Goodbye (1973) – and quickly became enthralled with what he saw. This film was adapted from the work of the same name by Raymond Chandler published in 1953 and inspired him to become a mysterious novel writer. Michael learns all of Raymond’s work and decides to move to the field of journalism.
After graduating from the University of Florida, Michael had his first job as a crime reporter at the Daytona Beach News Journal. He moved to Fort Lauderdale News and Sun-Sentinel in 1981 after two years at Daytona. In 1986, Michael and his two reporters made hundreds of interviews with survivors of the 191 Delta Flight. And thanks to this article he received the prestigious Pulitzer Prize. He was honored with a job as a criminal reporter at the Los Angeles Times.
After spending three years at the Los Angeles newspaper, Michael completed his debut work The Black Echo (1992) and was published by Little, Brown. This work brought him the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award. The book is based on a real-life case and introduces readers to the detective character Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch for the first time. The inspector’s name was inspired by the Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch. Michael continued to produce three novels about the Bosch Inspector before his retirement and focused on writing books including The Black Ice (1993), The Concrete Blonde (1994) and The Last Coyote (1995).
His work on detectives Harry Bosch really made a success and attracted readers in 1994. Even the president of the United States Bill Clinton is also a fan of the works of Michael. He was honored to be president at Los Angeles Airport. In 1996, Michael wrote The Poet, which was the first book not to feature detective Bosch. In 1997, Connelly continued his journey with Detective Bosch in Trunk Music and continued to introduce a new character as FBI Agent Terry McCaleb in Blood Work (1998).
Connelly wrote another piece on Bosch called Angels Flight (1999), before releasing the Void Moon (2000) about a Las Vegas robber by the name of Cassie Black. In 2001, A Darkness More Than Night was published and sparked interest among readers as it combined the detective Bosch and McCaleb to investigate a case together. Only a year later, Michael Connelly completed the next two novels about Bosch, City of Bones and Chasing the Dime. During this time he and his wife moved to live in Florida but most of the time he spent time in Los Angeles to complete his work. He shared that no matter what coast he moved in Florida, he did not have any inspiration except in Los Angeles.