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The Best Michael Connelly Books

Updated June 14, 2019 1.7k votes 478 voters 23.3k views29 items

List RulesVote for the Michael Connelly novels you just couldn't put down. If you haven't read a book, don't downvote it.

List of the best Michael Connelly books, ranked by voracious readers in the Ranker community. With commercial success and critical acclaim, there's no doubt that Michael Connelly is one of the most popular authors of the last 100 years. One of his most popular characters is detective Harry Bosch, who has been featured in 21 of Connelly's books as of 2014. If you're a huge fan of his work, then vote on your favorite novels below and make your opinion count. This poll is also a great resource for new fans of Michael Connelly who want to know which novels they should start reading first. With memorable characters and excellent storytelling, there's no reason why you shouldn't check out his work if you're a big reader and appreciate crime novels or novels set in Los Angeles.

A Darkness More Than Night and The Black Echo are included on this list of Michael Connelly's top books. What are Michael Connelly's best novels? Vote on this list and help us definitively answer that question.
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  • The Poet1
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    50

    The Poet

    Michael Connelly

    First Published1996

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Thriller

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • The Last Coyote2
    76
    10

    The Last Coyote

    Michael Connelly

    SubjectsEspionage, Police procedural, California, Police

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • The Concrete Blonde3
    90
    21

    The Concrete Blonde

    Michael Connelly

    First Published1994-06-01

    SubjectsPolice procedural, California, Police, Mystery

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • The Black Echo4
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    The Black Echo

    Michael Connelly

    First Published1992-01-21

    SubjectsPolice procedural, California, Police

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • The Lincoln Lawyer5
    91
    31

    The Lincoln Lawyer

    Michael Connelly

    First Published2005

    SubjectsCriminal defense lawyer, Legal

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Mystery, Fiction, Detective fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • Angels Flight: A Harry Bosch Novel6

    First Published1999-01

    SubjectsPolice procedural, California, Suspense, Police, Murder

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • The Drop7
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    9

    The Drop

    Michael Connelly

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • The Black Ice8
    44
    8

    The Black Ice

    Michael Connelly

    First Published1993-06-01

    SubjectsPolice procedural, California, Police

    Genres (Book)Romance novel, Speculative fiction, Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • Echo Park9
    42
    8

    Echo Park

    Michael Connelly

    First Published2006

    SubjectsPolice procedural, California, Police

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • City of Bones11
    35
    6

    City of Bones

    Michael Connelly

    First Published2002-04-16

    SubjectsMythology, California, Police

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • The Narrows12
    41
    12

    The Narrows

    Michael Connelly

    First Published2004-04-30

    SubjectsPolice procedural, California, Adventure, Mystery

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • Trunk Music13
    55
    27

    Trunk Music

    Michael Connelly

    First Published1997-02

    SubjectsDetective, Police procedural, California, Police, Mystery

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • Lost Light14
    34
    10

    Lost Light

    Michael Connelly

    First Published2003-04-01

    SubjectsLiterary, California, Police

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • A Darkness More Than Night15
    39
    20

    First Published2001-01-23

    SubjectsDetective, Murder

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • Blood Work16
    37
    23

    Blood Work

    Michael Connelly

    First Published1998

    SubjectsFBI Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • The Closers17
    24
    11

    The Closers

    Michael Connelly

    First Published2005-05-16

    SubjectsPolice procedural, California, Police, Murder

    Genres (Book)Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • The Reversal18
    20
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    The Reversal

    Michael Connelly

    First Published2010-10-05

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Mystery

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • The Overlook19
    20
    8

    The Overlook

    Michael Connelly

    SubjectsLiterary, California, Police, United States of America

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • 9 Dragons20
    30
    20

    9 Dragons

    Michael Connelly

    First Published2009-10-13

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • Void Moon22
    23
    15

    Void Moon

    Michael Connelly

    First Published1999

    SubjectsCrime, Deception

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Crime Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • The Scarecrow23
    17
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    The Scarecrow

    Michael Connelly

    First Published2009-05-12

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • The Black Box24
    17
    14

    The Black Box

    Michael Connelly

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • Chasing the Dime25
    17
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    Chasing the Dime

    Michael Connelly

    First Published2002-11

    SubjectsWomen, Legal

    Genres (Book)Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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