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The Best Michael Connelly Books

Updated June 14, 2019 1.6k votes 491 voters 23.9k 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 Poet

    Michael Connelly

    First Published1996

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

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 2
    86
    19

    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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    74
    11

    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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    81
    19

    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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    86
    27

    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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    41
    7

    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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    40
    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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    38
    11

    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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    51
    26

    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

  • 11

    First Published1999-01

    SubjectsPolice procedural, California, Suspense, Police, Murder

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

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 12
    33
    9

    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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    32
    14

    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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    19

    First Published2001-01-23

    SubjectsDetective, Murder

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    23
    10

    The Closers

    Michael Connelly

    First Published2005-05-16

    SubjectsPolice procedural, California, Police, Murder

    Genres (Book)Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    33
    21

    Blood Work

    Michael Connelly

    First Published1998

    SubjectsFBI Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 17
    20
    7

    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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    19
    8

    The Drop

    Michael Connelly

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    27
    18

    9 Dragons

    Michael Connelly

    First Published2009-10-13

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    22
    14

    Void Moon

    Michael Connelly

    First Published1999

    SubjectsCrime, Deception

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Crime Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    17
    8

    The Scarecrow

    Michael Connelly

    First Published2009-05-12

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    20
    16

    The Reversal

    Michael Connelly

    First Published2010-10-05

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Mystery

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    First Published1996

    Genres (Book)True crime