Special Feature: Harry Bosch in Chronological Order!

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Update (1/27/2012): I’ve updated this list to include several books I wasn’t aware of when I first published this post.

I noticed recently that I’ve been getting search engine referrals with the search terms “Harry Bosch chronological.” I assume that means people are looking for a chronological list of Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch novels so they can read them in order. I don’t think that’s necessary, but who am I to deny my readers the information they want? I did a little research and put together a list. I haven’t read all of these yet, but I’ve commented on the ones I’m familiar with.  This list can be verified at Michael Connelly’s website.

  1. The Black Echo (5 stars)
  2. The Black Ice (Click here for my review)
  3. The Concrete Blond (4 stars)
  4. The Last Coyote (5 stars)
  5. The Poet (5 stars)
  6. Trunk Music (Click here for my review)
  7. Angels Flight
  8. A Darkness More Than Night (5 stars)
  9. City of Bones (5 stars)
  10. Lost Light (5 stars)
  11. The Narrows (5 stars)
  12. The Closers (5 stars)
  13. Echo Park (5 stars)
  14. The Overlook (4 stars)
  15. The Brass Verdict (5 stars)
  16. Nine Dragons (5 stars)
  17. The Reversal (This is actually part of the Mickey Haller series, but Harry Bosch is prominently featured.) 4 stars
  18. The Fifth Witness (Another Mickey Haller novel. Bosch appears briefly.) 5 stars
  19. The Drop

Connelly has written several novels that are not part of the Harry Bosch series.

  1. Blood Work (Click here for my review)
  2. Void Moon (I’ve read this one, and I think it merits at least 4 stars)
  3. Chasing the Dime (I started this one, but it didn’t hold my attention. I put it aside after the first couple of chapters, but may try again in the future. 1 star.)
  4. The Lincoln Lawyer (Read this recently and thoroughly enjoyed it.  4 or 5 stars.)  This is part of the Mickey Haller series, which is just as riveting as the Harry Bosch novels.

You can find any of the books on this list on Amazon.com. Here’s a link to Amazon’s selection of Michael Connelly novels.


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  1. sandrar’s avatar

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. :) Cheers! Sandra. R.

  2. Michael Pischak’s avatar

    Jon,

    i think what people are wondering is not publication order, but the chronological order according to the life of the character, Harry Bosch. For example, In the frst book, Black Echo; there are several references to the famous Dollmaker case Bosch was involved in. People (including me) are wondering if this case is featured in one of the other books. If so, some might want to read that one first in order to experience Bosch’s life in the order that he does. Thus, they would read that book first, instead of Black Echo. Kind of like watching Episodes I, II, and III of start wars before A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi.

  3. admin’s avatar

    @ Michael Pischak,

    I think publication order is chronological order in this series. I’ve read most of these books, and the Dollmaker case is referred to in many of them. There is one novel, whose title I’ve unfortunately forgotten, in which Dollmaker style murders occur, and Harry has to figure out whether this is the real Dollmaker- which would mean he had killed the wrong man- or an imitator. To my knowledge, other than that, there is not a single book about the original Dollmaker case; it’s just part of Harry Bosch’s backstory.

  4. Lyle’s avatar

    The book you are referring to is “The Concrete Blonde”.

  5. james’s avatar

    YES IT DOES MATTER THE ORDER YOU READ THEM.

  6. Mary Bugden’s avatar

    Just read Nine Dragons loved it was wondering what was the Harry Bosch
    Next novel, I want to know how his daughter with (Elenor Wish ) copes with
    Living with Harry ???

  7. Andrew’s avatar

    It matters very much so, because in every succesive book in publication order, it speaks frequently about things that have happened in previous books. Having read all the previous ones prior to the one you are currently reading, really helps you get a grasp of all the characters, and most importantly you see Harry Bosch develop as a character more that way.

    p.s. Micheal Connelly is a genius at writing crime/mystery novels and I plan on reading them all.

  8. Alice Romano’s avatar

    Which are the novels in which Harry is a private eye and writes in the first person?

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