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About michael connelly

Michael ConnellyMichael Connelly decided to become a writer after discovering the books of Raymond Chandler while attending the University of Florida. Once he decided on this direction he chose a major in journalism and a minor in creative writing - a curriculum in which one of his teachers was novelist Harry Crews.

After graduating in 1980, Connelly worked at newspapers in Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, primarily specializing in the crime beat. In Fort Lauderdale he wrote about police and crime during the height of the murder and violence wave that rolled over South Florida during the so-called cocaine wars.

In 1986, he and two other reporters spent several months interviewing survivors of a major airline crash. They wrote a magazine story on the crash and the survivors which was later short-listed for the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. The magazine story also moved Connelly into the upper levels of journalism, landing him a job as a crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times, one of the largest papers in the country, and bringing him to the city of which his literary hero, Chandler, had written.

After three years on the crime beat in L.A., Connelly began writing his first novel to feature LAPD Detective Hieronymus Bosch. The novel, The Black Echo, based in part on a true crime that had occurred in Los Angeles, was published in 1992 and won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel by the Mystery Writers of America. His most recent #1 bestseller is Dark Sacred Night, in which the legendary Harry Bosch joins forces with Connelly's newest LAPD protagonist, Detective Renée Ballard.

Connelly’s books have sold more than seventy-four million copies worldwide. They have been translated into 40 languages and have won awards all over the world, including the Edgar and Anthony Awards. Michael Connelly has also been awarded the 2018 CWA Diamond Dagger, the highest honour in British crime writing.

Connelly is the executive producer of the successful TV series, Bosch, starring Titus Welliver. Bosch Season 4 is now available on SBS in Australia, with Season 5 to screen in 2019 and Season 6 also going into production.

Michael Connelly’s new true crime podcast, Murder Book, premiered on 28 January, 2019.

Michael spends his time in California and Florida.

Michael also made regular appearances on the TV show Castle (shown in Australia on Channel 7)

 

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