Michael Connelly Biography


(Masterpieces of Fiction, Detective and Mystery Edition)

Michael Joseph Connelly was born in Philadelphia on July 21, 1956, and spent the first eleven years of his life there. His mother’s extensive library, especially the works of Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle, opened the world of the mystery story to him. His family moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and he spent the rest of his formative years in that state, eventually attending the University of Florida and graduating with a degree in journalism. At the university, he was introduced to the works of Raymond Chandler by one of his mentors, novelist Harry Crews. Connelly knew from that moment he wanted to be a novelist, but unlike many reporters-turned-crime-novelists, he thought that crime-beat reporting would be the best apprenticeship to the world of crime fiction and majored in journalism with an eye toward future fiction writing. His first jobs after graduation were as a beat reporter in Fort Lauderdale and Daytona Beach. In 1985 he covered the crash of Delta Flight 191, interviewing the survivors, most of whom were from the Fort Lauderdale area. A subsequent magazine article based on this coverage was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and soon after he was hired by the Los Angeles Times as a crime reporter.

Connelly published his first novel, The Black Echo, which introduced Harry Bosch, in 1992, basing it on a murder that occurred the day after he arrived in Los Angeles. After that came The Black Ice (1993), The...

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