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Michael Connelly is an American author of detective novels and other crime fiction. He is the executive producer of Bosch, an Amazon Studios original drama series, based on his bestselling character Harry Bosch, starring Titus Welliver.

Background

Michael Connelly was born on July 21, 1956 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. He is the son of W. Michael Connelly, a property developer, and Mary Connelly, a homemaker.

Education

Initially, Michael was educated at the St. Thomas Aquinas High School. In 1980, he got Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism, graduating from the University of Florida.

Career

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

In 1986, Michael and two other reporters spent several months, interviewing survivors of the 1985 Delta Flight 191 airline crash. Then, he continued his career as a crime fiction and thriller writer. Michael's first novel, "The Black Echo", was published in 1992.

He also served as a crime reporter at the Los Angeles Times.

Connelly is currently producing a TV series for Amazon Studios called Bosch, based on Connelly's Harry Bosch novels.

Achievements

  • Michael is the bestselling author of thirty-one novels and one work of non-fiction. With over 60 million copies of his books sold worldwide and translated into forty foreign languages, he is one of the most successful writers working today. Michael's books have garnered him many awards, such as Maltese Falcon Award, Edgar Allan Poe Award and others.

    Michael's story on the 1985 Delta Flight 191 airline crash was short-listed for a Pulitzer Prize for feature writing, and it raised Connelly’s profile as a first-rate journalist.

    In 2012, Connelly’s "The Black Box" won the world's most lucrative crime fiction award, the RBA Prize for Crime Writing worth €125,000.

Membership

  • president

    Mystery Writers of America , United States

    2003 - 2004

Connections

Michael married Linda McCaleb in April, 1984.

father:
W. Michael Connelly - property developer

mother:
Mary Connelly - Homemaker

wife:
Linda McCaleb