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Michael Connelly

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Michael Connelly is a real-life murder mystery writer who appears in Castle playing himself as one of Richard Castle's poker buddies. Episodes he has appeared in are Deep in Death and A Deadly Game.

He has said he loves the show because "It's a fantasy version of what I do!"[1]


Best known for his series of crime novels based on the exploits of fictional Los Angeles Police Department Detective Hieronymus Bosch, Michael Connelly became enthused about writing when he discovered the work of Raymond Chandler in college. He spent many years as a newspaper reporter in Florida, with crime as his beat, after college and was once nominated for a Nobel Prize for Journalism. His first Bosch novel, The Black Echo, was published in 1992 and was honored by the Mystery Writers of America with an Edgar Award for Best First Novel.

He is married and lives in Florida.


The Hiernonymus Bosch series (in order of publication):

  • The Black Echo
  • The Black Ice
  • The Concrete Blonde
  • The Last Coyote
  • Trunk Music
  • Angels Flight
  • A Darkness More Than Night - features Bosch and Terry McCaleb from Blood Work
  • City of Bones
  • Lost Light
  • The Narrows
  • The Closers
  • Echo Park
  • The Overlook
  • The Brass Verdict - features Bosch and reporter Jack McEvoy
  • 9 Dragons
  • The Reversal - features Bosch and FBI Agent Rachel Walling

The Mickey Haller series:

  • The Lincoln Lawyer - soon to be a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey
  • The Brass Verdict
  • The Reversal
  • The Fifth Witness

Other books:

  • The Poet and The Scarecrow - featuring reporter Jack McEvoy and FBI Agent Rachel Walling
  • Blood Work
  • Void Moon
  • Chasing the Dime
  • The Narrows - sequel to The Poet

Connelly's works have garnered him multiple awards for murder mystery writing. He has also written numerous short stories, produced a music CD (Dark Sacred Night: The Music of Harry Bosch) which features the music mentioned in his Bosch series, and appeared in a DVD (Blue Neon Night: Michael Connelly's Los Angeles) where he shows viewers the locations used in his books. In addition to The Lincoln Lawyer, Blood Work was also made into a movie with Clint Eastwood directing and starring. Lastly, he created and executive produced a science fiction series for television called Level 9 that ran briefly on the UPN network.

External Links


  1. TV Guide "Celebrity Watchlist: Writer Michael Connelly's Love of Castle, Justified Is No Mystery", by Joyce Eng, posted 18 March 2011