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I am looking forward to reading M Connelly`s books. Where is the best place to start. Are his books stand alone or or are there sequels with in the different series?

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HI There
Welcome

You're just starting with Michael Connelly's work? If you enjoy well-drafted characters in murder-mysteries, you're in for a treat!

Michael has three series going ... Harry Bosch, a perfectly imperfect cop LOL, appears in 15 novels, the first being The Black Echo ... Jack McEvoy appears in two: The Poet and The Scarecrow ... and Mickey Haller also appears in two: The Lincoln Lawyer and The Brass Verdict.

I'd be tempted to start with Jack McEvoy's two stories ... that way, you'll get the gist of how Michael weaves his tales.

Of course there are a large number of "one off's" ... I've enjoyed 'em all

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Be sure and read "The Poet" before reading "The Scarecrow".  Scarecrow gives information that will impact the thrill of Poet.
I've already found that out.  I read Scarecrow first and didn't like that it caused me to know things in Poet that I would rather not have known.
The two books are not really stand alone unless you never intend to read the other.

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AHA moment!

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Sorry Rose.

Start with Black Echo, Black Ice and Concrete Blond.

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LOL Jeff

And I love how loyal readers are always eager to help a newcomer become as addicted as we are to a favourite author ... awwwwwwwwwesome!!

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Be sure and read "The Poet" before reading "The Scarecrow".  Scarecrow gives information that will impact the thrill of Poet.
I've already found that out.  I read Scarecrow first and didn't like that it caused me to know things in Poet that I would rather not have known.
The two books are not really stand alone unless you never intend to read the other.

Also read The Poet before reading The Narrows (Harry Bosch book) because that gives away waaay too much about the Poet that would spoil that book for you.  Best thing to do - read in published order, that way you can't go wrong!


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If you're looking forward to reading Michael Connelly then why not start at the beginning?  Because - trust me - you're going to want to read them all eventually.  Although I love the stand alones....Harry Bosch is the real deal and (I think) it's best to know his background in order to understand him and get the most out of the series. 
I read them from the beginning and I'm so glad that I did. 

Otherwise, pick any of the stand alones. 
There isn't a dud among them.



 

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I don't think it would be fair to TELL you where to begin reading... just start at the beginning of any of his series. I agree with badknees, don't start off on a book that will ruin others for you...which is why I think "The Poet" is the greatest beginner to the MC collection, and after you read it, you can begin with any of his books. Check out the series order page and decide for yourself which of MC's illustrious character's you'll read up on first ...http://michaelconnelly.com/Book_Collection/Series/series.html .
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Sometimes it's interesting to pick up a series in the middle & then go back to read the earlier books to fill in the gaps, similar to watching film prequels such as Star Wars films.  I did this with Stephen Hunter/Bob Lee Swagger books.

I agree with jbenham to the extent I consider Black Ice and Black Echo, plus a Darkness More Than Night, "core" books, probably because I read them first.  I then read (& loved) City of Bones, Lost Lights & the Narrows, before reading Concrete Blonde, Last Coyote, Trunk Music & Angel Flight, which come earlier in the series. 

series order link:

http://www.michaelconnelly.com/Book_Collection/Series/series.html
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Be sure and read "The Poet" before reading "The Scarecrow".  Scarecrow gives information that will impact the thrill of Poet.
I've already found that out.  I read Scarecrow first and didn't like that it caused me to know things in Poet that I would rather not have known.
The two books are not really stand alone unless you never intend to read the other.

Also read The Poet before reading The Narrows (Harry Bosch book) because that gives away waaay too much about the Poet that would spoil that book for you.  Best thing to do - read in published order, that way you can't go wrong!


Ya you are absolutely right... read the books from release date, while crossing from series to series.

For example
DON'T DO:
  1. The Black Echo (1992)
  2. The Black Ice (1993)
  3. The Concrete Blonde (1994)
  4. The Last Coyote (1995)
  5. Trunk Music (1997)
DO:
  1. The Black Echo (1992)
  2. The Black Ice (1993)
  3. The Concrete Blonde (1994)
  4. The Last Coyote (1995)
  5. THE POET (1996)
  6. Trunk Music (1997)
  7. etc..

... this way you keep the fictional universe chronological in your head and there are no spoilers from series to series.


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6 years behind the curve, but hopefully better late than never.

I just finished reading the first 23+ books and I followed Harry Bosch from beginning to end - then started reading Mickey Haller - not realizing they intertwined so thoroughly - I missed lots of context by reading it in the way the website showed.

Definitely read the books in published order - I went back and re-read books and got more from them.

I wasn't sure how to share that comment/suggestion.

Hope this small voice in the wilderness makes a difference somewhere, somehow.

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