I've heard people rave about Michael Connelly's books for years, and this summer I finally decided to read one. And since everyone who loves Connelly loves his character Hieronymous "Harry" Bosch, I knew I had to start with the first book about him, The Black Echo.
And you know what?
Everyone is right! Michael Connelly is an amazing writer--so skillful at creating memorable characters, crafting sentences and telling a good story. And Harry is such an engaging character! I can see why he's everyone's favorite. I'll definitely be reading more books about him.
So, then, while I was in a Michael Connelly mood, I decided to watch The Lincoln Lawyer movie with Matthew McConaughey. Having never read the book, I don't know how the two compare, but I thought they did a really good job with the movie. I ended up watching it with my mom, and we both thought it was a very fun and entertaining legal thriller. But then, I do like Matthew McConaughey. And I also really like Mickey Haller, the character he plays. Which made me want to try one of Connelly's Mickey Haller novels.
And the novel that was on the shelf at the library? The Gods of Guilt.
So I read it first. And even though it's the 5th Mickey Haller book, and I haven't read the other four, I still ended up loving it. Because Mickey Haller is another great character. And Michael Connelly is a really good writer!
I'd like to read one of his Jack McEvoy novels next. And then I'll go back to Harry Bosch. The nice thing is being able to share these books with my mom. She's quite the reader and loves discovering new-to-her authors, and Connelly has quickly become a favorite of hers...and mine.
And to everyone who ever recommended that I read a Michael Connelly book...THANKS! You were right.