James Patterson's Alex Cross series is my favorite after Michael Connelly. Jame's Patterson's Michael Bennett series is also good, but he has just recently started that one so there are only about 3 books so far. J.D. Robb's Eve Dallas series is also a good read. J.D. Robb is actually Nora Roberts, but she uses the J.D. Robb pen name for the Eve Dallas series. There are 30+ books in this series, so it should keep you occupied for awhile.
My favorite authors of the caliber of Connelly are: Lee Child (Jack Reacher), Vince Flynn (Mitch Rapp), and John Sandford (aka John Camp his real name). Really love their main characters. John Sandford has two story lines that briefly touch. Davenport and Flowers. Both lines are very, very good.
Answered below. Lee Child, Vince Flynn, and John Sandford. I started with Vince Flynn, then found that his favorite author was Lee Child, then John Sandford was suggested to me by a friend, and tried Connelly which was a rousing success. Like you, I am looking for others.
Hi--Have you tried Martha Grimes--all of her books are great but especially the Richard Jury series--great mysteries but also laugh out loud funny--also John Lescroart, Perri O'Shaughnessy, Jonathan Kellerman, David Balducci, and John Grisham, especially the earlier books, are good--not a series but good reads all the same--he has had some made into movies but the books are way better. As you can see, I spend way too much time with my nose in a book cause this isn't even all the authors I really like--some of them already mentioned as well as the ones you mentioned.
My favorite author is (the late) Robert B. Parker, who wrote the Spenser series, from which the 1970s "Spenser for Hire" series developed. His characters are quick-witted, funny and fun to read. His books are not as complicated as Connelly's, but I don't believe that you'll be disappointed!
Thanks all, sounds like we have very similar reading interests, fiction-wise.
On a whim I just finished "The Left-Handed Dollar" by Loren D Estleman. I had no previous knowledge of Mr Estleman, but will be reading more of his work because I enjoyed this one featuring PD Amos Walker, the twentieth to do so.
Someone's been hiding LDE from us, because he has written more than 60 novels, four Shamus awards, five Spur awards for Western fiction, etc. Looks like I'm all set for the next few months.
Hi M, Yep, all really enjoyable. Gotta mention though, that Loren Estleman is someone you might want to check out. I started with his latest (really good) and then backed up to his first Shamus Award winner. Two books, totally different. Just now beginning "Retro", his next award winner. Dude is a great writer... can't just fly through the work, have to digest before turning the page.
Thanks for the suggestions... I like Lescroart also (glad some editor or something provided the pronunciation key for his name), Kellerman, Balducci, Grisham (ditto on the 'early', but have you read "A Painted House"? Very nice.).
I have just found, and now addicted to, Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series. I am a huge fan of Grisham, Martini, Baldacci and now, Connelly. I love the intrigue and mystery in their story lines and feel like I already know the character Harry Bosch as well as Paul Madriani. Personally, I prefer novels without illicit sex scenes and over-the-top foul language. Connelly is pushing it a bit for me with the "f-bombs" but I can get past it knowing it helps build Bosch's cop character. Anyone out there that can offer me more authors that spend more time on intrigue and suspense than on the other garbage? Thanks!!
I just love all of DANIEL SILVA'S books....best read in order so check them out....every book is BETTER than the last and has my heart racing! Very well written... Protagonist Gabriel Allon is an Israeli assasin...but his cover is an Art Restorer in Venice ....if he is caught nobody will admit his existance.... reading from the beginning you learn about the character's lives and you follow them with interest through each book..I have read them all and have ordered the newest one to arrive in July...can't wait! They are intelligent fast paced books. One was about the "badies " trying to assasinate the Pope ( fiction) and Gabriel steps in. Another one was about terrorism and scared me witles..it was so real ..the characters don't always end up winning and you actually feel as if you know them! The books possibly would stand alone...but like all the books you have mentioned (and I have read) there is a linking thread running through the books and makes the reading even more enjoyable. I'm a great fan..give him a try..you won't be disappointed I promise! His books just get better and better.. Aussie Barb Aussie Barb
Suzy, try the Rizzoli & Isles series. I also am a Harry Bosch lover & find Jane Rizzoli to be a cops cop just like Harry. Don't let the TV series influence you, the books are nothing like it at all. Jane Rizzoli is no Angie Harmon. Mix it up with a little girl power, you won't be sorry with this Tess Gerrison series.