I am a HUGE fan of Michael Connelly having read all of his works of fiction. While I await his next novel in April, are there other similar authors out there that folks would recommend.
I am not into gratuitous sex and violence and I love a fascinating thriller plot, so these are two of the reasons that I love Connelly. (In fact, I am even thinking about just starting over and rereading them all from the beginning).
I agree with you and have read all the Harry Bosch books, some twice. I suggest Greg Iles, Tony Hillerman, James Patterson (the Alex Cross novels), Wilbur Smith, David Baldacci, Margaret Truman's Capitol Mysteries, John Le Carre, Martin Cruz Smith, Ken Follett, etc., etc., etc.
Greg Iles or James Patterson's Alex Cross series are both great. I've read all from both, as well as all of Connelly's. However, if you haven't read all the Michael Connelly bookin in order, including the non-Bosch ones, I would highly recommend it. I've read them all, but this year am reading them all in order, which has been a great experience. There is so much you pick up on when all of his books are read in order.
Alex Berenstein is also really good, and a similar genre.
Next to Michael Connelly, I'd say Dennis Lehane. He does for South Boston what Connelly does for Los Angeles. I'd suggest starting with Mystic River or Gone, Baby, Gone, but A Drink Before the War is the first book of the series.
John Sandford's Prey series (Lucas Davenport is the main character) and Jeffrey Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme series are both somewhat similar. The Prey series is more of a police procedural while the Rhyme series is the suspenseful roller coaster and character universe that spreads into another series (similar to the Bosch/Haller connections)
I read somewhere that James Lee Burke was one of Michael Connelly's favorite authors. So, I found a copy of one of his books at the library and now I'm reading all of Burke's stuff (His daughter writes,too~ Alafair Burke) I read Burke's latest and loved it....he's in his 70's and still has a great imagination!
I don't like Lee Child. Reacher is too bad ass, too skilled. If you like Bosch, try Henning Mankell's Wallendar series, Ian Rankin and Inspector Rebus, and Mark Billingham with his Tom Thorne. And of course, the classic Lawrence Block with Matt Scudder, who is a PI and a former cop.
i liked the first one, but then after starting the next one, I too felt he was a superhero, and I'm not interested in that. I have read all of Mankell's already and loved every one. I also love James Lee Burke and his Dave Robicheaux. Matt Schudder is already a favorite. I will try Ian Rankin and Mark Billingham. Have you ever read Waumbaugh?
I'm a devoted fan of Michael Connelly, having read all of his work. Also, Lawrence Block/Matt Scudder, John Sanford/Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers. I always prefer to read them in order, although the best authors, like Connelly, really improve as writers over time. Here are several more series I now track and order every new volume: Barry Eisler - John Rain, Japanese-American contract killer, often set in Tokyo. Steve Hamilton - Alex McNight, ex-cop in the wilds of Upper Peninsula Michigan Craig Johnson - Walt Longmire, sheriff of Absaroka County Wyoming Jo Nesbo - Harry Hole, antihero inspector in Oslo, Norway James D Best - Steve Dancy, The Shopkeeper (1879 Nevada, NY gunsmith comes west)
Thanks... I'm running out of un read detective/mystery stories that are really well written. I gag on the stories where the "hero" is almost a superhuman, perfect in every way. Pleas read Tony Hillerman's novels about the Navaho people during th 1970-80s. They are really great! I read all of them about Jim Chee a young Navaho policeman who fails in relationships with women while dealing with murder and greed. I liked them so much I took a trip to Ship Rock and Window Rock, real towns in Arizona...
Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allen series is good. I'm reading them for the first time in order. Michael Connelly did an interview and mentioned tat he really likes Michael Lister's books. I will start my first one in January. I also like Robert B Parker and John D McDonald. Both no longer with us, but they were terrific.