First Michael Connelly wrote bestselling crime fiction, selling more than 74 million copies worldwide. Some of his books became movies. Then his series of novels about Los Angeles Detective Harry Bosch became the basis for a successful Amazon TV series. Now he has moved into yet another medium with a true crime podcast.
For fans of Connelly, who lives part of the time in Tampa, here’s a roundup of what he’s up to lately.
The title and publication date for his next book have been announced: The Night Fire will roll out on Oct. 22 in print, e-book and audio. This is the 22nd novel featuring Bosch and the third with LAPD Detective Renee Ballard, who was introduced in The Late Show in 2017.
The Night Fire is set in motion by the death of a detective who was Bosch’s mentor early in his career. The man’s widow gives Bosch a murder book her husband took from the LAPD, a 20-year-old unsolved case. Bosch and Ballard pursue the investigation; lawyer Mickey Haller, Bosch’s half brother, will appear in the book, too.
Can’t wait until October? The fifth season of Bosch, the streaming TV series based on the books, will drop on Amazon this spring. Although there’s no official release date yet, we do know that Titus Welliver as Bosch and the rest of the excellent cast return. This season’s story arc is based on the 2017 novel Two Kinds of Truth, which saw Harry go undercover to infiltrate an opioid ring.
Bosch is Amazon’s longest-running original series, and it was renewed for a sixth season as filming for Season 5 was completed.
If you don’t even want to wait that long for some compelling Connelly storytelling, you’re in luck. Already in progress is the debut season of the Murder Book, his first foray into podcasting.
The podcast harks back to Connelly’s days as a reporter covering crime for the Los Angeles Times, telling the true story of a 30-year-old cold case, a Hollywood carjacking gone bad that left a young man named Jade Clark dead.
Connelly interviews many of those involved in the investigation, including Mitzi Roberts, the detective who was the inspiration for Ballard. Four episodes of “The Tell-Tale Bullet” have dropped already, and they reveal all kinds of astounding twists and turns in the case as well as exploring the painstaking, sometimes frustrating nature of such investigations.
There will be 12 episodes in all, with a new one released each Monday through April 15. Find the Murder Book on Apple Podcasts or at murderbookpodcast.com.
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