The Black Box

Winner of the 2012 RBA International Thriller Prize

A #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller

A New York Times Bestseller

A USA Today Bestseller

A Washington Post Bestseller

A #1 Los Angeles Times Bestseller

A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller

A 2012 Publishers Weekly Best Book for Fiction

A 2012 BookPage Top Pick

Selected for the December 2012 Indie Next List

In a case that spans twenty years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the LA riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved.

Now Bosch’s ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence but something more personal—and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the “black box,” the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

Riveting and relentlessly paced, The Black Box leads Harry Bosch, “one of the greats of crime fiction” (New York Daily News), into one of his most fraught and perilous cases.

Editorial Reviews

“Starts with a bang and stays strong all the way through.”

New York Times

“Narrator Michael McConnohie…rises to the task when reading dialogue, infusing characters with energy, passion, and personality.”


“I decided several years ago that this is the finest crime series written by an American, and nothing in the new book changes my mind.”

Washington Post

The Black Box is the eighteenth novel by Michael Connelly featuring Harry Bosch…It’s one of the very best.”

Chicago Tribune

“Connelly is superb at building suspense.”

Wall Street Journal

“Bosch is one of the best detectives in crime fiction, and Connelly continues to amaze with his latest effort.”

Associated Press

“Excellent…Connelly draws on all his resources—his thorough knowledge of police work, his ability to fashion a complex tapestry of plot, and his ever deepening characterization of Bosch—to craft a mystery thriller sure to enthrall fans and newcomers alike.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Harry is such a compelling character…Connelly’s twenty-fifth book appears in his twentieth year of publishing, an anniversary that his publisher has been celebrating throughout 2012 with various ‘Year of Connelly’ promotions, all leading up to the publication of The Black Box.”

Booklist (starred review)

“Topflight crime writing and nifty plot twists and turns.”

Barnes & Noble, editorial review

Author Biography

Michael Connelly, author of suspense thriller and detective mysteries, has written several #1 New York Times bestsellers and numerous titles that made the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. He has won most every award given in the mystery and thriller genres, including the Anthony Award for Best Novel and the Barry Award for Best Novel. He is a former newspaper reporter who also won numerous awards for his journalism.

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Reader Biography

Michael McConnohie has appeared in soap operas, cartoons, prime-time television, and on stage. His audiobook readings have ranged from true crime to history, biography, science, self-help, and poetry. He has seen much of the world as a supervisor of foreign versions of major American films and has written and directed English versions of many prominent foreign films. He believes that a good book is a friend you can visit over and over again and always enjoy the conversation.

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