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Thrillers & Crime Novels set in Los Angeles

Jenifer Ruff
Only Wrong Once
FBI & CDC Medical Thriller, Book 1
In Los Angeles, FBI counterterrorism agent Quinn Traynor receives an urgent call from CDC agent, Madeline Hamilton. She's discovered the first victim of a lethal, unfamiliar virus. Their joint investigation uncovers an imminent bio-terror attack, and their only hope is to identify the terrorists carrying the disease.  More ...
411 Pages
Michael Connelly
The Lincoln Lawyer
Lincon Lawyer Novel - Book 1
2016 (First published: 2005)
Mickey Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense attorney who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, traveling between the far-flung courthouses of Los Angeles to defend clients of every kind. Bikers, con artists, drunk drivers, drug dealers -- they're all on Mickey Haller's client list. For him, the law is rarely about guilt or innocence, it's about negotiation and manipulation. Sometimes it's even about justice. More ...
480 Pages
Michael Connelly
The Brass Verdict
Lincon Lawyer Novel - Book 2
2022 (First published: 2008)
Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. He is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott. But as Haller prepares for the case, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next. Enter Harry Bosch. As danger mounts these two loners realize their only choice is to work together. More ...
432 Pages
Ross Macdonald
The Drowning Pool
Lew Archer Series - Book 2
1996 (First published: 1950)
The Drowning Pool opens in classic hard-boiled fashion, with a well-dressed woman hesitantly engaging Archer's services at his L.A. office. Soon he's digging up secrets in her oil-rich hometown: tormented families, buried secrets that fester through multiple generations, environmental destruction, concealed paternity, and the brutal contrast between rich and poor.
256 Pages
Michael Connelly
The Reversal
Lincon Lawyer Novel - Book 3
2016 (First published: 2010)
Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After twenty-four years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that he gets to choose his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch. More ...
464 Pages
Raymond Chandler
The Lady in the Lake
Philip Marlowe - Book 4
1988 (First published: 1943)
Two missing wives - one a rich man's and one a poor man's - have become the objects of Philip Marlowe's investigation. One of them may have gotten a Mexican divorce and married a gigolo and the other may be dead. Marlowe's not sure he cares about either one, but he's not paid to care. More ...
272 Pages
Michael Connelly
The Fifth Witness
Lincon Lawyer Novel - Book 4
2016 (First published: 2011)
Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too. More ...
496 Pages
Michael Connelly
The Gods of Guilt
Lincon Lawyer Novel - Book 5
2014 (First published: 2013)
Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life. More ...
416 Pages
Raymond Chandler
The Little Sister
Philip Marlowe - Book 5
1988 (First published: 1949)
Her name is Orfamay Quest and she's come all the way from Manhattan, Kansas, to find her missing brother Orrin. Or leastways that's what she tells PI Philip Marlowe, offering him a measly twenty bucks for the privilege. But Marlowe's feeling charitable - though it's not long before he wishes he wasn't so sweet. More ...
250 Pages
Michael Connelly
The Law of Innocence
Lincon Lawyer Novel - Book 6
2021 (First published: 2020)
On the night he celebrates a big win, defense attorney Mickey Haller is pulled over by police, who find the body of a former client in the trunk of his Lincoln. Haller is immediately charged with murder but can’t post the exorbitant $5 million bail slapped on him by a vindictive judge. Mickey elects to represent himself and is forced to mount his defense from his jail cell. Haller knows he’s been framed, whether by a new enemy or an old one. More ...
432 Pages
Raymond Chandler
The Long Good-bye
Philip Marlowe - Book 6
1988 (First published: 1953)
Marlowe befriends a down on his luck war veteran with the scars to prove it. Then he finds out that Terry Lennox has a very wealthy nymphomaniac wife, whom he divorced and remarried and who ends up dead. And now Lennox is on the lam and the cops and a crazy gangster are after Marlowe. More ...
379 Pages
Raymond Chandler
Philip Marlowe - Book 7
1988 (First published: 1958)
Marlowe is hired by an influential lawyer he's never heard of to tail a gorgeous redhead, but then decides he'd rather help out the redhead. She's been acquitted of her alcoholic husband's murder, but her father-in-law prefers not to take the court's word for it. More ...
176 Pages
Michael Connelly
The Late Show
Renée Ballard & Harry Bosch Novel - Book 1
2018 (First published: 2017)
Renée Ballard works the midnight shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing few, as each morning she turns everything over to the daytime units. It's a frustrating job for a once up-and-coming detective, but it's no accident. She's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor. But one night Ballard catches two assignments she doesn't want to part with. More ...
448 Pages
Michael Connelly
Dark Sacred Night
Renée Ballard & Harry Bosch Novel - Book 2
2019 (First published: 2018)
Detective Renée Ballard is working the night beat and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours to find a stranger rifling through old file cabinets. The intruder is retired detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has gotten under his skin. Ballard can't let him go through department records, but when he leaves, she looks into the case herself and feels a deep tug of empathy and anger. More ...
480 Pages
Michael Connelly
The Night Fire
Renée Ballard & Harry Bosch Novel - Book 3
2020 (First published: 2019)
Back when Harry Bosch was just a rookie homicide detective, he had an inspiring mentor who taught him to take the work personally and light the fire of relentlessness for every case. Now that mentor, John Jack Thompson, is dead, and his widow gives Bosch a murder book, one that Thompson took with him when he left the LAPD twenty years before -- the unsolved killing of a troubled young man. More ...
512 Pages
Michael Connelly
The Dark Hours
Renée Ballard & Harry Bosch Novel - Book 4
2022 (First published: 2021)
There’s chaos in Hollywood at the end of the New Year’s Eve. Working her graveyard shift, LAPD detective Renée Ballard waits out the traditional rain of lead as hundreds of revelers shoot their guns into the air. Only minutes after midnight, Ballard is called to a scene where a auto shop owner has been fatally hit by a bullet in the middle of a street party. Ballard quickly concludes that the deadly bullet could not have fallen from the sky. More ...
400 Pages
Michael Connelly
Desert Star
Renée Ballard & Harry Bosch Novel - Book 5
2022 (First published: 2022)
LAPD detective Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch team up to hunt the brutal killer who is Bosch’s “white whale”—a man responsible for the murder of an entire family. The two must put aside old resentments and new tensions to run to ground not one but two dangerous killers who have operated with brash impunity. More ...
400 Pages
Michael Connelly
The Black Echo
Harry Bosch Series - Book 1
2017 (First published: 1992)
For LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch, the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam was more than another anonymous statistic. This one was personal . . . because the murdered man was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who had fought side by side with him in a hellish underground war. Now Bosch is about to relive the horror of Nam. Bosch goes on the hunt for a killer whose true face will shock him. More ...
544 Pages

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