The Black Box (novel)

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The Black Box
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Hardcover edition
Author Michael Connelly
Country United States
Language English
Series Harry Bosch #16
Genre Crime novel
Publisher Little, Brown and Company
Publication date
November 26, 2012
Media type Print (hardcover)
Pages 560 pp.
ISBN 978-0316069434
Preceded by The Drop
Followed by The Burning Room

The Black Box is the 25th novel by American crime author Michael Connelly, and the sixteenth novel featuring Los Angeles Police Department detective Harry Bosch. The book[1] was published on 26 November 2012, "in part to honor the 20th anniversary of the character".[2]


Bosch tackles a 20-year-old cold case which took place during the 1992 Los Angeles riots. A white photojournalist is found killed near a burned-out store. The case is reopened when Harry matches a shell casing he discovered at the scene to three other murders. In his personal life, Harry's daughter Maddie says she wants to become a member of the LAPD, after having expressed an interest in a law enforcement career in The Drop.


The book placed at #2 on the Chronicle bestseller list for San Francisco Bay Area booksellers, in December 2012.[3]

In 2012, The Black Box won the world's most lucrative crime fiction award, the RBA International Prize for Crime Writing worth €125,000.[4]


  1. ^ "Coming Next? The Black Box". Retrieved February 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ Barber, Brian (12 December 2011). "Michael Connelly not ready to 'Drop' beloved Detective Harry Bosch". Tulsa World. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
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  4. ^ "Michael Connelly wins the RBA Award for his novel 'The Black Box'". Catalan News Wire. 7 September 2012. Retrieved September 13, 2013.