Michael Connelly

After appearing on Castle twice, it may not be that surprising that The Lincoln Lawyer writer Michael Connelly names the ABC drama as one of his favorite shows. But there's more to his love for the series than a recurring gig.

"It's a fantasy version of what I do!" Connelly tells TVGuide.com.

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Indeed, the mystery author's most well-known work is his series featuring Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch — not unlike Castle's Nikki Heat series.

Castle isn't the only mystery or writing-influenced series on Connelly's watchlist, though. The writer, whose Lincoln Lawyer novel was adapted for the big screen by John Romano, also loves watching Californication ("the dark side of the Castle fantasy"); Veronica Mars, which he recently discovered on DVD ("totally missed it when it was on, now addicted, especially since my daughter is addicted"); Pretty Little Liars ("[my daughter and I] try to have one show that we all share"); and Justified, which is based on Elmore Leonard's novels and short stories.

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"[Justified's] my favorite show of the moment — a perfect realization of Elmore Leonard's storytelling," Connelly says, adding that he'd love to work on it, or "anything produced by [The Wire and Treme creator] David Simon."

Justified star Timothy Olyphant is also one of Connelly's favorite actors, along with Dexter's Jennifer Carpenter and NCIS' Mark Harmon. "They inhabit their characters so well and they are all relentless in different ways," Connelly says. "I love the characters [on Dexter] and the uniqueness of the show. ... Jethro Gibbs of NCIS is relentless and reliable. I hope I'm both."

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Connelly's overwhelming penchant for mystery — and his whole career — can also be attributed to a classic crime drama.

"I watched Kojak religiously with my father," he says. "It was a great bonding time. He loved shows where the stakes were high. Life and death, justice prevailing, things like that. I think that helped set me on the path to what I do now."