Crime Beat by Michael Connelly
A Decade of Covering Cops and Killers

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From #1 bestseller Michael Connelly's first career as a prizewinning crime reporter--the gripping, true stories that inspired and informed his novels.


Before he became a novelist, Michael Connelly was a crime reporter, covering the detectives who worked the homicide beat in Florida and Los Angeles.


In vivid, hard-hitting articles, Connelly leads the reader past the yellow police tape as he follows the investigators, the victims, their families and friends--and, of course, the killers--to tell the real stories of murder and its aftermath.


Connelly's firsthand observations would lend inspiration to his novels, from The Black Echo, which was drawn from a real-life bank heist, to Trunk Music, based on an unsolved case of a man found in the trunk of his Rolls Royce. And the vital details of his best-known characters, both heroes and villains, would be drawn from the cops and killers he reported on: from loner detective Harry Bosch to the manipulative serial killer the Poet.


Stranger than fiction and every bit as gripping, these pieces show once again that Michael Connelly is not only a master of his craft, but also one of the great American writers in any form.
 

About Michael Connelly

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Michael Connelly is the author of the recent #1 New York Times bestsellers The Drop, The Fifth Witness, The Reversal, The Scarecrow, The Brass Verdict, and The Lincoln Lawyer, as well as the bestselling Harry Bosch series of novels. He is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels. He spends his time in California and Florida.
 
Published May 8, 2006 by Little, Brown and Company. 384 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Crime, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Non-fiction

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With “An Elementary Study of Chemistry” as her bible, the precocious child has become an expert in poisons — a nasty skill that gets her in trouble when she melts down a sister’s pearls, but serves her well when a stranger turns up dead in the cucumber patch and her father is arrested for murder.

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In the introduction to "Crime Beat," a collection of the crime reporting he did for papers in South Florida and Los Angeles, the mystery novelist Michael Connelly pins down the moment that, he says, taught him a crucial lesson in observing people.

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Book Reporter

In the introduction of CRIME BEAT, Connelly writes, "The irony of crime beat journalism --- maybe all journalism --- is that the best stories are really the worse stories.

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Entertainment Weekly

Before thriller writer Michael Connelly wrote about fictional crimes, he spent a decade covering real ones as a journalist in Fort Lauderdale and Los Angeles (where he'd base his Harry Bosch novels).

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Reviewing the Evidence

In another life Michael Connelly was a crime reporter -- and based on the evidence in CRIME BEAT, clearly one hell of one.

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Huntington News

It's fall, Harry Bosch time from bestselling crime writer Michael Connelly.

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The Mystery Site

The Brass Verdict - A Mickey Haller / Harry Bosch Mystery: 20th Connelly mystery brings Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch together with a bang (from a revolver) The Black Ice - A Harry Bosch Mystery: Second in the series.

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