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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,702 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Connelly Narrator: Howard Samuel Publisher: Books on Tape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From #1 best seller Michael Connelly's first career as a prize-winning 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.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bernadette | 2/6/2014

    " 50/50 is what I saw of reviews - people either hated it (because it wasn't novelistic?) or loved/liked it because it was a slice of real life - that of his journalist days, beginnings of a seed planted. I loved it because of the second reason (my own observations) of sort of seeing into someone's mind, seeing the before and after. The author is part of the stories. It's worthwhile to see his raw material. Mundane wasn't a surprise. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Pam | 2/4/2014

    " First chapter and last chapter were well worth reading. I would have liked to read this book not as reprints of articles, but more telling how these stories related to his fiction writing. I love his novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mike Kennedy | 1/31/2014

    " I found this to be a very interesting read. It is a collection of stories Michael Connelly wrote when he was writing for the Sun-Sentinal and the LA Times. You can see where a lot of his plot lines came for his base. It was interesting to see how he reported on the stories at the time, compared to who he wrote the stories. Anyone who has read a lot of Connelly's books should read this to give more background on Connelly's inspiration and writing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Claire | 1/27/2014

    " Did not realize that this would simply be re-prints of his previous newspaper stories. "

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