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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: May 2006 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 Claire | 1/27/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jocelyn | 1/17/2014

    " Fascinating true crime stories read by a deep and sleep-inducing narrator. Do not listen while driving. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Monique | 1/16/2014

    " Although there are some interesting cases, the newspaper- article-reprint format lends to unnecessary repetition without permitting much exploration of the stories and people involved. Also, the author had no control over this, but the font was so gigantic I actually had to double-check to make sure I hadn't accidentally picked up the large-print edition. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 astrangerhere | 1/14/2014

    " I went into this book being unfamiliar with Connelley or his Harry Bosh books. All I knew of him was that he was a reporter who turned to detective fiction. Having said that, the book was well written, if a little stacatto at times. I would have preferred to hear more about the cops and less about the criminals and I felt that is the only place the book lacked balance. The opening section of the book led me to believe I was going to get great personal stories about cops. And I did, to some degree, but they comprised very little of the actual book. The rest was a catalogue of strange crimes and horrible criminals. I will be following this up soon with David Simon's Homicide. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 K8e | 1/10/2014

    " Did not expect it to be a collection of newspaper articles/essays. I found myself getting a little freaked out while reading at night just because I knew that the stories/reports were all true. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caty Sue | 1/8/2014

    " an interesting read, i love anything with crime, murder, and true books, this is perfect "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cassandra | 12/23/2013

    " This is a collection of news articles written by the author over a ten year time. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lee Marrette | 12/11/2013

    " I'm a fan of Connelly's fiction, but this book read like a series of newspaper articles pulled straight from the newspaper. I was hoping for more background information than you get in the average news article. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Arwen Fowler-jonsson | 10/2/2013

    " Slow, boring, repetitve....and I could go on and on ...I love his novels but this just seemed to be newspaper article after newspaper article that he had written. I did however finish it!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tom | 9/5/2013

    " Only for die-hard Connelly completists... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 8/2/2013

    " A collection of newspaper articles. Interesting, but not fulfilling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen Rausch | 7/1/2013

    " This is a reprint of old articles. Boo! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin Allmaras | 1/6/2013

    " I would only read this if you are curious about Michael Connelly's reference material from his days as a crime reporter. Just a history of the major crimes he wrote about and see how he developed some of his stories and characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris M. | 8/14/2012

    " Crime Beat gives you good idea how Michael Connelly developed as a writer with this collection of crime reporting from Los Angeles and southern Florida in the late 1980's to the early 1990's. Episodic, but interesting nonetheless. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jannise | 6/7/2012

    " This will be an interesting book for those not familiar at all with the territory. As one who is all-too-familiar with this books landscape, it didn't do much for me. There is some really good writing in it though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Penny | 3/2/2012

    " Very good book. Takes you through several real life crime stories that Michael was on. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 John Sheridan | 9/11/2011

    " A pointless collection of newspaper articles that even Connelly completists can do without. Thankfully I mooched the book and didn't actually pay for it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 5/10/2011

    " This short, non-fiction book is interesting since it shows how Connelly's experience as a crime reporter shaped his writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ange | 4/29/2011

    " It was a collection of stories, mainly repeating facts. Only started, did not finish. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nick | 10/2/2010

    " I was disapoint with this book and I Didnt like it as much as the novels he writes. I am going to keep a look out still for The Poem the he wrote some years back. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 7/22/2010

    " This was an interesting read. It is a collection of his true crime articles he wrote while being a reporter. Som eof the stories are really interesting and others are quite dry. It was great to see what he had written as a reporter and I do enjoy true crime. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 4/17/2010

    " This is a somewhat interesting account of the author's cases that he reported while he was a newspaper reporter covering the "crime beat" in the Los Angeles area. "

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About the Author
Author Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly, author of suspense thriller and detective mysteries, has written several #1 New York Times bestsellers and numerous titles that made the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. He has won most every award given in the mystery and thriller genres, including the Anthony Award for Best Novel and the Barry Award for Best Novel. He is a former newspaper reporter who also won numerous awards for his journalism.