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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: Len Cariou, Nancy McKeon, and Carl Franklin Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From #1 best seller 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.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kelly | 2/12/2014

    " A compilation of Connelly's crime reporting with an attempted organization along his writing's development. It's interesting for a while, but I lost interest halfway through, as the stories are mostly one-offs. While you can see some of the glimmers of his characters, I'd far rather read his books themselves. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mark | 2/10/2014

    " A collection of Michael Connelly's newspaper stories from his years as a crime beat reporter. Only one of the stories really sounded like his writing from his novels; the rest were, well, just newspaper stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Andy Plonka | 1/31/2014

    " It is interesting to see how Connelly developed into a crime writer from an experience he had as a youth. He started as a crime reporter so it is also pertinent that he primarily writes fron the POV of a cop (or a lawyer as Mickey Haller). Some of his facts become fiction but it is is easy to see how close the two are. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Caroline | 1/31/2014

    " I expected this book to provide insight about both investigators, criminals and maybe the criminal justice system, but it's mostly a simple reprinting of old newspaper articles--not even edited into a single narrative. Some of the stories were interesting in a "my, we live in a freaky world" kind of way, but I found myself doing a lot of skimming. It's kind of a fun trashy read, but it won't leave you with much to think about. "

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