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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: May 2006 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 K8e | 1/28/2014

    " 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 Bernadette | 1/21/2014

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew Mills | 1/19/2014

    " Not as good as I had hoped, found it very frustrating that hardly any of the cases were solved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caty Sue | 1/18/2014

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pam | 1/15/2014

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bob Arnold | 12/16/2013

    " This was a disappointment. I picked this book off the shelf because it was written by Michael Connelly. I was Confident that I was in for a good story. Lesson learned, read the book cover first. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Frances | 12/4/2013

    " I love his novels, but this was just ok. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick | 11/23/2013

    " This is a collection of stories Connelly wrote for the L.A.Times and South Florida Sun-Sentinel. These are the stories that provided situations, criminals, cops, and much more for his writing. The book allows the reader to see how, even in his early years, he had a keen eye for subtlety and nuance. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dixie | 2/12/2013

    " I have read many of Connely's books and I usually enjoy them, this one was not worth buying! He had the same story covered 800 times in the same words. it rreally was horrible "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andrea | 5/9/2012

    " True criminal case of publishers crassly cashing in on star novelist's pre-fame scribe work! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ange | 5/5/2012

    " 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 Liz | 3/27/2012

    " I'll stick to his fiction. This book was a snore - not sure why I thought it would be interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne Blackport | 2/16/2012

    " It was an enjoyable okay book, once I realized I was reading newspaper articles. The same information was replayed again and again in each chapter. This book took me 1 day to read when I skipped over the repeated material. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric | 12/23/2011

    " It was just okay. This is a collection of articles from Connelly's days as a newspaper reporter in Florida and California. I was hoping for a little more personal insight from Connelly rather than just a reprinting of articles. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peter | 12/17/2011

    " Not the usual MC crime thriller, but instead true life crime. This is the only MC book I wouldn't recommend. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lee Marrette | 12/3/2011

    " 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 Claire | 11/2/2011

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Arwen Fowler-jonsson | 9/29/2011

    " 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!!! "

  • 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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