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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.
"This volume works on several levels: as a source of insight into Connelly's craft; as a collection of compelling true-crime stories; and as a great primer for journalists." (Booklist)
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By JERRYOD on 06-19-17
BASICALLY JUST A READING OF HIS JOURNALISM -
This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
What was most disappointing about Michael Connelly’s story?
boring - not a story! just a reading of reports and repetitive
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?
no - the narrator(s) were fine
the material is not a subject for a book
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Crime Beat?
I just finished HOMICIDE SPECIAL by Miles Corwin - this is a fact bast reporting style no-fiction crime story and it is VERY GOOD
Any additional comments?
I like Mr Connellys work and would like to hear theses stories as stories not just regurgitating his reporting
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By Traci on 11-07-11
I have enjoyed Michael Connelly's fiction and had high hopes that I would enjoy this book as well. The performance is monotone and unemotional, which makes the stories less interesting. Yes, these are stories that he wrote as a reporter in the 80's and 90's. There is some interesting information that the public does not consider. But I think this could have been written and read better. It's a missed opportunity. I did not finish listening due to the performance.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful