Crime Beat

Crime Beat : Stories Of Cops And Killers

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'Death is my beat.' Those words, spoken by the narrator and hero of THE POET, could also apply to Michael Connelly. He was an award-winning journalist before he became one of the leading crime writers of his generation, the creator of the detectives Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller. CRIME BEAT is a riveting collection of true stories which reveal, time and again, the connection between Connelly the novelist and Connelly the crime reporter. Stories he covered while working the beat inspired his writing, such as a bank heist in which the thieves got into the city's water tunnel system to get beneath the bank, which informed THE BLACK ECHO. These are true stories of cops and killers and are every bit as gripping as a classic Connelly thriller.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 26mm | 281.23g
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 075288154X
  • 9780752881546
  • 252,291

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As the creator of Harry Bosch, Michael Connelly rocketed up the ranks of American crime writers ... the plots were tight and pacy, while the writing was wonderfully clear and vivid. ... But how did he start? Where does he get his inspiration? ... By all accounts Connelly was a great reporter ... CRIME BEAT is not simply a collection of Connelly's greatest true crime reports. It also, fascinatingly, reveals the novellist in the making. THE MIRROR It's a must for Connelly fans. IRISH TIMES
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About Michael Connelly

A former police reporter for the LA Times, Michael Connelly is the bestselling author of the Harry Bosch thrillers. His books have been translated into thirty-five languages and have won awards internationally, including the Edgar and Anthony. He lives in Florida with his family. To find out more, visit
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3,668 ratings
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4 27% (1,002)
3 32% (1,186)
2 15% (564)
1 5% (177)
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