Before he became a novelist, Michael Connelly was a crime reporter, covering the detectives who worked the homicide beat. In these vivid, hard-hitting articles, Connelly leads the listener 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 or murder and its aftermath.
CRIME BEAT presents stories as fascinating as they are chilling, from the serial killer of young models who cuts a swath across the country to elude police, to the man who leads a bizarre double life on two coasts before his elaborate hoax breaks down. Here, too, we can see Connelly's razor-sharp eye for telling details: a worn-down earpiece on a cop's eyeglasses, the revealing high school yearbook quotes of an alleged cold-blooded murderer, the checkered career of a bumbling gang of killers who publicly advertise their services.
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 writers in any form. CRIME BEAT confirms why the Washington Post distinguishes Connelly as "the real thing, taking us into the parts of the real America that most of our novelists never visit because they don't even notice where, or what, they are."
About Michael Connelly
Michael Connelly was a journalist and crime reporter for several newspapers before writing his first novel in 1992. He is the author of numerous books, including those in the best-selling Harry Bosch series. His other books include The Lincoln Lawyer, his first legal thriller, and the recently published Crime Beat: A Decade of Covering Cops and Killers. An original Harry Bosch novella began being serialized in TheNew York Times Magazine’s “Funny Pages” in August 2006, and the installments of the story continue through this November. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Edgar, the Anthony and the Macavity. Mr. Connelly lives in Florida.