Michael Connelly

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Michael Connelly

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Michael Connelly decided to become a writer after discovering the books of Raymond Chandler while attending the University of Florida. Once he decided on this direction he chose a major in journalism and a minor in creative writing — a curriculum in which one of his teachers was novelist Harry Crews.

After graduating in 1980, Connelly worked at newspapers in Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, primarily specializing in the crime beat. In Fort Lauderdale he wrote about police and crime during the height of the murder and violence wave that rolled over South Florida during the so-called cocaine wars. In 1986, h

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Michael Connelly I'm writing the next Harry Bosch book right now. It is called The Wrong Side Of Goodbye and will be released in November 2016.
Michael Connelly Since I was a teenager I was fascinated with soldiers who went into the tunnels of Vietnam – so called tunnel rats. I thought it must have been one of…moreSince I was a teenager I was fascinated with soldiers who went into the tunnels of Vietnam – so called tunnel rats. I thought it must have been one of the scariest assignments ever. I read a book about it, watched a 60 minutes segment, worked in high school on a construction crew with a former soldier who had been a tunnel rat. Many years later as a reporter in Los Angeles, I was allowed to sit in on a briefing in an LAPD detective bureau where they were showing a slide show about a daring bank heist in which the thieves tunneled under the bank and then up into the vault. They were projecting photos from the hand-dug tunnel on the screen and they immediately reminded me of photos I had seen of the tunnels in Vietnam. All at once I thought of writing a story about a detective who was a former tunnel rat and who catches a case involving tunnels and former tunnel rats. It came to me as I was sitting there with all of these real detectives. I started writing what would become The Black Echo, my first published novel, that night.(less)
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date: August 02, 2015 01:30PM
location: Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theater, 165 W. 65th St, New York, NY, The United States
description: Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story will screen for the Film Society of Lincoln Center in NYC as part of the Sound + Vision music documentary series, on Sunday, August 2, at 1:30pm, There will be a Q&A after with director NC Heikin, saxophonists Grace Kelly and Mark Gross, and producer Michael Connelly. There will also be a performance by Grace and Mark. Location: the Walter Reade Theater, located at 165 W. 65th St. Click here for tickets: http://purchase.filmlinc.com/single/S...
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" Tyson wrote: "@ Michael: I've just finished reading Blood Work (great book) and was wondering how common the detectives like Arrango are? I get the im ...more "
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" Anne wrote: "For Mr.Connelly, I loved THE POET. Will Jack be coming Back? And, I enjoyed NINE DRAGONS, but I'm not sure that I like where you are taki ...more "
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“Everybody counts, or nobody counts.”
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“You know what I did after I wrote my first novel? I shut up and wrote twenty-three more."

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