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Crime Beat by Michael Connelly
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Sep 25, 2009

bookshelves: discarded
Read in September, 2009

The ostensible rationale for this collection of stale journalism pieces is to demonstrate Connelly's contention that working the crime beat is a great way to learn the craft of crime novelist. Unfortunately, you guessed it, the book ends up utterly undermining his own argument. It's hard not to conclude that Connelly is one of the rare birds who are simply good at two different crafts -- because the tiny nuggets of anything resembling novelistic interest panned out in Connelly's newspaper pieces (mostly from long-forgotten cases from the 80's and early 90's) don't seem at ALL sufficient to fuel the bestselling intensity of his Harry Bosch stories.
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