A Decade of Covering Cops and Killers
by Michael Connelly
For the Michael Connelly fan, this is a must read. Mr. Connelly gives you a glimpse into
how he ended up becoming a writer of crime fiction, culled from the very stories he worked
on as a reporter. I found this to be a fascinating sliver of insight into the man who
brings us the Detective Harry Bosch character and now the Mickey Haller character
in the recent novel, The Lincoln Lawyer.
First he gives us a small view of what initially caught his attention when he was just
sixteen years old. He was the only witness to a crime, and it affected what he was to
become in the future. Then on to his internship at a police station as a writer looking
at how the police operate.
The book is divided into categories The Cops, The Killers, and The
Cases. Each section is written as a reprinted news article, but with far more information
than you'd see in a paper. These news articles were reformatted for book form from The
Florida Sun-Sentinel and from The L. A. Times. The articles are a bit of dry reading
compared to one of his books. You'll see how Mr. Connelly went from a career as a reporter
to the career of what he was obviously meant to be: a crime story author.