By Clark Collis
Updated May 05, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Crime Beat

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  • Book
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Before thriller writer Michael Connelly wrote about fictional crimes, he spent a decade covering real ones as a journalist in Fort Lauderdale and Los Angeles (where he’d base his Harry Bosch novels). Bosch fans keen to find the real-life inspirations for their dogged detective hero in Crime Beat, a collection of Connelly’s reportage, should look no further than the superb opening piece, which tracks a week in the life of the Fort Lauderdale homicide squad and closely resembles the tone of his subsequent books. Elsewhere, Connelly’s distinctive authorial voice is less evident, although his eye for detail remains a constant. He notes that one less-than-bright drug-addicted burglar boasted a giveaway ”Get High” tattoo on his bicep.

Crime Beat

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  • Book
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author
  • Michael Connelly
publisher
  • Little, Brown and Company

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