I didn't finish the book … more. LibraryThing member BellaFoxx. Michael Connelly was a reporter before he was a novelist. This book is a collection of the articles he wrote, some for the Florida paper he worked for and some from Los Angeles. The first article he talks about how he became a reporter and what he learned that helped him when he started writing fiction. I am of the opinion that reporters write the best books. There are of course exceptions. Having read this book, I am sure I would enjoy his novels.
The thing to remember is these are newspaper articles and that is how they read, this is not like reading a story or something meant to be published in a book. That being said they are all very interesting. The book is divided into 3 sections: Cops, Killers, and Cases. He was allowed to ride around with the detectives, and to spend time in the squad room, this gave him insight into the personalities and coping mechanisms of police officers.
I would recommend this book to true crime fans. LibraryThing member mahallett. LibraryThing member SamSattler. It is based on what seems to be the rather clever idea of reprinting the newspaper articles Michael Connelly wrote as a young crime beat reporter in order to illustrate how he morphed into the respected crime fiction writer he is today.
Crime Beat by Michael Connelly [Review]
Not surprisingly, Connelly carried away more from his reporting days than just a few plot ideas he could use later in his novels. He also developed his writing skills and, most importantly, his observational skills. The capability to see below the surface of the individuals he reported on cops and killers, alike that he picked up as a young reporter is what enables Connelly to create some of the most memorable characters in modern crime fiction. As Connelly puts it in the book's introduction: "There could not have been the novelist without there first being the reporter on the crime beat.
I could not write about my fictional detective Harry Bosch without having written about the real detectives first. I could not create my killers without having talked to a few of the real ones first. Based upon their emphasis, the articles are divided into three distinct sections: "The Cops," "The Killers," and "The Cases. They will perhaps even recognize some of the crimes described in the articles as being the springboards for some of the stories themselves.
All well and good - but the big problem with the book stems from the nature of the cases and articles featured.
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Many of these cases were of the spectacular variety, either because of the nature of the crimes themselves or because it took law enforcement officers so long to solve them. For those reasons, most of the featured crimes required Connelly to write an initial newspaper article and at least one or two follow-up articles, sometimes four or five of them.
Since none of the articles appear to have been edited for inclusion in Crime Beat, that means that details of the crime, including details about the killers and victims, are repeated several times within the ten or fifteen pages dedicated to each event. A reader with even a minimum capacity for remembering details will quickly become bored, if not irritated, by all that repetition. And that makes "Crime Beat" rather difficult to get through - I found myself skimming the pages of the articles to a degree I have seldom experienced before - and a bit disappointing because it does not work as well as it should have.
Rated at: 2. LibraryThing member Bridget This was a case where I did not read the jacket closely enough and where I finished the book for no reason what-so-ever. Not the kind of book I normally read for pleasure.
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While interesting and memory provoking if you're old enough but just isn't a style I enjoy. I found this book really enjoyable, it was a quick read and I couldn't put it down. This is the first book I've read by Michael Connelly and I look forward to reading more. If is fiction writing is as Overall, the production is not worth one's time. Disc 5 contains some multimedia material, including an interview with the author. Convert currency. Add to Basket. Book Description Little, Brown and Company, Condition: New. More information about this seller Contact this seller.
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Book Description Little, Brown and Co. Signed by Author s. No Jacket. Collection of stories from Connelly's early career as a crime reporter, giving the reader a view of a crime scene, including psychological profiles of the victim, the killer and the team of investigators who will attempt to solve the crime.
Crime beat : a decade of covering cops and killers |
Limited Edition, maroon and black cloth cover with silver lettering on the cover and spine; black silk bookmark is bound in. No dust jacket as issued.
Michael Connelly's signature is on the full title page.
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