Read by Howard Samuel
Before he became a novelist, Michael Connelly was a crime reporter,
covering the detectives who worked the homicide beat. In these vivid,
hard-hitting articles, Connelly leads the listener past the yellow police
tape as he follows the investigators, the victims, their families and
friends.and, of course, the killers.to tell the real stories or murder
and its aftermath.
CRIME BEAT presents stories as fascinating as they are chilling, from
the serial killer of young models who cuts a swath across the country
to elude police, to the man who leads a bizarre double life on two coasts
before his elaborate hoax breaks down. Here, too, we can see Connelly's
razor-sharp eye for telling details: a worn-down earpiece on a cop's
eyeglasses, the revealing high school yearbook quotes of an alleged
cold-blooded murderer, the checkered career of a bumbling gang of killers
who publicly advertise their services.
Stranger than fiction and every bit as gripping, these pieces show once
again that Michael Connelly is not only a master of his craft but also
one of the great writers in any form. CRIME BEAT confirms why the Washington
Post distinguishes Connelly as "the real thing, taking us into the parts
of the real America that most of our novelists never visit because they
don't even notice where, or what, they are."
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