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Friday, June 12, 2009

Masters of the Thriller -- Part I: Michael Connelly

A glance at the most recent New York Times best seller list reveals that The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly tops the list. While probably not as familiar as other suspense authors, such as John Grisham or James Patterson, Connelly has penned more than 20 page-turners since 1992.

Connelly decided to become a writer after reading the work of Raymond Chandler while a student at the University of Florida. He majored in journalism with a minor in creative writing. He worked for several Florida newspapers after graduation, primarily on the crime beat. He moved to the L.A. Times after a story he wrote with several other reporters almost won a Pulitzer.

The author published his first novel, The Black Echo based partially on a true crime, in 1992. It introduced Los Angeles Police Department Detective Hieronymus Bosch, a mainstay in many of his books. The Black Echo won an Edgar Award for Best First Novel.

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