Re: Connelly: (Was: Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Who wrote it?)

Date: 29 Jun 2004

since I first started reading him, I always had a sense that Connelly was carrying Chandler's mantle, not for his prose style, which countless others have self-consciously tried to mimic, but instead for the profound sense of melancholy that permeates the Harry Bosch stories, and the very specific use of Los Angeles as character.

Bosch also, until recently was not a private eye, or written in the 1st person. yet to me, Harry Bosch embodied the persona of the tarnished knight more completely than most others, and was completely contemporary in doing so.

now that Bosch is a 1st person PI, Connelly has made a deliberate effort to get Bosch closer to his muse. not with simile, but in his ruminations of the city and his place in it, which is what prompted me to start this thread to begin with.

all of that notwithstanding, the man is indeed a master plotter and storyteller. many best selling authors can't write their way out of a paperbag. Michael Connelly delivers the goods.

John Lau

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