RARA-AVIS: Re: deconstructing Hieronymus part 5

From: michaelconnelly187 ( michaelconnelly187@yahoo.com)
Date: 19 Mar 2008

Hi, I wanted to say thank you for considering my stories for the month. It's a pretty cool honor. I also want to thank Jon for the deconstruction in 5 parts. I don't think I've ever seen such a long analysis of my stuff. It's humbling and enlightening, very useful to see every now and then how these stories are viewed. Its a very strange position to be in. From my angle I know what went into the books, what sort of thinking and plans I had. I also have the big picture of where I am going -- in general. And its rare and cool to have this sort of feedback from the other side of the wall, so to speak. In terms of my career I would say I have been very lucky. The popularity of some of the early books has given me a lot of freedom to do what I want. Its allowed me some experimentation but for the most part it has allowed me to keep my head down and write without worry. That to me is the most valuable thing I have going. In one part of this ongoing essay it is suggested that Harry Bosch is my bullet and I believe that is true. If I'm going to say anything as a writer or leave anything behind I think it will be through Harry Bosch. This is probably why I try to weave all the books toward Bosch. Either immediately or eventually I connect the stories to Bosch. The whole thing is a Bosch painting to me. But in the success of a series there lies many traps. I think some of the comments on this discussion show this. Any deviation from the comfort of the series can be viewed cynically. A book like Chasing the Dime is seen as cashing in on my name. Whereas to me it was an experimental effort to stretch the bounds of what I had done in the past. It was also an fictional exploration of something that had happened to me and therefore was very close. It was not a glibly plotted commercial venture. In fact, I knew it would sell less than a Bosch book but I wrote it anyway because it was burning to be told. So this is what I mean about being on one side of the wall and being able to put my ear to it and hear what is said on the other side. It's fun and disarming at the same time. There were a few comments here that were very positive about A Darkness More Than Night. i really appreciate these because this is one of my favorite books but it got the poorest reviews when it was published. Perhaps now that it sits in the middle of the series it fits better. I don't know. But thanks for the positive comments. I am not sure what my role is here but I will hang around till the end of the month and will try to comment or answer questions if there are any posed to me. Once again thanks for putting me in the middle of discussions about so many of my heroes -- from Cain and Chandler to Willeford to Estleman and on.

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, BaxDeal@... wrote:
> Connelly has written 3 more Harry Bosch novels since restoring the character
> to the LAPD. now a member of the elite Open/Unsolved Unit, the detective
> pursues his mission of speaking for the dead, for making "everyone count, or no
> one counts" with the renewed zeal of the rested
> if Bosch's philosophy of love "you only get one bullet" is true of authors,
> Harry Bosch is most certainly Michael Connelly's bullet. THE CLOSERS and ECHO
> PARK are representative of the Bosch tradition, as good as any written in the
> author's early period. notable for the fact that while thematically similar
> to the series as a whole, each turn never feels as if Connelly is simply
> retracing his steps
> the most recent work, THE OVERLOOK is different in that it seems to unfold in
> real time. the urgent story involving terrorism and Homeland Security
> continues Connelly's practice of utilizing characters introduced in other works,
> reuniting Bosch with FBI agent Rachel Walling from The Poet, who he became
> involved with in The Narrows. The Overlook also differs from the earlier Bosch
> novels in that it was created as a serial for The New York Times Sunday
> Magazine. the author then added new material to the story in expanding it to novel
> form
> even though reading The Overlook is akin to watching an episode of "24", it
> is still at its essence, a Harry Bosch mystery. two books earlier however,
> between publication of The Closers and Echo Park, Connelly broke new ground,
> stepping into the realm of the legal thriller with THE LINCOLN LAWYER
> written in the first person from the point of view of mercenary defense
> attorney Mickey Haller, the title refers to the character's use of his rotating
> fleet of vehicles as his mobile office as he motors to the various courthouses
> scattered across Los Angeles county. Haller's motto: "don't do the crime if
> you can't pay for my time"
> the story is populated with characters with colorful nicknames, as is the
> author's propensity. a biker client named Casey is known in his greasy circle
> as Hard Case. Haller's first ex-wife Maggie McPherson, a prosecuting
> attorney, is called Maggie McFierce over on Haller's side of the bench, and guilts him
> into spending more time with their 5 year old daughter. Haller also employs
> his second ex-wife Lorna Taylor as his case manager, has a former client
> chauffering him around to work off his legal bills and lives life at a mobile,
> plugged-in, 21st century pace
> Connelly brings his well-honed plotting skills and emotional depth along for
> the ride, and writes about the subtle gamesman and powerplays of the
> criminal defense system with the veracity of an actual practitioner. in the morally
> compromised Mickey Haller, he has created a character every bit as vivid and
> compelling as the haunted Harry Bosch
> after 13 installments spaced across 16 years. neither Bosch nor Connelly have
> demonstrated any signs of slowing down. the character however, ages in real
> time. and in The Black Ice, Harry Bosch's year of birth is pegged as 1950,
> making Harry Bosch either 57 or 58 years old today, so mission or no, time is
> running out on the character. in an interview back in 1999, the author
> expressed the hope that he had another half dozen Bosch novels in him. in the
> Georgie Lewis interview in 2002, he expressed a similar sentiment
> that was five books ago. could the end possibly be in sight? six years
> younger than Harry Bosch, Michael Connelly exhibits no signs of slowing down
> his next book, THE BRASS VERDICT, due in October, teams Harry Bosch with
> Mickey Haller. in addition to the case, the two men have something in common
> Mickey's mother was the second wife of the late celebrity attorney, J.
> Michael Haller
> in his second novel, The Black Ice, Connelly revealed that Bosch's prostitute
> mother Marjorie Lowe was J. Michael's client and lover
> John Lau
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