Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: deconstructing Hieronymus part 5

From: Patrick King (
Date: 19 Mar 2008

It's a serious treat to hear from you, personally. I had heard of your books before this, but this is the first time I've read one and I'm blown away by it. The persistent conflict between your characters, both good-natured and not so well-intended, gives the story an edge beyond the basic plot, and the plot is wonderfully intricate and well-conceived. I don't know how you do it. Your portrait of Harry, an admirable man whose best qualities are his worst flaws, is so involving even, as I've done, jumping into the middle of the series, I'm amazed it took me this long to find you. I'm going to charge through the rest of the books. ECHO PARK is easily the best thriller I've read in the past year. I'm telling everyone about it and, of course they're saying, 'You mean YOU didn't know about Michael Connelly?"

You're in the Parthenon of living hard boiled fiction.

Patrick King
--- michaelconnelly187 <> wrote:

> 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, 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
> >
> > 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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