Re: RARA-AVIS: Connelly not getting it right

From: Brian Thornton (
Date: 11 Dec 2008

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    CITY OF BONES was my first Connelly read, and nearly my last. I like everything else of his that I've read infinitely more than I did COB, for reasons including those laid out by Juri below, and also because he killed off the most interesting character in the book halfway through and in a completely laughable manner and for an absolutely ludicrous reason/motivation.

    I just didn't buy it, and almost didn't finis the book.

    I've found THE OVERLOOK, LINCOLN LAWYER and several of the Bosch novels infinitely better.



    On Thu, Dec 11, 2008 at 5:47 AM, Juri Nummelin <>wrote:

    > Mr. T:
    > > I've been waiting for Michael Connelly to get something wrong (that I
    > > might notice), but no luck yet...
    > My dad (who once turned me to Chandler and Ross Macdonald) read his first
    > Connelly after my several recommendations. He said the narrative drive is
    > very good, but he said he noted some errors or implausibilities. I think he
    > read City of Bones, which, according to him, is based on the fact that the
    > place from which the kid's bones are found is very hard to get to. Then
    > some
    > kids just happen to be there, like they had no trouble at all! My dad
    > thought this took some plausibility off.
    > He also had problems with a bullet getting caught in the barrel of someone
    > else's gun.
    > Juri

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