Books: Police detective Harry Bosch is back

  • Article by: KRISTIN TILLOTSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 23, 2009 - 3:28 PM

Crime writer Michael Connelly talks about setting his latest novel in Hong Kong and what top mystery writers have in common.

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eahoffma98Oct. 23, 09 3:54 PM

If you haven't read Connelly, but love great crime and detective stories, great twists, and quick reads that are thought provoking...this is your writer. Do yourself a favor and start at the beginning with 'Back Echo' and work your way up.

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darylorrisOct. 23, 09 4:03 PM

It looks more like Kowloon than Hong Kong Island. I wish I could see a mini-bus - because in Kowloon they are yellow and green, in Hong Kong they are yellow and red. Hong Kong Island is more cosmopolitan, Kowloon more like the photo. It is one of the most heavily populated cities in the world - Kowloon that is. On National Day, Kowloon and Victoria Harbor is a sea of people all touching, crowded like the photo shows. I lived there for two years. Mystery, yes. But Hong Kong is a very safe city. Prostitution is legal, so they bug you late at night, but all in all I walked about at all hours and felt safe. No so in Shenzhen. One night I went to a night club there and several Australians who called me over and told me I had "sack," Australian for balls. That when they rob you in Shenzhen, they take everything. Everything. Wish I was in Hong Kong now.

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boyo100Oct. 23, 09 4:16 PM

Hong Kong (HK) is a collective name for Hong Kong island, Kowloon (Cantonese for 9 dragons) and the New Territories (north of Kowloon and the outlying islands). Minibuses in HK are both green and red on both sides of the harbor; green buses have fixed routes, stops and fares, red buses are more flexible and not as regulated. The picture could be either side of the harbor, including, on Hong Kong island, Western, and portions of Wanchai heading to Causeway Bay and out to the eastern end of the island. It will be interesting to see if this novel captures the essence of HK and does not make blatant errors, even as the main character stumbles around. I am curious to read this, having been born in HK and lived there for 27 years.

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wunderdudeOct. 23, 0910:38 PM

There's a couple of Dwight Schrutes in every thread. Jeezus.

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smith111Oct. 29, 10 5:13 AM

After graduating in 1980, Connelly worked at newspapers in Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale testking mcp, Florida, primarily specializing in the crime beat. In Fort Lauderdale he wrote about police and crime during the height of the murder and violence wave that rolled over South Florida during the so-called cocaine wars testking mcse. In 1986, he and two other reporters spent several months interviewing survivors of a major airline crash. They wrote a magazine story on the crash and the survivors which was later short-listed for the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing testking a+. You can read this story at the Sun-Sentinel web site. The magazine story also moved Connelly into the upper echelons of journalism, landing him a job as a crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times, one of the largest papers in the country testking VCP-410, and landing him in the city about which Chandler, his literary hero, had written.

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