I was very surprised and pleased to discover that Anaphora Press has nominated my study of Michael Connelly for the Pushcart award. If you haven’t seen the book, it is the ONLY book available anywhere that takes a close look at Michael Connelly’s works as well as his life and his writing techniques.
What surprised me very much is that Connelly has sold over 40 million copies of his mysteries and won numerous awards, but no one seems to take him serious enough to write about him. His Harry Bosch character is one of the most well fleshed out characters in all of literature. Fans have been able to see the detective age in real time over more than twenty years. I really enjoy reading his novels, so I decided he was worth a serious examination.
The result is a book that traces both novelist and his novels and characters from the very beginning and even speculates where Connelly is going after Bosch is forced into mandatory retirement. Connelly has given hundreds of interviews over the years, so there’s a wealth of material to comb. I targeted the average mystery reader rather than any “scholars,” so I didn’t make this a book for graduate students. It’s written as a companion to help readers enjoy Connelly’s novels even more.