Connelly, Michael. CRIME BEAT: A DECADE OF COVERING COPS AND KILLERS. New York City, NY: Little, Brown & Company, 2006. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 376 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of reportage and other journalism pieces. One of Michael Connelly's finest achievements. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. "Autographed Copy" blood-red sticker pasted in front. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Michael Connelly's "Crime Beat: A Decade of Covering Cops And Killers". His gripping and often gruesome nonfiction, written prior to his becoming a full-fledged novelist, now gathered together in one handsome volume. "Before he became a novelist, Michael Connelly was a crime reporter, covering the detectives who worked the homicide beat in Florida and Los Angeles. In vivid, hard-hitting articles, Connelly leads the reader past the yellow police tape as he follows the investigators, the victims, their families and friends, and of course, the killers, to tell the real stories of murder and its aftermath. Connelly's first-hand observations would lend inspiration to his novels, from 'The Black Echo', which was drawn from a real-life bank heist, to 'Trunk Music', based on an unsolved case of a man found in the trunk of his Rolls Royce. The vital details of his best-known characters, both heroes and villains, would be drawn from the cops and killers he reported on, from loner detective Harry Bosch to the manipulative serial killer The Poet. Stranger than fiction and every bit as gripping, these pieces show once again that Michael Connelly is not only a master of his craft, but also one of the great American writers in any form" (Publisher's blurb). Enjoyable in and of itself, "Crime Beat" illuminates the oeuvre of the most exciting noir writer of his generation just as James Ellroy's "Crime Wave" illuminated his. An absolute "must-have" title for Michael Connelly collectors. This Autographed Copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Michael Connelly. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws, are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. There is also a Limited Edition available online, which commands hundreds of dollars, rightly so. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. One of the finest American novelists in the crime thriller genre of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MICHAEL CONNELLY TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 031615377X. $30.00

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