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» Who’s your favorite fictional detective? And the best villain?

Michael Connelly: It’s got to be Philip Marlowe as the detective. He had an unmatchable mixture of sardonic humor, weariness and resolve. I’ll go with Francis Dolarhyde from Thomas Harris’s Red Dragon as the villain. He remains in the shadow of Hannibal Lecter, but I find him more realistic and a reminder that these sorts of killers are more banal than genius. That makes them scarier.«

Michael Connelly

By the book: A Q & A with writer Michael Connelly (latetest novel: The Gods of Guilt). Read more at The New York Times.

  • No Man’s Nightingale by Ruth Rendell
  • The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly
  • Purgatory by Ken Bruen
  • Through The Evil Days by Julia Spencer-Fleming

Murder at the Vicarage: Marilyn Stasio about new crime fiction, mystery and thriller books. Her reviews of novels by Ruth Rendell, Michael Connelly, Ken Bruen and Julia Spencer-Fleming you will find at The New York Times.

»Mr. Connelly may not be a perfect wordsmith, but he brings down the hammer of justice with unequivocal power.«

Janet Maslin

A terrible fate: Janet Maslin about the latest legal thriller The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly. Her review at The New York Times.

»Yet for all of the deft character touches Connelly layers in the book, The Gods of Guilt is first and foremost a propulsive, engaging legal thriller that for sheer courtroom drama surpasses the bestselling The Fifth Witness, which earned Connelly the 2012 Harper Lee Prize for legal fiction.«

Paula L. Woods

Legal thriller game: Paula L. Woods about the new thriller The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly. Her review at Los Angeles Times.

»Hollywood made many forgettable adaptations of his work until common sense came into play with the realization that the greatest asset in an Elmore Leonard story was Elmore Leonard himself.«

Michael Connelly

Writer Michael Connelly hails the book world’s king of cool, Elmore Leonard. His appreciation at the Los Angeles Times.

Wochenendlektüre gesucht? Die Kolleginnen und Kollegen vom KrimiKiosk haben frische Bücher und Hörbücher bekommen und stellen sie vor. Es haben für Euch gelesen und gehört: Nicole Ludwig, Dani Nimz und Elke Heid-Paulus.

»As far as characters in fiction that I really admire–it’s pretty strong to say you would wish that you had created another character–but I’ll throw out Will Graham, the protagonist in Red Dragon, a book I’ve read several times.«

Michael Connelly

»In terms of characters I wish I had created–just because I haven’t dealt with anything like them–I’m really impressed by characters who can endure over time, whether that be a long series run like a Harry Bosch, or a character who endures over generations and continues to please readers: Sherlock Holmes

Michael Koryta

A conversation between the two Michaels: Michael Connelly (The Black Box) and Michael Koryta (The Prophet) talking about their favorite characters, about their work in journalism and of course about their new books. Read more at the new Bookish-Site.

  • The Black Box by Michael Connelly
  • Harbour Nocturne by Joseph Wambaugh
  • The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter by Malcolm Mackay
  • The Prophet by Michael Koryta
  • Gun Machine by Warren Ellis

Mark Sanderson about five new crime fiction novels. His short reviews at The Telegraph.

»It’s sacred and, therefore, I work at it and safeguard it. Very few things that are as deeply fulfilling as writing are easy. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.«

Michael Connelly

Ellen Sterling with a portrait of writer Michael Connelly, who has just published his 17th Hieronymous „Harry“ Bosch Novel The Black Box. Read on at

  • The Black Box by Michael Connelly
  • A Death In The Small Hours by Charles Finch
  • Crashed by Timothy Hallinan
  • Beware This Boy by Maureen Jennings

Four new crime fiction novels, reviewed by Marilyn Stasio. Read more at The New York Times.