THE HOLMES ALTERNATIVE--The other day, this blog learned that Sherlock Holmes will return for yet another season on the tube. I’m a fan. But, what I’d really like to see is for Hollywood, TV or Cable to embrace the work of mystery/crime writer Michael Connelly.
|Novelist Michael Connelly|
For 20 years fiction writer Michael Connelly, an ex-LA Times crime beat reporter, has dazzled us with his crime/courthouse thrillers. Regular readers have become attached to his the families of Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller, two of the leading protagonists in Connelly’s roster of popular novels.
Connelly is an expert in police procedures and understands how the media reacts to and writes about crime. His award winning style is realistic rather than romantic. Connelly’s characters are gritty rather than lurid.
In the author’s latest paperback release “The Black Box,” the reader easily finds him/herself in the police cruiser “riding” shotgun through the means streets of Los Angeles during the riots of 1992. He’s able to weave plausible plots filled with suspense and unexpected twists...and he’s been doing it for 20 years without losing his flair.
But Connelly is not perfect. Mickey Haller as a character lives on the edge of believability regarding his manipulation of the law—but that’s Hollywood.
Police Detective Harry Bosch is Connelly’s most dependable character.
The LAPD cop delivers canny performances book after book.
If Connelly has a flaw it is casting his net too wide by involving so many characters, but this is a minor complaint.
Case in point, readers of his newly released “Black Box” might agree that one female cop character toward the end of the novel arrives too conveniently to help save the day, but that is more of a plot weakness than an ill drawn character portrait.
Connelly has an amazing portfolio. He has well earned his kudos as America’s best crime fiction writer. More of his work should be made into film.
Fans are hopeful HBO or Masterpiece Theater on PBS will serialize his work. Connelly is just as charismatic as Sir. Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes.
Below is a link to the author discussing his latest paperback debut: