There is no client as scary as an innocent man.— Michael Connelly
The most fulfilling Michael Connelly quotes that are simple and will have a huge impact on you
I think books with weak or translucent plots can survive if the character being drawn along the path is rich, interesting and multi-faceted. The opposite is not true.
You can't patch a wounded soul with a Band-Aid.
I don't miss being a reporter as a job, but I do miss the everyday interaction with the front line of law enforcement. I still have a cadre of cops who keep me up to date, but I don't have the access I used to.
I went into journalism to learn the craft of writing and to get close to the world I wanted to write about - police and criminals, the criminal justice system.
The setting sun burned the sky pink and orange in the same bright hues as surfers' bathing suits. It was beautiful deception, Bosch thought, as he drove north on the Hollywood Freeway to home. Sunsets did that here. Made you forget it was the smog that made their colors so brilliant, that behind every pretty picture there could be an ugly story.
There is nothing you can do about the past except keep it there.
It's only a wonderful world if you can make it that way.
There are no street signs pointing to Paradise Road.
The built-in form is a window frame. You can use this genre [crime fiction] to go where you want to go, and explore what you want to explore. In some ways it gives you a lot of freedom because you have a framework readers are looking for.
How I work is that I write a story I'd like to read.
Then you fly to Paris or Sydney and the interviewers talk about the greater significance of your work.
I think the only boundaries are individual and personal.
A writer should be free to write about anything he or she wants to, including the twin towers. I have made small references to 9/11 in my past two books.
The Chicago Way is a wonderful first novel.
Michael Harvey has studied the masters and put his own unique touch on the crime novel. This book harkens the arrival of a major new voice.
A newspaper is the center of a community, it's one of the tent poles of the community, and that's not going to be replaced by Web sites and blogs.
The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once wrote that when you look into the darkness of the abyss the abyss looks into you. Probably no other line or thought more inspires or informs my work.
I love movies. Movies have influenced me as a writer.
The best crime novels are not about how a detective works on a case;
they are about how a case works on a detective.
...it is how a person goes about quenching his desires or living with them unrequited that the readers get a glimpse of his true character.
I wrote my first real murder story as a journalist for the Daytona Beach News Journal in 1980. It was about a body found in the woods. Later, the murder was linked to a serial killer who was later caught and executed for his crimes.
Everybody counts or nobody counts
I'm a pretty harsh critic when it comes to my own stuff or things that come from my work.
Deep in my heart it still feels like I'm a journalist even though I haven't worked for a paper and carried a press pass for 14 years.
I never miss L.A. because I'm there enough.
I've learned over the years that sometimes if you ask the same question more than once you get different responses.
I'm going to have to be impressed and feel confident in the people I'm handing a book to - or I'm not going to do it. Once you hand it to them, you're out. You have no control over it.
Action and adventure on land and sea-you can't ask for more.
But Robert Kurson raises the ante in Pirate Hunters with an array of mystery and a fleet of colorful characters spanning four centuries. This is a great summer read!
I feel I'm functioning at some level as a journalist because even though I write fiction, I'm trying to get the world accurate.
I don't think anyone will believe me, but I've never been pressured by a publisher to churn out a book.
We want our government to protect us, to make sure something like 9/11 never happens again. We quickly moved to give law enforcement more power to do this. But that now begs the question, did we move to fast? Did we give too much power away? I don't have the answer.
You know you're going to get burned from time to time.
It's just part of the game. So when it happens you have to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and forget about it because they're about to snap the ball again.
There is nothing like the start of a season, before all the one-run losses, pitching breakdowns and missed opportunities. Before reality sets in.
I'm always looking at ways of shaking up the writing experience because I think it helps.
I think there'd be huge losses if there weren't newspapers.
I know everything's shifting to the Internet and some people would say, 'News is news, what you're talking about is a change of consumption, not the product that's out there.' But I think there is a change.
You can fall in love and make love many times but there is only one bullet with your name etched on the side. And if you are lucky enough to be shot with that bullet then the wound never heals.
When I was a teenager, I was a voracious reader of crime fiction, but only contemporary books.
I saw a sneak preview of Jack Reacher and give two thumbs up to Tom Cruise.
He did a great job with the role.
I view people two ways. They're either eye-for-an-eye people or they are turn-the-cheek people.
Las Vegas was like that. There was a visceral attraction here. The bold promise of money and sex. But the first was a broken promise, a mirage, and the second was fraught with danger, expense, physical and mental risk. It was where the real gambling took place in this town.
In the long run, all wrongs are righted, every minus is equalized with a plus, the columns are totaled and the totals are found correct. But that's in the long run. We must live in the short run and matters are often unjust there. The compensating for us of the universe makes all the accounts come out even, but they grind down the good as well as the wicked in the process.
I think I would spend the first 30 weeks not writing, just clearing my head and seeing parts of the world I haven't seen and going back to places I have seen and love.
The characters I write about are very internal.
Now I'm writing about contemporary Los Angeles from memory.
My process was to hang out, observe, research what I was writing about, and almost immediately go back to my office and write those sections. So it was a very close transfer between observation and writing.
You know what I did after I wrote my first novel? I shut up and wrote twenty-three more.
If the system turns away from the abuses inflicted on the guilty, then who can be next but the innocents?
I would change very little because I have been very, very fortunate.
A lot of things fell into place for me simply by happenstance. When that happens you don't really want to change anything, even if you could. Editorially my regrets are few and for the most part minor. I look back on my first published book and think I held on to it too long, babied it too long.
I realize now I could have gotten a whole book out of that and so I think that was a big mistake. But the truth is you write in the moment and with your head down and there is no way back then that I could have conceived of Harry having the longevity that he has had.
It’s lucky no one else knows what our most secret thoughts are.
We’d all be seen for the cunning, self-aggrandizing fools we are.
A really good day for me is to write my book for about four hours, go to the writing room for about four hours and then maybe come back to the book to finish the day for a few more hours of it.
Write every day even if it is just a paragraph.
We're all seeking order. We're all seeking control.
Any writer would rather dig into character than dig into fancy plots.