Mulholland Dive: Three Stories

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Three never-before-collected short stories from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly

In "Cahoots," a backroom poker game turns deadly when a cheater is exposed. In "Mulholland Dive," a man who deciphers the hidden codes of accident scenes investigates a fatality off L.A.'s most fabled roadway. In "Two-Bagger," an obsessed cop tails an ex-con he believes is about to carry out a contract killing.

Together these gripping, ...

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Overview

Three never-before-collected short stories from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly

In "Cahoots," a backroom poker game turns deadly when a cheater is exposed. In "Mulholland Dive," a man who deciphers the hidden codes of accident scenes investigates a fatality off L.A.'s most fabled roadway. In "Two-Bagger," an obsessed cop tails an ex-con he believes is about to carry out a contract killing.

Together these gripping, unforgettable stories show that Michael Connelly "knows the workings of the LAPD and the streets of the City of Angels like he knows his own name" (Boston Globe).

[Word count: 14,054]

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781619698376
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • Publication date: 1/16/2013
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 342,843
  • Ships to U.S.and APO/FPO addresses only.

Meet the Author

Michael  Connelly

Michael Connelly is the author of the recent #1 New York Times bestsellers The Drop, The Fifth Witness, The Reversal, The Scarecrow, The Brass Verdict, and The Lincoln Lawyer, as well as the bestselling Harry Bosch series of novels. He is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels. He spends his time in California and Florida.

Biography

Best known for his dark police procedurals featuring the tough, complex and emotionally scarred LAPD detective, Hieronymous "Harry" Bosch, Michael Connelly has been called "infernally ingenious" (The New York Times), "one of those masters...who can keep driving the story forward in runaway locomotive style" (USA Today) and "the top rank of a new generation of crime writers" (The Los Angeles Times).

Consistently exquisite prose and engrossing storylines play an integral role in his swelling success. However, Connelly believes that solid character development is the most important key. As he explained to MagnaCumMurder.com, "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."

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Connelly attended the University of Florida; there he discovered the works of Raymond Chandler -- author of many classic Los Angeles-based noir dramas such as The Big Sleep, The Long Goodbye, and Farewell, My Lovely. The cases of Philip Marlowe inspired Connelly to be a crime novelist -- and by studying journalism, he put himself in the perfect position. "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," he told MagnaCumMurder.com.

After graduation, Connelly worked the crime beat for two Florida newspapers. When a story he and a colleague wrote about the disastrous 1985 crash of Delta Flight 191 was short-listed for the Pulitzer, Connelly landed a gig in Marlowe's backyard, covering crime for one of the nation's largest newspapers -- The Los Angeles Times. Three years later, Harry Bosch was introduced in The Black Echo, which earned Connelly the Edgar Award for Best First Novel. Connelly has since won every major mystery honor, including the Anthony (The Poet, Blood Work) and the Macavity Award (Blood Work).

While Connelly has written stand-alone novels that don't feature his tragic protagonist Harry Bosch, he is best identified by his rigid, contentious and fiery -- but also immensely skilled and compassionate -- detective. According to The Boston Globe, the Bosch series "raises the hard-boiled detective novel to a new level...adding substance and depth to modern crime fiction."

Called "one of the most compelling, complex protagonists in recent crime fiction" (Newsweek) and "a terrific...wonderful, old-fashioned hero who isn't afraid to walk through the flames -- and suffer the pain for the rest of us" (The New York Times Book Review), Bosch faces unforgettable horrors every day -- either on the street or in his own mind. "Bosch is making up for wrongs done to him when he rights wrongs as a homicide detective," Connelly explained in an interview with his publisher. "In a way, he is an avenging angel."

Bosch is clearly a product of his deadly, unforgiving environment. "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," said Connelly in the same interview. With each passing novel, Bosch looks deeper and deeper into the abyss; and readers continue to return to see just how far he will gaze.

Good To Know

  • Michael Connelly received a huge career boost in 1994 when then President Bill Clinton was photographed walking out of a Washington bookstore with a copy of The Concrete Blonde under his arm. Connelly remarked to USA Today, "In the six years I've been writing books, that is the biggest thrill I've had."

  • Real events have always inspired Connelly's plots. His novel Blood Work was inspired by a friend who underwent transplant surgery and was coping with survivor's guilt, knowing someone had died in order for him to live. The book was later developed into a feature film starring Clint Eastwood, Angelica Huston, and Jeff Daniels.

  • One of Connelly's writing professors at the University of Florida was cult novelist Harry Crews.

  • Connelly named his most famous character after the 15th Century Dutch painter, Hieronymous Bosch. As he told Bookends UK in an interview, Bosch "created richly detailed landscapes of debauchery and violence and human defilement. There is a ‘world gone mad' feel to many of his works, including one called ‘Hell' -- of which a print hangs on the wall over the computer where I write." Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Connelly:

    "I wrote a mystery story as a class paper in high school. It was called The Perfect Murder. The protagonist's named was McEvoy, a name I later used for the protagonist in The Poet. Being a witness to a crime when I was 16 was what made me interested in crime novels and mystery stories."

    "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."

    "Everything I want people to know about me is in my books."

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      1. Hometown:
        Sarasota, Florida
      1. Date of Birth:
        July 21, 1956
      2. Place of Birth:
        Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
      1. Education:
        B.A. in Journalism, University of Florida, 1980
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    • Posted September 9, 2012

      Hadn't read any of these, but well worth the two bucks. Differen

      Hadn't read any of these, but well worth the two bucks. Different stories, but each one interesting in its own way.

      5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 6, 2012

      This is generous

      If Michael Connelly was not one of my favorite authors I would not have given this many stars. It is a collection of three mediocre short stories and a tease for an upcoming novel. I regret spending $1.99 for it.

      5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted September 28, 2012

      Thoroughly enjoyed all of the stories

      This was a great compilation of stories. Each one kept me turning the page ready for more. In a time where some writers tend to seem like a book machine, Michael Connelly continues to be fresh with great story lines, time after time. Although these are short, easy reads, they do not skimp on keeping your interest. This will be one that I will read again and again.

      4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted October 5, 2012

      Ah, the mystery of it all.

      Held my interest - each of the three stories. Great author.

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted February 11, 2013

      more from this reviewer

      Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite "Mulholland

      Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

      "Mulholland Dive" by Michael Connelly is an anthology of three short stories.

      'Cahoots': The setting is the 1930s. Six men sit around a table playing cards. McMilian is the bad guy, cheat and tempter; he suggests a robbery that should net the men a great deal of money when they melt down the Olympic medals and sell the gold. Could McMilian be truly planning a theft or was he trying to take the men off of what he was doing?

      'Mulholland Dive': In this story we meet Detective Clewiston, a Reconstructionist. His current assignment is to determine whether the death of a man in a car crash was accidental or foul play. The deceased was a wealthy man in the midst of a nasty divorce.

      'Two-Bagger': Police officers Stillwell and Harwick are watching Eugene Vachon. Vachon was just released from Jail where he had been serving time for being a meth cook. The two officers suspect Vachon will have to do a favor for the Road Saints Gang, who protected him while he was in prison. Could the favor be a commitment to murder?

      Writing a short story is very difficult; the author does not have the luxury of time/length to develop the characters or plot. However, author Michael Connelly does a superb job in everything he writes. I enjoyed all three stories and I do prefer the Harry Bosch series. These stories are well-written, interesting and an all-around good read. These short stories were just long enough to make me want more.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted December 14, 2012

      You should read these short stories -

      Great triology of stories by Connelly! The usual twists and turns in each story (just like driving on Mulholland Drive).

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted November 20, 2012

      not recommended for Michael Connelly devotees

      I did not enjoy this writing by Michael Connelly.It is a far cry from his most wonderful novels. Sorry, but you asked.

      EC Howell

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 22, 2012

      Isolated stories,not connected to anything.

      See Above.

      1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 21, 2013

      Raintail to Helping clan

      Srry diver res two

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 15, 2013

      Hawk

      He turns to her. His red eyes glimmer. He smiles and runs into the woods. (Go to greenwood res 1)

      0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted December 10, 2012

      Very good

      A good book that follows the Connelly secret.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 26, 2012

      Very Poor

      Waste of money. not up to par with other books. Do not buy or waste your money.

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    • Posted October 12, 2012

      Poor by Connely Standards

      These stories appear to be written by a high school student.

      0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted October 12, 2012

      Highly Recommended

      As always Michael Connelly has the knack for keeping a reader on their toes. Highly recommend for anyone interested in mysteries and intrige

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