Switchblade: An Original Short Story [NOOK Book]

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LAPD Detective Harry Bosch seeks justice for the forgotten in this original short story from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly

An anonymous tip puts Bosch on a case that has remained unsolved for decades, the vicious stabbing of a teenage boy whose body was found in an abandoned Old Hollywood restaurant.

Cold cases are often the toughest: With no body, ...
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Switchblade: An Original Short Story

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Overview

LAPD Detective Harry Bosch seeks justice for the forgotten in this original short story from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly

An anonymous tip puts Bosch on a case that has remained unsolved for decades, the vicious stabbing of a teenage boy whose body was found in an abandoned Old Hollywood restaurant.

Cold cases are often the toughest: With no body, no murder scene, and no fingerprints, Bosch nevertheless gets lucky when DNA evidence from the murder weapon points to a known killer. But the DA insists that science alone is not enough - he needs the case to be bulletproof before he'll take it to court.

Determined to speak for those who can no longer speak for themselves, Bosch has one chance to wrench a confession out of a cold-blooded killer, or risk letting him walk free for good.

In this gripping, never-before-published story by "master of the crime thriller" (Huffington Post) Michael Connelly, Detective Harry Bosch quenches his thirst for justice and shows why he is "one of the most popular and enduring figures in American crime fiction" (Chicago Tribune).
NOTE: This file includes a preview of Michael Connelly's new novel, The Gods of Guilt.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316369862
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 1/14/2014
  • Series: Harry Bosch Series
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,391
  • File size: 863 KB

Meet the Author

Michael  Connelly
Michael Connelly is the author of twenty-five novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Black Box, The Drop, The Fifth Witness, The Reversal, The Scarecrow, The Brass Verdict, and The Lincoln Lawyer. His books, which include the Harry Bosch series, have sold more than fifty million copies worldwide. 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
      2. Website:

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    • Posted January 14, 2014

      THIS IS NOT A BOOK it is an advertisement. I have loved Connelly

      THIS IS NOT A BOOK it is an advertisement. I have loved Connelly in the past but this may stop my reading his books totally! Barnes & Noble and Amazon are not being honest with this publication. Don't waste your time!

      28 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 14, 2014

      This should be free This should be free, This is a rip off. A short story of 15 pages and an advertisement for a new book.

      This is a rip off. The short story is 15 pages and the rest is a preview for a new book. Should have been free.

      20 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 14, 2014

      Fuming

      I put this on my Wishlist only to find out it's not even a novel. Why even bother.

      18 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 14, 2014

      Book? Short Story? ???

      I paid $0.99 to pre-order this advertisement. I was at least expecting a short story. What i received was a one chapter, 18 page advertisement for an upcoming TV show????
      Now that it is available, after i paid to pre-order, it is now offered for free.

      Very upsetting

      13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 15, 2014

      Very Disappointed

      Less than 20 pages of story--hardly his best and the rest is chapters from the lawyer book.

      10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 15, 2014

      What a ripoff,Connelly should be ashamed

      What a ripoff,Connelly should be ashamed

      9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 15, 2014

      Crap

      Do not purchase

      9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 14, 2014

      If it's too good to be true

      It probably is. I guess that's how everyone makes money the easy way --- trick people. The number of stars refect lack of value for money!

      9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 14, 2014

      A book. ? A BOOK?

      I felt cheated

      7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 4, 2013

      Devotion143

      I'm a big inner reader of this author. But I must say that the he is berry good. And I come from LA. California

      Devotion143

      6 out of 48 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted January 18, 2014

      Con job, ripoff, deception .  I used to like Bosch series. Now n

      Con job, ripoff, deception
      .  I used to like Bosch series. Now not only will I never watch the TV show, I will NEVER read another of the books.  Hey Connelly... you might want to put a little more thought into your next brilliant marketing strategy.  

      4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 15, 2014

      Shame on Michael Connelly

      This was not even a good short story. It is nothing more than a beginning outline of a story.

      4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 15, 2014

      Bad

      Not worth even one star. Never again Michael Connelly. A short story is one thing, but this was 18 or so pages of fluff and 30 pages of advertisement. Not even a good magazine article.

      4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted February 7, 2014

      Short story?

      When I purchased Switchblade, I didn't realize it was a short story - very short. This was disappointing. I feel tricked.

      The book cover says "An Original Story". What does that mean? At the least it should have said "An Original Short Story".

      I am wiser now.

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 5, 2014

      Ripoff! DO NOT BUY! ZERO STARS! Short story with no ending!

      This is probably what I get for not reading Customer reviews before buying. But I never, ever would have expected this from my former favorite author. I have virtually every book ever written by you Mr. Connelly. But this was the last one I will ever have.

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 27, 2014

      This story should be free-- 3/4s of it is a preview of his alrea

      This story should be free-- 3/4s of it is a preview of his already released book. The story is ho-hum at best and does not live up to Connelly's normal books.

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 18, 2014

      bum deal

      Deceitful sales! This book has only 20 pages of Harry Bosch and the other 30 pages I already had from The Lincoln Lawyer for a total of 50 pages. This is a rip-off anyway you look at it . Poor business model from B&N...........

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 14, 2014

      WOW 15 whole pages !!!

      Need I say more?

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 27, 2014

      Total ripoff

      What a waste of money to pay for a short story of just 59 pages most of which have no substance and are really advertising.

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 25, 2014

      This should have been free

      I am sorry I bought this Can I get a refund? I am a huge fan of MC But really?

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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