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Switchblade: An Original Short Story [Kindle Edition]

Michael Connelly
2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (915 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 584 KB
  • Print Length: 51 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (January 14, 2014)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,677 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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223 of 231 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Con by Connelly - buyer beware! January 14, 2014
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"Switchblade" is a very short, competently written, story by Michael Connelly about one of the myriad of cases that Harry Bosch has solved during his time with the Open-Unsolved Unit of the LAPD (my rating 3.5 stars). The Kindle Book details a mere 72 pages for the book, but "Switchblade" only takes up 35% of that space with the remaining 65% taken up with an excerpt from Connelly's recent December 2013 release of "The Gods of Guilt" plus author information. This is not detailed in the book description.

This is a total con by Connelly and his publisher in selling what is little more than an essay to promote the other book - my rating is based on this. I was stunned to see that this book is currently #52 Paid in Kindle Store. Buyer beware!
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91 of 95 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One star is too much! January 15, 2014
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I thought Connelly was better then this. What a dirty trick. I hope these bad reviews will steer other readers clear of purchasing Connelly's books.
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80 of 84 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shame on you Michael Connelly! January 14, 2014
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I ordered this "short story" it came today. I read it and then the snippet to The Gods of Guilt. I said "WHAT??" and then read some of the reviews--most notably the number "1" reviews. 'nuff said. We was had!
Amazon, please take note.
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93 of 100 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars short short story January 14, 2014
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It took me about 20 minutes to read the story. The rest of the book was an excerpt from The Gods of Guilt which I already read. A complete waste of a dollar.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Connelly Fans - Do NOT Buy This! ZERO STARS! January 15, 2014
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This was such a HUGE disappointment - it has colored my admiration of Michael Connelly! For starters, the book doesn't even seem like Connelly's writing ... it is such blank-and-bland prose - with none of Connelly's sharp tone and wit. And it is only 34 pages on my Kindle-font setting. It appears to be leading into the next chapter - but - SURPRISE! THAT'S ALL FOLKS! That's the end of the book!

The writing is SO flat and basic that I thought it was, perhaps, a sketchy outline for a book to come (?). A terrible read, even for the ultra-shortness of it .... followed by an ad for the next Lincoln Lawyer offering. An AD! The "plot" was actually a "plot" to plug another book!

I pre-ordered, so I did not have a chance to read reviews. I hope all potential buyers will see these ONE-STAR reviews and save themselves a dollar ... and also the VERY sad feeling of being conned by a (previously) well-respected mystery writer.
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70 of 76 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars ripoff January 14, 2014
By dubya81
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A total mislead by Connelly. I think he is getting too comfortable in ripping off his readers. First it was ebooks that cost more than the paperbacks, and now this. I would like my money back on this purchase, even if it was just a dollar. A total waste of money. I will be reading Ian Rankin from now on. He doesn't pull this.
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73 of 81 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A preview disguised as a discounted story January 14, 2014
By Kenneth
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This was probably the publisher's doing, but the long anticipated story by Michael Connelly of Lincoln Lawyer fame is a mediocre short story that I read in less than half an hour with a preview of "The Gods of Guilt," another Lincoln Lawyer novel that Is already out and you can get a free preview of it at The Gods of Guilt--Free Preview: The First 8 Chapters (Lincoln Lawyer) I don't think I ever saw a page count before I bought it and I did so over a week ago, on a pre-order. The story runs nowhere near 72 pages. This is an awful deception. I like Connelly as an author and I hope he was not behind it. THIS IS NOT A BOOK, DO NOT FALL FOR IT! Unbelievable that it is still in the top 100.
Kenneth Eade
Author of An Involuntary Spy: A Controversial Mystery, Adventure and Espionage GMO Political Thriller and Predatory Kill: A Legal Thriller (Mystery, Thriller and Suspense best sellers, corruption, conspiracy, action, political fiction, financial thriller): Can Too Big to Fail Get Away with Murder?
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I hope Michael takes note January 14, 2014
By RueRue
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I appreciate the warning posted by everyone. Sadly, it just seems to confirm the steady downward trajectory that I've noticed in Michael Connelly's writing over the past several books. I will not be reading "Switchblade", even for .99. It's just too sad. I hope he takes note of the negative comments here and cares enough to return to being a writer.
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More About the Author

Michael Connelly was born in Philadelphia, PA on July 21, 1956. He moved to Florida with his family when he was 12 years old. Michael decided to become a writer after discovering the books of Raymond Chandler while attending the University of Florida. Once he decided on this direction he chose a major in journalism and a minor in creative writing -- a curriculum in which one of his teachers was novelist Harry Crews.

After graduating in 1980, Connelly worked at newspapers in Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, primarily specializing in the crime beat. In Fort Lauderdale he wrote about police and crime during the height of the murder and violence wave that rolled over South Florida during the so-called cocaine wars. In 1986, he and two other reporters spent several months interviewing survivors of a major airline crash. They wrote a magazine story on the crash and the survivors which was later short-listed for the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. The magazine story also moved Connelly into the upper levels of journalism, landing him a job as a crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times, one of the largest papers in the country, and bringing him to the city of which his literary hero, Chandler, had written.

After three years on the crime beat in L.A., Connelly began writing his first novel to feature LAPD Detective Hieronymus Bosch. The novel, The Black Echo, based in part on a true crime that had occurred in Los Angeles, was published in 1992 and won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel by the Mystery Writers of America. Connelly followed up with three more Bosch books, The Black Ice, The Concrete Blonde, and The Last Coyote, before publishing The Poet in 1996--a thriller with a newspaper reporter as a protagonist. In 1997, he went back to Bosch with Trunk Music, and in 1998 another non-series thriller, Blood Work, was published. It was inspired in part by a friend's receiving a heart transplant and the attendant "survivor's guilt" the friend experienced, knowing that someone died in order that he have the chance to live. Connelly had been interested and fascinated by those same feelings as expressed by the survivors of the plane crash he wrote about years before. The movie adaptation of Blood Work was released in 2002, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood.

Connelly's next book, Angels Flight, was released in 1999 and was another entry in the Harry Bosch series. The non-series novel Void Moon was released in 2000 and introduced a new character, Cassie Black, a high-stakes Las Vegas thief. His 2001 release, A Darkness More Than Night, united Harry Bosch with Terry McCaleb from Blood Work, and was named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Los Angeles Times.

In 2002, Connelly released two novels. The first, the Harry Bosch book City Of Bones, was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times. The second release was a stand-alone thriller, Chasing The Dime, which was named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Los Angeles Times.

Lost Light was published in 2003 and named one of the Best Books of 2003 by the Los Angeles Times. It is another in the Harry Bosch series but the first written in first person.
Connelly's 2004 novel, The Narrows, is the sequel to The Poet. It was named one of the Best Books of 2004 by the Los Angeles Times. His 11th Harry Bosch novel, The Closers, was published in 2005, and debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. The Lincoln Lawyer, Connelly's first-ever legal thriller and his 16th novel, was published in 2005 and also debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. This book introduced Mickey Haller, a Los Angeles defense attorney who works out of the back seat of his Lincoln Town Car. The movie adaptation, starring Matthew McConaughey as Haller, was released in 2011. This is the second film adapted from a Connelly novel.

Crime Beat, a non-fiction collection of crime stories from Michael's days as a journalist, was released in 2006, as was the Harry Bosch novel, Echo Park. The Overlook, Michael's 18th novel, was originally serialized in the New York Times Magazine. This Harry Bosch story was published as a book with additional material in 2007.

Michael's 19th novel, The Brass Verdict, was released in 2008, and debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. It introduces Lincoln lawyer Mickey Haller to LAPD Detective Harry Bosch in a fast-paced legal thriller. Michael's 20th novel, The Scarecrow, was released in 2009, and reunites reporter Jack McEvoy and FBI Agent Rachel Walling for the first time since The Poet. It too debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Michael released a second book in 2009, the 15th Harry Bosch novel, Nine Dragons. In this story, Bosch goes to Hong Kong to find his missing daughter.

In 2010, The Reversal was released and debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. This book has Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch working together on the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. The Fifth Witness, a Mickey Haller novel, was released in 2011 and also debuted at #1. Michael's 2011 novel, The Drop, a Harry Bosch novel, debuted at #1. Another #1 ranked book, The Black Box, focuses on Harry Bosch once again and is Michael's 25th novel. Its release came in Michael's 20th year in publishing, 2012. The Gods of Guilt , a Mickey Haller novel, was released in 2013, and debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. The Burning Room, a Harry Bosch novel, was released in 2014 and debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Fifty-eight million copies of Connelly's books have sold worldwide and he has been translated into thirty-nine foreign languages. He has won the Edgar Award, Anthony Award, Macavity Award, Los Angeles Times Best Mystery/Thriller Award, Shamus Award, Dilys Award, Nero Award, Barry Award, Audie Award, Ridley Award, Maltese Falcon Award (Japan), .38 Caliber Award (France), Grand Prix Award (France), Premio Bancarella Award (Italy), and the Pepe Carvalho award (Spain) .

In addition to his literary work, Michael is one of the producers and writers of the TV show, "Bosch," which is streaming on Amazon Prime Instant Video now. All 10 episodes can be watched here:

Michael lives with his family in Florida.

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Please remember to add the number of pages in a book when describing it. Thank you.

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Nov 22, 2013 by Robbie |  See all 6 posts
Free on Michael Connelly's website if you preorder The Gods of Guilt
thanks, guess I'll read "Switchblade" first because "The Gods of Guilt" doesn't come out until the beginning of December.
Nov 11, 2013 by Jonnie Froyd |  See all 5 posts
Switchblade by Michael Connelly
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