March 14, 2019

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MICHAEL CONNELLY ON COLD CASES, POLICE STORIES, AND HIS NEW PODCAST: With 'Murder Book' Connelly Has a New Approach to Crime (DWYER MURPHY, 3/14/19, Crime Reads)

Dwyer Murphy: You've written dozens of novels, some of the most celebrated and popular crime fiction around, not to mention the TV series. What drew you to the idea of making a podcast?

MICHAEL CONNELLY: I've been listening to a lot of podcasts, especially in the last couple years. I do a lot of walking, and at some point I switched over from listening to music to listening to podcasts. So I've been thinking about them. Also, it has something to do with what's going on in the world today. Journalism is under fire from different parts of the political world, and that seemed to reawaken some of my journalism genes. I haven't been a reporter in twenty-five years. But I wanted a chance to tell true stories. I've been lucky enough to have detectives who help me get my novels right. And these detectives, they're working real cases, they have real stories. I thought a podcast might be the right storytelling venue where I could have them tell some of their stories.

What was the initial research for this? How did you come across the case?

It has to do with the way I research my books. I hang out with a small cadre of detectives--three detectives, give or take--and we have breakfast. I don't come with an agenda or a notebook and there's no tape recorder on the table. We just have breakfast. These detectives, they're great storytellers. And they also want to update each other on the cases they're working. They forget I'm even there.

This story--the murder case against Pierre Romain--came out of those conversations. I was hearing about Romain and the strange things that had happened in this case, which was spread out over thirty plus years. It felt like it could work as a podcast. Also, I had the access. The case had different lead detectives over those three decades, and I knew them all. I also heard second hand that the judge in the case read my books, and I thought, maybe he'll let me record in court.

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