Jan 31, 2011 — The best cop stories are written by cops themselves — and the crime reporters who cover them. Rick Baker, a retired Compton, Calif., police department detective sergeant, recommends some hands-on, eyewitness accounts by and about the men and women who keep us safe.
Dec 23, 2009 — Many of the picks from Fresh Air's book critic look back at tough times from earlier eras, or lives upended by disaster. The best books of the year include a work of nonfiction that reveals the hidden fantasy land of a founder of American industry, and a novel that doesn't apologize for the bad behavior of its characters. Plus, a bonus mystery pick.
Dec 23, 2009 — Brooklyn-based PI Moe Prager can't find a moment of peace. Just as his home-life begins to unravel he finds himself pulled into an investigation of political scandal The plot may be old, but is Reed Farrel Coleman's mystery The James Deans' as easy to solve as it seems?
May 26, 2009 — Crime reporter Jack McEvoy is being forced out of The Los Angeles Times, but that doesn't stop him from tracking down a serial killer who wraps his female victims in plastic and implicates other men as the murderer.
Aug 24, 2007 — Best-selling mystery novelist Michael Connelly roams the streets of Los Angeles in search of a good story. He doesn't have to look far to find real-life inspiration for his Harry Bosch detective series among the city's people and places.
Apr 29, 2006 — Before Michael Connelly spun fiction about crime, he wrote about the real thing for the Los Angeles Times and other papers. Past stories are collected in a new, nonfiction title, Crime Beat.
Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Overlook by Michael Connelly. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.