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Mitch Wheat has been working as a professional programmer since 1984, graduating with a honours degree in Mathematics from Warwick University, UK in 1986. He moved to Perth in 1995, having worked in software houses in London and Rotterdam. He has worked in the areas of mining, electronics, research, defence, financial, GIS, telecommunications, engineering, and information management. Mitch has worked mainly with Microsoft technologies (since Windows version 3.0) but has also used UNIX. He holds the following Microsoft certifications: MCPD (Web and Windows) using C# and SQL Server MCITP (Admin and Developer). His preferred development environment is C#, .Net Framework and SQL Server. Mitch has worked as an independent consultant for the last 10 years, and is currently involved with helping teams improve their Software Development Life Cycle. His areas of special interest lie in performance tuning
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Michael Connelly: Crime Beat
Anyone that knows me well, would know that I read alot of books! Not just technical or non-fiction ones, but a heap of fiction as well. One of the genres I love is high quality crime fiction, typified by Ian Rankin, Michael Connelly, Peter Robinson and to a lesser extent James Lee Burke. Michael Connelly's portrayal of detective Harry Bosch is nothing short of brilliant.
I've read every Michael Connelly book so far; the last was 'The Lincoln Lawyer" (not a Bosch novel, but the next is!) I haven't read anything in the genre that can compare from the point of view of the story content and the quality of the writing.
It would be fair to say I'm very much a Michael Connelly fan. So it was a Huge disappointment to read 'Crime Beat: True Stories of Cops and Killers'. Michael Connelly started out his career as a Police Reporter for the Los Angeles Times and this book is a collection of stories that inspired many of the plots (or sub-plots) in his work. The introduction is great; it has that special quality that all of Michael Connely's books have. But the rest! It just seems to be re-prints of newspaper stories written long before Connelly honed and perfected his art. I was barely able to finish most of the 'stories'. This seems to be a shameless attempt by the publisher to profit on Michael Connelly's writing reputation by way of rehashing old, poorly-edited material.
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