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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Los Angeles detective found in Rome: a Michael Connelly Moment

I'm a sucker for the summer reading series IN the Forum.  You get your (free) tickets at the foot of the Coliseum.  Walking along via dei Fori Imperiali on a summer night - the columns of part of the Forum on your right - is magical.

Last year we decided to take in a bill that included the American mystery writer, Michael Connelly (see program notes below).  We've heard great writers here in prior years - Doris Lessing and Richard Ford (whom we met) among them.

After the sun disappeared, the huge Basilica di Massenzio, part of the Forum, was magically lit for Connelly's reading.  We did not know his work at the time, and we are not huge mystery fans.  But the focus on Los Angeles and noir detective fiction appealed to us.

Connelly reading in English, projected, and translated
Needless to say we (or at least between us) have now plowed through a dozen Connelly Harry Bosch (the LAPD detective) mysteries. And we owe it all to Rome.


1 comment:

Rome Fan said...

I’m not a mystery fan too but Michael Connelly is an exception. The event was really great, isn’t it? That was one that is truly life changing.