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November 23, 2012|By Carolyn Kellogg
  • Michael Connelly at a stop in Los Angeles.
Michael Connelly at a stop in Los Angeles. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles…)

Join us for a video chat with bestselling novelist Michael Connelly on Monday at 10 a.m. It's the publication day of "The Black Box," his new Harry Bosch mystery.

It's been 20 years since Bosch first appeared, in "The Black Echo." The LAPD detective who doesn't do well with authority won him the Edgar Award for best first novel and has been a favorite with readers ever since. So have Connelly's books not in the Bosch series -- all told, his 25 novels have sold more than 45 million copies.

We'll ask Connelly about his new Harry Bosch novel and his life as a novelist. "The Black Box," which involves a cold case dating from the 1992 Los Angeles riots , is set in Los Angeles, like many of Connelly's books. Although he now lives in Florida, Connelly is a former Angeleno -- before becoming a bestselling author, he  was a reporter at the L.A. Times.

"For a quiet, contemplative spot in the middle of the city, there's a bench in the back of the Bradbury Building lobby, next to a statue of Charlie Chaplin, that's perfect. The Bradbury is a fantastic building, a piece of art, and I love just sitting there," he told the paper in 2009.

"The wonderfully old stuffed leather chairs over at Union Station are also great. But while you might not see another person while you're at the Bradbury, the chairs at Union Station are marvelous for people-watching. I remember once seeing a little girl's balloon come loose and slowly rise up to the wonderfully designed ceiling, and I ended up putting that in a book. It's like osmosis; if you put yourself in these wonderful places, things come into your creative process when you're in front of your computer."

Connelly, who has won every major crime writing award, has a book tour coming up for "The Black Box"; he has three Los Angeles appearances scheduled Dec. 1-2.

Please join our live video conversation with Connelly here on Monday, Nov. 26 at 10 a.m.

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