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" As soon as I got to L.A., there was this big crime where these guys tunnelled underneath a bank on a three-day weekend and went right up to the vault and emptied everything out. "
" I hate people thinking their city is unique, but there is a certain aura about Los Angeles; it's not necessarily a beautiful thing, but it's part of Harry Bosch. "
" There are nineteen Harry Bosch books, and someone told me if you add up the descriptions of Harry from all of them, it would come to less than three pages. He's very elliptically described over the two decades during which the novels occur. I did that by intention. "
" I watched 'Kojak' religiously with my father. It was a great bonding time. He loved shows where the stakes were high. Life and death, justice prevailing, things like that. I think that helped set me on the path to what I do now. "
" I can't say I'm an expert on public transport. "
" Now I'm writing about contemporary Los Angeles from memory. My process was to hang out, observe, research what I was writing about, and almost immediately go back to my office and write those sections. So it was a very close transfer between observation and writing. "
" I've always thought of L.A. as the modern version of 'The Garden of Earthly Delights.' "
" I'd be lying if I said the success means nothing to me. It does. I enjoy it and live a pretty great life. "
" In a daydream sort of way, I think it would be pretty cool to direct a movie. But I have been on movie and TV sets and know it is hard work. I like directing it in my mind. It is easier. "
" I get into this unfortunate thing when I'm touring for my books. I was in Spain, and the media asked me, 'Who's your favorite Spanish mystery writer?' I'm totally flat-footed. I feel that I'm under-read when it comes to foreign writers. "
" All my writing is fun, and that makes it hard to slow down or walk away. "
" I'm just going to write the best books I can. "
" I think the best way to sell a made-up character is to plant his feet into the real earth. "
" I learned to write crime novels by reading people I hoped to emulate: people like James Lee Burke, Lawrence Block, Joseph Wambaugh, and Sue Grafton. "
" I went into journalism to learn the craft of writing and to get close to the world I wanted to write about - police and criminals, the criminal justice system. "
" I could not have been happier with 'The Lincoln Lawyer.' They got the essence, and the casting, starting with McConaughey, was just perfect. "
" L.A. is a long shot city, and those who make that shot - you can tell. You can see very clearly who's made it and who hasn't. "
" The act of reading a story is sacred, and people build images and all that stuff. "
" People like the Bosch books because they like Harry Bosch, not because the plots are fantastic. "
" It wasn't a decision to become a writer. I wanted to become a writer of crime fiction. I was very specific. "
" I'm a disciple of Raymond Chandler, who said in his essays that there's a quality of redemption in anything that can be called art. "
" Many writers learned their craft and work ethic at a newspaper. I benefited from that. "
" To get a connection to your characters, you have to put them in a situation that you can feel yourself. "
" When I was a teenager, I was a voracious reader of crime fiction, but only contemporary books. I was not interested in reading 'The Glass Key' or 'The Maltese Falcon' - stuff that was 40 or 50 years old. "
" My father was a builder. During my high school years, I worked for him. One summer, I was working with a guy who had just come back from Vietnam and had been a tunnel rat. He wouldn't talk about the experience, but it sounded really scary to me. "
" I have a large collection of biographies about jazz musicians. "
" In 1995, I sold the rights to Harry Bosch to Paramount. They had several screenplays written, but a movie never happened. Harry Bosch went on the shelf, and I had to wait 15 years to get him back. "
" I think there's a general misconception that anything written quickly lacks quality, and I don't believe that. "
" My favorite is 'The Last Coyote.' I'm not saying that's the best book I've written; I hope I haven't written my best book yet, but that one was the first book I wrote as a full-time author, with my full-time focus. I have a nostalgic feeling about it. "
" What brought me to the table was Raymond Chandler and, to a lesser degree, Ross Macdonald and Dashiell Hammett. I was basically inspired to want to write like the classic private-eye writers. "
" I mostly read on airplanes and right before sleep. "