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100 Years of Writer’s Digest

Michael Connelly’s 34th novel, Fair Warning, was released from Little, Brown this spring. Here, we revisit his September 1999 interview with WD.

Connelly launched his career as a novelist in 1992 after four years as a crime reporter in Florida and California. With so many years on the beat, he’s a big supporter of on-the-job training on a real-life crime in which burglars tunneled underground into bank vaults and made off with the loot. Because the crime was never solved, it offered the perfect story for a budding mystery writer.

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