Video Interview with Michael Connelly & Giveaway

Yesterday was pub date for Michael Connelly‘s Nine Dragons and the beginning of his tour (complete schedule here). Despite having just gotten off the plane, in the rain, Connelly graciously sat with me for an interview before reading to an SRO crowd at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena, CA.

He already has an informative Q & A about Dragons on his website in which he explains the name and inspiration for the book, as well as his research in Hong Kong. So, I asked about other things like Matthew McConaughey and mystery authors playing strip poker. Well, there were serious questions, too. Just watch the video below.

Afterwards, I know you’ll want to get your hands on this book, so how about I give you some? Thanks to Miriam from Hachette Book Group, I can give away 5 copies of 9 Dragons AND each winner will get a paperback of The Brass Verdict thrown in, too! Details below the video.

Eligibility requirements for the giveaway:

  • be U.S. or Canada resident
  • no P.O. boxes

To enter, leave a comment with a 9-word sentence telling me why you’d like to win these books. (Connelly recently ran a contest asking people to describe Harry Bosch in 9 words; see winners here.)

I’ll take entries until October 22, 5 p.m. PST. Winners will be chosen by, announced here and on Twitter only, and have 48 hours to claim prizes before I pick alternate winner(s). Good luck!

Full disclosure: I stayed up until 3 stinkin’ 30 in the morning to edit this even though I had to report for jury duty at 7 a.m. And I didn’t receive one red cent for it, okay, FTC? I did it because I think Connelly is cool. The end.

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  • Reply
    Jen Forbus
    October 14, 2009 at 3:59 am

    Ha! That is awesome…and Crais would be naked first because he’d fold on purpose? Hahaha! Can I say that I’d like to see that game or will that get me in trouble?

    I already have 9 Dragons so no need to enter me. Good luck to any others who enter, though. Connelly rocks!

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    October 14, 2009 at 4:23 am

    this is a fantastic competition offering a really super prize – fingers crossed i’m lucky! heres my 9 word sentence:
    great author, sought after books and i wanna win!

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    October 14, 2009 at 8:12 am

    Your efforts are appreciated, PCN.

    The piece is good for fans and just plain informative for writers.

    okay……9 words…..


    (I prefer to cut to the chase)

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    October 14, 2009 at 8:33 am

    I loved what he said about Robert Crais! That’s hilarious! Wonder what Crais will say.

    I want to read Michael Connelly’s newest detective novel.

    Simple, but that’s my nine.

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    October 14, 2009 at 8:51 am

    “Nine Dragons, Nine Dragons, I really need that book.”

    Whaddya want? It’s before coffee.

    Michael looks a bit nervous, but I think you loosened him up a bit.

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    October 14, 2009 at 9:43 am

    “With three kids I’m too broke to buy books.”

    Sucky reason but so true. Who ever said public schools are “free” must not have had kids.

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    October 14, 2009 at 10:23 am

    I want the books because I like to read.

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    October 14, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Free books about Harry Bosch equals Nirvana to me. How’s that?

    This is a great interview, PCN. Love your irreverent questions and how dry he was about the whole strip poker thing.

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    October 14, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Larry King tweeted Michael Connelly’s the best, I believe!

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    Shell Sherree
    October 15, 2009 at 5:24 am

    Love the video interview, PCN ~ thanks so much for poking matchsticks in your eyes to get the editing finished for us before your jury duty. And I enjoyed hearing you speak ~ I’m glad you didn’t chop all of that out!

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    Carol M
    October 15, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    I want to read ALL of Michael Connelly’s books!
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

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    Carol M
    October 15, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    I subscribe by email.
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

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    October 17, 2009 at 10:07 am

    I’d give books to friend who’s a Bosch fan.

    That is a fun interview, PCN. I’ve seen Michael a few times and he can be a little shy so it’s cool you loosened him up with funny questions.

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    Benita G.
    October 17, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    I love Michael Connelly’s work and I’m a dragon.

    That’s my 9. (And I am a dragon in Chinese astrology!)



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    Benita G.
    October 17, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    I just subscribed via email.


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    Jonnie H
    October 21, 2009 at 10:13 am

    To me, winning books is like winning the lottery!

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    Beth C
    October 21, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    The book will be one I can’t put down.

    I’m a new subscriber.

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