The Blue Religion: New Stories about Cops, Criminals, and the Chase

The Blue Religion: New Stories about Cops, Criminals, and the Chase

Audio CD(Library - Unabridged CD)

$65.79 $69.99 Save 6% Current price is $65.79, Original price is $69.99. You Save 6%.
View All Available Formats & Editions


Nineteen original stories--including a new contribution by New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly--about riveting showdowns between cops and criminals.

From Hawaii at the turn of the twentieth century to the post-Civil War frontier, from smoggy Los Angeles to the woods of Idaho, these gripping stories trace the perils and occasional triumphs of lawmen and -women who put themselves in harm's way to face down the bad guys. Some of them even walk the edge of becoming bad guys themselves.

In T. Jefferson Parker's "Skinhead Central," an ex-cop and his wife find unexpected menace in the idyllic setting they have chosen for their retirement. In Alafair Burke's "Winning," a female officer who is attacked in the line of duty must protect her own husband from his worst impulses. In Edward D. Hoch's "Friday Night Luck," a wanna-be cop blows his chance at a spot on the force--and breaks his case. In Michael Connelly's "Father's Day," Harry Bosch faces one of his most emotionally trying cases, investigating a young boy's death.

The magnificent and never-before-published Connelly story is alone worth the price of admission, and-combined with 18 unexpected tales from crime's modern masters-makes this an unmissable collection.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400137190
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 06/28/2008
Edition description: Library - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

A former Los Angeles Times crime reporter, Michael Connelly is the author of over twenty novels and nonfiction books, including the bestselling series of mysteries featuring dark detective Hieronymous "Harry" Bosch.

Audie Award finalist Alan Sklar has narrated nearly two hundred audiobooks and has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards.

Karen White has been narrating audiobooks since 1999, with more than two hundred to her credit. Honored to be included in AudioFile's Best Voices and Speaking of Audiobooks's Best Romance Audio 2012 and 2013, she is also an Audie Award finalist and has earned multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards.

John Lee has read audiobooks in almost every conceivable genre, from Charles Dickens to Patrick O'Brian, and from the very real life of Napoleon to the entirely imagined lives of sorcerers and swashbucklers. An AudioFile Golden Voice narrator, he is the winner of numerous Audie Awards and AudioFile Earphones Awards.


Sarasota, Florida

Date of Birth:

July 21, 1956

Place of Birth:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


B.A. in Journalism, University of Florida, 1980

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"A high-quality anthology.... This is one of those rare themed anthologies that can be enjoyed at one sitting." —-Publishers Weekly

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

The Blue Religion: New Stories about Cops, Criminals, and the Chase 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
These entertaining nineteen tales focus on the police procedural theme. However, as Mr. Connolly explains in his introduction, for the most part the entries concentrate on the ¿world of the cop¿ as the stories ¿explore the burden of the badge¿ more so than investigative procedures. The contributions run the gamut with a strong historical by Polly Nelson to the return of Harry Bosch to a retired cop and his wife running into trouble (T. Jefferson Parker¿s ¿Skinhead Central). There are no clinkers yet the range is vast from a dark tale of a selected amnesiac (¿Such a Lucky, Pretty Girl: by Persia Walker) to amusingly light (Jon Breen¿s 'Serial Killer'). All are excellent, especially insightful is Paul Guyton¿s tense 'What a Wonderful World' that proves a short story can contain fully developed characters an apropos title along with Alafair Burke¿s ¿Winning¿ as this anthology is a wonderful look at individual members of the Blue Religion special congregation. --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love these cop stories all different some with a twist and some straightforward but entertaining
bezoar44 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a strong collection of stories about police -- detectives, officers on duty, officers in their private lives. The anthology offers welcome variety, too, from stories that are mostly character sketches, to stories that build up to a great twist at the end. Favorites included John Buentello, 'A Certain Recollection', about an understandably confused detective; Jon Breen, 'Serial Killer', a shaggy dog story; and Bev Vincent, 'Rule Number One', a seduction that works on a couple different levels. None of the stories struck me as weak.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great short stories! Instead of a good big meal, these are like little delightful snacks!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by: Stephanie Rollins for The Blue Religion is a compilation of law enforcement stories. All are brief, so this makes for good bathroom reading. Not all of the stories in this book were good. A few were a bit boring and poorly-written. Then again, a few were great. There are 19 stories, so there are by far more good stories than bad. Some are written in a manner in which only someone in law enforcement can truly relate. The Blue Religion would make a great gift for a law enforcement personnel or someone just graduating from the police academy.