One Book, One Putnam chooses featured selection

One Book One Putnam’s 2017 selection was written by an author who has had more than 60 million of his books sold.

Michael Connelly’s “City of Bones” is the One Book One Putnam selection. Each year, a committee under the direction of the Putnam County Library System picks a book for a countywide reading initiative.

This year’s book is based in Los Angeles and follows the path of Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch, an LAPD homicide detective. The book begins on New Year’s Day, when a dog digs up a bone. The police are called and the investigation begins. It’s a murder-mystery, a genre Connelly has mastered through 29 fiction novels.

Connelly is a former newspaper reporter at the then-St. Petersburg Times and the Los Angeles Times. He’s known for Bosch and his other main character, attorney Mickey Haller. Haller is better known as the “Lincoln Lawyer,” who was portrayed on screen by Matthew McConaughey. 

The One Book One Putnam Kickoff event is 5:30-7 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Palatka Golf Club, 1715 Moseley Ave.

There will be separate book discussions at other Putnam County libraries, as well as a finale celebration Feb. 23.

At the kickoff event, Michael Warren, director of the C.A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory and associate professor of forensic anthropology, will be the guest for the evening. He has worked on several high-profile cases.

“Longtime ‘Bookers’ will notice right away that this year’s selection is a departure from the types of books that OBOP has done in the past,” Putnam County Library System Special Projects Coordinator Jeremy Yates said in a news release. “While the book is not set in Florida, it’s author, Michael Connelly, does have ties to the state. Indeed, he lives here part of the time. Moreover, Connelly graduated from the University of Florida and spent the early part of his career as a journalist in Southwest Florida.”

An Amazon TV series, Bosch, is based on City of Bones and two other Connelly novels, Concrete Blonde and Echo Park. The first two seasons of the show are on Amazon Prime.

Copies of the book are available at all five branches of the Putnam County Library System. For information, call Yates at 329-0441.