Saturday, June 29, 2019

Shakespeare Reference in The Concrete Blonde

Michael Connelly’s detective novel The Concrete Blonde contains one Shakespeare reference. It is a Hamlet reference. After Bosch hears the verdict in his trial, he asks, “What about Chandler?” Belk, his lawyer, answers: “Well, there’s the rub, so to speak. The jury found for the plaintiff so we are going to have to pick up her tab” (p. 356). “There’s the rub” comes from Hamlet’s most famous soliloquy.

The Concrete Blonde was published in 1994.