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Novelist Michael Connelly Sues Paramount

LOS ANGELES (CN) - Michael Connelly, best-selling creator of the Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch detective novels, claims Paramount Pictures used Hollywood accounting to overcharge him for repurchasing rights to two of his novels the studio did not make into movies.

Connelly claims Paramount wants him to pay for improper costs, improper overhead, and says its claims "contain no back-up, so that there is no way of determining the accuracy of the costs described."

The novels involved are "Black Ice" and "The Black Echo."

Connelly says he and Paramount made their original agreement in 1992, with a 15-year term after Paramount exercised its option, which it did in 1995. The 15-year option expired in January and Connelly has a year to repurchase his rights. He claims Paramount is giving him the runaround.

Connelly seeks an accounting and damages for breach of contract. He is represented in Superior Court by Allen Grodsky with Grodsky & Olecki.

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