Michael Connelly has Boston in his blood. Born and raised in West Roxbury – where he still lives – the former Bentley baseball player also carries sports close to his heart. These twin passions jump off the pages of his two books: the marathon chronicle 26 Miles to Boston (1998) and Rebound! Basketball, Busing, Larry Bird, and the Rebirth of Boston, which hit bookshelves in December 2008. The latter chronicles life on and off the parquet during the 1970s, when court-mandated busing of Boston public schoolchildren polarized the city.