Back on the job after an involuntary leave of absence, LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch lands his first case: a Hollywood producer found in the trunk of his Rolls-Royce, shot twice in the head. It looks like 'trunk music,' a Mafia hit. The LAPD's organized crime unit is oddly uninterested, but Harry thinks they're wrong. He follows the money trail from the producer's office to Las Vegas, where he quickly finds evidence of Mafia involvement. But something about the case doesn't add up, and Harry follows a string of odd ...
Back on the job after an involuntary leave of absence, LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch lands his first case: a Hollywood producer found in the trunk of his Rolls-Royce, shot twice in the head. It looks like 'trunk music,' a Mafia hit. The LAPD's organized crime unit is oddly uninterested, but Harry thinks they're wrong. He follows the money trail from the producer's office to Las Vegas, where he quickly finds evidence of Mafia involvement. But something about the case doesn't add up, and Harry follows a string of odd clues - glitter in the producer's cuffs, an over-the-counter medication in the Rolls' glove box - in a different direction entirely. Just when Harry thinks he's on firm ground, the bottom falls out. Blind sided again and again, at odds with his superiors, and overwhelmed by a romance that has cropped up in the middle of the case, Harry is as off balance as he's ever been. When the picture finally comes into focus, Harry discovers a scheme many magnitudes more deadly than he imagine - with himself now one of its targets. Running on instincts and nerves, with a short fuse and everything to lose, Harry must prove himself not just by breaking the case, but by surviving it.
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Harry Bosch has returned to LAPD as a detective in the Hollywood division; his first case back is a complicated one. A movie producer is found dead in his own Rolls Royce trunk. At the outset, the case seems to be ?trunk music,? a Mafia production.
As he ?follows the money? to Las Vegas, the Mafia connection starts to fall apart. There are an incredible number of red herrings in this story; readers will almost need a scorecard to keep up with:
? The good guys who are actually bad guys,
? The good guys who really are good guys;
? The bad guys who are actually good guys in disguise,
? And the bad guys who are so bad, they can?t even spell ?g-o-o-d.?
Politics dominates many of the decisions made by police departments; and Harry hates politics. He gets cross-wise with most of the powerful city, state and federal leaders who cross his path. Harry is on a mission and he does not tolerate fools gladly.
To return the favor, those powerful city and federal leaders decide to cut him down to size ? Harry is in trouble with most of them throughout the book. Harry just redoubles his efforts to solve the case and show those politicos that they aren?t as smart or as powerful as they think they are.
Call me a prude, but I was disappointed in the amount of foul language that was used in this book. It did not add to the story; I?d hate to think that police officers and detectives are this demeaning to each other on a regular basis. 4.5 stars
1. The Black Echo (1992)
2. The Black Ice (1993)
3. The Concrete Blonde (1994)
4. The Last Coyote (1995)
5. Trunk Music (1996)
Apr 28, 2010
I liked it, but not any more than I liked others.
Michael Connelly is widely known for his Harry Bosch series, and this book is one of them included in that bunch. I found it entertaining all of the way through, but it didn't seem like anything extraordinary in comparison to all of his other books. For $.99, it's a good deal for a good read, but this is the kind of book that I definitely wouldn't have gone out and bought the day it came out for the usual $20 or whatever it may be.
Apr 26, 2007
I was enjoying the reading so much that I did not want it to end. It also felt good that I guessed one of the mysteries that is not revealed until close to the end of the novel. The dialogue is wonderful.
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