Harry Bosch is back in Homicide after disciplinary leave. But his first case proves to be one of the most difficult ...In the wooded hills overlooking the Hollywood Bowl, he opens the trunk of a white Rolls Royce and finds a corpse. It looks like a simple case of Trunk Music - a Mafia hit, the victim shot in his own vehicle - but the victim is ...Read MoreHarry Bosch is back in Homicide after disciplinary leave. But his first case proves to be one of the most difficult ...In the wooded hills overlooking the Hollywood Bowl, he opens the trunk of a white Rolls Royce and finds a corpse. It looks like a simple case of Trunk Music - a Mafia hit, the victim shot in his own vehicle - but the victim is movie producer Tony Aliso - and the Mafia weren't the only ones after him. Bosch finds himself up against the FBI - and back in the arms of a beautiful ex-felon. It's starting to look like Harry's first case back in Homicide is in danger of being his last...Read Less
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.
Publishers Weekly, 1996-10-21 From the opening bars, when the body of Tony Aliso is pulled from the trunk of his Rolls Royce Silver Cloud on Mulholland Drive, to the final grace note on a Hawaiian beach, Connelly has crafted a jazzy, funky, roller coaster of a book. The return of maverick L.A. homicide detective Hieronymous (Harry) Bosch (from 1995's The Last Coyote) is cause for rejoicing. The Aliso murder quickly embroils Bosch and his new team (Kizmin Rider, a young black female officer on the rise in the department; veteran Jerry Edgar; and their boss, Lieutenant Grace Billets) in a Byzantine tangle of Las Vegas mob money, Hollywood filmmaking and police politics. The plot rushes headlong into deadends and deadfalls, repeatedly reorients and tears off in a new direction. Never known for tact, the single-minded Bosch is soon hotfooting through an acronymic snakepit: the LAPD's OCID (Organized Crime Investigation Division); the IAD (Internal Affairs Division); the LVPD's OCU (Las Vegas Police Department's Organized Crime Unit); the FBI. Not only does each organization claim a piece of the action, but each also wants a piece of Bosch. Connelly has it all working together here: skillful dialogue, solid plotting, nuances of race and status and a pace that will leave readers gasping to keep up. Connelly's early promise (The Black Echo earned him the 1993 Edgar for best first novel) has been borne out nicely by succeeding novels. Trunk Music is his best yet. $400,000 ad/promo; author tour. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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