The sixth Harry Bosch thriller from the acclaimed and bestselling author of THE POET and BLOOD WORK. When the cody of high profile black lawyer Elias Howard is found inside 1 of the cars on Angels Flight, a funicular in downtown LA, there's not a detective in the city who wants to touch the case. For Howard specialises in lawsuits alleging police ...
The sixth Harry Bosch thriller from the acclaimed and bestselling author of THE POET and BLOOD WORK. When the cody of high profile black lawyer Elias Howard is found inside 1 of the cars on Angels Flight, a funicular in downtown LA, there's not a detective in the city who wants to touch the case. For Howard specialises in lawsuits alleging police brutality, racism and corruption and ervey LAPD ccop is a possible suspect in the killing. Detective Harry Bosch is put in charge. Howard's murder occurred on the eve of a major trial: on behalf of a black client, Michael Harris, Howard was to bring a civil case against the LAPD for violent interrogation tactics that had caused his client the partial loss of his hearing. Harris had been acquitted of the rape and murder of a 12 year old girl, but many, including Bosch, believe him guilty. Howard had let it be known that the trial would serve a dual purpose - to target and bring down the guilty cops and to expose the real murderer of the little girl. Post Rodney King, the 1992 riots and the trial of O.J.Simpson, the City of Angels is living on nerves. To discover the truth Harry must dig deep in his own backyard - except that it's a minefield of suspicion and hate that could detonate in his face. And as if he didn't have enough on his mind, his happiness with Eleanor Wish looks to be shortlived. 5 cards on the felt are pulling her back to a place where Harry can not follow, back to herself. With Angels Flight, the matchless Michael Connelly has delivered another hugely accomplished, heartfelt and stunningly authentic thriller.
?Powerful? seems to be an inadequate word for this book. Michael Connelly?s stories are always complex studies of human nature. This book is particularly stark; life and death in LA seems to be ominous and frightening.
If no one has warned you before, it is very helpful to read the Bosch books in order. Harry?s personal life changes over the course of these books. Connelly doesn?t spend time recounting how Harry got to the position he?s in; this book opens with Harry looking for his wife, Eleanor.
The author tries to offer some explanations for riots and hostile interactions between the races in this polyglot city. However, I came away with a feeling of hopelessness; the positions of the combatants are solidified and no one is really listening.
The police hierarchy and the political spin-doctors do whatever keeps them in power; they pay lip-service to the ideas of honesty and justice. Sadly, this seems to be a realistic view of life in today?s American cities.
Between the gruesome close and the general timbre of this novel, this is not a cheery book. After reading this, however, I felt that I had a better grasp of the issues that create and maintain the tensions between the races and police. I also feel little hope for the future of large, multicultural cities.
Harry Bosch Series
1. The Black Echo (1992)
2. The Black Ice (1993)
3. The Concrete Blonde (1994)
4. The Last Coyote (1995)
5. Trunk Music (1997)
Publishers Weekly, 2013-09-02 Connelly's novel follows series hero Harry Bosch's investigation into the murder of an African-American defense attorney who made a career of courtroom victories at the expense of the Los Angeles Police Department. This installment in the series is especially dark, and narrator Peter Giles's reads in a voice that echoes with the dry croaking of a lifelong smoker-something that establishes a noirlike mood from the get-go. The narrator ably matches Bosch's downbeat mood, shifting from anger at having to deal with racism, not just in his city but within the ranks of the LAPD, to weariness, sadness, and frustration at his inability to stop the disintegration of his marriage. Giles sands some of the roughness from his voice and pitches it slightly higher for the book's female characters, like the detective's soon-to-be-separated wife and his partner, Kiz Rider. But there's still an edge rough enough to remind us we're not listening to an Agatha Christie cozy. A Grand Central paperback. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly, 1998-11-02 Hollywood homicide detective Hieronymous (Harry) Bosch (Trunk Music, 1996, etc.) is up to his very stiff neck in politics, police corruption and racial tension. The echo of the Rodney King case is almost deafening when Howard Elias, an African American lawyer famous for suing the LAPD for racially motivated brutality, is shot dead on the short train run up a steep hill in downtown L.A. known as Angels Flight. Bosch and his teamĉa black woman named Kizmin Rider and a black man named Jerry Edgarĉare assigned the highly sensitive case. Although Bosch sniffs racial and departmental political hokum among the brass, he doggedly focuses on finding the killer, knowing that cops will be among the suspects. It all smells even worse when Bosch discovers signs of evidence tampering by the first cops on the crime scene and learns that the civilian attorney assigned to oversee the investigation had personal ties to Elias. A bit of a cowboy anyway, Bosch is even more ornery than usual, since his wife has gone AWOL and returned to gambling. Further hampered by a secretive and even obstructive departmental leadership and by his former partner's apparent links to the crime, Bosch moves well outside the rules to discover the ugly motivation for the killing. Connelly has all the hard-boiled procedural moves down and gives Bosch a reckless crusader's moral code. The finale, set against riots, delivers a brutal, anti-establishment sort of justice. This isn't Connelly's best; the plot is sufficiently ornate to diffuse tension, and Bosch seems to be evolving from the true character of early books into a sort of icon, a Dirty Harry for our times. Simultaneous Time Warner audio; author tour. (Jan.)
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