Oct 11, 2013
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)