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Angels Flight (Harry Bosch Book 6) Kindle Edition
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"A Connelly novel is a thing of cool beauty."--Chicago Tribune
"Michael Connelly is the master of the universe in which he lives, and that is the sphere of crime thrillers. This man is so good at what he does." --Huffington Post --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B006MPK9SU
- Publisher : Allen & Unwin (1 September 2009)
- Language : English
- File size : 1106 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 512 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 14,141 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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There is a lot going on in the story and much of it was sampled for the TV series.
Fans of Connelly seem to like this book. I’ve seen many reviews to the effect it’s the favourite. Personally I think there is a lot to like in Connelly’s work but it helps if you don’t think about whether things make sense. I like the sense of place which comes through, and the central character is reasonably drawn. Other characters are not so well developed. This is one aspect where I think the TV series is stronger than these books.
I’m aware that Angels Flight is the 6th in the series which was obviously becoming very successful at that point and perhaps the author was trying hard to go beyond the earlier novels. The novel preceding this (Trunk Music) was also a bit hard to take in the gratuitous twist category, but Angels Flight seems to be trying harder again, with a lot of ‘current’ ‘topical’ ‘social commentary’ aspects. It seems a bit contrived in that way too.
I’ll keep reading. Maybe the series will settle down after awhile. There are another 15 books in the series after this. I’m waiting for season 7 on tv but that’s a year away I think
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When Howard Elias is killed, everyone in LA is bracing for race riots like Rodney King. Elias was a lawyer about to prove his black client was tortured by the LAPD but gets gunned down. Bosch is thrown into the case, buffeted by politics throughout. The case throws up amazing surprises that are altogether credible, and Bosch's personal life goes to hell in front of his eyes at the same time.
It is simply the best police procedural I have ever read. It makes me want to read more Connelly. It is sharp, complex, and written with real inside knowledge. Brilliant
Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch is back, fighting crime in Los Angeles, and for once he finds himself almost a part of the establishment, although naturally, Bosch being Bosch, things prove to be far from straightforward.
The novel opens with Bosch being called in the middle of a Friday night in 1999 by the Deputy Chief of Police for Los Angeles, demanding that he gather together his team and proceed, as soon as possible, to Angels Flight, the landmark funicular railway in Bunker Hill, downtown LA. Having arrived, he learns that there has been a double murder, and that one of the victims is prominent lawyer. Howard Elias had made many enemies (mainly cops) during his successful career that revolved around suing LAPD officers and detectives over claims of police brutality, racism and corruption. His latest case, charging four LAPD detectives with the torture of an African American suspect being held on suspicion of murder, was scheduled to start during the following week.
All too conscious of the rioting and mayhem that had followed the clearing of the officers charged with beating up Rodney King, the Deputy Chief asks Bosch to lead the investigation, and to keep him advised of every new development. Feeling that he is being set up to fail in the glare of extreme public and media scrutiny, Bosch is reluctant to take the case on, but is given no room for manoeuvre by the Deputy Chief. As if to add insult to injury, aware that suspicion is bound to land on rogue police officers, the Deputy Chief orders Bosch to work alongside four detectives from Internal Affairs Division, including john Chastain, who had twice investigated disciplinary charges levelled against Bosch himself. As if these factors were not enough to leave Bosch feeling sorely tried, his marriage to former FBI agent Eleanor Wish is also facing difficulties, and she seems to have gone AWOL.
Michael Connelly’s talent lies in his tight plotting and creation of highly plausible characters. In this novel there is greater consideration of the political context against which the plot unfolds, but this never intrudes to the detriment of the books, there is lots of action, although this time there a fair amount of political intrigue is adept at keeping the plot moving, and he does just that here.
Harry is put in charge of a case no detective in the LA police force wants to handle. The murder victim, Howard Elias, is a prominent lawyer who is bringing a civil case against the police for the violent way in which they handled the interrogation of his client, Michael Harris, who had been acquitted for the rape and murder of a 12 year old girl. Elias believes he has sufficient evidence to not only bring down the guilty cops but also to expose the real murderer of the young girl.
What I particularly enjoyed was the way the story unfolds. It starts with the discovery of two bodies in one of the cars on the Angels Flight cable railway in downtown Los Angeles and Harry being ordered to take charge of the case. From then on you follow the investigation through the eyes of Harry and his team, as if you are a fly-on-the-wall. You are present as they sift and uncover evidence and develop possible motives for a number of different suspects. As they hunt for the truth, you empathise with their concerns, their fears of being swayed by their own feelings for the earlier case and their increasing frustration as they sense they are being manipulated for political purposes.
You can easily read and enjoy this book as a standalone novel, but I think you will appreciate it all the more if you have read the previous books in the series as a number of characters who appeared in the earlier books play a prominent part in this one. It also helps if you know about the politically charged atmosphere in the USA in the early-to-mid nineteen-nineties as this is an important backdrop to the story.
There are plenty of twists and turns to the story and the ending caught me by surprise. I should say however, that some readers may find one or two of the scenes or some of the subject matter a little unsettling. But as a police procedural novel, this one is outstanding.