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The Black Box (Harry Bosch Book 16) Kindle Edition
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From the Inside Flap
Los Angeles, May, 1992
Murder just got a whole lot easier. And investigating them got a whole lot harder.
After four LAPD officers were acquitted after the savage beating of Rodney King, LA is ablaze. As looting and burning take over the city, law and order are swept away in a tidal wave of violence.But under threat of their lives, homicide detectives like Harry Bosch are still stubbornly trying to do their job.
When Harry finds the body of a female journalist in an alley - apparently executed - he is forced to hand the case over to the Riot Crimes Task Force, knowing that it will never be solved. And twenty years later, Harry has still not forgotten the woman for whom he was unable to deliver justice.
But new ballistic evidence now confirms her death was not a case of random violence but something much more personal. This time Harry is determined that he killer isn't going to escape - even if it means stepping back into the darkest days of the city he loves.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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- ASIN : B00E4A830G
- Publisher : Allen & Unwin (24 July 2013)
- Language: : English
- File size : 1140 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 343 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 7,872 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I found this story a little different from earlier books in the series in that there are no red herrings or twists and turns in this story. It is a more straight forward police procedural novel and the quality of the writing and storytelling is so good you feel as if you are a fly on the wall, watching every step that Harry Bosch takes in his hunt to solve the crime. From the very scant evidence available, Bosch's progress in trying to solve the crime is initially painstakingly slow (as one would probably expect in such circumstances). But progress is made and the pace of the book increases dramatically as the story reaches its dramatic climax.
In this novel, more so than in the earlier ones, there are clear signs that Bosch is ageing. This is brought into sharp focus in the passages that involve his home life; his constant struggle as an older single parent to connect and cope with his teenage daughter; his love of jazz music and the increasingly emotional impact it is having on him, etc. In addition, Harry is taking more risks and not necessarily following the new more politically correct way of conducting enquiries, which gets him into trouble with the powers that be. Harry is also acting more impulsively than in the past. This more personal and emotional side of Bosch's character is a more prominent feature in this novel compared with other recent books in the series, and for me made it all the richer.
Overall, I really enjoyed this novel. It may lack some of the complexity of the plots of some of the earlier books in the series, but personally I liked discovering how Bosch's character is maturing and, for a change, reading a more traditional and straightforward police procedural novel.