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City of Bones (Harry Bosch Book 8) Kindle Edition
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Bosch and Connelly are at their finest...a cracking pace...the investigation [is] tightly focused and credible.-- "Orlando Sentinel"
Harry Bosch is at the top of his form...His latest adventure is as dark and angst-ridden as any of Bosch's past outings, but it also crackles with energy especially in the details of police procedure and internal politics that animate virtually every page. What other crime writer could make such dramatic use of the fact that the front door of a house trailer swings out rather than in, creating problems for a two-man team of detectives? Who else would create to such credible narrative effect an egotistic celebrity coroner who jeopardizes an investigation because she lets a TV camera crew from Court TV follow her around, or an overage female rookie cop so in love with danger that she commits an unthinkable act?..Connelly is such a careful, quiet writer that he can slow down the story to sketch in some relatively minor characters...without missing a beat.-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
Bosch never stops feeling the bruises he has acquired through multiple encounters with evil. His view of the world darkens with each case, and he feels more and more powerless...Harry wanders deeper into that abyss this time than ever before, and it drives him to a shocking decision that will leave series fans reeling. Hard-boiled cop fiction at its most gripping.-- "Booklist (starred review)"
Provides plenty of red herrings, plot twists, and romantic interest that will keep readers guessing for a long time.-- "Library Journal"
Harry still shines as a detective, and the sorry souls the evidence flushes out into the open go far to explain his conviction that 'in every murder is the tale of a city.'-- "Kirkus Reviews"
Reader Fernandez'...capture(s) quite well the detective's cold, unsentimental, and unyielding dedication to the job at hand.-- "Publishers Weekly (audio review)"
Harry's investigations uncover secrets-some better left undisturbed...Well read by Peter Jay Fernandez, Connelly's latest thriller provides plenty of red herrings, plot twists, and romantic interest that will keep listeners guessing for a long time.-- "Library Journal (audio review)"
Peter Jay Fernandez's portryal of Bosch expresses the cop's dogged pursuit of the case, as well as his frustations with it...Intriguing listening.-- "AudioFile"
Hard-boiled cop fiction at its most gripping.-- "Booklist (starred review)" --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
Michael Connelly, author of suspense thriller and detective mysteries, has written several #1 New York Times bestsellers and numerous titles that made the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. He has won most every award given in the mystery and thriller genres, including the Anthony Award for Best Novel and the Barry Award for Best Novel. He is a former newspaper reporter who also won numerous awards for his journalism.
Peter Jay Fernandez is an accomplished audiobook narrator who has won three AudioFile Earphones Awards and an Audie Award in 2009. He has also appeared on television, film, and stage. His appearances include roles in Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and the musical Thunder Knocking on the Door.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B006MPKAFC
- Publisher : Allen & Unwin (1 September 2009)
- Language: : English
- File size : 1473 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 376 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 2,138 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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....it was still very good. I still await the next one most eagerly.
A new patrol officer, Julia Brasher, is responsible for securing the site until a full forensic search and recovery of evidence can be completed. Soon her meeting with Harry Bosch turns into a date, sex and romance — Harry’s normal behaviour in these stories. Sadly, this romance is not to last.
The impact of this bone being from a child, caused the immediate implementation of a major investigation for additional remains and a solution to whether this was a murder or misadventure in heavy bushland area. Harry was charged with overall supervision of all parties. Within two days it became clear that further searching was not going to be effective for greater return. Most of the material collected was found in a relatively small area. 60% of a whole skeleton had been found with a decayed backpack, some clothing remnants and other minor items.
Dr William Golliher, renowned forensic anthropologist, laid out the remains in the manner which reflected life. He soon established his knowledge and feelings by stating "I’ve consulted on a lot of cases but this one blows me away. I was taking notes and looked down at these and found them smeared by tears. I was crying man! Growth indices put this boy at approximately10 years of age, however due to severe prolonged physical abuse I put his at twelve or thirteen. I feel from our examination that this boy was in the ground for 20 to 25 years. He spent pretty much most of his life either healing or being hurt." He goes on to list an extreme litany of harm to the boy. No reader cannot help but be affected by the extensive list of injury and cruelty. The ribs alone showed nearly two dozen fractures in various stages of healing. Even Bosch had to leave the room to 'go wash his face.’ "I’m going to get this guy," Harry says. (Please try and read through this section; it is not ‘black’ but may upset some. RE).
In the search-site neighbourhood all residents had been contacted to ask whether they could add any information about the bones find. As it was over 20 years previously, many had moved or passed away and new people arrived, however one resident came up on LAPD’s records as having had a charge of molestation of a nine-year old boy. This information caused Harry and partner Jerry Edgar to revisit Mr Nicholas Trent who became very defensive but finally agreed to cooperate. Unfortunately, this visit was seen by a TV station reporter who tried to get Harry or Jerry to respond to her questions which they "no commented." That night her news item was aired and she stated Trent’s previous misdemeanour. This results in disastrous outcomes, leading to Trent’s suicide.
In statements issued by the LAPD Media Relations, the public were asked to phone in with any information they might have, even though the crime was so old. One response came from Sheila Delacroix claiming her younger brother, Arthur Delacroix, had disappeared as a 12 year-old in 1980 in Los Angeles. Harry contacts her to meet early the next day. Sheila’s mother had walked out on her father and the children when Arthur was only two as she was a frequently battered wife. She moved from the LA area, married well the second time, is now a wealthy widow. The father, an alcoholic which caused his anger and harm to his wife, is located in a run-down trailer park where Harry & Jerry visited, and resulted in a full confession! This was too trite and received dubiously.
Dr Golliher confirmed the X-ray records from the hospital Arthur was taken to due to skateboard injury matched damage to the skull found at the skeleton site. Harry and Jerry quickly followed up with visits to Arthur’s sister and mother. It seemed Sheila was sexually abused as a child after her mother left and took this out on Arthur. She was the one who inflicted all the injuries. However, she was not the killer. You need to read the rest of the book to learn who it was.
Another great story from this author. He maintains interest and suspense to the end. You should add it to your growing stack of Harry Bosch tales.
Would like some explanations of Bosch's behaviour at times, such as his last decision at the end of the book.
We are left guessing.
All in all not a bad read.
The author has the environmental experience to support the storylines so convincingly that I am always left a little sad to reach the end.
Top reviews from other countries
Having said that, it is very efficient and well- delivered, easy to read and follow and enjoyable. Yet it lacks the distinctive edge of the great noir writers of cops and detectives. The dialogue is flat, the descriptions are purposeful without being brilliant- yet it keeps you going.
I finished feeling like I'd stuffed myself on a few Big Macs - junk food detective stuff, not as characterful as the TV version. Maybe the Lincoln Lawyer?
I really enjoyed the book for a number of reasons. As with all of Michael Connelly’s novels, it is a relatively quick and easy read. Like all good police procedural stories, it contains lots of investigative and forensic detail which on occasion takes one down blind alleys. There are a number of deaths for Harry to contend with as well as a new romance. ‘Office’ politics, media intrusion and police brutality also feature.
However, for me, the standout feature of this novel is the emotional aspects of the story, starting with the discovery of the bones of a 12 year old boy who had disappeared 20 years earlier but who had not been reported missing to the police. Harry Bosch’s continued interest in the case becomes clear as we learn more about his own life when he was of a similar age. In addition, themes of child abuse, failed careers, broken homes, romance and police brutality all feature, which make this a very gritty, engaging story that is every bit as good as the previous books in the series. And to cap it all, there is a totally unexpected ending which I did not see coming at all.
This is another good Bosch book, with Harry’s character being consistently developed and reinforced, which is great as you become more attached to him(!)
His books are true page turners and develop the story at an even patch through the book, with inevitable twists due to dodgy lawyers, personal relationships, enemies at work and fate.
Harry has a hard exterior and occasionally you get a clue to what’s inside which you build up by reading multiple books.
It’s a great series and so well written. I even feel like I know LA and West Hollywood now even though I’ve never been.