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The Last Coyote (Harry Bosch Book 4) Kindle Edition
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'His Harry Bosch stories are genuine modern classics.' -- The Independent on Sunday --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
'His Harry Bosch stories are genuine modern classics.' (The Independent on Sunday) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B006MPKDUE
- Publisher : Allen & Unwin (1 September 2009)
- Language : English
- File size : 1798 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 410 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 12,026 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In ‘The Last Coyote’ LAPD detective Harry Bosch is suspended for assaulting his boss. Harry's character still acts with his own sense of honor and duty. Never taking his eyes off of the goal. He pursues a cold case on his own time - the unsolved murder of his own mother more than thirty years before. He soon uncovers a cover-up perpetrated by powerful people. He insists on doing things his own way, and must deal with unexpected consequences.
Connelly is in top form, providing us with an intriguing plot and strong multi-dimensional characters, his story line is tight right until the end of the book.
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To finally find out exactly what happened with Harry's Mother does give a good insight into the mindset of our Hero and this book does keep you gripped (they all do If I'm being really honest).
Michael Connelly has a very good way of letting the story carry you along and it also keeps a realism that you don't tend to find these days.
Like Rebus, Bosch had ended up as a police detective having previously served as a soldier, and has Rebus's deep-rooted aversion to authority. In the first tow novels in the series he found himself either under investigation by Internal Affairs or actually on suspension; in the third he was the defendant in a civil action prompted by his shooting dead a suspected serial killer. As this novel opens we learn, gradually, that he has once again been suspended following a confrontation with Lieutenant Pounds, his divisional commander, which resulted in the senior officer being thrown through a window. As a consequence of that incident Bosch is required to attend psychiatric evaluations with a therapist used by the police force who will contribute towards the decision over Bosch's future.
In the meantime, finding himself with ample free time, Bosch decides to investigate the murder more than thirty years earlier of Marjorie Philips Lowe - his mother. The circumstances of his mother's death bear a close resemblance to the Black Dahlia killing recounted by James Ellroy, though Connelly puts a different twist on it (and relates the story in a far more accessible manner).
Like Rebus, Bosch is a man driven by inner demons, though he always retains his sensitivity. Connelly writes clearly, never relaxing the tension, though also never compromising his character's plausibility or essentially empathetic nature. The plot is sinuous but credible, and conveyed with great cohesion.
Connelly's portrayal of Bosch as a lonely maverick of a man using his nonconformist methods to fight crime is nothing short of brilliant..."Loneliness had been the trash can fire he huddled around for most of his life."..."It was always in the silences that Bosch felt most comfortable with the women who had moved through his life."....."He felt the numbness of disappointment that comes from broken hopes and wondered if he would ever talk to her again.".. Bosch is able to devote his time to this case as he has been temporarily suspended following an incident with Lieutenant Pounds and the story naturally plays out in a political arena where the perpetrator has been able to stay undetected for many years. The ending when it occurs will surprise you in a beautifully constructed study of a detective loathed by many, loved by a few, a man not always at peace with himself on an endless search for atonement...."The sex created a world without intrusion. One so vital that it could have lasted an hour or maybe only a few minutes and he wouldn't have known the difference."
The first person narrator has a gripping voice, and the plotting is as taut as a piano wire, but what makes this book memorable is the way that the setting is revealed - sometimes with clarity, other times through a fog. Just like the weather in LA.
The story - Harry cold-casing his mother's murder - is a little far-fetched, to say the least, but Hollywood is, after all, a land of broken dreams.
I'd go an get no 5 now, if the Kindle edition didn't have such a ludicrous price. C'mon guys, I could get a used p/back for less than half the price.