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Lost Light (Harry Bosch Book 9) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B006MPKBVK
- Publisher : Allen & Unwin (15 December 2011)
- Language : English
- File size : 1382 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 335 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 9,584 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Anyway, as they go, Lost Light is one of the better books. I don't remember it very well, which probably means it didn't offend me too badly. Some of these novels are as bad as a Nicholas Cage movie, with the hero going off on a misguided killing spree based on a leapt-to false premise which essentially serves to pad out what would otherwise be a routine case. I think a guy like Harry with all his experience should be across the need to connect actual evidence with his assumptions of guilt, especially given how many times he has gone off half-cocked in the past, but if anything his older self seems more prone to chase the wild goose than he was in the early books.
Lost Light is one of the better ones though.
An apple, a pear, a plum, a cherry,
Any good thing to make us all merry,
One for Peter, two for Paul, three for him who made us all.
Soal, a soal, a soal cake, please good missus a soul cake.
An apple, a pear, a plum, a cherry,
Any good thing to make us all merry,
One for Peter, two for Paul, three for him who made us all..
His search starts with Lawton Cross, one of the R&H investigators who took over the case when it became tied to a $2 million robbery at the film studio where Angella worked. Cross is now a paraplegic after taking a slug that lodged in his neck in a hold-up just a few months after he had taken on the case. He is living in wretched circumstances, desperate for the tot of whiskey that Harry smuggles in for him in exchange for information.
In many ways, this is Connelly at his darkest but also at his most poetic. His description of Cross whose whole body is frozen except for his eyes and the tongue that licks the last drop of whiskey from the corner of his mouth is unforgettable. His descriptions of Hollywood, "a place of takers and users, of broken sidewalks and dreams" matches Raymond Chandler at his best. You can almost hear Art Pepper's saxophone in the background and the candle Harry still holds for his ex-wife, Eleanor Wish is the only flicker of light.
The plot is fast paced with many twists and turns that keep the reader on edge. It seems nobody wants Angella's killer found except Bosch - not his ex-partner Kiz Rider, not even the FBI who do everything they can to stop him.
For a while, the world seems as dark as the tunnels in which Harry fought in Vietnam, and we are not sure if we can tell the goodies from the baddies. It is only at the end that Bosch rediscovers the lost light and brings the killers to justice. And perhaps after all there is some hope for a new beginning...
remembering the look of the young womans body before the case was taken from him and finally made its way
into the stacks of unsolved LA homicides. I consider this Bosch story to be Connelly;s best.
Bosch is totally focused and turns scraps of information into ever widening streams of evidence, cleverly
exploiting friends and fellow detectives as he rolls along.
Michael Connelly knows how to pace these Bosch crime stories and cleverly introduces well drawn characters
some we have met before and others who now become part of a complex case that moves inexorably
towards a very satisfying and surprising conclusion. A very good read
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In my opinion this is a much more personal and emotionally engaging story than its predecessors and it is so well written one can easily forget that Bosch is not actually a real person but a fictional character in a book.
In this story, Bosch has left the police force and is now a licensed private investigator. But he is haunted by one particular case from his past that had been taken from him in the midst of his investigation and reassigned to the FBI. The case, involving the murder of a young women, had been linked with a $2 million dollars robbery, money from which had been traced to a known terrorist. In post 9/11 USA this led to the involvement of the FBI and Homeland Security and the death of the young women became of secondary interest and remained unsolved. So, with time on his hands and a dogged determination to see justice served, Bosch decides to re-investigate this cold case. However, unlike the past, he now has no access to official police files. He discovers that his past achievements as a detective hold little sway with either the LAPD or the FBI, both of which resent his involvement in this case.
The story is full of twists and turns and quite a few surprises along the way. Normally I read a Bosch novel over the course of a few days so I can savour every twist and turn in the story. Not so with this one. I found it impossible to put down; I just had to know how it was going to end. In my opinion, this is an outstanding story, brilliantly written and one well worth reading.
City of Bones, the previous Bosch installment, left me a little disappointed. I was also unsure that Bosch would return following that books conclusion.
I must say that Lost Light is a return to form for Bosch.
The hardest part of writing a "series" is the characterisation and development. The reader needs to feel that they are growing with the character and discovering more about them with each installment.
Connelly's strength is that long term development. You feel that you know and understand Bosch but then find out something that adds to your knowledge and keeps you hooked.
Here we find Harry hunting for the murderer of a film production assistant and leads onto the murder/abduction of an FBI agent and the murder of an LAPD Detecetive and the maiming of another detective.
All these events happened 3-4 years before. Harry is approached by the quadriplegic detective to find the killers and close the case.
We follow him through his hunt. There are visits from an FBI counter-terrorism group and the return of his ex-wife in Vegas.
Connelly weaves the story around these events and keeps us guessing as to the ultimate victim and perpetrators. Not every is as it seems in LA.
The end is surprising and, as in City of Bones, leaves you guessing as to Bosch's return.
There is a cameo appearance another character in private detective fiction when Harry acknowledges the presense of a Robert Crais character. Its a fleeting climpse so you may miss it.
I would recommend this. You can read it as a one off as it does not rely on early books to grip the reader. However, I would highly recommend the other Bosch stories and would say that you should read those first just to appreciate the character fully.
I can almost guarantee that you will enjoy this book.
I love Michael Connelly's lead characters. They're always smart mouthed, witty and slightly flawed. The scene where Harry is embarrassed by his notebook is typical Connelly and had me cringing and sniggering in equal measure. I can't get enough of his books as the standard is consistently high. And I'd recommend it without a second thought, but make sure you've set plenty of time aside because you won't be able to put it down.