I am a HUGE fan of Connelly. I think that he is not only one of the best genre writers to ever live but possibly one one of the best authors of our time. & The Last Coyote is one of the best in the Bosch series. So, in my humble opinion, you will have a hard time finding a better story than this. (caveat: you should read/listen to this series in chronological order).
Two aspects of this story weave together to form a stunning narrative. One - this story is understated. Its not a race against the clock with some super hero trying to save the world. Instead its a 30 year old crime that Bosch is trying to solve, a crime no one cared about. Two - The writing style is complex. The narrative unfolds through flashbacks (sessions with a psychiatrist), conversations (stories told to others), self reflection (thoughts of the protagonist), and action (as the story unfolds). Its a tour de force of how to write a solid story without jumping from character to character or from time frame to time frame.
Lastly, the narrator here, Dick Hill, he nails Bosch. I can't imagine anyone else reading this story better.
So don't hesitate to get this. You wont regret it unless you are looking for 'action' in your mystery thriller.
This is a great series that never gets old! There are always twists and turns that keep you wondering "who done it". The character of Harry Bosch is complex and even though rather rough endearing.
That Bosch found out the details of why his mother was murdered.
Bosch of course, but also liked his therapist's character as well as the character who admitted to Bosch that he had loved his mother and wanted to marry her.
I liked the entire book and there were plenty of vivid scenes: when Bosch left the note on the politician's flyer and the bodyguard chasing Bosch down the sloped driveway.
Recommend this one!
The good news is this book tells what happened to Harry Bosch to make him the man he is today. It has him trying to solve his mother's murder, which happened when he was a boy. The bad news is this is probably the slowest of Connelly’s books. That’s all right if you like Bosch’s character, as I do. But it’s not the place to start if you're somewhat new to the series.
I always read the reviews before I use my precious credit. There were so many raves about this Harry Bosch character that I threw my lot in and purchased the book. I think for a newcomer to this series, probably reading from introduction or 1st book would be best. It took me two months to complete, not because I am illiterate, but because you have to sort out who's who, etc., to the point that I lost interest, came back, lost interest. From the middle to the conclusion, it was not such a bad listen, but not creditworthy.
First of my audio book experiences I was interested right away and almost bummed when it ended. Great for work.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
With this story, the listener/reader really has the opportunity to get inside Bosch's head.
Connelly does a great job of spinning the personal side of the murder of Bosch's mother with a really good detective story.
Dick Hill is good as narrator.
This is not a good Bosch story. I have liked other Harry Bosch stories but I did not enjoy this one. He usually cuts through red tape and brushes aside the establishment but in this book he seemed spoiled and petulant. If you want a detective story that really deals with the higher ups and red tape in a very funny way, get A Killing Frost, by R.D. Wingfield. You will not regret it.
I have listened to almost all of the Bosch series and this is by a long shot my least favorite. I don't know why it didn't suck me in like harry usually does. It was something about the characters in the story, they just were not interesting to me like most of Connellys characters usually are. Although, dick hill was amazing as always. If you like hills works you may want give it a try.