I had run out of Reacher books. I had had high hopes for John Sandford, though after two books I decided to try something else. Reluctantly, I came back to Michael Connelly - I had tried first The Black Echo (Harry Bosch Book 1) which was very good, though not engrossing enough to get Book 2 subsequently The Fifth Witness which I had almost forgotten having listened to. At any rate, I chose this one, skipping Books 2 and 3 in the Harry Bosch series because it had 4.5 stars. I figured that this would be an example of Michael Connelly at his best. While reading The Last Coyote, I started to like and became interested Harry Bosch's character. Now I'm on Angels Flight, Book 6 and it is the best so far -- they just keep getting better.
What makes this different from other Bosh tales is that we get more of a glimpse into Harry Bosh's psyche. He is forced to work with a therapist, a victim of involuntary leave after a violent encounter with his boss. The mystery that accompanies his personal work, is solving the mystery of his mother, brutally killed when Bosh was a child. I typically enjoy Hill's narration and Connelly's writing, and this doesn't disappoint if you are looking for an easy listen . Some of the themes stretch credulity, but, that is par for the course in such a genre, IMO. The Last Coyote was entertaining. Not great writing, but good enough that I always looked forward to picking up the story where I left off. I easily recommend this book.
I discovered Michael Connelly last year reading one of his Mickey Haller novels. I liked his style immediately, and read a Harry Bosch novel. Then I decided that I must read all of his books. So I started with his first one, and I'm slowly going through.
I find The Last Coyote the best one of Connelly's first four books. I got to know Bosch more deeply than in the previous books, I especially liked the sessions with his therapist.
Bosch is not a superhero, he makes stupid mistakes and makes bad decisions. It makes him and the story more real.
I like how Connelly plays with the emotions of his characters bringing tension and conflict in the story.
Dick Hill did an excellent job narrating the story. In writing classes they teach you not to write the filler words like "uhm" or "er", but in the audio version they come through really well when expressing confusion or embarrassment.
This is a classic Harry Bosch book and it's narrated by my favorite Bosch narrator. I enjoyed it. It had a good plot with the usual Harryisms. I do get tired of him losing control, but you have to accept that with the character.
When I read this it took my breath away. It just sucks you into Bosch's world and mind.
I'm listening to the Harry Bosch series in order and this book by far is the best. The story behind his mother's death ended with a satisfying conclusion. The LAPD shrink and his love interest added weight to the storyline. I did not think I would continue to listen the Bosch series but after this book I'm hooked.
I love the Harry Bosch books. This one is no exception. That is why I slogged through the atrocious audio quality that Audible sold me. I am sure that the CDs of this book don't sound half as crappy. Get it together, Audible. Good performance, too.
Realistic, multi-faceted, satisfying
I'm a big Connelly fan, and enjoy Harry Bosch's character.
He always does a great job.
If you are a fan of Connelly, you will want to read this.
In this book Harry is again in trouble...The book started out frustrating because I did not like the interaction of Harry with the psychologist. But the book slowly builds and we finally get to learn more about Harry's past and his mother. He makes some big mistakes in this story and I'm sure they will haunt him in future stories.
He is really down on his luck but is constantly driven by solving the crime. That is a theme with Harry, no matter how hopeless a case or situation seems he keeps going, and we hope that can redeem him in the future.
So far I do not at all like any of Harry's love interests. I am not rooting for any of them yet, not the one in this book...will have to see what happens.
Yes, I would drop this one from the series. I did not enjoy the way the Harry Bosch's character evolved in this book at all. I read all three preceding books just prior to reading this one and by the end of this one, I really disliked Harry.
Though the story was fine and had good development and suspense, the way Harry was characterized in this book made him a very unlikable person. By the end of the book I couldn't care less what happened to him. He was written as a mean, arrogant, obnoxious, morally corrupt person who had lost all the soul displayed in his previous books. I was looking forward to a series I could really get "into" but this one killed my interest. Maybe it's just me, but I came away from this book depressed and joyless.
Good voices. Kept the characters alive and believable.
Perhaps the negative passion this book causes me to express would seem like a success to the author: at least I cared. But I don't think I will buy any more of the series because after listening to this one, I just really dislike Harry and don't care what happens to him next.