This was a great way to explore one of the most formative and defining events in Harry's life. It also explains why the current spate of "cold case" television and movie stories are so strong - the cases are fascinating - but it's personal with Harry. He investigates the murder of his mother, which doomed him to a childhood of children's homes and unsuccessful foster homes. Well written, intelligent, good detection. Only problem I had was the ending, which I thought was lame. However, Connelly is always a 5 star writer, and I would hate to have someone miss him - so a 4 star Connelly is going to get 5 stars from me unless it's really bad - and this is definitely good.
One of the best portrayals of a therapists is in this book. Usually they are portrayed as either far too directive, too sexy, or just plain bad. Harry's department mandated therapist is excellent and Harry responds to her, which is one of the good parts of this book. It shows Harry moving ahead in his life - rather than ossifying into a paper cut out character. Connelly has written a long series of books with this character, and he has done it better than most authors because Harry is a smart and thoughtful guy, and smart and thoughtful guys can take what comes at them and change over the course of their lives. He keeps the qualities that make him Harry, and make him a killer detective at the same time. By giving Harry a life that is not static, and a personality that never freezes in time, he keeps himself and his readers from being bored. I'll keep reading about Bosch, so long as Connelly is willing to write about Bosch.
I love a good story and will always give my honest opinion of a book, not matter if its my favorite author or not.
The twist and turns in this book out did the others. When you think it is over yet it has just begun.
Following along with the series you are always thinking in the back of your mind what happened to make harry who he is. This books answers a lot of our questions and raises plenty more.
The reader has a great voice that tends to entrance you into the story.
I say it every time. I am always left wanting the next book of this series
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.