The pace of this narration fit the story far better than the previous book, Concrete Blond. It is as if the producer has found his or her rhythm. Also, Connelly let the coyote remain a metaphor and not a simile. in that way, he allowed the reader to enter the story. It may have been obvious but it didn't become patronizing.
I mostly play these while working alone and I can pay some attention. I had trouble putting this one down. Perhaps it was the personal investment in the crime that interested me. It was a good illustration of how difficult self definition and boundaries can be when a person is seriously affected.
My favorite scene was the initial Florida visit (not really one scene, but more an episode). I am not sure if Connely intended it, but each scene had Detective Bosch either voluntarily or not had to lower or lose his defenses only to find allies, helpers, or companions.
There is no Past
This may be the prime foundational book in the Harry Bosch series. It is a step in making Bosch a whole person.
Raised on a farm in South Dakota, worked as a ranch hand in the Missouri Breaks of eastern Montana. Author of Montana Stories. Live in TX.
love the story line and the overall performance. this is my fourth Bosh Book 10+
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.
I heard Angels Flight out of sequence, so I knew there was a back story to the series. I'm sad I waited a couple of years to revist the book. Don't start this one until you you started with book one! Enjoy
The last Coyote is Bosh at his most magnificent angst ridden, persecuted self with collateral damage all around. Dick Hill was born to read Connelly's Bosh books too. Great read here by Hill.