Yes. A better editor perhaps. There were glaring weak points I would've like it better without.
Of course. I like his work generally.
Harry is a little bit forced. If you like your cops jaded and willing to rough up suspects without remorse to get results, Harry is your man. It bothered me that when he is suspected of planting evidence everyone was so surprised, though. I think now my difficulty finishing this one is the rampant corruption everywhere. I think I fear reality is really like this and it breaks my heart.
While I really enjoy the cases, I love the way each book delves into the life of Harry more. He feels like a real person - so many details, and realistic behaviors... Ver well planned and written.
Yes, if you are a fan of Harry Bosch, you would love this book. It is full of his character and style of investigation.
I am always a fan of Michael Connelly, especially of detective Bosch series. I have not yet found one that I didn't like. Great story and the characters.
Love it and his voice fits with all the characters that he developed in this book.
This is my favorite Bosch except for Echo Park. Good story, great characters. Dick Hill, the narrator, personifies Bosch for me. I think he is an amazing actor and he really *makes* the book. I wish he narrated all of the books in the series....
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
Hmmmm…. Connelly has braided a lace-like plot… No… no… that’s too delicate, even though it captures the complexity… Connelly has woven a net-like plot… Yeah, that’s manly enough but misses the continual twists and whorls. Okay… suppose you had cigar stained lace… used for a whiskey coaster… You know strong stuff, maybe bourbon.
Anyway… The story twists but the ends all align and the characters each fit into the design – net-captured, y’know what I’m sayin’? And Dick Hill creates the ensemble so that they swagger around in … in… Ahah! Knit the lace out of tough netting, riddle it with a stray bullet, and color the thing dark bloody noir. And if that’s what you want from a hard-boiled Harry Bosch novel… Get this one. It’ll tie up your imagination :-)
There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson
I thoroughly enjoyed Trunk Music and would have given it my highest rating EXCEPT that the ending seemed so contrived and phony that I had to knock it down just a little. It seemed just wrong to have Victoria Aliso blurt out as she died to, “… save my daughter.” What daughter? That’s the first we hear of it. And really? Her daughter turns out to be Layla, the Las Vegas dancer that Victoria’s HUSBAND is having an affair with? As if that weren’t enough, THEN Bosch and Eleanor run across Layla when they leave L.A. and Vegas and begin their honeymoon in Hawaii on the very last page. That coincidence seems just way too contrived. If there had been a plot of some dimension about Victoria, Layla, and their histories, then fine. However, to just throw these two facts in at the very end does NOT work to make the book and the plot seem believable.
Other than that, I found the book very readable and compelling, as with most of the Harry Bosch books. I’ll keep on reading about Harry Bosch. I wondered about the title "Trunk Music," and found what it means: ”...a wise guy saying outta Chicago.. when they whack some poor slob they say, “Oh, Tony Don't worry about Tony. He’s trunk music now. You won’t see him no more. “
Stick with the character that was already developed
Maybe another Harry Bausch maybe not.
So far it's ok. Not great. Not in line with the Harry we've come to know.
This book has Harry sitting in on conference calls and hearing 'Good work' from his new LT. gimme a break. Where is the grit. Where is the Harry against the world bravado. Where is the loaner. Then the new female detective that has Harry's admiration while he still treats jerry like shit... Cmon! Soft story line. So far very predictable. If there is a miraculous surprise twist at the end there has been no foreshadowing to it and would be as disappointing as the puller books. I give this crappy story line two thumbs down.
I saw the end coming on this one and it was a bit predicatble. If you enjoy the series it's worth the read, but it's not my favorite Harry Bosch book.
By now I love the Bosch attitude. He's tough but tender and he's honest. He doesn't plant evidence and so far the Internal Affairs guys haven't found anything on him akthough they keep trying and this is only Book 5. The finding of the body is only the beginning of a long effort to find the killer. The trail goes from LA to LV and back several times. I thought I had it figured out only to be fooled thanks to Connelly's writing skill. I love this detective and the gritty dialogue and smoking because I'm sure that's the way it really is in the homicide divisions. Dick Hill is a great narrator and gives a Bosh the vocal strength I envision. This is another great book in one of the best detective series around. Buy it but buy the first four first.