LAPD Detective Harry Bosch tackles three tough cases that span a legendary career in this never-before-collected trio of stories.
In "Christmas Even", the case of a burglar killed in mid-heist leads Bosch to retrace a link to his past. In "Father's Day", Bosch investigates a young boy's seemingly accidental death and confronts his own fears as a father. In "Angle of Investigation", Bosch delves into one of the first homicides he ever worked back as a uniformed rookie patrolman, a case that was left unsolved for decades.
Together, these gripping stories span Bosch's controversial career at the LAPD, and show the evolution of the haunted, legendary investigator he would become. Utterly unputdownable, they are proof that "Connelly never stops doling out the suspense.... Once it grabs you in those first few pages, it won't let go of you" (Boston Globe).
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but good if you’re a Harry Bosch fan.
Not happy with the first story “Christmas Even.” It was unfinished. Harry knows who did it and how, but he hasn’t proved it.
“Fathers Day” was complete. Harry investigates and interrogates in a smart way. It was good. “Angle of Investigation” was also good.
In general I don’t like short stories. These are a way to pass the time, but not enough time to get into them. I would not recommend this unless you’ve already read all of the full length Harry Bosch novels and want more of him.
Sadly I have problems with the narrator. I used to love him, but he has changed. He has trouble pronouncing certain sounds like K and S. It’s stressful to hear him talk. I wonder if he has ill-fitting false teeth. Other than that he is good with acting and tone of voice.
Genre: crime mystery
This collection of three one-hour Harry Bosch investigations is a little better than the other one called "Suicide Run" because the point of the stories isn't so much solving the crime but something else going on in Bosch's mind. The first story involves a stolen saxophone that comes up later in, I think, "The Drop" where Harry starts taking sax lessons. He remembers hearing a jazz player at a USO show during Vietnam and then meets him for the first time in this story.The second story has a poignant moment with his daughter at the very end, before that bad thing happens in the "Nine Dragons" novel. And the third story is constructed with that typical Connelly structure where it starts with a case from a long time ago (in fact, Bosch's first case as a patrol officer) and then jumps forward to the case coming up again when he joins the Open Unsolved unit and he and Kiz revisit it.It's fun to meet all of the regular characters in these shorter, more easily solved stories. If you're a Bosch fan, you'll love this collection as a satisfying snack between novels. (Yes, short stories are often unsatisfying but not these ones.)
As for the narration, Len Cariou's voice is starting to go. It's not as bad as it is in "The Drop," but it's faltering. Still, it's serviceable and I've come to think of him as the voice of Bosch — he just gets Connelly's rhythm — so it's plenty fine.
I love the last 150 years of history. Bully Pulpit and the Wilson biography absolute best!
This book is a teaser. Makes you hungry for the real unabridged stories.
Dont include a teaser for the next long book. (The Drop) Most of us Bosch fans will buy that on its own. These stories are too short and too pat to be lingered upon which is the joy of following a detective's wandering path.
I would not suggest this format. The short time given each does not allow the reader to wonder.
The Drop is a fine book. This hour long format precludes the reader guessing wrong which is the joy of a good detective writer's work.
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As I mentioned in my review of Suicide Run, I'm a BIG fan of MC (Author), HB (Character) and LC (Narrator). Another triple play \ triple treat of Harry Bosch in a short format. The price is right for a quick read when you are in between monthly credits. [Smile]
Can't wait for the new book, previewed at the end of this book. Harry is on the case!
Take no prisoners
The three stories show Bosch as a beat cop when he started his career and let the reader see his conflict over his Viet Nam experience. I like that we learn about his moral position that it doesn't matter who the victim is or how high in rank the suspect may be, Harry Bosch treats them all the same. He is fair but relentless. Makes me want to go back and re-read the entire series.
I preferred Dick Hill as narrator. He did the first six books. So, at first I didn't like the way Bosch was narrated by Len Cariou but after I listened to the book and then saw that Mr. Cariou is narrating most all of the later books I decided to accept the new sound and he does grow on you. He has a fine voice and adds some emphasis to,the other characters. Besides he's a fine actor in his own right. I googled him.
Bosch is on the job so be sure all the facts are visible.
I like this detective series. It seems to get better as more about Harry is revealed. I like that the author doesn't entangle Harry in lots of distractions but enough to know that he is a man in addition to being a detective. He gets married, not successfully, but does love his daughter.
Not better - but just as much fun.
Satisfactory ending, but a bit short.
I remember a good range of the voice characterization.
These short stories have some elements of the full length novels, but the short story format drastically changes the feel of them. It's almost more like reading the 5 minute mysteries in magazines from a past era. They are quite simple and have one little "trick" that Bosch pulls out at the end.
Basically they're well written stories by a talented authour and well worth the listen but not at all Bosch style.
If you are considering reading Connelly, this would be a good choice to consider (especially at $3.95).
There are three short stories included, that serve as very good examples of Bosch-style writing. Above average fare.
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