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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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.
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
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!
I have read Harry Bosch books forever. This gave me a fix of hearing about my favorite character as a hold over to the next full length book. If you are reading this with the thought that it is short and will give you a quick look into the books then you will not be happy because it misses the complex interesting stories from the full length books.
I am a big fan of Len Cariou because quite frankly he is the reader that has done most of the Bosch series and his voice is what I am used to relating to so I will always like his performance the best but the reader that stars in the Amazon Prime series is also first rate.
Michael Connect manages to create an imperfect yet likable character with noble attributes (everyone counts or no one counts) who in spite of his rough start in life (son of a single mother prostitute which mother is murdered in his youth) is determined to bring justice to murderers of every stripe and walk of life. His efforts inspire others to do well in spite of the odds against success precisely because of the intrinsic value in doing the right thing no matter the cost. His determined efforts, though fictional, give hope to how each of us can make the world a better place by pursuing similarly noble objectives in spite of the challenges to success. Hurrah for Hieronymus, the imperfect hero!
Like a junkie on a downward spiral, I can not stop listening to Michael Connelly. He writes in clean precision. Every word is meaningful and serves a purpose. So, when I finished with The Crossing last week, I had to pick up the needle and break some skin again.
Angle of Investigation is a set of three short stories, Christmas Even, Father's Day and Angle of Investigation. The first story revolves around the death of burglar who suddenly dies while robbing a pawn shop. The best of the three, you think you know what has happened here but the answer being simple is also woven into a convoluted backstory for Bosch and someone who has altered his life. If you want to dig into a rare glimpse of B's youth, do not miss Christmas Even.
Father's Day is a downright sad and terrible affair_ plot and crafting is too succinct and I felt it was more like a short ... short ... very short story. I only say this because while reading it, I felt so much more could be added, or 'angled' in this way or that. This is my verdict for Angle of Investigation too. B returns to Open Unsolved Unit (cold cases) and zealously tries to find something on a murder that had occurred thirty years ago when, as a patrol man, he finds his first dead body_ the body of a middle aged woman, that strikes a deep personal core as his own mother was met with similar circumstances. He, however, unlike Dexter in his zeal for killing, lives for the high of catching the perpetrators _ the invisible friend of the dead.
Three interesting short stories for fans of Michael Connelly and for a nice lazy afternoon.
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