An activist attorney is killed in a cute little L.A. trolley called Angels Flight, far from Harry Bosch's Hollywood turf. But the case is so explosive - and the dead man's enemies inside the L.A.P.D. are so numerous - that it falls to Harry to solve it. Now the streets are superheating. Harry's year-old Vegas marriage is unraveling. And the hunt for a killer is leading Harry to another high-profile L.A. murder case, one where every cop had a motive. The question is, did any have the guts?
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The story was good, the book well written and I did enjoy it. I enjoyed it despite the dreary narration. It was hard to get through the last chapters because of the cadence and phrasing of the narratior.
I have read a lot of Connelly's Bosch series and now catching up on his earlier ones, this was another gripping exciting story. This book was originally printed in 1999, and as you listen to the story it could have been written today. The narration was good, just not the voice of Bosch I'm used to.
I enjoyed the story, but found the plot line to be a bit repetitive and the ending contrived. The new voice author has an annoying rasp at the end of each word, making the Bosch character's voice sound forced. I've really enjoyed all of the previous books and hope the next will be better written and voiced.
As far as Harry Bosch mysteries go, this stands up well with all the rest. Unfortunately, the narrating by Peter Giles is flat compared to that of previous Bosch narrators. I had a hard time not thinking that Charlie Sheen was telling the story, and a Charlie Sheen lime voice does not do justice to Bosch or Edgar very well.
If you don't mind the narrator, the book is an excellent read(listen).
After Dick Hill's performance in the earlier Bosch novels, Peter Giles was more overly dramatic, but enjoyable overall. His characters were sometimes lacking in distinction, but easy enough to follow.
The story itself is one of the better Bosch mysteries, not laboring too long in one aspect and really highlighting the City as a factor in the mystery.
I've read all the books in order so far, they keep getting better and this is the best one yet. I couldn't stop listening and felt gripped by the narrator. I steamrolled straight through the 12 hours. Amazing. The tension of the events surrounding this case were so real. The story, as it was told, felt as if it was being told in real time. Typical Connelly has you on the edge of your seat until the very end, and the end is graphic and horrific. A bittersweet ending. I can easily see this book making into a future season of the Amazon TV show "Bosch". The whole story elicits strong emotions -- for the police, for the public, for the "victims", and for the corrupt shot callers. Highly recommend this book.
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