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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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.
This book had a great story but the change in narrator caught me off guard. I've been used to certain voices for each character and it took me some time to adjust. The narrator doesn't do a bad job but it'll take some getting used to and you'll find yourself missing Dick Hill at times.
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