With the spare time a suspension brings, Harry opens up the 30-year-old file on the case and is irresistibly drawn into a past he has always avoided. It's clear that the case was fumbled and the smell of a cover-up is unmistakable. Someone powerful was able to divert justice and Harry vows to uncover the truth. As he relentlessly follows the broken pieces of the case, the stirred interest causes new murders and pushes Harry to the edge of his job...and his life.
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©2005 Michael Connelly; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio
"Grabs you and shakes you-and it feels great." (Kirkus Reviews)
"A powerful book." (Houston Chronicle)
This is a great series that never gets old! There are always twists and turns that keep you wondering "who done it". The character of Harry Bosch is complex and even though rather rough endearing.
That Bosch found out the details of why his mother was murdered.
Bosch of course, but also liked his therapist's character as well as the character who admitted to Bosch that he had loved his mother and wanted to marry her.
I liked the entire book and there were plenty of vivid scenes: when Bosch left the note on the politician's flyer and the bodyguard chasing Bosch down the sloped driveway.
Recommend this one!
The good news is this book tells what happened to Harry Bosch to make him the man he is today. It has him trying to solve his mother's murder, which happened when he was a boy. The bad news is this is probably the slowest of Connelly’s books. That’s all right if you like Bosch’s character, as I do. But it’s not the place to start if you're somewhat new to the series.
I always read the reviews before I use my precious credit. There were so many raves about this Harry Bosch character that I threw my lot in and purchased the book. I think for a newcomer to this series, probably reading from introduction or 1st book would be best. It took me two months to complete, not because I am illiterate, but because you have to sort out who's who, etc., to the point that I lost interest, came back, lost interest. From the middle to the conclusion, it was not such a bad listen, but not creditworthy.
First of my audio book experiences I was interested right away and almost bummed when it ended. Great for work.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
With this story, the listener/reader really has the opportunity to get inside Bosch's head.
Connelly does a great job of spinning the personal side of the murder of Bosch's mother with a really good detective story.
Dick Hill is good as narrator.
This is not a good Bosch story. I have liked other Harry Bosch stories but I did not enjoy this one. He usually cuts through red tape and brushes aside the establishment but in this book he seemed spoiled and petulant. If you want a detective story that really deals with the higher ups and red tape in a very funny way, get A Killing Frost, by R.D. Wingfield. You will not regret it.
I have listened to almost all of the Bosch series and this is by a long shot my least favorite. I don't know why it didn't suck me in like harry usually does. It was something about the characters in the story, they just were not interesting to me like most of Connellys characters usually are. Although, dick hill was amazing as always. If you like hills works you may want give it a try.
Nothing snaps me out of a story faster than mispronunciation, and there are multiple occurrences in this book. "Forte," for instance, is not pronounced "fort." A couple of other painful ones like that make me wonder if a) the narrator just reads through without stopping to check for correctness and b) whether anyone "proofreads" the audio after recording.
I'm not generally a whiner, but details like that drive me buggy and detract from my enjoyment of the book.
Yes, I'll listen to more in the series, but this one just didn't hold onto my attention the way previous installments have. Sorry to be grumpy about it.
If you like the series, you will like this entry. A deeper examination action of the main character and what makes him tick while he solves a murder close to home....give it s listen.
This was such a good read I have gone in to read other Bosch books
"Another excellent Harry Bosch tale"
I love Harry Bosch, especially these earlier books before he became too cynical. In The Last Coyote we learn much about Harry's early life as he investigates his mother's murder.
I wouldn't suggest this as a good read if you've not already started on a Harry Bosch journey, but if you have invested in some of the other Harry Bosch books, then this one gives a great background while also being a excellent mystery in its own rights.
"My book of the year"
I think it is so well read by Dick Hill that I would say yes.
Harry Bosch of course, he is a gritty down to earth detective who gets what he wants.
When he gets his man!
Well there has been a TVs film of this book, but it's like a totally different story.
"The Last Coyote"
It took time to listen to but it was worth it. Michael Connelly and his Harry Bosch series are an amazing read. Each book in the series is better than the one before.
"Recored from a cassette tape?"
Another great story, spoilt by the quality of the recording? It sounded like it has been re-recorded from an old cassette tape where every 's' hissed! Once you accept the quality isn't going to get any better, you begin to accept the poor quality and focus on the story, but very strange that these days for such technological advances, something couldn't be done to repiar the sound quality. Not Connelly, Hill or Harry's fault though....!
Harry Bosch books are all of a pattern but extremely entertaining
Dick Hill is a good narrator in the same mould as Jeff Harding
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