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The Last Coyote: Harry Bosch Series, Book 4 | [Michael Connelly]

The Last Coyote: Harry Bosch Series, Book 4

Harry attacked his commanding officer and is suspended indefinitely, pending a psychiatric evaluation. At first he resists the LAPD shrink, but finally recognizes that something is troubling him and has for a long time. In 1961, when Harry was 12, his mother, a prostitute, was brutally murdered with no one ever accused of the crime.
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Publisher's Summary

Harry attacked his commanding officer and is suspended indefinitely, pending a psychiatric evaluation. At first he resists the LAPD shrink, but finally recognizes that something is troubling him and has for a long time. In 1961, when Harry was 12, his mother, a prostitute, was brutally murdered with no one ever accused of the crime.

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.

Impressed? Ace detective Harry Bosch is also on the case in other exciting Michael Connelly crime-fiction novels.

©2005 Michael Connelly; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"Grabs you and shakes you-and it feels great." (Kirkus Reviews)
"A powerful book." (Houston Chronicle)

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    Mark Reno, NV, United States 04-08-13
    Mark Reno, NV, United States 04-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Don't start reading Bosch books with this one"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Delilah Boston, MA 03-06-13
    Delilah Boston, MA 03-06-13 Member Since 2013

    Dissonant Muse

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    "Detective Bosch Does Therapy"

    The books are getting better and better as I wade into the series, and despite not being totally sold on Bosch I can't seem to stop reading them now! I maintain that the author has a poor sense of character development when he's writing women, a stark contrast to his male characters which are fairly well flushed out. Regardless, as mystery novels go, these are candy, I really couldn't seem to put Coyote down until the case was solved, and Michael Connelly has a great sense of pacing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne Grace 02-22-13
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    "Fills in some of Bosch's history for you"

    Like all of the Connelly books I've read and especially the Harry Bosch series, I found this book very entertaining. It kept me in suspense and guessing non-stop.

    It gave us a little more insight into Harry's past with his mother and after she was gone.

    While on suspension for attacking his commanding officer, Harry looks into his mother's unsolved murder 30 years ago. In the process, he uncovers a great deal of information, much of it unexpected. You think the case is finally solved or you know who did the deed, only to be surprised by another turn in the case.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mackenzie 02-04-13
    Mackenzie 02-04-13
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    "A long-time Connelly fanboy -- no more"

    I decided to listen to all of the Bosch series in sequence to get a handle on the timeline of who did what to who. After this one, I abandoned the process overwhelmed by cliche, boiler plate paragraphs, bad dialogue and boredom. Keep a year between them so you forget how badly written they are.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maryellen 01-30-13
    Maryellen 01-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "The best of the series"
    Where does The Last Coyote: Harry Bosch Series, Book 4 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the best of the best. The story line fills in all the questions. I love that after 3 other books in the series, the reader finally gets to fill in the background of Harry.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Last Coyote.......


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dick Hill is able to give each character a voice. I have always been a huge reader of books. I am now so busy, listening while I am working or driving I am happy.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES!!


    Any additional comments?

    This book should come with a warning....You will sit in your driveway long after you arrive at home.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Connie 01-08-13
    Connie 01-08-13
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    "love Harry Bosch...!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Last Coyote: Harry Bosch Series, Book 4 the most enjoyable?

    My husband is not a book reader unless it is auto related!!! He loved the audiobook that I gave him to try and now he has listened to all but 4 of the Harry Bosch books!!! I have been listening slowly but surely and am currently listening to this one and am engrossed again in the characters and storyline!!!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plots are different in each book and does keep you listening intently!!!


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    I like the voice of Dick Hill....he has an earthy true to the chsracter voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Some of it makes you laugh, especially Harry's interaction with his supervisor...


    Any additional comments?

    Read the series in order to understand some of the references to prior storylines.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alanda WOODBRIDGE, VA, United States 11-25-12
    Alanda WOODBRIDGE, VA, United States 11-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The Last Coyote was good to listen to"
    Would you listen to The Last Coyote: Harry Bosch Series, Book 4 again? Why?

    yes i would. The characters were easy to relate to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the plot was superb.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    he told a great story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    G. M. Griffin 11-13-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Good story"
    If you could sum up The Last Coyote: Harry Bosch Series, Book 4 in three words, what would they be?

    thrilling, typical, good


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Sort of


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Excellent as usual. Very very good narrator


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    found it a bit longer than it needed to be

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    peter caloundra, Australia 10-08-12
    peter caloundra, Australia 10-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "yet another spellbinding Harry Bosch tale"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Last Coyote: Harry Bosch Series, Book 4 to be better than the print version?

    I've not read a print version of any of Connelly's books. I discovered him on Audible and continue to get great enjoyment from the listening experience.


    What other book might you compare The Last Coyote: Harry Bosch Series, Book 4 to and why?

    I'm also a fan of books by Barry Eisler, Lee Child, Vince Flynn and Peter Helton.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice! It brings the books alive in my imagination.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I enjoyed Connelly's ability to continue painting Bosch's character and motivation. I have to keep telling myself these stories are fiction, but I can't help but like Bosch.


    Any additional comments?

    I want more Connelly stories on Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Morgan Pittsburgh, PA, United States 10-07-12
    Morgan Pittsburgh, PA, United States 10-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    Would you listen to The Last Coyote: Harry Bosch Series, Book 4 again? Why?

    The story was good and a nice listen. I found that it was difficult to stop listening because I was so curious throughout the entire story. I don't think this would be the first story I would listen to again, but I do not think I would be bored if I decided to listen again, even knowing the story resolution.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Coyote: Harry Bosch Series, Book 4?

    There were two that stood out to me. 1) When a police officer was murdered. I expected him to be a recurring name throughout the Bosche stories, so it was a surprise. 2) The conclusion of who had killed his mother so long ago.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    He is able to portray the different characters personalities and emotions really well.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I enjoyed when Harry Bosch spoke with the Psychiatrist and Jaz about his youth.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • PP Merge
    7/14/09
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    "Last Coyote; first of many"

    I was in the market to listen to some crime fiction and someone recommended the Michael Connelly / Harry Bosch series saying I should start with 'The Last Coyote'. Well, now I'm hooked. The prose is economical and not over-blown and the stories are compelling making it very hard to take my headphones out and do anything else with my life other than listen to Harry Bosch titles. The narration brings the characters alive and breathes life into the growl and grit that you would expect from 'hard-bitten' cops. I would, however, start at the beginning with 'Black Echo' rather than jumping in at Book 4, you won't be sorry.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • M
    Kilwinning, United Kingdom
    10/16/12
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    "An excellent American murder mystery story"

    This is another excellent Harry Bosch tale from Michael Connolly. Harry Bosch is a murder detective in the LA police Department who is a strong minded rebel who sees things in black and white. He is a flawed macho figure whose difficult and deprived early upbringing has coloured his view of his life, and his work . The story is an American murder mystery and it is an excellent example of the genre. It is set in 1990's Los Angeles. The characters are believable and well-drawn. The narrative flows steadily and pulls you along. The plot is satisfyingly complex with twists and turns, but it is coherent and understandable. This is another very entertaining book from an author who has been at the top of his game for many years.

    The narrator of the story, Dick Hill, gives a master class in voice acting. He manages to put consistent and appropriate voices into the mouths of both male and female characters, which really helps the listener to follow the story. I strongly recommend this book to those who enjoy being entertained by American murder mysteries.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Lynda
    Beckenham, United Kingdom
    3/29/15
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    "Kept me guessing!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would if they are keen on Detective novels. Only one reservation which is that it is set before the use of mobile phones so it is a little dated but it is well written and is a very good story of its kind.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Coyote: Harry Bosch Series, Book 4?

    Not sure that I would use the word memorable for this genre of story but all the twists and turns were good.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Not one inparticular


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Just that it moved along at a good pace, the story was well crafted and it was very well read indeed by Dick Hill. For me a book is ruined if it is read indifferently but this was very good. The reader is very good at differentiating between many different voices and reads it in an interesting and expressive way without overdoing anything. Couldn't fault him.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ivan
    Gallowstree Common, United Kingdom
    7/12/13
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    "My favourite author for running sessions"

    Michael Connelly is one one of my favourite authors for dull running sessions. I know, it sound harsh but that is how I feel it. I started to listen to his great Lincoln Lawyer stories first in the past and found them a bit predictable but still very enjoying. When I finished with the last one I really struggled to start with the Harry Bosh series as it sounded as Mrs. Marple compared to Poirot to me. How wrong I was! Harry Bosh caught me even more and I have been enjoying his series since.
    This story looks very straight forward and easy to guess but everything is completely otherwise at the end. I kept listening even when not running which is really not good for me - I have to buy another one much easier :o)
    I must say, Connellys's stories are not the most difficult ones to get a clue but very easy to absorb and enjoyable. I really love them. And Dick Hill's narrating is just great!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • kathy
    amberley, United Kingdom
    3/17/13
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    "brilliant -loved every minute of it"

    this range of books is an excellent example of keeping the reader itching to purchase one book after another. As the reader Dick Hill is consistant throughout each book. He is excellent for the part and you can just imagine he is Harry Bosh. Each Harry Bosh series is very entertaining and well written! Fantastic reading! couldnt recomend enough all of the Harry Bosh books I have read so far 1 to 5. Thank you Michael Connelly and Dick Hill...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ms
    Ramsbottom, United Kingdom
    4/12/13
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    "Excellent"

    I've read a lot of Bosch over the years and this book is probably my first or second favourite... They are all really good, in my opinion you can't really go wrong.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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