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Trunk Music: Harry Bosch Series, Book 5 | [Michael Connelly]

Trunk Music: Harry Bosch Series, Book 5

Back on the job after an involuntary leave of absence, LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch is ready for a challenge. But his first case is a little more than he bargained for. It starts with the body of a Hollywood producer in the trunk of a Rolls-Royce, shot twice in the head at close range - what looks like "trunk music", a Mafia hit.
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Back on the job after an involuntary leave of absence, LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch is ready for a challenge. But his first case is a little more than he bargained for. It starts with the body of a Hollywood producer in the trunk of a Rolls-Royce, shot twice in the head at close range - what looks like "trunk music", a Mafia hit.

But the LAPD's organized crime unit is curiously uninterested, and when Harry follows a trail of gambling debts to Las Vegas, the case suddenly becomes more complex - and much more personal. A rekindled romance with an old girlfriend opens new perspectives on the murder, and he begins to glimpse a shocking triangle of corruption and collusion. Yanked off the case, Harry himself is soon the one being investigated. But only a bullet can stop Harry when he's searching for the truth.

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

©2004 Michael Connelly; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

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    Terijo AUSTIN, TEXAS, United States 05-24-14
    Terijo AUSTIN, TEXAS, United States 05-24-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Good but somehow I keep putting it down"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes. A better editor perhaps. There were glaring weak points I would've like it better without.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Michael Connelly? Why or why not?

    Of course. I like his work generally.


    Any additional comments?

    Harry is a little bit forced. If you like your cops jaded and willing to rough up suspects without remorse to get results, Harry is your man. It bothered me that when he is suspected of planting evidence everyone was so surprised, though. I think now my difficulty finishing this one is the rampant corruption everywhere. I think I fear reality is really like this and it breaks my heart.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tracey Chambersburg, PA, United States 08-15-13
    Tracey Chambersburg, PA, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    What did you like best about this story?

    While I really enjoy the cases, I love the way each book delves into the life of Harry more. He feels like a real person - so many details, and realistic behaviors... Ver well planned and written.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Liang ID USA 03-09-13
    J. Liang ID USA 03-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    Would you listen to Trunk Music: Harry Bosch Series, Book 5 again? Why?

    Yes, if you are a fan of Harry Bosch, you would love this book. It is full of his character and style of investigation.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Michael Connelly? Why or why not?

    I am always a fan of Michael Connelly, especially of detective Bosch series. I have not yet found one that I didn't like. Great story and the characters.


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

    Love it and his voice fits with all the characters that he developed in this book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jess Newbury Park, CA, USA 02-05-10
    Jess Newbury Park, CA, USA 02-05-10
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    "Excellent installment in the Harry Bosch series"

    This is my favorite Bosch except for Echo Park. Good story, great characters. Dick Hill, the narrator, personifies Bosch for me. I think he is an amazing actor and he really *makes* the book. I wish he narrated all of the books in the series....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 06-12-12
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 06-12-12 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "Tough, Smart, Tight --- YEAH!"

    Hmmmm…. Connelly has braided a lace-like plot… No… no… that’s too delicate, even though it captures the complexity… Connelly has woven a net-like plot… Yeah, that’s manly enough but misses the continual twists and whorls. Okay… suppose you had cigar stained lace… used for a whiskey coaster… You know strong stuff, maybe bourbon.

    Anyway… The story twists but the ends all align and the characters each fit into the design – net-captured, y’know what I’m sayin’? And Dick Hill creates the ensemble so that they swagger around in … in… Ahah! Knit the lace out of tough netting, riddle it with a stray bullet, and color the thing dark bloody noir. And if that’s what you want from a hard-boiled Harry Bosch novel… Get this one. It’ll tie up your imagination :-)

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    Johnny Wilde Wall, TX, United States 02-27-15
    Johnny Wilde Wall, TX, United States 02-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    Very good. Not one of the best Harry Bosch books but definitely definitely worth a listen. Go I go to the next one book 6.

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    Jolanda 02-14-15
    Jolanda 02-14-15
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    The story was very well written and the narration added enjoyment. The ending of the story was a little weak.

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    Beth Coon Rapids, MN United States 02-05-15
    Beth Coon Rapids, MN United States 02-05-15 Member Since 2010
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    It was a good listen. I enjoy Harry and will definitely get the next book in the series.

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    Mark mckinzie bakersfield, CA United States 01-21-15
    Mark mckinzie bakersfield, CA United States 01-21-15 Member Since 2013
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    I like Harry good listen well done kept my interest all the way to the end, keep the KY CLEAN HARRY!

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    KP Oakland, CA 12-27-14
    KP Oakland, CA 12-27-14 Member Since 2012

    There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson

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    ***SPOILER ALERT****
    I thoroughly enjoyed Trunk Music and would have given it my highest rating EXCEPT that the ending seemed so contrived and phony that I had to knock it down just a little. It seemed just wrong to have Victoria Aliso blurt out as she died to, “… save my daughter.” What daughter? That’s the first we hear of it. And really? Her daughter turns out to be Layla, the Las Vegas dancer that Victoria’s HUSBAND is having an affair with? As if that weren’t enough, THEN Bosch and Eleanor run across Layla when they leave L.A. and Vegas and begin their honeymoon in Hawaii on the very last page. That coincidence seems just way too contrived. If there had been a plot of some dimension about Victoria, Layla, and their histories, then fine. However, to just throw these two facts in at the very end does NOT work to make the book and the plot seem believable.

    Other than that, I found the book very readable and compelling, as with most of the Harry Bosch books. I’ll keep on reading about Harry Bosch. I wondered about the title "Trunk Music," and found what it means: ”...a wise guy saying outta Chicago.. when they whack some poor slob they say, “Oh, Tony Don't worry about Tony. He’s trunk music now. You won’t see him no more. “



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