Harry Bosch is not a cop anymore but he acts like one in this book. He’s retired from the LAPD and is haunted by a four year old murder case that was never solved. Having nothing better to do he reopens the case and starts a new investigation. In doing so, he runs up against FBI agents and night club owners who want him to keep his nose out of their respective businesses.
Besides the unsolved murder, there is the matter of some two million dollars in cash that went missing from a movie set. This is one of the items in the story that I thought was a bit “over the top.” The movie’s director wanted to show real money in the film which caused all kinds of extra work and security measures that were eventually found to be ineffective. The other item involved an attack on Harry by a group of four suspects which took place in the darkness. No problem for Harry, thanks to his Viet Nam tunnel experience dealing with the VC.
Harry also has a personal problem that vexes him: the absence of his ex-wife, Eleanor Wish, whom he misses dearly. Eleanor has been so successful playing poker in Las Vegas that she now has financial backers. He gets over to Las Vegas several times to see her and, in one touching scene, answers a question I’ve had on my mind for several years.
It’s a good read and the complex plot makes you pay close attention.