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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

Critic Reviews

"Grabs you and shakes you-and it feels great." (Kirkus Reviews)
"A powerful book." (Houston Chronicle)
"Connelly is at the top of his form in this brilliant mystery. Dick Hill does an outstanding job capturing Bosch's cynicism and anger, confusion and hurt. Hill changes his voice well to portray the other characters, most notably the female police psychiatrist...this is a first-rate production." (AudioFile)

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  • Reno, NV, United States
  • 04-08-13

Don't start reading Bosch books with this one

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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.

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human

good book. emphasized human feelings and figuring s. it kept me guessing for a good part of it!

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Dick Hill, Harry Bosch and Michael Connelly, what

Dick Hill can make any book great. Luckily the Harry Bosch books are great already, so what a bonus. Will continue to enjoy listening to the Bosch series for a long time.

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Great mystery

I love Harry . Even when he is a little bit to down on himself you end up loving him. As the most miss understood detective he eats at your heart. The who done it mystery is always beyond good. The author writing is very good. Definitely worth the money.

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Outstanding

The Last Coyote Is the fourth book in Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch series as usual, Michael Connelly delivers an outstanding police procedural and Dick Hill does a terrific job of this unabridged audiobook. Worth your time and money.

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Love the Character!

I love Bosch. Slightly broken, but amazing nonetheless. I hadn't read or listened to any of the books prior to watching the show and this filled in a hole in the show very nicely. I was worried I may end up with a spoiler from one of the other but it was seamless. This book is great story telling. Fun to dive into and I'll more than likely read another of Michael Connelly's books after listening to this one. I say read because I didn't like the gravely voice of the narrator. He is talented in being able to act out scenes (like telephone calls sounding echoey and different voices), but his voice was a bit too harsh for me. Highly recommend for the story though.

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Excellent Read

Multiple plots, plot twists as Harry tries to solve his own mother’s murder in 1961!

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More than he bargained for

As usual, I am caught up in the story immediately but drags near the end.

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Whiny bumbling Bosch

If you like your heroes crying in their beer every five minutes and stumbling through one stupid mistake after another this is the book for you. I know Harry misses his Mom, but get over it already.It has been decades since she left him behind.

To top it off he falls for a lady friend who is almost as neurotic as he is. Add the annoying voices provided by the reader and this book is so bad you can't stop listening for feeling it must get better at some point. It doesn't.

This may be the last Bosch for me and I was a fan until now.

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Poor Narrator

I'm not sure why the editors didn't catch the NUMEROUS mispronunciations by the narrator and fix them. I am an English teacher and the mispronunciations were bad enough I almost stopped listening. The story kept me guessing, but the word issues we're horrible.