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Product Details

  • Series: Harry Bosch
  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (January 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446607274
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446607278
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (415 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews Review

Michael Connelly, whose novel The Poet won the 1997 Anthony Award for Best Mystery, is already recognized as one of the smartest and most vivid scribes of the hard-boiled police procedural. Now, with his much-anticipated sixth Harry Bosch novel, Angels Flight, Connelly offers one of the finest pieces of mystery writing to appear in 1998. Bosch is awakened in the middle of the night and, out of rotation, he is assigned to the murder investigation of the high-profile African American attorney Howard Elias. When Bosch arrives at the scene, it seems that almost the entire LAPD is present, including the IAD (the Internal Affairs Division). Elias, who made a career out of suing the police, was sadistically gunned down on the Angels Flight tram just as he was beginning a case that would have struck the core of the department; not surprisingly, L.A.'s men and women in blue become the center of the investigation. Haunted by the ghost of the L.A. riots, plagued by incessant media attention, and facing turmoil at home, Bosch suddenly finds himself questioning friends and associates while working side by side with some longtime enemies.

Angels Flight is a detective's nightmare scenario and is disturbingly relevant to the racially tense last decade of the 20th century. Amidst the twists and turns of his complex narrative, Connelly affirms his rightful place among the masters of contemporary mystery fiction. --Patrick O'Kelley --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly

Connelly's novel follows series hero Harry Bosch's investigation into the murder of an African-American defense attorney who made a career of courtroom victories at the expense of the Los Angeles Police Department. This installment in the series is especially dark, and narrator Peter Giles's reads in a voice that echoes with the dry croaking of a lifelong smoker—something that establishes a noirlike mood from the get-go. The narrator ably matches Bosch's downbeat mood, shifting from anger at having to deal with racism, not just in his city but within the ranks of the LAPD, to weariness, sadness, and frustration at his inability to stop the disintegration of his marriage. Giles sands some of the roughness from his voice and pitches it slightly higher for the book's female characters, like the detective's soon-to-be-separated wife and his partner, Kiz Rider. But there's still an edge rough enough to remind us we're not listening to an Agatha Christie cozy. A Grand Central paperback. (June) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

More About the Author

Michael Connelly decided to become a writer after discovering the books of Raymond Chandler while attending the University of Florida. Once he decided on this direction he chose a major in journalism and a minor in creative writing ' a curriculum in which one of his teachers was novelist Harry Crews.

After graduating in 1980, Connelly worked at newspapers in Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, primarily specializing in the crime beat. In Fort Lauderdale he wrote about police and crime during the height of the murder and violence wave that rolled over South Florida during the so-called cocaine wars. In 1986, he and two other reporters spent several months interviewing survivors of a major airline crash. They wrote a magazine story on the crash and the survivors which was later short-listed for the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. The magazine story also moved Connelly into the upper levels of journalism, landing him a job as a crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times, one of the largest papers in the country, and bringing him to the city of which his literary hero, Chandler, had written.

After three years on the crime beat in L.A., Connelly began writing his first novel to feature LAPD Detective Hieronymus Bosch. The novel, The Black Echo, based in part on a true crime that had occurred in Los Angeles , was published in 1992 and won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel by the Mystery Writers of America. Connelly has followed that up with 18 more novels. His books have been translated into 31 languages and have won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Shamus, Dilys, Nero, Barry, Audie, Ridley, Maltese Falcon (Japan), .38 Caliber (France), Grand Prix (France), and Premio Bancarella (Italy) awards.

Michael lives with his family in Florida.

Customer Reviews

Hard to put this book down once you start reading.
Sherry Russell
Strong character development, solid plot with a number of well formed and very interesting side stories.
This book kept twisting and turning until the very end!

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

76 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Douglas A. Greenberg VINE VOICE on December 22, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ever since I read Connelly's *The Black Echo*, the first of the Harry Bosch mysteries, I've been hooked on these wonderfully complex, fabulously written novels. Bosch is (predictably) "hard-boiled and melancholy, but with a heart of gold," as befits this venerable fictional genre. Yes, there are many, MANY cop/P.I. detective series out there, but in my estimation, Connelly's Bosch series is the best, and *Angels Flight* shows why.
The theme in this novel is the atmosphere of racial distrust and recriminations against the Los Angeles police that has emerged in the wake of the Rodney King cases and the O.J. Simpson trial. Connelly succeeds for the most part in capturing the tragic essence of what has been wrought by the legacy of police misconduct and the African American reaction to it in the city of angels.
Not surprisingly, he is most effective in presenting the police perspective here: the outrage and frustration at the deterioration of police credibilty in the community overall; the combination of anger and grudging admiration that a get-the-police black attorney might elicit from conscientious police professionals; the increasing disillusionment as the politicization of police affairs becomes ever more complete.
If there is a weakness in Connelly's adventuresome foray into political territory, it's related to the delicate and difficult race-related theme he has addressed here. To succeed totally in this endeavor, Connelly must navigate through some extremely tricky sociological issues, and it becomes apparent that he might be in a bit over his head in this regard. When attempting to provide the African American perspective on police presence and conduct in LA, for example, Connelly does a decent but not outstanding job.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Peter W. Lindsey on December 22, 1999
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Connelly continues his first rate series concerning Harry Boesch and the L.A.P.D. As usual with Connelly, the plotting is tight and the story moves at a fast pace. This Boesch story is especially compelling with its focus on the Los Angeles racial tensions between Blacks and the Police. A prominent Black attorney is murdered on the eve of an important civil rights case which may seriously tarnish the reputation of the L.A.P.D. Connelly masterfully mines this fertile material for maximum impact and relevance to the current racial climate in Los Angeles. As usual, Harry Boesch is an excellent character who brings some compassion and humanity into another ugly situation. This is one of Connelly's best books.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By brx on March 28, 2001
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Reading a Harry Bosch novel you're surely in for delicate cases, interwoven plots and strange outcomes. Here, Connelly tries it too hard, wich makes a fine meta-reading, but can't really succeed on the story-telling level.
The Plot:
L.A. most celebrated black lawyer is dead. Killed. Obviously by a police officer. L.A. is on the brink of another week of looting and crime. Bosch has to investigate together with his arch-enemy chastain. FBI takes charge, too and so three teams set out to clear the case within a few hours before L.A. becomes inferno. Bosch's lead is a good one, leading him to child abuse, blackmail, police crimes and so on. Three Head pop up when one is cut off.
The execution:
This has got to be the book with most sub-plots, surprise, table-turnings that Connelly has written so far. And, be sure, these things are his trademark. Somewhere in the book you find yourself sweating to keep track what's going on. And so is the hero: Harry Bosch nearly stumbles through this book, but then, there's nothing much left for him to do.
The Verdict:
A critic or wanna-be writer will surely admire this book for its complexity and skill, the normal reader will be somewhat bewildered at what's going on all the time. But then, at least there is no sign of stretching the story too far, as Connelly usually does to get his pages full. This time, with all its contens, the book could, should have been longer since characterization is lead to a cardboard minimum. Nevertheless the strongest Harry Bosch Novel.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Simonetta Cavilli on September 3, 2000
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Angels Flight is not as good as Void Moon, but it is still a great crime novel. Connelly is your better-than-average crime/suspense novelist and he doesn't disappoint with Angels Flight.
Harry Bosch is great & the story basically is about the murder of 2 people, one being a high-profile lawyer. It is better than just your average 'whodunit' as it is still political enough to be interesting and still clever enough to keep you guessing throughout the book, with enough twists to make it believable.
After a few crappy crime/suspense novels that I have read in the last couple of days, Connelly was just the ticket to get me back into great ones again & I have just ordered all his books!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By foggybreeze on September 11, 2011
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I have read a few Harry Bosch books here and there and have found his character to be very compelling. The mysteries/crimes are nearly always fascinating. Thus, I would say that Michael Connolly is successful in creating a fast, entertaining read.

*slight spoiler alert for the end, not revealing names or really details, but some might not want to read*

However, while Connolly does try to present what is called in politically-correct terminology "a balanced approach", I find it frightening that a riot not only ends the book, but kills a cop in a highly violent manner. Throughout the text, the audience has been told that there are two sides to every story. We have been given two perspectives on the idea of riots and why they occur. Bosch never seems to decide between the two which is fine in itself. However, regardless of Bosch's ability to keep both ideas afloat, the author makes his own statement by ending the text in a way that seems to confirm the worst most racist (not my term really because other respected characters suggest that it is racist to argue that the black community in LA will riot and will not be able to process information about this case in a rational manner) notions brought up by the characters.

The end is complicated, something the author is good at introducing, and suggests a number of conclusions: a) bad people get bad endings, b) "justice" is often meted out in some forum whether it is within or without the law, and c) the minority community of LA is self-destructive and without morals (ex. they beat firefighters who are putting out a fire in their neighborhood).
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