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Angle of Investigation: Three Harry Bosch Stories [Kindle Edition]

Michael Connelly
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Book Description

LAPD Detective Harry Bosch tackles three tough cases that span a legendary career in this never-before-collected trio of stories.

In "Christmas Even," the case of a burglar killed in mid-heist leads Bosch to retrace a link to his past. In "Father's Day," Bosch investigates a young boy's seemingly accidental death and confronts his own fears as a father. In "Angle of Investigation," Bosch delves into one of the first homicides he ever worked back as a uniformed rookie patrolman, a case that was left unsolved for decades.

Together, these gripping stories span Bosch's controversial career at the LAPD, and show the evolution of the haunted, legendary investigator he would become. Utterly unputdownable, they are proof that "Connelly never stops doling out the suspense....Once it grabs you in those first few pages, it won't let go of you" (Boston Globe).

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  • File Size: 1120 KB
  • Print Length: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (November 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055PMRSS
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,704 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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237 of 240 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now this is the Michael Connelly we all adore! October 12, 2011
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Suicide run, the other three Harry Bosch short stories book released last month was a disappointment for most fans, myself included.

This book, on the other hand, is a great and exciting reading! Here you can see our old friend, Harry Bosch in his glory. The stories are good, with great plots, well written mysteries, and have a profoundness that is touching.
The first story shows us a little more about Bosch's war years - I'm never tired of hearing about them. Plus, it explains something I was curious about, but I'll not say more to avoid spoilers...

The second story is deep and sad. It makes one wonder about parenthood and its difficulties. We have Ignacio there, and I missed him...

The last story names the book and it starts at the very beginning of Bosch's career. He always talks about his first murder investigation now we can read it. It's great to be there with him, and to see him, years later, trying to bring justice to the case. Typical Bosch - never letting go.

*EDIT - technically, it's not his first investigation, it's his first dead body as a cop, when he was still a rookie but you'll see it's almost the same for him...-*

Those who canceled the pre-order for this book because of Suicide Run, please, think again. I believe this is a must read for all Harry Bosch's friends!
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74 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The great Bosch October 26, 2011
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This short story collection that came out only as an eBook is better than Suicide Run, which I reviewed recently, since not only the stories are more interesting but also because it gives the reader a chance to get to know better Connelly's detective Bosch.
In Christmas Even Bosch and his partner Jerry Edgar are called to investigate a not so common death. The scene of the crime, if ever there was one, is a pawnshop that belongs to a man of Russian origins. According to him his shop has been victimized by a burglar three times in the past and he's quite certain that the dead man was behind those crimes. How did he get in though and what was it that killed him? Harry will get the answers to these questions with no difficulty at all. But now, and most importantly, he also has to find out who killed him. It's Christmas Eve. All his colleagues are in a hurry to call it a day and go home, but he knows that he will never get peace of mind if he doesn't solve the riddle. So he'll start wandering from one place to the next, arresting people and posing questions until he reaches his goal. At the same time, the accidental recovery of a stolen saxophone will bring back to him memories from the Vietnam War and that's exactly when one will be able to take a better look into his psyche.
The story in Father's Day somehow reminds us of an episode of CSI Miami in which something similar has happened. A fifteen month old boy is found dead in his father's car. The cause of death is heatstroke and now it falls to Bosch and his partner Ignatio Ferras to discover whether it was an accident or rule it a crime. The child was handicapped and in cases like this no one can be certain about anything.
Bosch takes a journey into the past in Angle of Investigation.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great short story collection. November 3, 2011
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If i had any complains about this collection, it would be that it's too short!
You can read this 3 excellent stories in about 45 min, 1 hour.
It is a delight to see how the Harry Bosch character goes about solving a case.
One good thing about this format is that if you are on the fence about Michael Connelly or the Harry Bosch series, this is a good entry point, since they are basically condensed novels, stripped to the bone, lean and mean.
These short stories embody what i love about Harry Bosch as a character and Michael Connelly as the greatest crime writer of his time.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Short, Made for TV, Stories??? November 6, 2011
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I do not write a lot of reviews but feel I have to write a review after seeing the string of 5 Star reviews these stories received. I am sure Mr. Connelly writes wonderful intricate plotted books. But these 3 stories are just too simplistic. Anyone who has watched a Castle, Closer, or Mentalist episode will guess the outcome a quarter of the way into the story. The stories are fine but hardly worth purchasing. The preview of "The Drop" (Connelly's newest, now released title) was quite good. My recommendation... skip the 3 short stories and put your $2.99 toward THE DROP instead.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars a little disappointed May 29, 2012
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I purchased this book, being a long term Michael Connelly fan..
It comprised 2 short stories, 1 being "Angle Of Investigation". Both were fine short stories and I enjoyed both. My dissapointment came about when I began the 3rd section and found it was a trailer to a book I had already read!. This section comprised 40% of the sale item. This was the dissapointing aspect. I welcome your response.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hold out for the novels February 3, 2012
By Jayne
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I too love Harry & MIckey but I found these short stories unsatisfying - like watching an episode of a TV crime show where the whole story is wrapped up in 40 minutes. I prefer my novels with depth and detail. Was also disappointing that a lot of the "book" was a preview for The Drop which I had already bought and read on Kindle. Don't waste your money. Hold out for the novels and a far more satisfying read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Simple but fun
If you are into the twist and turns of any Bosch novels this book this isn't for you. Fast food little substance.
Published 2 days ago by Michael Riccomi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent service, excellent product. Glad to do business with you. Will do more in the future.
Published 5 days ago by mike
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun
These three short stories that manage to convey the essence of Harry Bosch. A great entertainment on a busy weekend.
Published 10 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Angle of investigation
What could be better than one Harry book would be several short ones all together spanning several years of his career
Published 10 days ago by David W. Viergever
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read!
Loved this book. Have read a lot of Michael Connelly's books, and enjoyed them all, and Angle of Investigation was a treat.
Published 16 days ago by A. J. Gagliardi
5.0 out of 5 stars Everybody counts...
Though short and "snapshots", it was very good, as always, to have Harry Bosch back. I wished each story could have been longer and more developed, but I'll take Harry anyway that... Read more
Published 16 days ago by KathyK
5.0 out of 5 stars Great short stories!
I just can't get enough of Michael's Bosch series. I learn so much about detective work. Michael really does his homework! I love his books. Please, keep them coming!
Published 18 days ago by carol
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read
Harry Bosch is the best. I have read and enjoyed them all. This is a short book, but certainly worthwhile.
Published 21 days ago by 1899 1902
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked.
Shortstories with a human touch. I liked.
Published 21 days ago by Walmor J.Piccinini
3.0 out of 5 stars that's poor value for money
Read it all in an hour. In the greater scheme of things, that's poor value for money.
3 brief Harry Bosch stories, all entertaining and in the Connelly style I would expect.
Published 22 days ago by Mike Beuvink
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Michael Connelly was born in Philadelphia, PA on July 21, 1956. He moved to Florida with his family when he was 12 years old. Michael 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 followed up with three more Bosch books, The Black Ice, The Concrete Blonde, and The Last Coyote, before publishing The Poet in 1996--a thriller with a newspaper reporter as a protagonist. In 1997, he went back to Bosch with Trunk Music, and in 1998 another non-series thriller, Blood Work, was published. It was inspired in part by a friend's receiving a heart transplant and the attendant "survivor's guilt" the friend experienced, knowing that someone died in order that he have the chance to live. Connelly had been interested and fascinated by those same feelings as expressed by the survivors of the plane crash he wrote about years before. The movie adaptation of Blood Work was released in 2002, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood.

Connelly's next book, Angels Flight, was released in 1999 and was another entry in the Harry Bosch series. The non-series novel Void Moon was released in 2000 and introduced a new character, Cassie Black, a high-stakes Las Vegas thief. His 2001 release, A Darkness More Than Night, united Harry Bosch with Terry McCaleb from Blood Work, and was named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Los Angeles Times.

In 2002, Connelly released two novels. The first, the Harry Bosch book City Of Bones, was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times. The second release was a stand-alone thriller, Chasing The Dime, which was named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Los Angeles Times.

Lost Light was published in 2003 and named one of the Best Books of 2003 by the Los Angeles Times. It is another in the Harry Bosch series but the first written in first person.
Connelly's 2004 novel, The Narrows, is the sequel to The Poet. It was named one of the Best Books of 2004 by the Los Angeles Times. His 11th Harry Bosch novel, The Closers, was published in 2005, and debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. The Lincoln Lawyer, Connelly's first-ever legal thriller and his 16th novel, was published in 2005 and also debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. This book introduced Mickey Haller, a Los Angeles defense attorney who works out of the back seat of his Lincoln Town Car. The movie adaptation, starring Matthew McConaughey as Haller, was released in 2011. This is the second film adapted from a Connelly novel.

Crime Beat, a non-fiction collection of crime stories from Michael's days as a journalist, was released in 2006, as was the Harry Bosch novel, Echo Park. The Overlook, Michael's 18th novel, was originally serialized in the New York Times Magazine. This Harry Bosch story was published as a book with additional material in 2007.

Michael's 19th novel, The Brass Verdict, was released in 2008, and debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. It introduces Lincoln lawyer Mickey Haller to LAPD Detective Harry Bosch in a fast-paced legal thriller. Michael's 20th novel, The Scarecrow, was released in 2009, and reunites reporter Jack McEvoy and FBI Agent Rachel Walling for the first time since The Poet. It too debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Michael released a second book in 2009, the 15th Harry Bosch novel, Nine Dragons. In this story, Bosch goes to Hong Kong to find his missing daughter.

In 2010, The Reversal was released and debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. This book has Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch working together on the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. The Fifth Witness, a Mickey Haller novel, was released in 2011 and also debuted at #1. Michael's 2011 novel, The Drop, a Harry Bosch novel, debuted at #1. Another #1 ranked book, The Black Box, focuses on Harry Bosch once again and is Michael's 25th novel. Its release came in Michael's 20th year in publishing, 2012. The Gods of Guilt , a Mickey Haller novel, was released in 2013, and debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. The Burning Room, a Harry Bosch novel, was released in 2014 and debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Fifty-eight million copies of Connelly's books have sold worldwide and he has been translated into thirty-nine foreign languages. He has won the Edgar Award, Anthony Award, Macavity Award, Los Angeles Times Best Mystery/Thriller Award, Shamus Award, Dilys Award, Nero Award, Barry Award, Audie Award, Ridley Award, Maltese Falcon Award (Japan), .38 Caliber Award (France), Grand Prix Award (France), Premio Bancarella Award (Italy), and the Pepe Carvalho award (Spain) .

In addition to his literary work, Michael is one of the producers of the TV show, "Bosch," which is streaming on Amazon Prime Instant Video.

Michael lives with his family in Florida.

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