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Trunk Music (A Harry Bosch Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Michael Connelly
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (396 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 . . .

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LAPD Homicide detective Bosch is back from an involuntary administrative leave just in time for the bodies to start turning up. When he finds hints of an mob hit but can't interest the organized crime unit in the murder, Bosch has to take the investigation into his own hands in a this hard-boiled tale full of sharp turns. Fans of Michael Connelly's excellent, The Poet, will go wild for this even better addition to the Harry Bosch series.

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From the opening bars, when the body of Tony Aliso is pulled from the trunk of his Rolls Royce Silver Cloud on Mulholland Drive, to the final grace note on a Hawaiian beach, Connelly has crafted a jazzy, funky, roller coaster of a book. The return of maverick L.A. homicide detective Hieronymous (Harry) Bosch (from 1995's The Last Coyote) is cause for rejoicing. The Aliso murder quickly embroils Bosch and his new team (Kizmin Rider, a young black female officer on the rise in the department; veteran Jerry Edgar; and their boss, Lieutenant Grace Billets) in a Byzantine tangle of Las Vegas mob money, Hollywood filmmaking and police politics. The plot rushes headlong into deadends and deadfalls, repeatedly reorients and tears off in a new direction. Never known for tact, the single-minded Bosch is soon hotfooting through an acronymic snakepit: the LAPD's OCID (Organized Crime Investigation Division); the IAD (Internal Affairs Division); the LVPD's OCU (Las Vegas Police Department's Organized Crime Unit); the FBI. Not only does each organization claim a piece of the action, but each also wants a piece of Bosch. Connelly has it all working together here: skillful dialogue, solid plotting, nuances of race and status and a pace that will leave readers gasping to keep up. Connelly's early promise (The Black Echo earned him the 1993 Edgar for best first novel) has been borne out nicely by succeeding novels. Trunk Music is his best yet. $400,000 ad/promo; author tour.
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Product Details

  • File Size: 847 KB
  • Print Length: 438 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312963297
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (January 1, 2002)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC1MMS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,034 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not garden variety mystery writing... June 3, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Trunk Music is the fifth novel in Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch mystery series, and so far, I have been very impressed with the consistency of Connelly's writing.

After spending all of book number four, The Last Coyote, suspended from the LAPD homicide department, Bosch is once again on the force. He is called out when another officer finds a body in the trunk of a car. The victim is Tony Aliso, and independent film producer. As Bosch and his two partners, Jerry Edgar and Kiz Rider, start to investigate, they discover that he lived an opulent lifestyle that could not have been possible based on just his film business. In fact, they believe it looks like a Mafia hit (i.e. Trunk Music). But when they notify the LAPD's Organized Crime Unit, they seem uninterested in pursuing the case. Tony Aliso went back and forth between LA and Las Vegas, and Bosch and his partners go back and forth between the two cities trying to run down clues. They also run up against the FBI, who is doing a mob investigation of their own. As with most Bosch mysteries, Harry is able to see things that most investigators can't and he gets a handle on the case before anyone.

Connelly seems to have a love/hate relationship with LA, and he constantly describes the complex personality of this city. In Trunk Music, he shows similar feelings for Las Vegas, although more loathing than love. He writes "Bosch had never liked Las Vegas, though he came here on cases. It shared a kinship with Los Angeles; both were places desperate people ran to.....Beneath the veneer of glitz and money and energy and sex beat a dark heart. No matter how much they tried to dress her up with neon and family entertainment, she was still a [...]." We're not talking garden variety mystery writing here. This is good stuff.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Connelly never disappoints July 20, 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've read the first five Harry Bosch novels, and have come to regard them as one continuous narrative in the eventful life of an old friend. Trunk Music was one of the better installments, and displays Connelly's typical mastery of plot development and authentic characterization. I've never found anyone in this genre whose dialogue rings truer, reminding me of a print version of a Steven Bochco show. Trunk Music also re-energizes the formula by introducing some great new characters in fellow cops Kizmin Rider and Grace Billets, and bringing back old flame Eleanor Wish.
Connelly weaves ambitiously intricate mysteries, always with several possible outcomes suggested. At times he seems to overreach, and the ending here feels a little rushed and unsatisfying. It's not that he leaves loose ends; everything is explained in his chosen scenario, it just seems that something with greater ironic power might have been available in this case. However, as I began this review, the more of these I read, the less I require them to be stand-alone masterpieces, and the more I simply relish inhabiting Bosch's world for a while.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Strong Effort March 6, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was another strong effort from Connelly. Bosch, one of the most interesting and compelling crime stoppers in the genre, is a sort of Dirty Harry with an even darker side. Trunk Music has a strong plot with nice twists and plenty of surprises. As always, Connelly does a superb job at portraying that gray area between good guys and bad guys. Once again Bosch is being investigated by IAD, but the telling line of the novel is Bosch's: "Who polices the police who police the police?" Things wrap up a little too neatly at the end, but otherwise I highly recommend this book. I rank it a little behind some of Connelly's earlier novels, but it still stands out amongst today's best crime fiction.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rises well above genre May 30, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first Michael Connelly book I read (am currently reading the third). I was interested in reading one that just came out in paperback, but decided to read earlier books about the two lead characters first...good choice on my part. This is the earliest book I could find and was a good enough introduction to Harry Bosch, although I would've liked to have found earlier adventures of his.
It captured me from the beginning with the description of the crime scene and the Los Angeles area locale. The conflict between personalities and branches of law enforcement who should be working together to solve a crime is a constant theme woven throughout the book. And there is a fascination watching as a man's life is pieced together by the investigators.
But the real fascination is with the skillful guidance down the wrong path with the main character and the subsequent twists and surprises. There are clues, but I'm learning that Connelly is good also at tossing in irrelevant information in a way that makes it appear relevant for a time. There's no cheating. There's quite a bit that can be anticipated if the clues are caught.
The characters are stricty three dimensional, with no cardboard characters. Some you care for and some you don't. But they live and breathe.
This can be enjoyed either as an entertaining read, or as a puzzle, a game in which the author plays fairly, and yet very likely will manage to surprise you at least in some of the particulars. There's plenty of depth here if you choose to read from a deeper level.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Harry Bosch
I love the Harry Bosch series. This is my 2nd time to read them.A great character. Good book. Start st the beginning. You won't be sorry.
Published 3 days ago by violet yourell
5.0 out of 5 stars Connelly is great
Connely never dissapoints be it one or the other of his series and repeating characters they are always great, recommended:
Published 10 days ago by Elena
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Mystery
Connelly is a master at writing police procedurals and his Harry Bosch character is a fixture of the modern mystery genre. Another solid book by a great writer.
Published 15 days ago by Fair Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellence as usual!
Typical excellent story telling by Connelly with all twists and turn just when you think you have it figured out. I enjoyed this as much as all his others.
Published 17 days ago by Thomas English
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep 'em coming. Bosch is great and Connelly is terrific.
Connelly and Bosch. Great combination. Lots of action and great writing. I've read all of Connelly's books and he's the best for this type of novel.
Published 21 days ago by Hunker Down
5.0 out of 5 stars Trunk Music sings for me
Enjoyed the pace of the book. Unusual twists and turns. Keeps the interest going. Just when you think you know the future scenario you don't! Read more
Published 22 days ago by peann
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a maze of mystery.
I loved it. All the twists and turns keept me on my toes as I tryed to solve the crime. I am a Harry Bosch fan.
Published 22 days ago by Maggie
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Thrilling...kept me guessing. I really enjoy the character development of Harry Bosch...this installment in the series does not leave you wanting.
Published 23 days ago by Brandon James
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down
I love Harry Bosch story lines. Exciting, suspenseful and roller coaster ride all the way to the end. Loved it. 502 pages of sheer enjoyment.
Published 24 days ago by Lover of crime novels
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This book captures your undivided attention the minute you start reading it. Lots of twists, when you least expect it the story is turning in different directions. Read more
Published 29 days ago by eszie
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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.

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