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5.0 out of 5 stars Let Hear It For Harry Again!, November 23, 2012
This review is from: The Black Box (Harry Bosch) (Kindle Edition)
Harry is still working on closed cases and he decides to re-open the "Snow White" case. When he was an officer during the 1992 LA riots he came upon a murdered Danish reporter Anneke Jespersen, who was found dead by a National Guardsman. Harry was never able to solve that mystery and it basically went dormant for 20 years. The fact that he never found Jesperson's killer had always gnawed at him and the 20th anniversary sets him to dive back into it.

In the meantime he has annoyed his new group leader (O'Toole) and pretty soon the PSB (formally Internal Affairs) is investigating Harry for improprieties when he visited his girlfriend"s (Hannah) son in prison. Harry is no longer a regular detective as he is in his four year DROP period and he could be let go for the merest infraction.

As Harry starts to investigate the Jesperson case, he gets more blowback from O'Toole making him think that those that sit on the 10th floor are against him and are behind the PSB investigation. This makes Harry more determined to work on the case. Harry learns that a call was made to the police from Modesto, CA on the 10th anniversary of the murder and when Harry looks into that call, it is the clue he needs to really start the case going. His partner Chu had told Harry that every case has a "Black Box" which is the one clue that can break the case wide open.

Harry has to work the case solo and let Chu work in the background because he is afraid that O'Toole will come after Chu too. Harry is relentless at persuing all clues in his usuall direct manner. The story gets hot and heavy as Harry must quickly solve the case before he is ousted from his job and must go after the bad guys without a partner for backup.

This book held me from start to finish and Connelly's writing is crisp. The only things that were negative about the book is he does go overboard talking about jazz songs as I am not a jazz aficianado. Also, his daughter Maddy is virtually a non-entity and after his last book, I thought she would have a hand in helping him solve the case. None of these issues prevent me from giving the book a full five stars!
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Initial post: May 13, 2013 8:41:05 AM PDT
It is Hannah's son not her brother. Harry talks about the Black Box first not Chu.

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2013 11:06:30 AM PDT
V,

Thank you for your comments. You are definately right about Hannah's son and I have made the revision to my review. As I read this book a long time ago I cannot remember who brought up the Black Box idea first between Harry and Chu so I am leaving that part of the review alone.
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