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Michael Connelly is a former journalist and author of the bestselling series of Harry Bosch novels and the bestselling novels Chasing the Dime, The Poet, Blood Work, and Void Moon. Connelly has won numerous awards for his journalism and novels, including an Edgar Award. He lives in Florida.
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The story takes place in 1994 Los Angeles when the 1991 Rodney King beating by police and the ensuing 1992 riots are still fresh in the city's minds. Police conduct is being held under a constant microscope. It was a time when plenty of people smoked and driving while drunk didn't seem to be that big a deal. Bosch has been a loner most of his life but, in this story, finds himself in an intimate relationship with a woman whose husband was murdered in the previous Harry Bosch mystery entitled 'The Black Ice'. Struggling with multiple murder suspects, the porno industry, a complex romantic relationship, police politics and a gripping court room drama delivers a hard-to-put-down novel. Also, Mr. Connelly's cynical presentation of the legal system would've made Charles Dickens proud. There were times when I thought some of the situations wouldn't have been so stressful in the story if everyone back then had cell phones like we do today.
It is not necessary to have read the two previous works entitled 'The Black Echo' and 'The Black Ice' but would help you in getting a better understanding of what makes Harry Bosch tick. The ex-reporter turned author does an excellent job of keeping the reader guessing and on the edge of their seats until the very end. Being a recent reader of the Harry Bosch series, I can see why Mr. Connelly's protagonist is so popular.
What I loved most about the book was there were two good plots going on; the civil trial and who killed the concrete blonde. I really enjoyed reading the back and forth between the plaintiff's lawyer and Harry who seemed to know way more than the lawyer defending him. As for the killer, I never quite knew what direction the story was going to go so it definitely held my interest. I thought there was some good character development as you learned a little more about Harry's background and the book did delve into his relationship with Sylvia. Overall, a really solid mystery that I would recommend if you liked the other books in the series.
The third in the Bosch series finds Bosch on trial for wrongfully killing The Dollmaker, a serial killler who preyed on prostitutes and porn actresses in Los Angeles. During his trial (four years after the kill), a new victim is discovered that casts doubt on whether Bosch killed the wrong man. From there, the plot twists and turns as the trial continues and a concurrent investigation tries to figure out the truth about The Dollmaker.
To say more would be a spoiler, but I can say that this is one of the very best in an excellent body of work from Michael Connelly--the best crime fiction writer ever.
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I believe this is the book before the show started???