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Two Kinds of Truth (A Harry Bosch Novel) Hardcover – October 31, 2017
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"[Connelly's] immaculate plotting and gift for bringing procedural intricacies to life now seem as strong as ever...he writes the best detective novels around."―Charles Finch, USA Today
"The 20th novel in Connelly's Bosch series is one of its best."―Entertainment Weekly
"Harry Bosch is a one-of-a-kind hero who started out pretty wild when he returned from Vietnam to become a cop, but over the years he's developed into someone you want to ride with."―Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review
"Connelly's immaculate plotting and gift for bringing procedural intricacies to life now seem as strong as ever...he writes the best detective novels around."―USA Today
"A book as powerful and engrossing as any in Connelly's nonpareil series."―Jack Ratten, Toronto Star
"One of Connelly's darkest and most powerful stories yet about Bosch."―Colette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times
"The best crime fiction writer alive today...The interaction between the trash-talking, playful Haller and the stoic, moody, mission-driven Bosch is wonderful. The brothers are two kinds of crafty, masters in their own realm...Gut-wrenching...The final courtroom scene will make longtime Connelly fans stand up and cheer."―Marcie Everhart, The Oklahoman
"[Two Kinds of Truth] is a reflection of Connelly's talent that after 19 books chronicling Bosch's career, this iteration feels fresh and authentic. This is Bosch at his F-you best, pursuing his mission, seeking justice and speaking for the dead."―The Arizona Republic
"It's become an annual refrain - but Connelly truly is one of the finest mystery writers. And that's the truth."―Oline Cogdill, Sun-Sentinel
"If you're into detective thrillers, this is an obvious choice, it doesn't get any better than Michael Connelly."―Brendan Cooney, In the Sheets
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Michael Connelly has done it yet again. Two Kinds of Truth is an outstanding addition to the fabulous Harry Bosch series. This mystery series is one of my very favorites; Connelly has managed to create an authentic, likeable main character in Harry Bosch and has successfully provided him with a career path that lends itself to interesting cases and story lines. In Two Kinds of Truth, Harry starts out revisiting a cold case for the San Fernando Police Department. Soon after, he is dragged into a corruption investigation; a convicted criminal claims Harry framed him years before. Because he left the LAPD on bad terms, he is stuck fighting the case on his own and reluctantly decides to enlist the help of his half-brother Mickey Haller, the Lincoln Lawyer. Meanwhile, a pharmacist in San Fernando is murdered, and Harry must go undercover to solve the crime. (On a silly side note, I am never a fan of undercover operations – in books, on TV, in movies, etc. – they majorly stress me out. I managed to successfully survive this one and still completely love the book.) As the story progresses, Harry works to clear his name in the one case and attempts to resolve the other two. As always, the book was perfectly paced, and the resolutions of all three plot lines were believable and satisfying.
One of my favorite things about Michael Connelly’s books is that he uses his platform to shine light on current social issues and problems. In Two Kinds of Truth, he tackles the widespread, high-dollar world of prescription drug abuse. Connelly realizes that these is no simple solution and refuses to have Harry neatly wrap up this plot line which I liked and respected, but he still highlights the horrific effects on our society and on those who become addicted. The other part of Two Kinds of Truth that I loved was the resolution of the cold case Harry was pursuing. I would not have seen that ending coming in a million years; this is something that always thrills me to pieces – an ending that is not easy to figure out long before the book is done.
Truth is a concept that has been taking a beating in the last year. I was intrigued by the book’s title and was excited when I found the paragraph from which the title was derived. “[Bosch] knew there were two kinds of truth in this world. The truth that was the unalterable bedrock of one’s life and mission. And the other, malleable truth of politicians, charlatans, corrupt lawyers, and their clients, bent and molded to serve whatever purpose is at hand.” As the mother of three children, I have had to spend an inordinate amount of time this past year making sure my kids understand how important the truth is and how important it is to refuse to accept those that attempt to corrupt truth. Connelly’s message on truth is fabulous.
As is readily apparent from my review, I absolutely loved this book. While it is part of a long series of books, I think it could easily be read on its own.
The second reason is the book’s (and thus the author’s) thematic depth. The book is built, sometimes very subtly, on the lessons of its title, a title that is explained approximately one-third of the way into the story:
“He knew there were two kinds of truth in this world. The truth that was the unalterable bedrock of one’s life and mission. And the other, malleable truth of politicians, charlatans, corrupt lawyers, and their clients, bent and molded to serve whatever purpose was at hand” (p. 128).
It doesn’t hurt, of course, that the first kind of truth cements Harry in the world of the Chandler knight in a genre based on chivalric romance.
Connelly’s great strength in recreating this chivalric world on utterly modern terms, focusing on the daily-headlines issue of opioid addiction is his knowledge of fact and detail. In TWO KINDS OF TRUTH, e.g., he explains the ethos and economy of pill mills and the nature of their day to day operation; Oxy dosages, street values, and the manner of ingestion; regional airport rules, regulations and protocols in California; the degree of indemnification of LAPD officers in civil suits, and, preeminently, the districts of the LAPD, SFPD, etc. and their respective responsibilities. If, e.g., a man and a woman are arrested in Pacoima for a specific crime, where will each be housed before their trials?
Thus, MC draws on all of his crime reporter experiences (updated as necessary), adds his skills as a novelist and his deep awareness of the expectations that attend the genre in which he is working and adds some deft philosophizing which is both thoughtful and resonant.
It is always a delight to see a favorite novelist just keep getting better and better and keeping his hand away from the autopilot switch.