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Two Kinds of Truth: The New Harry Bosch from No.1 Bestseller (Harry Bosch Series) Hardcover – October 31, 2017
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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.
Bosch's investigations have never been more relevant or topical, as Bosch investigates a possible drug world cartel behind the murder of father and son pharmacists. Bosh is retired now with a pension. He doesn't want to spend his retirement playing golf. With the shortage of police, and cutbacks in the California budget for law enforcement, retired police can volunteer to help out police departments across the state.
Bosch volunteers at a small police department near him which is short on cash, equipment and manpower. Bosch works out of an empty jail cell on their cold cases. Can he clear up some of these cases for them, as that's where Bosch's talents and interests lie? I love it when Bosch works on cold cases.
Unfortunately for Bosch, a cold case involving Bosch which he thought he'd satisfactorily investigated at the time the case was hot with the results that the guilty party was currently behind bars on Death Row is heating up. There's new DNA evidence which makes it appear that Bosch was either incompetent or corrupt in his investigation. Worst case scenario? Bosch could lose his pension if the alleged perpetrator is victorious and sues.
An old case, and a new case with two dead bodies, and possibly more to come, occupy Bosch during this book. You learn a lot about the current drug crisis in the U.S. which I found very enlightening. Author Connelly always does his research. Although there are some current political references to Russians and collusion, Connelly does it with a light hand, so you don't feel you are being lectured to. 1/2 of Connelly's readers won't be offended by the author's or Bosch's political viewpoints. We delve into current issues, but get a break from the partisanship as some readers may have different life experiences and viewpoints than California residents, multi-million dollar authors, Hollywood actors or Silicon Valley tech workers. Bosch's world isn't concerned with P.C., so, fear not, you'll be able to escape the weary debate on that for a few entertaining hours.
Speaking of hours, I started this book a bit after midnight, thinking I'd read for a few chapters, and finished at 3:15 a.m., so you may want to pick this book up when you know you have 3-4 hours free.
If you've wondered if author Michael Connelly can write two great books in a year? Yes, he can, and did this year with his new debut book titled THE LATE SHOW featuring a female detective Rene Ballard who works the night shift or "late show". Two quality books in one year by Michael Connelly is positive news for Connelly fans. Rejoice!
I'll be looking to see if either of these two plots in this book insinuate themselves into the fantastic Bosch film series which Amazon films produces.
I miss the old Harry, the one who was tough as nails but whose vulnerability and humanity was on display a bit more, and whose nightmares intruded from time to time and often merged with the nightmare cases he worked during the day. I miss also the sharper, more focused writing that was a hallmark of the earlier books, and the unique characters, good and bad.
Despite my reservations and my desire for a return to the earlier Bosch, I can still recommend this installment as an easy read, rather like mac-and-cheese rather than pommes a la Russe.
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Excellent book couldn't lay it down!! Love all of Michele Conley books! All of his books are good but this is up there as one of the best!