I have read all of the Bosch and Haller novels, I have thoroughly enjoyed them all until this one, but I will read no more of them should there be any. About 2/3rds through this novel, the author introduced a real-life, very prominent current-day political figure – by name - into a jury selection scene.
The author used highly defamatory descriptions of this politician’s character to justify the novel’s leading character’s striking potential jurors. The irony of the author’s using this politician (or any living real-life person) in this way is that the novel’s plucky main character was on trial for murder, and the dishonest prosecution was continually making it difficult for the defendant to defend himself – just as the author’s use of a novel as a vehicle for defamation purposes has precluded this current-day politician from defending himself. It is disgusting, cowardly, and very disappointing.