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Angel's Flight [Hardcover]

Michael Connelly
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Book Description

31 Dec 1998
The sixth Harry Bosch thriller from the acclaimed and bestselling author of THE POET and BLOOD WORK. When the cody of high profile black lawyer Elias Howard is found inside 1 of the cars on Angels Flight, a funicular in downtown LA, there's not a detective in the city who wants to touch the case. For Howard specialises in lawsuits alleging police brutality, racism and corruption and ervey LAPD ccop is a possible suspect in the killing. Detective Harry Bosch is put in charge. Howard's murder occurred on the eve of a major trial: on behalf of a black client, Michael Harris, Howard was to bring a civil case against the LAPD for violent interrogation tactics that had caused his client the partial loss of his hearing. Harris had been acquitted of the rape and murder of a 12 year old girl, but many, including Bosch, believe him guilty. Howard had let it be known that the trial would serve a dual purpose - to target and bring down the guilty cops and to expose the real murderer of the little girl. Post Rodney King, the 1992 riots and the trial of O.J.Simpson, the City of Angels is living on nerves. To discover the truth Harry must dig deep in his own backyard - except that it's a minefield of suspicion and hate that could detonate in his face. And as if he didn't have enough on his mind, his happiness with Eleanor Wish looks to be shortlived. 5 cards on the felt are pulling her back to a place where Harry can not follow, back to herself. With Angels Flight, the matchless Michael Connelly has delivered another hugely accomplished, heartfelt and stunningly authentic thriller.


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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (31 Dec 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752821377
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752821375
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.4 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 310,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A former police reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Michael Connelly is the author of Harry Bosch thriller series as well as several stand-alone bestsellers, including the highly acclaimed legal thriller, The Lincoln Lawyer, selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club.
Michael Connelly has been President of the Mystery Writers of America. His books have been translated into 31 languages and have won awards all over the world, including the Edgar and Anthony Awards.
He lives in Tampa, Florida, with his family.

Here are the Harry Bosch novels in series order:

The Black Echo
The Black Ice
The Concrete Blonde
The Last Coyote
Trunk Music
Angels Flight
A Darkness More Than Night
City of Bones
Lost Light
The Narrows
The Closers
Echo Park
The Overlook
The Brass Verdict
Nine Dragons

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Michael Connelly, whose novel The Poet won the 1997 Anthony Award for Best Mystery, is already recognised as one of the smartest and most vivid scribes of the hard-boiled police procedural. Now, with his much- anticipated sixth Harry Bosch novel, Angel's Flight, Connelly offers one of the finest pieces of mystery writing to appear in 1998. Bosch is awakened in the middle of the night and, out of rotation, he is assigned to the murder investigation of the high-profile African American attorney Howard Elias. When Bosch arrives at the scene, it seems that almost the entire LAPD is present, including the IAD (the Internal Affairs Division). Elias, who made a career out of suing the police, was sadistically gunned down on the Angels Flight tram just as he was beginning a case that would have struck the core of the department; not surprisingly, L.A.'s men and women in blue become the centre of the investigation. Haunted by the ghost of the L.A. riots, plagued by incessant media attention, and facing turmoil at home, Bosch suddenly finds himself questioning friends and associates while working side by side with some long-time enemies.

Angel's Flight is a detective's nightmare scenario and is disturbingly relevant to the racially tense last decade of the 20th century. Amidst the twists and turns of his complex narrative, Connelly affirms his rightful place among the masters of contemporary mystery fiction. --Patrick O'Kelley, Amazon.com.

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A superb Harry Bosch novel from the bestselling author of THE LINCOLN LAWYER. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flight of the Fantastic 28 Nov 2005
Format:Paperback
'Angel Flight' tells the next adventure of disgruntled LA cop Harry Bosch. A highly media exposed lawyer has been murdered and the police are the main suspect. The lawyer made his name by suing the LAPD and in doing so made a lot of enemies. Can Bosch and his two partners sort through the politics and lies to see what the truth is. With red herring's and misdirection everywhere it looks like this could be Bosch's hardest case to date.
Connelly has produced yet another great read in 'Angel Flight'. It does not do much to progress the characters but highlights why we like Bosch and his dogged everyman style. The book is fast paced and enjoyable throughout. The darkness may not appeal to some but I felt was necessary for the book to work.
One area in which I felt this book fell down was the wrapping up of the case - I will not go into details but it is becoming increasingly clear that Connelly needs to find a new way of finishing his stories.
Apart from this small gripe 'Angel Flight' is a great read and one for all crime fans.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of the Harry Bosch series 15 Mar 2009
By Big Bertha TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
The story opens as Detective Harry Bosch and his team are summoned to a double murder on the Angels Flight funicular railway. When it is discovered that one of the bodies belongs to prolific black civil rights lawyer Howard Elias who specialises in prosecuting cases of police brutality, the police are the main suspects and Harry understandably does not want to head the investigation. Things don't improve much when Internal Affairs are called in to help with the investigation and he's told he's going to be working with his old adversary John 'Sustain' Chastain.

With the murders happening when the LAPD was already tarnished by the trial of its Officers following the Rodney King beating the area becomes a political hotbed ready to explode at any moment

This is in my opinion one of the best of the Harry Bosch series so far. Taking place over 3 days, it's fast paced, action packed and with enough red-herrings to keep the reader on their toes and Connelly shows exceptional insight into the racial tension elements. For fans of the series there are characters from previous novels brought back into play.

After reading a couple of Michael Connellys stand-alone novels coming back to a Harry Bosch one is like meeting up with an old friend and you just know it's going to be good!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read 2 April 2005
Format:Paperback
This is the first of Michael Connelly book that I have read and I was pleased to find that it wasn't the same as so many other books of its type. There was just the right level of uspense and the characters were well balanced. However, the book did seem to tail off without fully wrapping up the story and I would have liked it to have gone on for longer. Despite this, it was still an excellent book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A little short of the mark 1 April 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I read my first Connelly book (Blood Work) while on holiday last year. It was an excellent page turner and I was always sorry when I had to put it down. It took me a lot longer to read Angels Flight...I found most of the time I could take it or leave it. It took over half of the book to get started and grab my attention and it lost it a little again before the end. It's still a good read and touches on subjects not normally discussed in fictional crime and there were some good twists and turns. That said, I found it very hard to relate to the main character..Harry Bosch and had a feeling the author was writing a little in cliches as if writing a script for a Hollywood film. Still a good book but it doesn't quite hit the mark.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Simon
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The politics that plague policing are exposed and examined in a story that will probably leave you as conflicted as the inhabitants of the LA in which the book is set.
If you are a fan of the series this is definitely worth a look.
The pacing however seems a little off heading into the final act and a few investigative breakthroughs do stretch the realms of plausibility ever so slightly.
If you are a fan of the series you will love it,if not, as a standalone novel, you are likely to be unsatisfied that some plot points aren't resolved within the scope of this one book.
The positive side of this being that you are likely to become hooked.
I would recommend that those unfamiliar with Bosch read the earlier novels first. A list can be found on Michael Connelly's website.
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4.0 out of 5 stars My forst foray into the world of Bosch 15 July 2009
Format:Paperback
This was my first foray into the world of Harry Bosch - once i put it down i immediatley went and read (in sequence) every earlier effort. Connelly may have had dips in form in recent times, but his early Bosch novels and 'The Poet' remain seminal crime thriller works. At his best he rivals James Ellroy for tension, character and locale detail.

Angels flight is one of the best thrillers you'll read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Immaculate crime fiction writing 25 July 2008
By OEJ & SKY TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The fifth in the Harry Bosch portfolio and one of the best. Personally I made the mistake of not reading the fourth - TRUNK MUSIC - and quickly wished I had, because I now know that the previous book included some key events and character introductions that are barely glossed over in Angels Flight or merely taken for granted. So I do recommend that the books are read in chronological order.

Despite that, this novel is absolutely top-notch, mainly because it further develops the wonderfully well-drawn character that is Detective Harry Bosch - surely the best of his kind in contemporary crime fiction. Doubtless inspired by the iconic private investigator Philip Marlow by Raymond Chandler, Bosch is a man who the reader can intimately identify with and relate to, even if we don't have a crystal-clear image in our minds of his exact appearance. It doesn't matter though, because it's what a leading character thinks and does that hard-wires the reader into his persona, such that he appears in every paragraph of every chapter in the book and we are never tired of him. He's not what you might regard as an honourable white knight but he generally says, thinks and does the right thing and his assessments of people and events - often crime scenes and suspects - invariably turn out to be correct, even though we are fascinated as to how Harry will be proved right. And when he gets that feeling that something is wrong about a judgement from his peers or superiors, we know he'll be right about that too, although it's often too complex to guess why in advance. In this tale, a lawyer has been murdered on the Angels Flight train in Hollywood in the early hours of Saturday morning, and what follows is an almost minute-by-minute search for the killer spread over three days.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
5 stars once again for Michael Connelly, exceptional hard hitting story, with a great insight into Bosch. Always great reading.
Published 27 days ago by Rob Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Angels Flight by Michael Connelly
Another five star read from Michael Connelly. As I have said previously, Harry Bosch is my favourite detective with his no nonsense attitude to the job and to the political... Read more
Published 1 month ago by anon
4.0 out of 5 stars michael connolly....A1 author
always enjoy michael connelly books,,,once you pick them up you don't want to put them down,this is yet another great read
Published 1 month ago by fatcontroller
5.0 out of 5 stars Angels Flight
Michael Connelly novels are a winner every time and Angels Flights only goes to prove that again - top marks!
Published 1 month ago by Kris
5.0 out of 5 stars good plot
This is the second time I have read this book, and I still struggled to put it down.
I love Harry's determination to get it right every time, so you follow each twist and turn... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. S. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars One of his best
Bosch is a perfect character - flawed, righteous, human. The story keeps moving revealing the depths of humanity through a rolling plot - gritty, complex and perfectly balanced. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Doctor Karen Wilson
2.0 out of 5 stars Angels Flight
Story a bit drawn out with some some chapters not really relavent to the story. Seemed to be a bit PC for a good crime story
Published 2 months ago by Jo&Jon
5.0 out of 5 stars Angels Flight
An excellent book by an excellent author. His stories have lots of pace and are easy to read with plenty of twists in the tale.
One of my favourite authors
Published 3 months ago by daffers
5.0 out of 5 stars angels flight M Connelly
One of his best in my opinion excellent from start to finish Harry has flesh and bones and BRAIN power
Published 4 months ago by C Mawdsley
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Connelly
Fantastic author! Once you start reading all about Harry Bosch, you are smitten ................ very convincible! Why won't they let me leave it like that? Read more
Published 5 months ago by Fred
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