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The Last Coyote [Mass Market Paperback]

Michael Connelly
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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May 1996 Last Coyote (Book 4)

LAPD detective Harry Bosch is down on his luck - his house is condemned in the aftermath of the earthquake, his girlfriend has left him, and he has been suspended for attacking his superior officer.

To occupy time he examines the old case files covering a murder which took place on October 28th 1961. The victim was Marjorie Phillips Lowe - his mother...

The case forces Bosch to confront the demons of the past, and as he digs deeper into the case, he discovers a trail of cover-ups that lead to the high-ups in the Hollywood Hills...

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 502 pages
  • Publisher: Saint Martin's Press; 1st Mass Market Ed edition (May 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312958455
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312958459
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.9 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,426,632 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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The 4th Harry Bosch novel from the award-winning No.1 bestselling author. After being put on involuntary stress leave for attacking his boss, LAPD detective Harry Bosch tackles his mother's murder case.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bosch gets testy 13 Dec 2002
It's only been in the past couple of weeks that veteran L.A. homicide detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch pushed his boss's face through the plate glass window of the latter's office. You see, Lt. Pounds - the consummate desk jockey - had interfered with one of Harry's interrogations, which resulted in the (probably guilty) suspect walking free. Now, Bosch is on involuntary stress leave with orders to see the department head doctor. To kill time between appointments, Harry unofficially re-opens an unsolved 30+ year-old murder case, that of his mother, a Hollywood hooker. Then there's his Hollywood Hills home, damaged by a recent earthquake and subsequently earmarked for demolition, to worry about. It makes for angst that would cause testiness even in the Pope. And, when Lt. Brockman of Internal Affairs brings Bosch in for the third degree regarding his tense relationship with the Lieutenant, our hero loses it:

"In one explosive move, Bosch shoved the table toward Brockman, catching him completely by surprise. It slid under his arms and crashed into his chest. His chair tipped back against the wall behind him. He kept the pressure on his end and pinned Brockman against the wall... He saw the blotches of color on Brockman's face become more pronounced as he went without air. His eyes bugged."

The fictional road to this book's conclusion is the well-travelled one through police and political chicanery, either of which I can read about in the daily newspaper if I feel the unlikely compulsion. Rather, since each of us perhaps occasionally feels that mad urge for self destruction, the fun of THE LAST COYOTE is watching Bosch be a bull in his own china shop and then clean up the shards.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent Bosch novel 26 Oct 2005
'The Last Coyote' is the fourth in the consistently excellent Harry Bosch novels by Michael Connelly. As many detective series before it, the Harry Bosch series now has its reflective novel. After 2/3 books it seems that authors often like to look deeper into the characters past and flesh them out for future adventures. This can fall flat, like Jonathon King's 'Shadow Men' but in the case of 'The Last Coyote' it works well.
Bosch has been suspended after punching his ineffectual boss. During his forced leave of absence he decides to finally look back on the murder of his mother that has gone unsolved for 30 years. The book involves a lot of soul searching but also an adventure in the present.
It is this action, caused by Bosch's medaling in the past, that drives the book on. The first third feels a bit labored but the novel picks up when people's noses begin to be put out of place. With the final third being an excellent read Connelly manages to save a struggling book from going down a mediocre route. Not the best in the series but a worthy addition. I would still advise first time readers of Connelly to read one of his first two novels to begin with.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent Connelly thriller 27 Jun 2000
For me this is probably the best of the Bosch books. The first one I read took me some time to get into, but from then on I have been hooked! He gives the characters a depth that is lacking in too many thrillers, and the twists in this book are brilliantly done keeping one gripped until the end.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Last Coyote 28 Aug 2010
By Rich
Bosch finally gets around to investigating the death of his mother.

Mmmm..... Connelly writes convincingly about Bosch's state of mind, and creates an atmospheric LA for Bosch to move around. Unfortunately I found the actual plot of the book fairly predictable. The identity of the murderer didn't surprise me. Having read these in order, I think it's fairly obvious from the first book Harry would investigate his mother's murder, so it feels a little calculated.

Connelly has a problem in that despite being able to describe what Bosch thinks and feels in his words and actions, he can't resist writing another paragraph spelling out exactly what Bosch thinks and feels. I found this very patronising. Interesting that the passages with his psychiatrist, which are primarily dialogue are the most effective in the book. Connelly also spends far too much time describing Bosch's car journeys in detail. This slows things down considerably.

I can see the importance of this book in the series and in developing Bosch's character who's still an interesting, likeable protaganist, but overlength and overstatement, prevent this from being an excellent book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bosch's Mission Gets Personal ! 15 April 2006
By Craobh Rua VINE VOICE
"The Last Coyote" is Michael Connelly's fourth book, was first published in 1995 and features Harry Bosch as its central character. Something of Bosch's background has been covered in the previous three books. Bosch's mother was a prostitute who was murdered when he was twelve - he spent his teenage years in and out of youth halls. He enlisted in the army and served in Viet-Nam, before returning home and joining the police force. Once a member of the LAPD's elite Robbery-Homicide Division, Bosch currently works at the Hollywood Division's Homicide table. He's still a jazz-loving loner, seen by some as a maverick, with a taste for coffee, beer and cigarettes. There have been some changes in his life since the end of "The Concrete Blonde", though - his relationship with Sylvia Moore has finished and his house has been damaged in a recent earthquake. Despite the fact that it's been declared unfit for habitation, he's still unofficially living there.

As "The Last Coyote" opens, Bosch is in trouble with the department again. After his boss, the bureaucratic Harvey "98" Pounds, interfered with the questioning of a suspect, Bosch lost his temper and pushed Pounds head-first through an office window. As a result, he's been placed on involuntary stress leave and has to attend regular sessions with Dr Carmen Hinojos, a psychiatrist at Behaviorial Sciences Division. These sessions contribute to Bosch deciding to investigate the one case that really matters to him : his mother's murder. Although he's working on the case unofficially and has lost his badge - albeit temporarily - he still manages to pull the original case file. Opened in October 1961, it was investigated at the time by two detectives called Eno and McKittrick.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Twists and turns until the very end!
Micheal Connelly again excels himself with his work! Many 'hand over mouth' moments whilst reading the adventures of Harry Bosch!
Published 2 days ago by Fay C
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Really good read, had trouble putting it down. This is one who done it books where I didn't guess the ending
Published 1 month ago by Cheryl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
love Harry Bosch and all Connelly stories exceedingly good plots and plenty of twists and turns. very easy to read and compelling too.
Published 1 month ago by Bunty of Bournemouth
2.0 out of 5 stars boring
Too convoluted, too many unlikely sets of circumstances, too many unnecessary deaths.
I like the main character, he just needs a better plot line
Published 1 month ago by o
5.0 out of 5 stars Every bit as good as we expect from Michael Connelly
If there's ever criticism that could be levelled against Michael Connelly's books, it must be that they end too soon and there aren't enough of them. Read more
Published 1 month ago by B. Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read from Connelly
After reading the first two in the Bosch series, this was another really enjoyable read - the maverick cop is believable, the plot suitably complex with plenty of twists and turns. Read more
Published 1 month ago by PS
4.0 out of 5 stars Good complex Detective novel
Great early Harry Bosch story that gets into the complex character of the LAPD detective which really helps in the later novels. Read more
Published 1 month ago by EL DUGO
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite Harry Bosch novel
This is a really good insight into Harry's character and how the past made him the man he is. It is a really good mystery, sad in parts as we see a little bit of Harry's... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Donna Caley
4.0 out of 5 stars Raqs view
Got a bit complicated with so many characters but still great story. A human hero
Is Bosch. Felt like giving him a good slap.
Published 2 months ago by Narla
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
Connelly has written a taut, plausible and entertaining crime novel again. His Bosch character is as ever, flawed, real and always gripping. Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. G. Chisholm
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