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In this book we journey much deeper into Harry's soul.... Marvellous!
on 14 August 2015
When I started, I was not sure I would enjoy this book as much as the previous ones. I was wrong.
This is a far more intimate and poignant look into Harry Bosch, and the abused child inside him. His investigation into the murder of his mother, more than 30 years before, shows the Harry we know - insightful, creative, persistent, abrasive - and the Harry we no only a little from previous volumes.
Being torn from his mother who loved him dearly, placed into a borstal where the law of the jungle ruled, and then a series of exploitative or unsuitable foster parents, created a young man on the edge of crime or greatness. We learned something of his Viet Nam experiences in The Black Echo, and some bits of his past in The Black Ice and The Concrete Blonde, but in this book we journey much deeper into his soul.
There are the usual side-players, well-drawn mostly, with often hidden motives, and the love-interest "Jazz" wonderful and conflicted. I noted in this book, again, that Harry loves the smell of his loves as they embrace, the mystery and physicality, the deep primal connection - something he and I have in common, and with Connelly, too, I suspect.
Wonderful stuff. Poignant, painful, wonderful, and complex, and as usual, the whodunit not always as you might guess.
The more I read, the more I love Harry.