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Great insight into Harry Bosch
on 17 January 2010
Having read most of Michael Connelly books I know how the Harry Bosch character has developed over the years.
He remains a favourite of mine which meant that this earlier Harry Bosch novel, which I read out of chronolgical order, joined some of the dots of his character development.
What this book did for me was to understand better Harry Boasch alot better, as it brilliantly characterises him in a way, which you might not fully appreciate if you start will his later Bosch works.
All of this is less important if you read his works in the correct order so what about the plot.
The Dollmaker, who is referred to in subsequent books, has been killed by Harry Bosch in the line of Duty.
There weight of evidence implies that that Norman Church is the said Dollmaker and that Bosch, although doing the right thing, has overstepped the mark and his actions need to be fully investigated.
As you can imagine, in these highly sensitive days, unless Bosch has been seen to act following the "book" then he will need to account for his actions in court. Like Dirty Harry, Bosch asked questions after!
As Bosch's trial starts, with the defence being handled by the epyonous "Money Chandler", a copycat Dollmaker murder with all the Dollmaker's hallmarks is discovered - described as the The Concrete Blonde (no guesses as to why!!).
What ensues is an unravelling of Bosch's character which is a terrific insight.
It also takes you a a journey based, both in the Court, and beyond which is designed to unravel this mystery.
It exposes Bosch's frailities and his gung-ho attitude which somehow sit comfortably together.
I suppose my only real critisicsm is that the ending, whilst dramatic, takes a twist too far.
However it is a great read and a brilliant introduction to Harry Bosch.