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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 21 May 2008
The sixth in the Harry Bosch portfolio and one of the best. Personally I made the mistake of not reading the fifth - 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. And a lot happens in that short time! The plot is loosely based around one those memorable events in 1990s Los Angeles - the riots following the (white) police beating of (black) Rodney King, with passing reference to another landmark, the OJ Simpson murder trial. It's riveting from first page to last, and confirms what I already knew: that Michael Connelly is THE leading writer of crime fiction in the modern era. I'm off to read Trunk Music now!
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