In his fierce search for a new case, Detective Harry Bosch discovers a killer hiding behind suspicious DNA evidence -- and a political conspiracy that could destroy the Los Angeles Police Department.
DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? The latter possibility could compromise all of the lab's DNA cases currently in court.
Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics. Councilman Irvin Irving's son jumped or was pushed from a window at the Chateau Marmont. Irving, Bosch's longtime nemesis, has demanded that Harry handle the investigation.
Relentlessly pursuing both cases, Bosch makes two chilling discoveries: a killer operating unknown in the city for as many as three decades, and a political conspiracy that goes back into the dark history of the police department.
In Edgar-winner Connelly's compulsively readable and deeply satisfying 17th Harry Bosch novel (after 2010's The Reversal), Harry, still a member of the LAPD's "Open-Unsolved Unit," pursues two investigations. A recently unearthed DNA hit connects the 1989 murder of a young woman with Clayton Pell, a convicted sexual predator. But Pell couldn't have committed the crime because he was eight years old at the time. Meanwhile, Irv Irving, a city councilman and LAPD nemesis, wants Harry to look into the apparent suicide of his 46-year-old son, George, a well-connected lobbyist. The case smacks of politics ("high jingo," Harry calls it), but he and partner David Chu do a by-the-book investigation to determine whether George fell from the seventh floor of the Chateau Marmont or was pushed. All of Connelly's considerable strengths are on display: the keen eye for detail and police procedure, lots of local L.A. color, clever plotting, and most important the vibrant presence of Harry Bosch.
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A Case of High Jingo!
Having read all of MC's books, I was just a tad disappointed with the last couple of Bosch books. Just slightly. But, I felt this one was much more like the Bosch of Angel's Flight and Concrete Blonde. The way Connelly lays it out, all the pieces, with the one thing still missing that keeps gnawing at Harry. And, to combine two cases in one book, gave it a little bonus. I look forward to read about what happens next...until me meet again, Harry.
This is one of the best works to come from Connelly involving H. Bosch ever. It's well written with appropriate twists and the main character's emotions and thoughts are all correctly colored in reality in terms of how they are expressed in relation to the development of the plot. The ending is NOT expected but still seems to be the correct action in terms of the Plot's Exit Strategy. Kudos: Michael Connelly...
Another solid story
Connelly nailed another one!
Depth of characters, a great story, great buildup