City of Bones (Harry Bosch) by Michael Connelly

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MC City of Bones

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If you haven’t seen Amazon’s original series Bosch, I highly recommend it. It is one of the few books to screen adaptions that remains true to the stories.

Season 1 is available on Amazon streaming now, and Season 2 is filming as of this writing. The ten episodes in Season 1 are based on three Bosch novels Echo Park, City of Bones, and The Concrete Blonde. Season 2 is based on Trunk Music, The Drop, and The Last Coyote. Personally, I intend to reread all six novels, as it’s been far too long since I lost myself in these stories.

Booklist Online Review

“Child cases haunted you. They hollowed you out and scarred you. There was no bulletproof vest thick enough to stop you from being pierced.” LAPD detective Harry Bosch gets pierced in the worst way this time. After a doctor out walking his dog in Laurel Canyon finds a human bone, forensic anthropologists unearth the rest of the skeleton and piece together part of the story: a 12-year-old boy was murdered around 1980 after being viciously abused for most of his brief life. Bosch picks up the trail, identifying the boy but encountering both investigatory and bureaucratic roadblocks as he attempts to close in on a suspect. Meanwhile, Bosch strikes up a romance with a rookie cop–against department regulations–and quickly finds himself in the midst of a personal and professional crisis. It doesn’t help that, as he learns more about the dead boy, he keeps hearing echoes from his own troubled past. After spinning his wheels just a bit in his last two novels, Connelly regains his stride here. Like Ian Rankin’s John Rebus, Bosch never stops feeling the bruises he has acquired through multiple encounters with evil. His view of the world darkens with each case, and he feels more and more powerless: “True evil could never be taken out of the world. At best he was wading into the dark waters of the abyss with two leaking buckets in his hands.” Harry wanders deeper into that abyss this time than ever before, and it drives him to a shocking decision that will leave series fans reeling. Hard-boiled cop fiction at its most gripping. — Bill Ott

Amazon Description

On New Year’s Day, a dog finds a bone in the Hollywood Hills–and unearths a murder committed more than twenty years earlier. It’s a cold case, but for Detective Harry Bosch, it stirs up memories of his childhood as an orphan. He can’t let it go. As the investigation takes Bosch deeper into the past, a beautiful rookie cop brings him alive in the present. No official warning can break them apart–or prepare Bosch for the explosions when the case takes a few hard turns. Suddenly all of L.A. is in an uproar, and Bosch, fighting to keep control, is driven to the brink of an unimaginable decision.

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Michael Connelly’s Description

On New Year’s Day, Detective Harry Bosch fields a call that a dog has found a bone — a bone that the dog’s owner, a doctor, feels certain is a human bone.

Bosch investigates, and that chance discovery leads him to a shallow grave in the Hollywood hills, evidence of a murder committed more than twenty years earlier. It’s a cold case, but it stirs up Bosch’s memories of his own childhood as an orphan in the city. He can’t let it go. Digging through police reports and hospital records, tracking down street kids and runaways from the 1970s, Bosch finds a family ripped apart by an absence — and a trail, ever more tenuous, into a violent, terrifying world.

As the case takes Bosch deeper into the past, a rookie cop named Julia Brasher brings him alive in the present in a way no one has in years. Bosch has been warned about the trouble that comes with dating a rookie, but no warning could withstand the heat between them — or prepare Bosch for the explosions when the case takes a hard turn. A suspect bolts, a cop is shot, and suddenly Bosch’s cold case has all of L.A. in an uproar — and Bosch fighting to keep control in a lawless and brutal showdown.

The investigation races to a shocking conclusion and leaves Bosch on the brink of an unimaginable decision — one that will leave readers hungrily awaiting for the next Bosch novel.