The Last Coyote (Harry Bosch #4) by Michael Connelly

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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

The third appearance of L.A. police detective Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch finds the renegade cop’s life in even more of a mess than usual. He’s hiding out in his own earthquake-demolished, condemned home, and he’s been suspended from the force for sticking his commander’s face through a window. He’s got time to kill, so he unearths the 30-year-old, unsolved murder of a Hollywood whore named Marjorie Lowe. Harry happens to be the victim’s son, and in the midst of his midlife crisis, it becomes necessary for him to find out who killed her. The first step is to interview the surviving investigating officer, Jake McKittrick, who points Harry back into a past of corruption, greed, ambition, and blackmail. Today’s self-help literature frequently asks readers to reassess their pasts, but too often what they find becomes an excuse. Harry examines his past, acknowledges the damage, and sets out to heal himself. It’s heady territory for a cop novel, but Edgar winner Connelly handles it with style and grace. (Reviewed June 1 & 15, 1995)— Wes Lukowsky

Amazon Description

Harry Bosch’s life is on the edge. His earthquake-damaged home has been condemned. His girlfriend has left him. He’s drinking too much. And after attacking his commanding officer, he’s even had to turn in his L.A.P.D. detective’s badge. Now, suspended indefinitely pending a psychiatric evaluation, he’s spending his time investigating an unsolved crime from 1961: the brutal slaying of a prostitute who happened to be his own mother.

Even after three decades, Harry’s questions generate heat among L.A.’s top politicos. And as the truth begins to emerge, it becomes more and more apparent that someone wants to keep it buried. Someone very powerful…very cunning…and very deadly.

Edgar Award-winning author Michael Connelly has created a dark, fast-paced suspense thriller that cuts to the core of Harry Bosch’s character. Once you start it, there’s no turning back.

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Michael Connelly’s Description

Michael Connelly’s fourth novel cuts to the very core of Harry Bosch’s character, as he is drawn to investigate a thirty-year-old unsolved crime: the murder of his mother.

Harry’s life is a mess.  His house has been condemned because of earthquake damage.  His girlfriend has left him.  He’s drinking too much.  And he’s even had to turn in his badge: he attacked his commanding officer and is suspended indefinitely pending a psychiatric evaluation. At first Bosch, resists the LAPD shrink, but finally he recognizes that something is troubling him, a force that may have shaped his entire life.  In 1961, when Harry was eleven, his mother was brutally murdered.  No one was ever even accused of the crime.

Harry opens up the decades-old file on the case and is irresistibly drawn into a past he has always avoided.  It’s clear that the case was fumbled.  His mother was a prostitute, and even thirty years late the smell of a cover-up is unmistakable.  Someone powerful was able to keep the investigating officers away from key suspects.  Even as he confronts his own shame about his mother, Harry relentlessly follows up the old evidence, seeking justice or at least understanding.  Out of the broken pieces of the case he discerns a trail that leads upward, toward prominent people who lead public lives high in the Hollywood hills.  And as he nears his answer, Harry finds that ancient passions don’t die.  They cause new murders even today.