Trunk Music (Harry Bosch) 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

LAPD Detective Harry Bosch is back from an “involuntary stress leave,” and his first case is what Detroit wiseguys call trunk music: two .22 caliber bullets in the skull of schlock movie producer Tony Aliso, with Aliso’s body stuffed in the trunk of his white Rolls. The murder shouts Mob, but LAPD’s organized-crime unit expresses disinterest. So Harry and his two young partners follow a trail of laundered money to Las Vegas and what appears to be a sure conviction. But Harry’s perp turns out to be an undercover FBI agent with an ironclad alibi. In short order, he’s up against the Feebs, LAPD’s organized crime unit, a junkyard-dog Internal Affairs investigator, the real killers, Las Vegas hoodlums, bad cops, and the possible involvement of a woman he once loved and lost. Connelly, a former journalist on the crime beat, has taken traditional motifs from crime, cop, private-eye, mystery, and noir novels and created a terrific read. Harry is a Chandlerian knight errant: tough, shrewd, and principled enough to pursue the truth despite formidable opposition. Offering a sultry femme fatale, plenty of seamy and sordid–albeit palm-lined–mean streets, and half a school of red herrings, this atmospheric novel is truly one of the year’s best entertainments. (Reviewed Oct. 1, 1996)— Thomas Gaughan

Amazon Description

Back on the job after an involuntary leave of absence, LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch is ready for a challenge. But his first case is a little more than he bargained for.

It starts with the body of a Hollywood producer in the trunk of a Rolls-Royce, shot twice in the head at close range – what looks like “trunk music,” a Mafia hit. But the LAPD’s organized crime unit is curiously uninterested, and when Harry follows a trail of gambling debts to Las Vegas, the case suddenly becomes more complex – and much more personal.

A rekindled romance with an old girlfriend opens new perspectives on the murder, and he begins to glimpse a shocking triangle of corruption and collusion. Yanked off the case, Harry himself is soon the one being investigated. But only a bullet can stop Harry when he’s searching for the truth . . .

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Michael Connelly’s Description

Back on the job after an involuntary leave of absence, LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch lands his first case: a Hollywood producer found in the trunk of his Rolls-Royce, shot twice in the head.  It looks like “trunk music,” a Mafia hit.

The LAPD’s organized crime unit is oddly uninterested, but Harry thinks they’re wrong.  He follows the money trail from the producer’s office to Las Vegas, where he quickly finds evidence of Mafia involvement.  But something about the case doesn’t add up, and Harry follows a string of odd clues — glitter in the producer’s cuffs, an over-the-counter medication in the Rolls’ glove box — in a different direction entirely.

Just when Harry thinks he’s on firm ground, the bottom falls out.  Blind sided again and again, at odds with his superiors, and overwhelmed by a romance that has cropped up in the middle of the case, Harry is as off balance as he’s ever been.  When the picture finally comes into focus, Harry discovers a scheme many magnitudes more deadly than he imagined—with himself now one of its targets.  Running on instincts and nerves, with a short fuse and everything to lose, Harry must prove himself not just by breaking the case, but by surviving it.