Angels Flight by Michael Connelly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Jacket Blurb: An activist attorney is
killed in a cute little L.A. trolley called Angels Flight, far from
Harry Bosch's Hollywood turf. But the case is so explosive--and the dead
man's enemies inside the L.A.P.D. are so numerous--that it falls to
Harry to solve it. Now the streets are superheating. Harry's year-old
Vegas marriage is unraveling. And the hunt for a killer is leading Harry
to another high-profile L.A. murder case, one where every cop had a
motive. The question is, did any have the guts?
"Read" as an audiobook. The narrator changed between the first five and this book. Interestingly, it didn't bother me as much as I thought it would.
Our rather independent and surly detective, Harry Bosch, and his team are rousted late one night to cover the murder of a high profile local attorney that happened on Los Angeles's famous Angles Flight. Retracing the despised attorneys steps, Harry and his team discover there is an internal leak in the LA police department. Further digging they find the attorney's most recent and high profile case exonerated a black man falsely accused of murder which led the three detectives into a web of political cover ups and lies.
I enjoyed this book more so than the last two - a lot more. In fact, I really liked it. Harry wasn't behaving quite so much like an ass. He worked with his team rather than stubbornly flying solo, and when his thoughts and beliefs were challenged he was willing to admit he was wrong. Bosch still retained his bulldogged attitude, but it was tempered and more realistic. The murder backdrop was fascinating, the writing solid and I thought the whole who-done-it nicely convoluted.
I also found the topic of this book in line with what might actually happen - and has happened - in LA. It was an interesting way to explore racial tensions in a real yet fictional manner. Rather ironic given the circumstances currently happening in Ferguson, MO.
I'm back to recommending this series if the quality of the writing and character portrayal continues like it did in this book.
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