Book: Michael Connelly “Echo Park”

January 24, 2016

Another Harry Bosch novel by Michael Connelly.  Leading on from The Closer, Harry is now in the Open-Unsolved Unit when a killer agrees to trade the death penalty for telling about all his previous crimes.  One is a 13 year old case that Harry has never been able to put behind him. Harry has always had a suspect in mind, but couldn’t close the case, meaning that he finds it hard to believe that this killer is responsible.

book-echoparkAs ever, you just can’t see where this is going.  The killer confesses, takes them to the body, knows details of the murder … but none of this is enough for Bosch who turns to Rachel Waller (FBI agent from previous novels THE POET and its sequel THE NARROWS) for help that ends up in an off the books investigation.

The other thing I found interesting in this novel was that parts of this story and at least one other novel was used in the TV series that first switched me on to this character and writer.

Book: Michael Connelly “The Lincoln Lawyer”

January 24, 2016

My continuing journey through the works of Michael Connelly leads to the first appearance of defense lawyer Mickey Haller.  I was concerned about reading this as I know I have seen the film based on this book some time ago but couldn’t remember anything about it.  I expected it to come back to me as I read, but it was all new to me – and very, very good!  (does that mean the movie is bad as it is so unmemorable?).

book-lincoln-lawyerConnelly’s protagonists are mainly from law enforcement (LAPD or FBI mainly) although he also writes very well the view of the killers they are pursuing.    Here, not only is the main character a lawyer but a defense lawyer skilled at getting guilty people off or on reduced sentences.  But nothing is as it seems in this book.  The core plot is as fast as you expect from this writer, but there are lots of quick encounters with clients, flashbacks, stories-within-stories which make it even more fascinating and adds a depth and insight to the character.

A sign of a good story is when the protagonist gets into a situation that is impossible to get out of – and then does.  Which is exactly what happens here and with no spoilers that’s all I can say.  I will go back to watch the movie and I hope this character comes back in other stories.

Book: Michael Connelly “The Closers”

January 4, 2016

The next Michael Conelly novel in publication order is “The Closers” another Harry Bosch book.  Here he is returning to LAPD out of retirement, which is apparently a thing that is possible.  There have been changes, Irving is out and a new Chief of Police welcomes Bosch back and into the department looking at open unsolved cases – cold cases.

bookHarry’s first day and first case opens up a can-of-worms (of course). The case is a 17 year old case of a teenager taken from her bedroom and shot in the woods behind her house.  Blood and skin found on the gun have now been DNA matched but that person doesn’t appear to have any link to the case.

As the investigation takes shape they have to trace the victim’s family, friends, and stir up old wounds, which quickly takes them into conflict with Irving.  As ever, a page turner and easy, entertaining read.