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Those fans of the greatseries Bosch who are not yet readers of Connelly s books could pick a worse place to start reading than The Last Coyote, which contains much of the plot of the second season Even better, though, would be The Concrete Blonde Harry Bosch 3 which contains much of the plot of the first Suspended for shoving his supervisor through a glass office panel, Detective Bosch decides to spend his enforced leave time investigating the murder which drives his angry heart Those fans of the greatseries Bosch who are not yet readers of Connelly s books could pick a worse place to start reading than The Last Coyote, which contains much of the plot of the second season Even better, though, would be The Concrete Blonde Harry Bosch 3 which contains much of the plot of the first Suspended for shoving his supervisor through a glass office panel, Detective Bosch decides to spend his enforced leave time investigating the murder which drives his angry heart the strangulation of his mother, an LA call girl killedthan thirty years before This is a first class entertainment, with all the action and twists and turns a mystery story fan could hope for, plus enough darkness and depth in the characters to give it weight T Harry attacked his commanding officer and is suspended indefinitely, pending a psychiatric evaluation At first he resists the LAPD shrink, but finally recognizes that something is troubling him and has for a long time In , when Harry was twelve, his mother, a prostitute, was brutally murdered, and no one has ever been accused of the crimeWith the spare time a suspension brings, Harry opens up the thirty year old file on the case and is irresistibly drawn into a past he has always avoided It s clear that the case was fumbled and the smell of a cover up is unmistakable Someone powerful was able to divert justice and Harry vows to uncover the truth As he relentlessly follows the broken pieces of the case, the stirred interest causes new murders and pushes Harry to the edge of his job and his life As research for a novel I m going to write, I m reading detective fiction and stealing everything of value My story takes place in L.A of the early 90s and burgling Michael Connelly turned out to be a bonanza Not only has Connelly written 23 Harry Bosch novels basis for theseries Bosch, which in its sixth season, combines one orbooks, updated to present day, per season but the literary Harry Bosch, LAPD homicide detective, began in Los Angeles of the early 90s Proceeding in As research for a novel I m going to write, I m reading detective fiction and stealing everything of value My story takes place in L.A of the early 90s and burgling Michael Connelly turned out to be a bonanza Not only has Connelly written 23 Harry Bosch novels basis for theseries Bosch, which in its sixth season, combines one orbooks, updated to present day, per season but the literary Harry Bosch, LAPD homicide detective, began in Los Angeles of the early 90s Proceeding in chronological order with the books that sound appealing, next up is The Last Coyote.Publish date June 1, 1995Story Detective Harry Bosch has been placed on involuntary stress leave after an altercation in his lieutenant s office ends with his boss s head breaking a plate glass window As a condition for his return to duty, Bosch begins attending therapy sessions with a police psychologist named Carmen Hinojos Bosch is on his own again after his girlfriend left him at the conclusion of The Concrete Blonde Bosch s house in the Hollywood Hills was so badly damaged in the Northridge quake that it s been condemned Bosch has to dodge the city building inspector while hoping his lawyer can appeal the demolition order Without his job to live for, Bosch has nothing.Spurned by his therapist, Bosch tells her that his mission is to solve the October 28, 1961 homicide of his mother Marjorie Phillips Lowe, a prostitute who was strangled when Bosch was 12 With noexcuses not to, Bosch begins working on the cold case, starting at the LAPD storage facility Bosch tracks one of the two Hollywood homicide detectives who worked his mother s case to Tampa Bay and discovers that a crusading D.A and his political fixer pressured the LAPD to bury it Bosch meets a painter named Jasmine Corian he seems to recognize his brand of solitude They get on, but not well enough to keep Bosch from returning to L.A to complete his crusade.L.A scenery Bosch attends therapy sessions in Chinatown at the department s Behavioral Sciences Section, with views of Hill Street, the Hollywood Freeway overpass and City Hall Tower His trophy house in the Hollywood Hills, paid for by his work as a technical consultant on a TV mini series, has been so badly damaged in the Northridge quake that the front door has shifted from its frame Though Bosch s investigation takes him to Tampa Bay and then a neighborhood outside Las Vegas two locations cops go to retire, it seems the climax takes place in the prominent Mt Olympus neighborhood atop the Hollywood Hills.My favorite bit of Los Angeles in the novel is when Bosch has to compel an indignant clerk at the City Hall Finance Department to give him the address a retired cop s pension check is being mailed to Unable to appeal to her sympathy and not bothering to threaten her, he mentions that her lack of assistance might interest the City Hall columnist for the Los Angeles Times whose column is devoted to tales of the little guy fighting the system and whose targets, while having no fear of losing a government job, have been known to be passed over for advancement This turns the tables immediately The power of reading 1990s nostalgia Who remembers cigarettes Before vaping or e cigarettes, these tobacco products were rolled in thin paper with chemicals that delivered carcinogens along with psychoactive kicks Cigarette smokers of Bosch s era were once allowed to light up pretty much anywhere restaurants, airplanes, elevators, even doctor s offices but by the late 80s began to be banned in most public areas, starting in California This is quite burdensome to Bosch who is a chain smoker and helps him form tight bonds with other smokers, in this case, Jasmine Corian Opening paragraphAny thoughts you d like to start with Thoughts on what Well, on anything On the incident On the incident Yes, I have some thoughts She waited but he didn t continue He had decided before he even got to Chinatown that this would be the way he would be He d make her have to pull every single word out of him.Title in textI m not sure I guess there s not too many left in the hills of the city least where I live So whenever I see one, I get this feeling that it might be the last one left out there You know The last coyote And I guess that would bother me if it ever turned out to be true, if I never saw one again Select prose Bosch got little sleep and was up before the sun The last cigarette of the night had nearly been his last for all time He had fallen asleep with it between his fingers, only to be jolted awake by the searing pain of the burn He dressed the wound on two fingers and tried to return to sleep, but it wouldn t take him His fingers throbbed and all he could think of was how many times he had investigated the deaths of hapless drunks who had fallen asleep and self immolated All he could think of was what Carmen Hinojos would have to say about such a stunt How was that for a symptom of self destruction Closing paragraph He traced the slash on her face They embraced again Bosch knew they could talk later For now he just held her and smelled her and looked over her shoulder to the brilliant blue of the bay He thought of something the old man in the bed had told him When you find the one that you think fits, then grab on for dear life Bosch didn t know if she was the one, but for the moment he held on with everything he had left.Thoughts Yes, Harry Bosch is a clich , the burnt out cop who drinks, smokes, lives for his job, butts heads with his superiors and can t sustain a romantic relationship We ve all seen this character before but Michael Connelly, who began his career as a crime beat reporter with the L.A Times, knows Bosch s territory so well that it doesn t matter I love the way Bosch starts in the gutter, amid disasters of his own making We get the sense that Bosch is a good person and has a code in a city full of bad people without one, but he doesn t want to sit for a beer with you or come to your barbecue unless he needs something from you That he ll solve his case is a given, but will he end up alone at the end That s what keeps me reading.Word count 171,656 words Exceptional.Best book of the series so far Connelly is so muchthan a great thriller writer, he s simply a great writer and Bosch is such a great character, you can t help but pull for him at every step throughout this amazing story Best crime thriller series out there I honestly believe Connelly could write about anything I d put him up there with Stephen King and Brandon Sanderson in that regard he s honestly that good. Quick start thinking of every tired trope that comes to mind when you think of generic cop stories It s OK, I ll wait Your list probably included, Author uses macho cop s mandatory therapy sessions as an excuse for character development, and, Renegade cop gets his badge taken away, so he has to go rogue to catch the killer Those two overdone stories come together to make this novel, so it should feel derivative and lifeless, right Yet somehow, Connelly rises above the expectations of t Quick start thinking of every tired trope that comes to mind when you think of generic cop stories It s OK, I ll wait Your list probably included, Author uses macho cop s mandatory therapy sessions as an excuse for character development, and, Renegade cop gets his badge taken away, so he has to go rogue to catch the killer Those two overdone stories come together to make this novel, so it should feel derivative and lifeless, right Yet somehow, Connelly rises above the expectations of the genre and tells a compelling story that is the best in the series so far.I think the reason I respond so well to this book is that it s the fourth in the series After loving the Lincoln Lawyer novels, I ve started Connelly s Harry Bosch novels from the beginning, so I know how the protagonist got to this episode in his life, but not where he goes from here Connelly writes each book both for new readers and for devoted fans, though a new character sees Bosch s scars from a gunshot wound, and those of us who read The Black Echo know what they mean, but a new reader can easily grasp the most important details of how they matter to the scene in this book Another new character appears and mentions that she s a replacement for someone who had a similar job again, we know what happened to her predecessor in the last book, so we have a richer picture of how Bosch sees this woman, but a new reader doesn t need that distraction, so Connelly keeps the story moving along briskly Most importantly, for three books, we have read about Bosch s pain from his mother s long abandoned unsolved murder, so we know how significant it is that Bosch finally gets to pursue this personal justice he needs, but any reader will understand the most important emotions and motivations here Connelly s mastery of telling a small story within a larger story is astounding, and I love him for it.This book itself involves Bosch, a homicide detective in LA, twiddling his thumbs on stress leave after a physical confrontation with the irritating supervisor who has tormented him for three books, so he begins investigating his mother s cold case We see Los Angeles as a grimy and dangerous character of its own, as this book begins shortly after a devastating earthquake that leaves physical and mental damage for nearly everyone in the tale Connelly s experience as a Los Angeles crime beat reporter enriches this aspect of the book, as it does every book he sets in the City of Angels The mystery is engaging, with plenty of rational scenery changes and some good red herrings, a level of violence appropriate for the genre with a hero who avoids the trap of protagonist invulnerability we know that he won t actually die, since he s got to be around to star inbooks later in the series, but he tends to take some wounds and carry scars from one novel to the next, so we never need to get bored thinking he s safe from real danger , and plenty of wit along the way Connelly even plays with genre expectations here, though, as a very funny and juvenile running gag turns around for a stomach dropping tragedy to kick the novel s final act into gear Which brings us back to the beginning of the review, with the two tired tropes They work so well here for longtime readers because Connelly has laid the right groundwork He isn t going with the rogue cop story because the genre requires it from time to time he s doing it because we ve had three books of Bosch fighting within the system to get justice for others, so the only way for him to get justice for himself is to go one step further and work outside the system entirely We ve had three books of seeing Bosch s nightmares and lonely nights with a jazz album and a pack of cigarettes, Bosch s inability to talk about the things that matter most with his inquiring romantic interests, Bosch s stumbling half step questions about his mother so the only way to draw him out as a character is to put him in a therapist s office with someone who s going to ask him hard questions and make him give himself permission to open those long closed doors Yes, the tropes are tired when they re used as cheap shortcuts to something better But here, Connelly is going to them because nothing else has worked for his protagonist, and if they re tired, at least they re effective, and Connelly knows exactly how to make that work Yes, this novel is a crime thriller, an airport paperback that you will probably read over the course of a couple of days and then never open again It s not The Great American Novel But as an example of what the genre can be in the hands of a truly capable storyteller, it is absolutely worth a read, either as your fourth Harry Bosch novel or as your first This is the fourth novel in the Harry Bosch series and despite it being over 500 pages I devoured this book in less than a day I think why the story was able to hold my interest so much is because this book explores what really had an impact on Harry s life, the murder of his mother At the beginning of the book, you find out that once again Harry has done something to tick off the higher ups and is on paid leave and forced to meet with a shrink Facing some unexpected vacation time, he decides This is the fourth novel in the Harry Bosch series and despite it being over 500 pages I devoured this book in less than a day I think why the story was able to hold my interest so much is because this book explores what really had an impact on Harry s life, the murder of his mother At the beginning of the book, you find out that once again Harry has done something to tick off the higher ups and is on paid leave and forced to meet with a shrink Facing some unexpected vacation time, he decides to go over the case files of his mother s unsolved murder Once again Michael Connelly really manages to deliver a solid mystery with a complex main character While the previous books certainly had good character development, I really felt by the end of this one that I have a much better picture of Harry and why he is the way he is I m really excited to read the next book in the series because I don t know what lies ahead for the character and I don t think Harry really knows either Definitely recommend if you liked the first three books in the series Another excellent and very readable book from the Harry Bosch series In this one our badly behaved Harry has behaved worse than usual and is temporarily suspended from duty To fill in time he begins to research the cold case of his own mother s death I enjoyed the book because I really enjoy Harry as a character and as usual Michael Connelly s writing style kept me totally involved from beginning to end My only criticism would be that I struggled to keep up with the long, involved explanatio Another excellent and very readable book from the Harry Bosch series In this one our badly behaved Harry has behaved worse than usual and is temporarily suspended from duty To fill in time he begins to research the cold case of his own mother s death I enjoyed the book because I really enjoy Harry as a character and as usual Michael Connelly s writing style kept me totally involved from beginning to end My only criticism would be that I struggled to keep up with the long, involved explanations at the end about who did what and why Otherwise an excellent book as usual and I am glad I still have heapsto read about Harry Whew I think I need stress leave after reading this book This was crazy tense, and INTENSE, and the whole time I was waiting for the shoe to drop and everything to go sideways So, after Harry gets pissed off at his supervisor, Lt Pounds, for messing up an interview, Harry put Pounds face through his office window As you do That got him put on Involuntary Stress Leave, which I think it could be argued, is probably not unwarranted He has to talk to the department s therapist, who will dete Whew I think I need stress leave after reading this book This was crazy tense, and INTENSE, and the whole time I was waiting for the shoe to drop and everything to go sideways So, after Harry gets pissed off at his supervisor, Lt Pounds, for messing up an interview, Harry put Pounds face through his office window As you do That got him put on Involuntary Stress Leave, which I think it could be argued, is probably not unwarranted He has to talk to the department s therapist, who will determine whether he s fit to return to duty or not Meanwhile, bored and feeling like his life is out of control and his mission to be a good cop is being wasted, along with a liberal dollop of guilt at having been on the force for 20 years and never having looked into the murder that s closest to him, he starts investigating his mother s death BUT, being on ISL, he doesn t have a badge, he doesn t have a gun, and his investigation is unsanctioned, unofficial, and unwise ESPECIALLY how he goes about it This book was an emotional rollercoaster for me I ve wanted Harry to figure out what happened to his mother since the first book, when we learn that she was murdered Her murder changed the course of Harry s life, and who he is now can be attributed to that event in a large way It s not ENTIRELY due to that, but to say that it had no effect is naive So I wanted him to have closure and for the person or persons who caused it to happen to come to justice Harry is unconventional, and the way that he goes about this investigation was something that I knew was going to spell trouble for sure I gotanduncomfortable every time he played the card, and while it was funny and sort of fuck the law the first couple times pretty soon I wanted him to grow up and stop playing with fire because he would eventually get burned Of course, when the blaze came, it was out of control, as they tend to be which is something he also should have foreseen One of the weirdest aspects of this story for me was Irving He was so out of character in this book that I really wonder what is going on There has to be something there because in the first book, Irving was actively out to get Bosch in any way he could, and then the next two, he s eased up but would still be considered very much a BY THE BOOK kind of guy, who does not abide unconventional or loner cops who could make the department look bad But in this book, he sticks his neck out repeatedly for Harry, and I wonder why I guess it could have to do with his mother s murder and maybe a feeling that he d want to do the same if it was him but it makes me suspicious, because he s so NOT that type, otherwise The investigation takes some turns, and of course these books never turn out the way that you re sure that they will That s one of the things that I love about them I love the fact that Harry is a true detective He follows the evidence, does the work, and goes where it leads He doesn t jump to a conclusion and then make it fit Even when all of the pieces could be neatly lined up to form a picture he has to make sure that it s the RIGHT picture No matter the cost The last two books were intensely personal to Harry, and while I do like that, it s a bit overwhelming and I hope that he enjoys his Florida break with Jazz and doesn t take all of her baggage onto his cart I m not sure how I feel about her I can identify and empathize with what she s gone through, but I think she s not good for Harry in a way that a lit match is not good for a forest Maybe it s needed to burn away some of the debris and come back stronger but it s a nightmare of a process I don t know if I want her to be in his life for long One last thing, I really liked Dr Hinojo, and I liked the way that she was able to earn Harry s trust and get him to open up a bit I really enjoyed her no nonsense manner and how she could get Harry to see himself through a different lens Even though, in the end, I m not sure it made a big difference, I think that her influence is the type that he will keep in the back of his mind, and hopefully she will be the one to truly help him find whatever it is he needs Harry Bosch in on involuntary leave from the force his return pending a psychiatric evaluation The source of his exile a violent encounter with his superior officer, Lt Pounds, which resulted in Bosch putting his head through a glass wall Now having to deal with stress, detachment, and rage issues, he finds himself having to convince Carmen Hinojos of his wellbeing and mind state in order to be reinstated to the force But that s only one half of the story The other, being what Bosch occupie Harry Bosch in on involuntary leave from the force his return pending a psychiatric evaluation The source of his exile a violent encounter with his superior officer, Lt Pounds, which resulted in Bosch putting his head through a glass wall Now having to deal with stress, detachment, and rage issues, he finds himself having to convince Carmen Hinojos of his wellbeing and mind state in order to be reinstated to the force But that s only one half of the story The other, being what Bosch occupies his time with Being a cop, he lives the life The job is everything, each murder matters, each case almost personal regardless of the occupation of the deceased or their lifestyle In this instance it s the 1961 murder of a prostitute that holds his interest the murder of his mother THE LAST COYOTE takes Bosch down a dark and deeply confrontational path towards a truth he does anything but shy away from even as the bodies pile up, his pursuit for closure of his mother s murder doesn t waiver Author Michael Connelly does a great job at linking this cold case with current day suspects as the impact of Bosch s investigation is felt across Hollywood from the newspapers to his fellow officers, to his mothers best friend at her time of death.The theme is standard police procedural yet Bosch s character development goes beyond the norm as the reader is treated to the inner workings of Bosch his drive, determination, love life, and sense of self preservation destruction, all tied up in the pursuit of justice.I found it hard to put THE LAST COYOTE down as the overarching murder mystery is just addictive There are also a few twists that really shocked me in one of those rare reader moments a testament to Connelly s continued craft This review first published on my blog This was really good It was hard to stop reading Bosch did many smart things that surprised me, things I did not expect.REVIEWER S OPINION Early in the book Harry said I want pause I m going to find her killer My thoughts were yes you will Not many people could say that but you can You are so smart at solving crimes I ve seen him in action in three previous books It was hard for me to imagine how anyone could solve something so old It was fascinating to watch what Bosch did to unc This was really good It was hard to stop reading Bosch did many smart things that surprised me, things I did not expect.REVIEWER S OPINION Early in the book Harry said I want pause I m going to find her killer My thoughts were yes you will Not many people could say that but you can You are so smart at solving crimes I ve seen him in action in three previous books It was hard for me to imagine how anyone could solve something so old It was fascinating to watch what Bosch did to uncover clues and talk to people and figure out what happened 33 years ago.I was impressed with how Harry got people to talk to him and to do things like several different bureaucrats he needed information from The dialogue was very good Even the simple scene of Bosch renting a room at a hotel was interesting I chuckled at the conversation with the landlord One of the reasons these books are so good is that Bosch does the unexpected In one scene I thought he would try to get someone s fingerprints, but no He asked pointed questions, left, and then had a note delivered From afar he watched the reaction to the note and said spooked you didn t I you f Something else unexpected was why Bosch was using a fake name and what happened as a result.Two vicious men tortured and killed someone Then they kidnapped Bosch They hit him with a tire iron giving him a concussion and were going to kill him My favorite and most memorable scene was what Bosch did to survive and get away alone with no help This is not a spoiler because we know he survives to be in the sequels.STORY BRIEF The book begins with Bosch hitting his superior and put on involuntary stress leave During this forced time off he decides to look into his mother s death from 33 years ago She was murdered It was never solved There was some kind of coverup and payoffs connected to powerful political people.AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR The narrator Dick Hill was very good.DATA Narrative mode 3rd person Unabridged audiobook length 12 hrs and 54 mins Swearing language strong but not frequently used Sexual language none Number of sex scenes two, told not shown Setting 1994 mostly Los Angeles, California, plus Florida and Nevada Book Copyright 1995 Genre crime mystery Ending I felt regret for murdered victims but was pleased with eventual justice The good guys win