Angle of Investigation: Three Harry Bosch Stories [NOOK Book]

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LAPD Detective Harry Bosch tackles three tough cases that span a legendary career in this never-before-collected trio of stories.

In "Christmas Even," the case of a burglar killed in mid-heist leads Bosch to retrace a link to his past. In "Father's Day," Bosch investigates a young boy's seemingly accidental death and confronts his own fears as a father. In "Angle of ...
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Overview

LAPD Detective Harry Bosch tackles three tough cases that span a legendary career in this never-before-collected trio of stories.

In "Christmas Even," the case of a burglar killed in mid-heist leads Bosch to retrace a link to his past. In "Father's Day," Bosch investigates a young boy's seemingly accidental death and confronts his own fears as a father. In "Angle of Investigation," Bosch delves into one of the first homicides he ever worked back as a uniformed rookie patrolman, a case that was left unsolved for decades.

Together, these gripping stories span Bosch's controversial career at the LAPD, and show the evolution of the haunted, legendary investigator he would become. Utterly unputdownable, they are proof that "Connelly never stops doling out the suspense....Once it grabs you in those first few pages, it won't let go of you" (Boston Globe).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316204255
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Series: Harry Bosch Series
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 100
  • Sales rank: 7,941
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Michael  Connelly
Michael Connelly is the author of the recent #1 New York Times bestsellers The Fifth Witness, The Reversal, The Scarecrow, The Brass Verdict, and The Lincoln Lawyer, as well as the bestselling Harry Bosch series of novels. He is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels. He spends his time in California and Florida.

Biography

Best known for his dark police procedurals featuring the tough, complex and emotionally scarred LAPD detective, Hieronymous "Harry" Bosch, Michael Connelly has been called "infernally ingenious" (The New York Times), "one of those masters...who can keep driving the story forward in runaway locomotive style" (USA Today) and "the top rank of a new generation of crime writers" (The Los Angeles Times).

Consistently exquisite prose and engrossing storylines play an integral role in his swelling success. However, Connelly believes that solid character development is the most important key. As he explained to MagnaCumMurder.com, "I think books with weak or translucent plots can survive if the character being drawn along the path is rich, interesting and multi-faceted. The opposite is not true."

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Connelly attended the University of Florida; there he discovered the works of Raymond Chandler -- author of many classic Los Angeles-based noir dramas such as The Big Sleep, The Long Goodbye, and Farewell, My Lovely. The cases of Philip Marlowe inspired Connelly to be a crime novelist -- and by studying journalism, he put himself in the perfect position. "I went into journalism to learn the craft of writing and to get close to the world I wanted to write about -- police and criminals, the criminal justice system," he told MagnaCumMurder.com.

After graduation, Connelly worked the crime beat for two Florida newspapers. When a story he and a colleague wrote about the disastrous 1985 crash of Delta Flight 191 was short-listed for the Pulitzer, Connelly landed a gig in Marlowe's backyard, covering crime for one of the nation's largest newspapers -- The Los Angeles Times. Three years later, Harry Bosch was introduced in The Black Echo, which earned Connelly the Edgar Award for Best First Novel. Connelly has since won every major mystery honor, including the Anthony (The Poet, Blood Work) and the Macavity Award (Blood Work).

While Connelly has written stand-alone novels that don't feature his tragic protagonist Harry Bosch, he is best identified by his rigid, contentious and fiery -- but also immensely skilled and compassionate -- detective. According to The Boston Globe, the Bosch series "raises the hard-boiled detective novel to a new level...adding substance and depth to modern crime fiction."

Called "one of the most compelling, complex protagonists in recent crime fiction" (Newsweek) and "a terrific...wonderful, old-fashioned hero who isn't afraid to walk through the flames -- and suffer the pain for the rest of us" (The New York Times Book Review), Bosch faces unforgettable horrors every day -- either on the street or in his own mind. "Bosch is making up for wrongs done to him when he rights wrongs as a homicide detective," Connelly explained in an interview with his publisher. "In a way, he is an avenging angel."

Bosch is clearly a product of his deadly, unforgiving environment. "The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once wrote that when you look into the darkness of the abyss the abyss looks into you. Probably no other line or thought more inspires or informs my work," said Connelly in the same interview. With each passing novel, Bosch looks deeper and deeper into the abyss; and readers continue to return to see just how far he will gaze.

Good To Know

  • Michael Connelly received a huge career boost in 1994 when then President Bill Clinton was photographed walking out of a Washington bookstore with a copy of The Concrete Blonde under his arm. Connelly remarked to USA Today, "In the six years I've been writing books, that is the biggest thrill I've had."

  • Real events have always inspired Connelly's plots. His novel Blood Work was inspired by a friend who underwent transplant surgery and was coping with survivor's guilt, knowing someone had died in order for him to live. The book was later developed into a feature film starring Clint Eastwood, Angelica Huston, and Jeff Daniels.

  • One of Connelly's writing professors at the University of Florida was cult novelist Harry Crews.

  • Connelly named his most famous character after the 15th Century Dutch painter, Hieronymous Bosch. As he told Bookends UK in an interview, Bosch "created richly detailed landscapes of debauchery and violence and human defilement. There is a ‘world gone mad' feel to many of his works, including one called ‘Hell' -- of which a print hangs on the wall over the computer where I write." Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Connelly:

    "I wrote a mystery story as a class paper in high school. It was called The Perfect Murder. The protagonist's named was McEvoy, a name I later used for the protagonist in The Poet. Being a witness to a crime when I was 16 was what made me interested in crime novels and mystery stories."

    "I wrote my first real murder story as a journalist for the Daytona Beach News Journal in 1980. It was about a body found in the woods. Later, the murder was linked to a serial killer who was later caught and executed for his crimes."

    "Everything I want people to know about me is in my books."

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      1. Hometown:
        Sarasota, Florida
      1. Date of Birth:
        July 21, 1956
      2. Place of Birth:
        Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
      1. Education:
        B.A. in Journalism, University of Florida, 1980
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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 15, 2011

      Disappointing!

      I love the Harry Bosch books but this one was a disappointment. It reads like a Sherlock Holmes case, which I don't mind, but the best part of the Bosch stories is that he takes you on the journey of how he solved the crimes. I expected that they wouldn't be too indepth but was hoping in exchange I would get some good background info on Harry, making me understand his character more. Really it is just 3 small stories and 30 pages of an upcoming book. I would rather have had another 2 stories and no excerpt since I'm sure I will buy the book anyway.

      27 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 4, 2011

      Disappointing......

      These three stories were short and predictable, and the longest section previewed "The Drop", same as in "Suicide Run". Nothing more than a revenue generator....

      26 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 19, 2011

      Three short stories,not really!

      These are taken from other books, I already purchased over the years! I so love Michael C. but this was a ripoff!

      23 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 17, 2011

      Enjoyed the short stories!

      Wish I knew how many pages it was before I ordered it!

      19 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted November 18, 2011

      Love the guy, but...

      I am a huge Connelly fan and have scarfed down almost all of his books within the last year. This was sort of pointless, though. It's like some suit convinced him to throw something together to make a few extra bucks.

      17 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 14, 2011

      Ripoff!

      Typically well written Connely stories, but in condensed "Readers Digest" fashion. Fifty plus pages for three stories, and twenty plus more pages of a part of another Connelly book that they want to entice you to buy. What a ripoff!

      13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted August 21, 2011

      I Also Recommend:

      Can't wait

      Michael Connelly is a fantastic writer. I can't wait to read more of his work!

      12 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 22, 2012

      Three VERY SHORT stories...

      The description on this book (along with the large file size) leads you to believe you are getting a full-length novel, albeit consisting of 3 stories. Not so. The stories are only 50 pages in length total, with the remaining 30 pages being an excerpt from a different book.

      The writing style is ok, probably containing the least grammatical and spelling errors of many of the ebooks I've read, but that doesn't make up for not getting what a person is lead to believe they are getting.

      Also, the "whodunit" factor is very low - you could see the ending coming a mile away on all three. Well, maybe 1/4 mile away since they were all so short.

      Worst of all, the second story is a direct plot rip-off from an episode of CSI that aired back when the tv series first started. Did the writer think that people who watch tv don't also read books and so he could get away with using the same storyline himself?

      All in all, very disappointing. I won't be bothering with any more of this author's books.

      10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 12, 2011

      Waste of money

      Very weak, Michael!

      9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 5, 2011

      OKAY

      Michael Connelly is a great writer but I would not purchase another of his
      books of short stores. Each story could be used as a perfect example for the definition of the word "vignette." Much tooooo short.

      9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 15, 2011

      A quick and easy read

      A collection of a few short stories. Don't order if it is your first introduction to Harry Bosch. If you are already familiar with him, you may like it.

      6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted November 28, 2011

      Rip Off

      I'll say the same thing I said about Suicide Run, spend your money someplace else. Shame on Connelly for ripping people off like this.

      4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted January 25, 2012

      Easy reading

      I enjoyed the book, but was very disappointed that the third "story" was nothing more than a teaser of his newly released book. Didn't think I got my money's worth with only about 75 pages of stories.

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 23, 2011

      Disappointing -- I was looking for earlier complete books

      Didn't know these were short stories. Thought it was a compilation of earlier books. I did like the preview of the latest book, although I do not enjoy previews. I'd rather read a whole book and decide whether or not it was any good.

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted October 19, 2011

      A treat for Harry Bosch fans.

      Three good Harry Bosch stories, Any Bosch fan will enjoy them.


      My only problem was by preodering them they were put into Athcived Books when they were available. No one notified us that they would be there.

      3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted January 9, 2012

      Limited reading

      Not recommended...good for a quick read only.

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 9, 2012

      Wast of time

      Would not recomend, too short to follow the plot.

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 20, 2012

      Sort of very good

      Connelly's Bosch character is always well written and interesting. The problem with this book is that it isn't three stories as indicated. It's two stories and a multi-page preview of one of his novels. I'd rate the two stories as four star, it's the substitution of paid advertising in place of a third stories that ruins it for me.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 2, 2012

      Recommended for someone interested in short crime novels

      These three short stories that focus on the uncanny reasoning skills and unorthodox methods of detective Harry Bosch give the reader only a glimpse into the world of a homicide cop. For a reader who does not have the time to focus on a book-length investigation by Bosch, these stories could provide enough material to arouse their curiosity. For the reader who knows Bosch from previous Connelly books, these stories do not provide the depth of character development to satisfy them.

      1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted December 18, 2011

      Enjoyable - but not as enjoyable as a Connelly novel

      The headline says it all. Upon finishing each of the short stories there was a feeling of disappointment that that is all there is.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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