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The Harry Bosch Novels, Volume 2: The Last Coyote; Trunk Music; Angels Flight

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The Last Coyote: LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch is suspended from the force for attacking his commanding officer. Unable to remain idle, he investigates the long-unsolved murder of a Hollywood prostitute. Trunk Music: Harry returns to the force to investigate the murder of a movie producer with Mafia ties. Up against both the LAPD's organized crime unit and the mob, Harry follows the money trail to Las Vegas, where the case becomes personal. Angels Flight: The murder of a prominent African-American attorney ...

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The Harry Bosch Novels, Volume 2: The Last Coyote; Trunk Music; Angels Flight

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Overview

The Last Coyote: LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch is suspended from the force for attacking his commanding officer. Unable to remain idle, he investigates the long-unsolved murder of a Hollywood prostitute. Trunk Music: Harry returns to the force to investigate the murder of a movie producer with Mafia ties. Up against both the LAPD's organized crime unit and the mob, Harry follows the money trail to Las Vegas, where the case becomes personal. Angels Flight: The murder of a prominent African-American attorney who made his career suing the police for racism and brutality means that Harry's friends and associates have become suspects; and he must work closely with longtime enemies suspicious of his maverick ways to investigate them. Together for the first time, these three chilling, pulse-pounding novels chart the volatile, breakneck career of the sleuth the New York Post calls "the quintessential mystery book hero" and prove that "Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch novels are the most impressive body of work by any writer of crime thrillers now active" (Washington Post).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316614566
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 11/3/2003
  • Series: Harry Bosch Series
  • Edition description: 1ST OMNIBU
  • Pages: 832
  • Sales rank: 153,734
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 2.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Connelly
A former Los Angeles Times crime reporter, Michael Connelly’s familiarity with the seamy side of L.A. adds a steamy kind of street cred to his hardboiled, gritty detective novels -- especially his bestselling series of mysteries featuring dark detective Hieronymous “Harry” Bosch.

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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    • Posted July 31, 2013

      Typical Michael Connelly: Compelling

      The novels were all terrific. I don't think you can find better stories than the Harry Bosch novels.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 8, 2013

      Great Read

      Another great read by Michael Connelly. Trunk Music was especially good.

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    • Posted March 31, 2012

      Very highly recommended

      Again I have found a very good author and I hope that he keeps writing about Harry Bosch and his investigations. Keep them coming!!!!

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    • Posted February 18, 2012

      highly recommended, I love his wrting

      I've read about 7 of his books the last couple of weeks. Love his stories and way of telling them. Keep you reading 'til the end!

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    • Posted October 29, 2011

      Don't want to stop reading!

      BUT, my voice gives out. I am reading these aloud to my husband and we both hate to stop the story.
      Anyone who enjoys well written books with great characters and story lines would enjoy any and all of Michael's books. We have already finished Volume I and plan to continue though to the most recent. We started with The Brass Verdict and wanted to know more about Harry Bosch.
      We're enjoying every moment, every sentence.

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    • Posted July 26, 2011

      Very entertaining

      I wasnt able to put them down.

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    • Posted November 17, 2010

      Highly recommended

      There's plot; there's character development; there's dialogue; and for this genre there's writing that generates suspense, interest and respect for the writer. Connelly scores on all cylinders.

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    • Posted April 8, 2010

      Loved the series

      This is the first time I read the Harry Bosch books and I loved them. Harry is not your typical cop and tends to investigate in his own manner, always getting in trouble doing it. He is not a rogue cop but one who wants to get to the bottom of the crime. I like that you get a picture of him as a man as well and can understand why he does some of the things he does. He is a straight shooter and those that work with him respect him. He does have a temper as is evidenced by his hitting his supervisor, not that he didn't deserve it but he is definitely not a good two shoes.

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    • Posted May 10, 2009

      Connelly keeps you on edge from start to end.

      If you like police work and investigation, this is the book for you. It'll keep you going and wanting to know what's going to happen next. The main character make you feel you're part of him.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 10, 2008

      Great reading and enjoyable stories

      I really like the Harry bosh series. I think they are very interesting and read very well.I would recommend it.

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