The Last Coyote (Harry Bosch Series #4)

The Last Coyote (Harry Bosch Series #4)

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by Michael Connelly, Dick Hill
     
 

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Harry Bosch's life is a mess. His new house has been condemned because of earthquake damage. His girlfriend has left him. He's drinking too much. And he's even had to turn in his badge: he attacked his commanding officer and is suspended indefinitely pending a psychiatric evaluation. At first Bosch resists the LAPD shrink, but finally he recognizes that something is…  See more details below

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Harry Bosch's life is a mess. His new house has been condemned because of earthquake damage. His girlfriend has left him. He's drinking too much. And he's even had to turn in his badge: he attacked his commanding officer and is suspended indefinitely pending a psychiatric evaluation. At first Bosch resists the LAPD shrink, but finally he recognizes that something is troubling him, a force that may have shaped his entire life. In 1961, when Harry was twelve, his mother was brutally murdered. No one was ever even accused of the crime. Harry opens up the decades-old file on the case and is irresistibly drawn into a past he has always avoided. It's clear that the case was fumbled. His mother was a prostitute, and even thirty years later the smell of a coverup is unmistakable. Someone powerful was able to keep the investigating officers away from key suspects. Even as he confronts his own shame about his mother, Harry relentlessly follows up the old evidence, seeking justice or at least understanding. Out of the broken pieces of the case he discerns a trail that leads upward, toward prominent people who lead public lives high in the Hollywood hills. And as he nears his answer, Harry finds that ancient passions don't die. They cause new murders even today.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In his fourth outing, LAPD Homicide Detective Harry Bosch (The Concrete Blonde, et al.) confronts deep family, police and political secrets as he probes an unsolved murder of decades earlier. Smart, tough, laconic and, under all that, compassionate, Harry lives by a code according to which ``Everybody counts or nobody counts... whether [the victim is] a prostitute or the mayor's wife.'' He begins this case in a departmental shrink's office, after having been suspended for attacking his commanding officer; his girlfriend has left him, and he's living in a house that's been condemned after an earthquake. In the enforced freedom from his job, he reopens the 30-year-old unsolved murder of an L.A. call girl-his mother. Skirting illegality along the way to the resolution, he unearths a lot of buried secrets and pain-not least to his own 11-year-old self. Nobody here is pure (a couple of people are truly nasty), but all the characters are believable, as are even the quirkier plot turns. Edgar-winner Connelly smoothly mixes Harry's detecting forays with his therapy sessions to dramatize how, sometimes, the biggest mystery is the self. BOMC alternate. (June)
Library Journal
After being put on involuntary stress leave for attacking his boss, LAPD detective Hieronymous "Harry" Bosch tackles the 30-plus-year-old murder case of a Hollywood prostitute-his mother. Bummed out by the failure of his latest romance as well, Harry faces a deeper, psychological crisis: his life's "mission" may end if he solves the case. Harry continues, nonetheless, soon discovering that the police and politically powerful others purposely glossed over his mother's murder. With prose that cuts to the quick, a masterfully interwoven plot, and gripping suspense, Connelly renders a fitting sequel to The Black Echo (LJ 1/92).
Houston Chronicle
"A powerful book that will further Connelly's growing reputation as a skillful and imaginative writer."
Booklist (starred review)
"Connelly remains a master...superior crime fiction, as suspenseful as it is psychologically acute."
From the Publisher
"A powerful book that will further Connelly's growing reputation as a skillful and imaginative writer."—Houston Chronicle"

Connelly remains a master...superior crime fiction, as suspenseful as it is psychologically acute."—Booklist (starred review)"

Prose that cuts to the quick...a masterfully interwoven plot and gripping suspense."—Library Journal

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596009271
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
05/25/2005
Series:
Harry Bosch Series, #4
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.12(d)

Meet the Author

Michael Connelly is a former journalist and author of the bestselling series of Harry Bosch novels and the bestselling novels Chasing the Dime, The Poet, Blood Work, and Void Moon. Connelly has won numerous awards for his journalism and novels, including an Edgar Award. He lives in Florida.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Sarasota, Florida
Date of Birth:
July 21, 1956
Place of Birth:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Education:
B.A. in Journalism, University of Florida, 1980
Website:
http://www.michaelconnelly.com

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The Last Coyote (Harry Bosch Series #4) 4.2 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 291 reviews.
SlapShot62 More than 1 year ago
Earlier this year I started reading the Bosch series in order. The premise of this one didn't exactly fill me with enthusiasm, and it did start out a little slow. If you like Connelly/Bosch - get it, stick with it and see it all the way through. So much of Harry's inner being is revealed and you gain an ever greater understanding and rooting interest for him. Characters are rich and deep and one can see how Connelly has gradually honed his craft with each new book in the series. The plot is far better than I imagined and it left me rushing right into #5 in the series - Trunk Music. Loved this book.
bluesi More than 1 year ago
I am so glad that I discovered this series. Harry has a great personality and analytical mind that keeps the story interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Harry Bosch has a down to earth, regular fellow personality. He has to bear his soul to the shrink to get his old job back, and although he resists at first, he ends this book knowing himself better than even he thought possible. He is like the last coyote he is afraid he may never see again......
McCarthy92 More than 1 year ago
First off, Michael Connelly is my favorite mystery writer (very different from crime writers such as George Pelecanos and Richard Price, whom I advise to check out). Connelly created a great character in Bosch, a detective that is very easy to identify with and learn to greatly admire. This is my fourth Connelly novel (I am reading them in order, which I would advise any new Connelly readers to do, because of the way he connects each novel, despite who the central character is) and so far, it is impossible for me to pick a favorite. His first three are written so well, compelling me to read so much in a short period of time, and The Last Coyote is no different. I never give away too much plot in my reviews so all I'll say is that Connelly allows Bosch to solve his most personal case in the Last Coyote, the murder of his mother in 1961. Bosch goes to great lengths and danger to solve the case, and it was a pleasure to follow him on his journey. I'm very new to Connelly's work and I intend for that to change as I continue to read his novels. Not that this is difficult to do, because his books are just so great. Connelly is a master of mystery fiction and reader's unaware of his work should read them, just remember, read them in order, you's understand why.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My only mistake was reading City of Bones and Lost Light before I read the first 3 Harry Bosch novels (great books, just wish I would have started from the beginning to understand Bosch better) - if you like the Harry Bosch novels, then you have to read this book to know the man. Harry is so complex - he can't seem to help himself, but you really can't help but like him. Michael Connelly really delved deep into Harry's soul in this book and the storyline was wonderful - just when you think you might have it figured out - you don't. Read this book.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I ENJOY HARRY BOSCH SERIES, BUT HAD STARTED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SERIES. NOW I'M PLAYING "CATCH-UP" WITH THESE BOOKS. STRONGLY RECOMMEND READERS TO START AT #1 AND GET A LISTING OF THE SERIES
SSinCO More than 1 year ago
I am currently reading all of Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series in order, and I LOVE them. I am a big mystery/detective story fan, and I have tried so many different series from different authors, but I finally found the one for me! What can I say? I often find myself not really liking the main characters in novels, but I truly like Harry; he is a good guy - not perfect, but he works hard, isn't a womanizer, and isn't overly macho. All of the stories are well-written, realistic, contain surprises and twists, and keep me hooked until the very end. My favorites have been The Black Echo (#1), The Concrete Blonde (#3), Trunk Music (#5), City of Bones (#8), The Narrows (#10), although again - I enjoyed all of them. If you like detective mystery novels, you won't be disappointed with Michael Connelly and Harry Bosch.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once you get hooked on the character of Harry you want to read each of the books in the series. This one does not disappoint and continues to make you want to flip the page to see what happens next.
love_derek02 More than 1 year ago
This is my third Connelly book, and he does not disappoint. I especially liked this book because due to the personal nature of the case for Bosch, you really get to know the character...where he came from and what makes him tick.
Pattmusic More than 1 year ago
Like all other Connelly books, this one grabs you on the first page and doesn't let go until last. A murder mystery at its best, this story is complicated enough to keep you guessing, while at the same time, easy to pick up from your bookmark.
smoochys More than 1 year ago
I'd never read Connelly before I read this book. I have since read every book in the series. Harry Bosch just makes you want to be better and do better. The world tries to knock him down, but he just keeps fighting back. His motto in every one of his books is 'everybody counts or nobody counts' - that motto is personified in this book when he searches for the truth behind his mother's murder. To say anything more would be giving away key details. Just know that this book is a winner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Harry is determined to find out what happened to his mother and will stop at nothing to do so. Ya gotta love a guy who just doesn't give up! I've read all the Harry Bosch novels with the exception of the last three (Angels Flight, City of Bones, Lost Light), up to now, all have been fantastic reads! If you're on the fence about jumping in, make sure to with both feet - you won't regret it.
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1dachsmom More than 1 year ago
I have read many of Michael Connelly's books....I consider this one as one of his best. I highly recommend it!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could,nt put the book down, very good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Harry Bosch!!!! This book confirms the fact that he is a loving hardboiled guy with no illusions about life, but with a soft spot which is revealed slowly. Have read most of Connelly's books, and will keep reading them.
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A terrific winding story
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Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
The beauty of Michael Connelly's protagonist, Harry Bosch, is that he is a deeply flawed hero that you want to root for but he doesn't always make it easy. Here Bosch is dealing with the events of the last novel and decides to look into a cold case that has a truly personal connection to him. Through the twists and turns of the investigation Bosch is haunted by the past and the ramifications his actions are having on those around him. There were multiple unexpected events that make this book almost fantastic. The book is grim and depressing at times but Harry's drive to do what's right while not being preachy is a delight. A very good read.