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Back on the job after an involuntary leave of absence, LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch is ready for a challenge. But his first case is a little more than he bargained for.


It starts with the body of a Hollywood producer in the trunk of a Rolls-Royce, shot twice in the head at close range - what looks ...

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Overview

Back on the job after an involuntary leave of absence, LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch is ready for a challenge. But his first case is a little more than he bargained for.


It starts with the body of a Hollywood producer in the trunk of a Rolls-Royce, shot twice in the head at close range - what looks like "trunk music," a Mafia hit. But the LAPD's organized crime unit is curiously uninterested, and when Harry follows a trail of gambling debts to Las Vegas, the case suddenly becomes more complex - and much more personal.


A rekindled romance with an old girlfriend opens new perspectives on the murder, and he begins to glimpse a shocking triangle of corruption and collusion. Yanked off the case, Harry himself is soon the one being investigated. But only a bullet can stop Harry when he's searching for the truth . . .

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Editorial Reviews

Washington Post
"Compelling...Connelly displays a wonderful atmospheric feel for the posh and the poor...The last pages bring things to a shocking end that should satisfy Connelly's growing audience."
People
"For those seeking the kind of action that takes more turns than a roulette wheel, Trunk Music is a sure bet."
From the Publisher
"Compelling...Connelly displays a wonderful atmospheric feel for the posh and the poor...The last pages bring things to a shocking end that should satisfy Connelly's growing audience."—Washington Post

"If you'd like to see a buried love affair take off like a rocket and a bunch of crooks and crooked cops as canny and treacherous as le Carré's spies, you've come to the right place."—Kirkus Reviews

"A jazzy, funky, roller coaster of a book. . . Connelly has it all working together here: skillful dialogue, solid plotting, nuances of race and status and a pace that will leave readers gasping to keep up. "—Publishers Weekly

"For those seeking the kind of action that takes more turns than a roulette wheel, Trunk Music is a sure bet."—People

Washington Post
Compelling...Connelly displays a wonderful atmospheric feel for the posh and the poor...The last pages bring things to a shocking end that should satisfy Connelly's growing audience.
People
For those seeking the kind of action that takes more turns than a roulette wheel, Trunk Music is a sure bet.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
From the opening bars, when the body of Tony Aliso is pulled from the trunk of his Rolls Royce Silver Cloud on Mulholland Drive, to the final grace note on a Hawaiian beach, Connelly has crafted a jazzy, funky, roller coaster of a book. The return of maverick L.A. homicide detective Hieronymous (Harry) Bosch (from 1995's The Last Coyote) is cause for rejoicing. The Aliso murder quickly embroils Bosch and his new team (Kizmin Rider, a young black female officer on the rise in the department; veteran Jerry Edgar; and their boss, Lieutenant Grace Billets) in a Byzantine tangle of Las Vegas mob money, Hollywood filmmaking and police politics. The plot rushes headlong into deadends and deadfalls, repeatedly reorients and tears off in a new direction. Never known for tact, the single-minded Bosch is soon hotfooting through an acronymic snakepit: the LAPD's OCID (Organized Crime Investigation Division); the IAD (Internal Affairs Division); the LVPD's OCU (Las Vegas Police Department's Organized Crime Unit); the FBI. Not only does each organization claim a piece of the action, but each also wants a piece of Bosch. Connelly has it all working together here: skillful dialogue, solid plotting, nuances of race and status and a pace that will leave readers gasping to keep up. Connelly's early promise (The Black Echo earned him the 1993 Edgar for best first novel) has been borne out nicely by succeeding novels. Trunk Music is his best yet. $400,000 ad/promo; author tour. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Homicide dick Harry Bosch investigates the murder of a Hollywood producer in this latest from the author of the Edgar Award-winning The Black Echo (LJ 1/92).
Kirkus Reviews
Hollywood homicide dick Harry Bosch goes up against whoever killed high-rolling, lowlife filmmaker Tony Aliso and tipped his body into the trunk of his Rolls.

The early buzz on the case shouts Las Vegas—so Harry heads out there in hopes of tracking down Tony's latest companion, a stripper named Layla. Instead he finds a trail of evidence that links Tony to a money-laundering operation for Joey Marks, the outfit's top man in Vegas; to Dolly's, a strip club owned by Marks lieutenant Luke ("Lucky") Goshen; and to Eleanor Wish, an ex-FBI agent whose activities took her to Harry's bed and a stretch in the pen before she turned up on video playing poker at Tony's side. Tough-guy Harry (The Last Coyote, 1995, etc.), incredibly still carrying a torch for Eleanor, wastes no time rekindling their affair—Eleanor's sullenness cracks just long enough for some brisk sex—and then finds he has to cut all sorts of deals with the Vegas cops and his own department to keep her out of the case he's building against Lucky Goshen. Back in L.A., deeper trouble awaits: When Harry lays out the case against Goshen—motive, fingerprints, murder weapon—he's told that Goshen's an undercover FBI agent with an ironclad alibi and that he's dashed into the middle of a sting that's been years in the making. Relieved once again of his homicide assignment, Harry—together with trusty sidekicks Jerry Edgar and Kiz Rider—goes up against Tony's killers himself, with results as gripping and satisfying as they are improbable.

Forget realism, okay? If you'd like to see a buried love affair take off like a rocket and a bunch of crooks and crooked cops as canny and treacherous as le Carré's spies, you've come to the right place.

Orlando Sentinel
"Trunk Music is Connelly at his best, skewering the superficial Hollywood society, the hoods, the good guys and bad girls, the bureaucratic tyrants who would rather fill in the right form than get to the truth."
Booklist
"A terrific read...truly one of the year's best entertainments."
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The murder of a Hollywood producer has all the signs of a Mafia hit, but something doesn't add up. Battling impertinent superiors, disgraced LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch follows a string of odd clues until he uncovers a scheme many magnitudes more deadly than he'd imagined--with himself as the next target. Now Harry must prove himself not just by breaking the case, but surviving it. "Truly one of the year's best entertainments." Booklist.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446198196
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Series: Harry Bosch Series , #5
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Connelly is a former journalist and has won every major prize for crime fiction. He lives in 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
      2. Website:

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 22, 2012

      All of his books are very excellant if you like police stories

      My complaint is your book library does not have Michial Connelly books in number order. It is very difficult to find the next number in as series

      24 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted March 16, 2012

      Very Exciting

      I've just started reading the Harry Bosch novels and I love them all so far. This one is no exception. Good plot, some good twists and a good storyline. In my opinion, you can't go wrong with a Harry Bosch story. You think you have it figured out and then some new piece of evidence shows up or a new wittness steps forward or the obvious person turns out to have an alibi. Good reading, you won't be disappointed.

      7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted January 10, 2011

      Loved this one too...

      Michael Connelly drops another classic onto the book shelves loved every minute of the book couldn't put it down unless there was a life threatning emergency.

      5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 27, 2011

      Dale

      The book starts out slowly setting the stage for the last part of the book. The last few chapters were great. Another quality book by M.C.

      4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 12, 2012

      Nice

      I love all of the books about Harry Bosch. Highly recommend. Some not very graphic violence, some mild sexual situations. No cursing. A nice size book. Likable characters and a good plot.

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      3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 3, 2012

      !

      Bn, please ban these kids here from wasting space with their stupid rolepkaying games and chitchat crap. Fine them, ban them, do something already.

      3 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted January 28, 2012

      Does not disappoint

      I'm new to the Harry Bosch series (great fan of The Lincoln Lawyer), Harry Bosch is very good also, I started with number 1 & intend to read all of Harry Bosch in order. Highly recommend.

      3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted May 8, 2010

      Another good read

      You won't be disappointed. This is another great book by this author. He gets so many characters going and you find yourself wanting to know more about them. He does this is such a flowing way that you don't get lost in the identities.

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 5, 2012

      doesn't let you down

      another good detective novel with Harry Bosch

      2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted January 31, 2012

      Recommend

      Easy entertaining read.

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 15, 2012

      AWESOME

      I luv this series.

      1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted January 5, 2012

      Highly Recommended

      I have not finished it, but it is a continuation of the Harry Bosch series, and they are fabulous. If you enjoy a dark hero with issues, uncovering the seedy side of life, this is a good series to get into. I suggest starting with the first book and work your way through the series.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted October 20, 2011

      Trunk Music Review

      This is #5 that I have read of the series and I am ready to download #6.. Great author and even greater characters..Twists and turns in every chapter.. Must read this, but for new comers..You need to start at #1 and learn the characters

      1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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      Posted December 8, 2014

      Time to seize the day

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 24, 2014

      PUT YOUR SONGS HERE!

      If you want me to put down the lyrics to any song, l'll put the complete lyrics no lie. Put the requests here and l'll put them in other results.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 13, 2014

      I started reading this series from the beginning and I enjoy eac

      I started reading this series from the beginning and I enjoy each new story as they progress. I really enjoy reading about Harry Bosch and the twist that his life takes.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 28, 2014

      Onna

      Ohmygawd this is hard
      1. Counting stars by i think one ruplic
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      3.remain by rolay talor

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 28, 2014

      Top three favorite songs

      ( most of these songs are ild and im only 11 really!!!!!)
      1) Boondocks by Little Big Town 2) Mr. Mom by Lone star 3) God Bless the U.S.A by Lee Greenwood ( RIP Lee Greenwood)

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      Posted July 28, 2014

      Roxi

      1)Fancy by Iggy izalya 2)Tytanium i dont know the artist 3) The walker by fizz & the tantrums

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 27, 2014

      Rop three somgs 1)

      1)Better dig two band perry2)Somethin bad miranda lambert&carrie underwood3)My eyes

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