Angels Flight (Harry Bosch Series #6)

Angels Flight (Harry Bosch Series #6)

by Michael Connelly
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Angels Flight 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 165 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Stephen Brayton for Readers' Favorite A lawyer who makes his living by bringing lawsuits against the Los Angeles police department and a bystander are shot on one of the Angels Flight trolley cars. Detective Hieronymus Bosch and his team get called out of rotation to run the investigation. The city is, again, starting to heat up, as the lawyer, Howard Elias, was black. Even from the beginning, Bosch discovers no end of suspects. Besides the seemingly endless string of potentially vindictive cops, Elias had a girlfriend and, also, was involved in pornography - both print and online. Elias' philandering brings in a motive for his wife and son. Bosch has to wade through the evidence while at the same time not get sucked into office politics. One of the cases Elias was working on centered around a black man accused of killing a white child. Bosch finds indications that Elias knew the real killer's identity. The case, however, is not the only thing affecting Bosch's emotions. He also has to deal with his failing marriage of just over a year because his wife is addicted to gambling. Connelly's Bosch mysteries are guaranteed to include excellent police procedure, intrigue, police politics, and that one special clue that breaks open the investigation, even when the case looks solved. Angels Flight is no exception. When those in charge named the killer, I knew the story had more to offer. I knew Bosch had yet to conclude the case. I've enjoyed Connelly mysteries for many years. There's never a disappointing moment and each chapter brought something new that kept me guessing. Connelly's style is such that I felt as if I stood next to Bosch throughout the entire few days, seeing what he saw and feeling his emotions. Every Bosch novel is a winner and I look forward to the next one.
SlapShot62 More than 1 year ago
The Bosch series just continues to get better with each book. I thought Angels Flight started out just a little slow, but once the pace picked up, it really got rolling. Connelly is a master at this genre, developing believeable plot and side storylines and producing characters with depth. I have no intention of stopping here - gonna keep reading all the Bosch books in order.
1dachsmom More than 1 year ago
Great book.  Have read almost all of Michael Connelly's books - make sure you don't miss this one --- it's excellent. 
kadie13 More than 1 year ago
I thoroughtly enjoyed this book. Another Connelly great one. I didn't see the end coming. I would recommend this book as a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love detective stories Harry Bosch is one of the BEST! Angles Flight is great but I highly recommend if you read this series begin with the first one. I started with number 10 and had to go back and read all of them. I am now on 11. (They are so good I read number 10 about two months ago).
Anonymous 3 months ago
Could not put it down.
Carstairs38 6 months ago
Bosch Must Solve a Murder Before the Powder Ignites It’s very true that there is nothing new under the sun. I had that thought while listening to Angels Flight, the sixth Harry Bosch book written by Michael Connelly. While the book was originally published in 1999, I felt like parts of it were all too current. It’s 2 AM when Bosch gets the call. He and his team are supposed to meet LAPD Deputy Chief Irvin Irving at Angels Flight, a vehicular type railroad that takes passengers up a steep hill in downtown Los Angeles. They are all confused since this is outside their normal Hollywood beat plus they are not next in the rotation. Things become clear when Harry arrives at the scene and discovers who the victim is – Harvey Elias. Elias is a lawyer who has built a career out of suing the LAPD for brutality – both real and imagined. He currently had a major case set to go to trial in two days, and in trying to find detectives who might not be suspects, Harry and his team are logical choices. Plus, there’s the fact that Harry’s two partners are African American, like Elias. Not only are the number of potential suspects overwhelming, but the politics of the case are daunting. One wrong step could land Los Angeles in the middle of another race riot. But Bosch’s main concern is the truth. Will he find it? Will it be enough to keep the peace in the city? See what I mean? This really could still be ripped from today’s headlines. Yet while listening to this book, I never felt like it was a lecture. It was a mystery first, but it did a good job of presenting the complexities of people and how they react to things. In other words, there are no easy solutions, and this book doesn’t try to offer them. Especially since this is a mystery. And as a mystery, it is wonderful. If I did put a piece together before Bosch did, I was only half a chapter ahead of him at best. There were plenty of clues and twists I didn’t see coming, but they were always logical. In fact, I am once again in awe of the way author Michael Connelly constructed his plot. He is wonderful at creating intricate plots that can only lead to the conclusion we never saw coming. And yet his books aren’t just about the plots. The characters are just as complex. They can surprise each other and themselves. We get to see some sympathetic sides to characters we might not normally like. These grays make the stories fascinating. As I hinted earlier, I listened to the audio version narrated by Peter Giles. I was glad to see he’d taken over the narration of the series at this point, and he does a fantastic job. I listened to this book on a recent trip up to visit my family, and I was engrossed the entire time. The miles and hours flew by. While some of the political realities are sadly unchanged, the one thing that has definitely changed in technology. It’s actually kind of funny how little Bosch knows about stuff we take for granted now. But this was 1999, a time when people still had pagers. These dated references do nothing to blunt the impact of the book. And make no mistake about it, while this book is engrossing, it is definitely darker than what I normally read. I think it is worth it, but remember that when you sit down to read it. If you are looking for an engrossing mystery, I highly recommend Angels Flight. Michael Connelly just gets better with every book.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I love the way this character has evolved over time.
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Bosch continues as my favorite detectives ever!!
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I am an avid reader of this series, and have read almost all of the available books. This one is fast flowing, easy to read, believable, and most importantly, definitely a five-star rating! In my opinion...maybe the best one yet! Highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the Harry Bosch series and this book is no exception. Michael Connellly is a brilliant author and one if my favorites!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of twists and turns
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BirdmanJG More than 1 year ago
It was well written. Keeps moving at a good pace. I like Connelly's books.
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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.