Trunk Music (Harry Bosch Series #5)

Trunk Music (Harry Bosch Series #5)

by Michael Connelly

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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 a murderous Las Vegas crime ring might prove to be 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 . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780759525801
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 01/01/2002
Series: Harry Bosch Series , #5
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 747
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

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.


Sarasota, Florida

Date of Birth:

July 21, 1956

Place of Birth:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


B.A. in Journalism, University of Florida, 1980

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Capone2369 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
RiverReader More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. AD
Idliketosay More than 1 year ago
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.
mas43 More than 1 year ago
Easy entertaining read.
60catladay More than 1 year ago
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.
Santa_Mike More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 29 days ago
Bosch is on the hunt again, and kicking a along the way
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can never tire of Harry. Love him!
debavp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While this has quite the surprise ending, I think that Connelly left the devolpment of Harry a bit off in this installment. I do wish he would also develop Rider's personality a bit quicker as well.
raizel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Murder, violence, mystery (some of which I guessed rather quickly), the woman Bosch loved from an earlier book.
gypsysmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was published in 1997 and is the fifth in the Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch series by Connelly. I've read some of the earlier ones and some of the later ones in this series and they always intrigue me.Trunk music is the term used when Mafia kill someone in the trunk of their car and when Tony Aliso is found in the trunk of his car with two shots to his head most people thought it was a Mafia hit. Harry and his new team from the Hollywood Homicide department, Jerry Edgar and Kizmin Rider, catch this homicide on the Labor Day long weekend. So much for any time off! They soon discover that Aliso had just come back from Las Vegas where he goes frequently to play poker and visit his stripper girlfriend. This information comes courtesy of Aliso's wife, Veronica. As per usual the wife is a suspect but it seems she didn't leave the gated community they live in and Bosch and his team are soon following the Mafia connection. Bosch heads to Las Vegas to follow up on that end of things and soon he has a suspect in jail. He also sees his former love, Eleanor Wish, who is now playing cards in Vegas to earn a living after having spent some time in jail.Bosch is a great cop but, something like one of my personal favourite fictional investigators, John Rebus, he always gets into trouble with the higher echelons. This book is no exception. It is against departmental rules to associate with a person who has been convicted of criminal charges. Bosch can't help himself when it comes to Eleanor and I'm glad. It makes him a bit more human.I figured out the perpetrator (or should I say one of them) long before it was revealed in the book but perhaps Connelly meant it that way. It did spoil a bit of the suspense for me but since I didn't figure out the co-conspirator or the method I had to keep reading.
markatread on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the previous book, The Last Coyote, Harry Bosch was at war with the whole world. He was at war with his boss; he even gets suspended from the force and has to go for a psychiatric evaluation where he ends up at war with his therapist. He is at war with the housing inspector that is trying to condemn his house following an earthquake and he is at war with women as his current girlfriend leaves him. He is drinking too much and ends up at war with his past as he tries to understand what happened to his mother and why she was murdered 30 years ago. Harry starts The Last Coyote miserable and he ends the book miserable. So much so that he even leaves his beloved LA and goes to Florida to be with his new girlfriend.Trunk Music is almost a polar opposite of The Last Coyote. Harry is back on the job; has even been given the position of Team Leader on the new murder he has been assigned; has a new boss that he respects; and meets an old girlfriend that he knows was the one he missed out on before. Early in the book, Harry even admits to himself that he is happy. He is still Harry and still does things the way Harry does things, but he is no longer miserable and at war with himself and everyone around him. Harry still uses violence in most situations and it usually ends up being destructive and counterproductive for what he is trying to accomplish. But in Trunk Music, Harry begins to be part of a team, work with his boss instead of against his boss, and his relationships with women go from feeling forced much of the time to being integrated into the overall story in a way that adds to the story instead of detracting from it. In fact, two of the most telling moments in the book happen in relationships with the two main female characters in the book.At one point Harry is having a Harry-like moment when an FBI agent comes to pick up a box of evidence. Words are exchanged and Harry has the FBI agent's tie jerked up around his throat when the new boss, Lt. Grace Billets intervenes and tells Harry to sit down and she will handle the agent. Harry has trouble doing it, but does. After the agent leaves she turns to Harry and says, "You don't know how to help yourself do you? Why don't you grow up and stop these pissing wars?" She didn't wait for his reply, because he didn't have one.There are multiple times when the reader has thought the same thing as Harry has reacted in ways that ultimately may help to get the case solved but are excessive and even thuggish as he reacts to what is in front of him with abrasiveness and violence.The second moment happens later in the book as Harry is talking on the phone with another FBI agent and when he hangs up his girlfriend asks him what the agent wanted.¿I guess to apologize.¿ ¿That¿s unusual; the bureau doesn¿t usually apologize for anything.¿¿It wasn¿t an official call¿.¿Oh. One of those macho male bonding calls.¿Bosch smiled because she was so right.In almost every situation in previous books, Bosch was always leading with his chin. In this book there are moments like this when he slows down and what is happening has an opportunity to affect him. He actually feels something besides just anger, rage and guilt. But as is the case with so much of what Harry does, as he does begin to feel other feelings, he ends up being drawn to the woman who probably has as many problems as he does, who is as damaged as he is. Harry is better, but he is only a little better. He is happier but he is probably only happier for a short while.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The fact is, the tv show for me to read the books. I am going through them in order. This one is top drawer. Next up, Angel’s Flight. Titus Welliver captures the character on the tv series. But I saw that first. The author must be satisfied with the show and proud of his own body of work.
mrtall on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Trunk Music is classic, hard-driving, down-and-dirty Michael Connelly. Harry Bosch investigates a stiff found in a car trunk; it's a film studio executive who's been up to plenty of shady dealing. Not the best of Bosch, but a solid read.
Darrol on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Went a little way towards healing the cliche of the first book. Plot a little too complicated for my tastes, but the ending was satisfying. The vignette with the mentally ill, homeless man was very good.
jmcclain19 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It seems each Harry Bosch novel takes a look at another seedy underbelly of the LA Crime scene, and in Trunk Music the song being played is performed by a Chicago mob family with ties to Las Vegas & LA. It's everything you've come to expect from Connelly's Bosch - scuffles with the IAD, familiar characters popping up when you least expect them, a gritty storyline complete with a graphic look at life in LA, a 'damn the torpedoes' get it done at all costs attitude from the main protagonist and a twist at the end you can't predict.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never get bored with Michael Connelly
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Loved it!
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CYLeigh More than 1 year ago
Yet another great Connelly book. I always think it's best to start a series at the beginning, but they are just as good as stand alone.
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Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Producer in the Trunk While I enjoyed my time with one of Michael Connelly’s other characters a couple of months back, I was glad to get back to Harry Bosch with Trunk Music. Harry is a great character, and I was glad to slip back into his world. As this book opens, Bosch is finally back working homicides after 18 months in the wilderness of forced time off and then working robbery. He’s still working out of Hollywood and the leaders of a three person team. His team is the first one called in when a body is found in the trunk of a car. The car had been abandoned in a vacant lot next to the Hollywood Bowl, which is currently hosting a concert, making working the scene tricky. The scene looks like a mob hit, yet organized crime doesn’t appear to want to take the case. Bosch isn’t complaining too much since he is anxious to get back to solving murders, his true passion. The victim is a producer of low budget borderline pornographic films and appears to have connections in Las Vegas. Is that what got him killed? As always, this book starts strongly, and following Bosch around as he solves the case is plenty of fun. I did feel the pacing of this book was a little off, and I did figure out a twist or two before Bosch did. But overall, these are minor issues. The characters are wonderful. There are a few returning characters, and it is nice to catch up with them again. Bosch is a very fascinating main character, and I like getting to know him better. He never backs down from anyone, adding some conflict to the story, but it’s easy to root for him. Plus a face from his past shows up again here, which I enjoyed. He has a new lieutenant in this book, and I absolutely love her. I hope she’s around for several books at least. And the characters we meet here are fully developed as well, making for strong suspects. Dick Hill is still doing the audio books for this series. He’s getting better, but there are times he still gets in the way of the story. Honestly, we don’t need him to yawn when the characters are tired. He throws in a few other things like that which are annoying. And there’s one character he completely ruins with the way he brings the character to life. Fortunately, it’s a minor character with only a couple of scenes here, but it is bad. Overall, his performance works, but I will be glad when the series moves on to another reader. I’m looking forward to seeing how Harry Bosch continues to grow as the series progresses. While Trunk Music wasn’t the best mystery so far, it is still a very strong book.