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The Last Coyote (Harry Bosch #4)

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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  29,746 ratings  ·  867 reviews
Harry Bosch's life is on the edge. His earthquake-damaged home has been condemned. His girlfriend has left him. He's drinking too much. And after attacking his commanding officer, he's even had to turn in his L.A.P.D. detective's badge. Now, suspended indefinitely pending a psychiatric evaluation, he's spending his time investigating an unsolved crime from 1961: the brutal ...more
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Published April 29th 2003 by Little, Brown and Company (first published June 1st 1995)
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Kurt
Quick - start thinking of every tired trope that comes to mind when you think of generic cop stories. It's OK, I'll wait.

Your list probably included, "Author uses macho cop's mandatory therapy sessions as an excuse for character development," and, "Renegade cop gets his badge taken away, so he has to go rogue to catch the killer." Those two overdone stories come together to make this novel, so it should feel derivative and lifeless, right? Yet somehow, Connelly rises above the expectations of t
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Jane Stewart
This was really good. It was hard to stop reading. Bosch did many smart things that surprised me, things I did not expect.

REVIEWER’S OPINION:
Early in the book Harry said “I want (pause) I’m going to find her killer.” (My thoughts were yes you will. Not many people could say that but you can. You are so smart at solving crimes – I’ve seen him in action in three previous books.) It was hard for me to imagine how anyone could solve something so old. It was fascinating to watch what Bosch did to unc
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Scott Rhee
Reading a Michael Connelly book is like shooting heroin, and I am a full-fledged addict. It's not a clean, sparkly high. It's more of an unsettling high, the kind that leaves one feeling spent and emotionally exhausted, but it's still a high nonetheless.

"The Last Coyote" is Connelly's fourth book in the series featuring his LAPD detective Heironymous "Harry" Bosch, and it is the best one in the series (thus far), in my humble opinion.

Strangely enough, there is not a lot of action in this one, un
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Mike
I'm on a mission to fill in the early days of Harry Bosch. I started in the middle of the series and missed this essential book on Harry's background. Harry has been suspended for insubordination...he beat the crap out of his supervisor...and has to attend a psych evaluation before he can be reinstated to the force. In the meantime he decides to investigate the murder of his mother. This is one of the best Connelly novels, twists and turns galore. Four stars for The Last Coyote
Bill  Kerwin

Suspended for shoving his supervisor through a glass office panel, Detective Bosch decides to spend his enforced leave time investigating the murder which drives his angry heart: the strangulation of his mother, an LA call girl killed more than thirty years before.

This is a first class entertainment, with all the action and twists and turns a mystery story fan could hope for, plus enough darkness and depth in the characters to give it weight.
Donna
For fans of Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series, this book is the must-read prequel, of sorts, that explains the central character's general angst and anger. In The Last Coyote, Connelly does a credible job in terms of plot and character, and he sustains suspense well enough to keep me up past my bedtime. The mood is dark, but the book is never boring, and there's a little intrigue at the end that should bring real Bosch fans for the next installment. All-in-all, this particular specimen of my ...more
Carol
Moving right along in my goal to read all theHarry Bosch Series, I was pleased how smoothly Connelly transitioned from The Concrete Blond to The Last Coyote. Even though it's a year later Connelly easily catches us up on what's been happening with our guy.

Harry's relationship with Sylvia is over, he's on leave, going to Chinatown (a department psychologist) and is hoping to get back to active duty soon. Harry observes much about himself. I think he's a bit worried about the aging process. He's g
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Richard
8/10

Harry Bosch sets out to solve a murder which took place over 30 years ago, the murder of his mother. He's suspended from the police force and decides to take on a mission that he feels compelled to solve. There are plenty of obstacles which hinder Harry, but if you've read any Bosch before you know that obstacles are merely there to be navigated and not deterred.

I was a little worried coming into this book as the taking on of a 30 year old case just seemed too far fetched and how would you
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Brenda
Detective Harry Bosch was angry and bitter; suspended from the LAPD for something he didn’t regret, and having to see a department psychologist before being allowed back to work, IF they allowed it at all, he was also bored. His home had been condemned as the damage caused by the latest earthquake was substantial – but of course, Harry being Harry just ignored the locked doors and signs which said “condemned”, and continued to live there anyway. But doing nothing was driving him nuts, so he took ...more
Joe Stamber
The Last Coyote is the fourth outing for Michael Connelly's wonderful creation Harry Bosch. I've taken them in order, with 3 on audio CD and one in print. As with all audio books, the narrator makes all the difference. I may be wrong but I think the 3 I have listened to so far have all had the same narrator. Like Elliot Gould reading Raymond Chandler, the narrator here is right on the nail.

In the previous books, we've heard regular snippets about Harry's childhood; his hooker mum being murdered,
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Cathy DuPont
Number four in the Harry Bosch series and I feel that I have read many more than four of the series. Must be the fact that I’ve read all of the Mickey Haller series where Harry (we’re on a first name basis now) plays a role in the books, sometimes bigger than 'walk-ons.’

I simply love Michael Connelly’s skillful writing. He writes with the reader in mind with descriptive, flowing sentences. Great characters described so well that you can vision them in your mind’s eye and scenery that takes you
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Elizabeth Theiss
The first step in curing an addiction is admitting the truth, and yes, I am addicted to Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch novels. I neglect my family and friends; I stay up too late; I don't care about the cost; and I am focused on ensuring a constant supply. Fortunately, I have two months off in which to indulge this summer, after which I will grow up and return to statistics. In the meantime, it is useless to call me because I am not answering.

The Last Coyote is the best yet. Harry Bosch faces th
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Edward Shurley
I became a Michael Connelly fan during a John Grisham/Michael Crichton lull in the mid 90's and now, he is probably may favorite author. I've read everything from about '96 on and now going back to read the books from BC (Before Connelly)

The Last Coyote is another Harry Bosch novel. Bosch is hard-boiled LA Homicide detective who once again has fallen afoul of the LAPD status quo - punching his lieutenant and now psychological counseling is his ticket back to the beat. Bosch, whose mantra - "Ever
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Christine
Lately, I have returned to reading reading mysteries at night in bed on the theory that the pace and flow of this familiar style of fiction will lull me into sleep. Humph! Shouldn't have picked up this one! No rest for the wicked, not for those who insist on reading howling, twisty-turny tales after midnight!

Harry Bosch, the series protagonist, is a flawed but honorable police detective who has slammed flat-out into the wall of a mid-life crisis. After losing his temper and assaulting his infuri
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Jenifer Mohammed
Poignant yet thrilling mystery!

This was a great mystery that offers an inner perspective of Bosch not always found to such a degree in other books of the series. Bosch is in counselling for an attack on his Lieutenant. While suspended, Bosch decides to try and figure out who murdered his mother when he was just a child. Figures from the past turn out to have lots of secrets they are willing to kill to keep. This was a thrilling and suspenseful story with a thread of sadness and loss interwoven t
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Richard
I had never read anything by Michael Connelly before, but several of my friends are big fans. This book became available as a free download, so I decided to try it. Some reviewers expressed disappointment over this part of the Harry Bosch series, but I found it to be a great introduction to a fascinating and complex character. Connelly portrays the detective's personal struggle and moral quandaries beautifully. While not a fast-paced thriller, it is a compelling tale drawing a very human protago ...more
Joyce Lagow
Yet another outburst of violence has LA Homicide Detective Harry Bosch in trouble again only this time, he shoved his superior, Lt. Pounds, and he is suspended from the force pending a psychiatric evaluation from the Department psychologist, Dr. Carmen Hinojos. Other aspects of Bosch s life are just as bleak; an earthquake has rendered his home officially unlivable (although of course Bosch continues to live there), and Sylvia Moore, with whom he has had a year-long serious relationship, has lef ...more
Harry
Time saver tip: if you've read my review of any Harry Bosch book, you've read 'em all. Since I don't reveal plots and reserve my comments to the overall book/author, characterization, style, etc...I just don't feel the need to repeat myself as in most cases series books if any good at all do remain consistent. The star ratings might change, but not my opinion of the series as a whole.

Michael Connelly is a well know and very popular author in the mystery/detective and police procedural genres. E
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Dlora
I really like Connelly's well-written, thoughtful, gritty detective novels. Harry Bosch is a particularly tough cop whose anger at his incompetent pencil-pusher department head lands him in suspension pending a psychiatrist's evaluation of his stability. And we agree he is not too stable or smart as he vindictively make some stupid choices to irritate his boss. While waiting to see if he is going to be fired or rehired, and sparked by the sessions with the department's shrink, he decides to solv ...more
Freda Malone
The 4th in the Harry Bosch series. Harry has assaulted his superior, Harvey Pounds and has been placed on involuntary paid leave with the condition that he see the in-house psychiatrist. He's restless and decides to solve his mother's murder almost 30 years ago. Not an easy feat.

I enjoy these mysteries so much because there are several characters involved and many different clues that lead you down a path, thinking you've got the murder solved, and you really don't! Well for heaven sakes Michae
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Helen
LA homicide Det Harry Bosch's world has fallen apart. His cool cliff house has been condemned as a result of earthquake damage, his girlfriend has left him and he's been suspended for punching his obnoxious boss. So naturally he uses his time off work to conduct an off the books investigation into his mother's murder. Great story. Lots of action and suspense and a killer ending. Love the visit to the Tampa Bay Area too.
Janebbooks
THE LAST COYOTE is my very favorite Harry Bosch story by Michael Connelly!

We learn in this fourth outing...that his damaged house on a hillside has been condemned and that the woman who was his mother was brutally slain in 1961...three decades earlier than the time of the novel. I had always been curious about a woman who named her son after the erratic, dark artist Hieronymous Bosch.....

Dorothy
LAPD detective Hieronymous (Harry) Bosch is on involuntary leave from his job. His life is in a shambles. He's living on the edge. Quite literally. His home in the hills above Los Angeles has been severely damaged by the most recent earthquake and threatens to slide into the ravine below. It has been condemned as uninhabitable and put on the list for demolition, but Harry continues to live in it, illegally, and even spends his free time making repairs.

How did he come to be placed on involuntary
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Rex Fuller
Fine read. Maybe the best use of metaphors of any Connelly book I've read.
Kris
4.5 Stars review to come
Aimee (Coffee Table Reviews)
I'm loving this adventure. The fourth Harry Bosch audiobook is done. This is full of turmoil and chaos. Things aren't going well for Bosch, his house is condemned after the quake, he's on suspension and trouble has found him as he works solo on his mother's cold case.

Bosch seems to create a lot of problems. Like with his lieutenant. He just can't seem to stay cool and ignore the bad stuff. But hey, most of us can't either. But he also has a heart for the victims. In this book, his credo of "Eve
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Therin Knite

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Josh
Harry Bosch in on involuntary leave from the force; his return pending a psychiatric evaluation. The source of his exile a violent encounter with his superior officer, Lt Pounds, which resulted in Bosch putting his head through a glass wall. Now having to deal with stress, detachment, and rage issues, he finds himself having to convince Carmen Hinojos of his wellbeing and mind state in order to be reinstated to the force.

But that’s only one half of the story. The other, being what Bosch occupie
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Gina
The Last Coyote by Michael Connelly.

This has been my least favorite Harry Bosch book so far. For a large part of the book, my rating was hovering in the 1-star range. For being a 20-yr veteran as a police detective, Harry made a lot of stupid emotional mistakes in investigating his "mission" case. You could argue that many emotional things piled up and overwhelmed him, I guess I could go along with that. A relationship break-up (when doesn't he have these?), Lt. Pounds ruining an interview and
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Marleen
The more I make headway in the Harry Bosch series the more I appreciate the writing, the characterization and the plotting. The Last Coyote is definitely another winner. Probably the best I’ve read so far.
The Last Coyote, the title, seems to refer to a coyote Harry has noticed nearby his house, a house he needs to leave as it has been condemned and tagged for demolition after the earthquake, but it also might refer to how Harry sees himself, sort of the last of his species. The previous book, T
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Other Books in the Series

Harry Bosch (1 - 10 of 20 books)
  • The Black Echo (Harry Bosch, #1)
  • The Black Ice (Harry Bosch, #2)
  • The Concrete Blonde (Harry Bosch, #3)
  • Trunk Music (Harry Bosch, #5)
  • Angels Flight (Harry Bosch, #6)
  • A Darkness More Than Night (Harry Bosch, #7; Terry McCaleb, #2)
  • City of Bones (Harry Bosch, #8)
  • Lost Light (Harry Bosch, #9)
  • The Narrows (Harry Bosch, #10)
  • The Closers (Harry Bosch, #11)
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