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Trunk Music (Harry Bosch #5)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  30,549 ratings  ·  778 reviews
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
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Number 5 in the Harry Bosch series and still rolling nicely along. I probably found this to be the least exciting of the books to date. It was a little bit too full of procedural detail and there were so many different cons going on at once I was occasionally confused. Nevertheless Bosch used all his smarts and came out on top,as usual. I liked his two off siders and his boss who was able to bend the rules occasionally for him. I found the story line of Eleanor Wish and the marriage to be unnece ...more
Scott Rhee
The term "trunk music" (for those who aren't fluent in mob-speak) refers to an execution-style murder that involves two clean shots to the head and a body stuffed in a car's trunk. Tony Alisio, a small-time Hollywood movie producer of notoriously bad low-budget movies, is trunk music, and LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch has taken the case. Thus begins Michael Connelly's fifth book in the Bosch series, "Trunk Music".

Bosch's investigation leads him to a plethora of potential suspects and motiv
Freda Malone
‘Trunk Music’ = Mob Hit, I didn't know that. This is #5 in the Bosch series and Harry is back in full force after being forced into involuntary leave. A producer has been killed and stuffed in a trunk. Harry’s team is on it. We have some new characters to read about.

Jerry Edgar and Kizman Rider. I like these two so far. Rider seems to be drawn up as a temp detective and might be moving on to bigger and better things but I hope she decides to stay. Edgar is a man, what can I say. Your typical ma
LAPD Detective Harry Bosch arrived on the scene to find the grisly remains of a victim in the boot of a car – two gunshot wounds to the head. Wealth hadn’t helped Tony Aliso in the end – stuffed in the trunk of his Rolls Royce on Mulholland Drive was probably the last place he thought he would end up. On the job, the cops referred to this kind of killing as “Trunk Music” – appropriate Bosch thought, but then he wasn’t totally sure that was what it was…

Teamed with homicide detectives Jerry Edgar
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Cathy DuPont
Another great Michael Connelly in the Harry Bosch series and fortunately I'm reading them in order, slowly but in order.

I started Connelly with Mickey Haller, The Lincoln Lawyer, and I really enjoy the rag-tag lawyer. He was fun and funny. After I read the third book, I started on the Bosch series in part because he was mentioned and played a part in the Haller series and I knew I was coming to an end of those.

Bosch was not a favorite, by far and I say that in my first reviews of the series. H
Trunk Music by Michael Connelly is the 5th book in the Harry Bosch series. After being demoted to burglary, Harry returns to the homicide division and his first case is the shooting of a small time film producer found dead in the trunk of his rolls royce. He is discovered to have ties to the mob and Las Vegas, where harry comes across his ex-girlfriend who we met in the first book, Elenor Wish. Another great book in this series with just what we have come to expect. Lots of twists and plenty of ...more
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
What might not have caught the attention of someone not receptive to music, caught Bosch's ear. It's these details that keep me coming back to this series. Take this first sentence. I can see and I can hear and I'm hooked.

"AS HE DROVE along Mulholland Drive toward the Cahuenga Pass, Bosch began to hear the music. It came to him in fragments of strings and errant horn sequences, echoing off the brown summer-dried hills and blurred by the white noise of traffic carrying up from the Hollywood Free
This is another entertaining entry in the Harry Bosch series. The basic mystery involves a body that turns up dead in the trunk of a Rolls Royce, and Connelly has already proved in many novels that he knows how to pace a mystery story. This one has a neat rhythm, with things going in a pretty straightforward fashion for about half the book, then a crazy left turn, then another crazy left turn, then everything just exploding. If you like well-done crime stories, then this is a well-done crime sto ...more

Another solid entry into the Harry Bosch canon here. I read a couple of reviews stating that they didn’t engage with the story as much as they had with previous outings but I enjoyed the whole Vegas and Organised Crime angle and showed Bosch as a fish out of water, well not really as he was still doing what he wanted and when he wanted to do it.

Bosch is called to a murder scene which looks straight out of “The Mobster Handbook” which leads Harry and the team to Las Vegas and to engage with t
Steven Kent
The mystery starts with a body found in the trunk of a Rolls-Royce on a ridge overlooking the Hollywood Bowl. Harry Bosch, LAPD's laconic super-detective, leads a team of three investigators as they attempt to solve the murder.

Like most Michael Connelly novels, the power of Trunk Music is in the details. Whether or not Connelly really knows police work is never in question, his books are so filled with details that you buy into everything he says.

So Bosch and his team--Detectives Edgar and Ryder
Don't think for one minute (if it's a thing you or another would even notice) that because I dropped a star on this, the fifth book of the series, means I'm thinking about dumping Harry. "Get oudda here!" would be my reply. Followed up by a very emphatic "Never!" Just a few minor nit-picky nothings, that relate only to me, and not Michael Connelly, resulted, in the end, with my opinion being—this is not his best. Which means zero, as he is still miles ahead of the rest (except of course, the com ...more
This was another good book in the series. Bosch seems to become more human. He admits his short comings, takes the heat for his actions and also tries to take it for his team, and sees to still do the right thing. I liked him more in this book because of his emotions. I adore his new lieutenant. She stands by her people and trusts them. I found the story not as great as previous ones. I think Michael was just trying to build Bosch up as good cop with very human characteristics.
Domino Finn
Another great Harry Bosch novel. This one has great twists and turns, almost to the point of being unfair. It does feel like some threads are left open for the future, but the important matters are closed. Bosch is at it again, going against the FBI, IAD, and this time, even the mob. I like the trip to Vegas as well, and the additions to the team. Very solid book, again.
The bad boy of the LAPD, Hollywood Division, is back on the job in this fifth entry in the Harry Bosch series. We last met Harry in The Last Coyote. He had endured an earthquake that made his house uninhabitable - although he continued to live in it - and he was again under suspicion of having committed grave crimes. After his innocence was proved, he was forced to take leave to recover from stress-related issues. He's now completed that leave and returned to work full time.

He's back at work and
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Skye Skye
Harry Bosch, Michael Connelly's notoriously brilliant and often misguided protagonist, has just returned to the LAPD Homicide unit after yet another involuntary respite. Immediately Harry and his team of three are called in to investigate a homicide far above the hills of Hollywood. Connelly wastes no time in masterfully setting up scenario, plot and setting with ingenious characterizations, a clear glimpse into police procedures and a definite slant in point of view along with Bosch's unique pe ...more
Jane Stewart
Definitely above average for a crime mystery police procedural with a happy ending, but 2 stars for the narrator.

I was interested throughout. A woman comes into Harry’s life which made him more likeable. I loved Harry’s actions when a mobster kidnapped someone he cared about. It surprised me. This is my second Harry Bosch novel. There are at least 17 in the series. Book 1 had too many unlikeable characters. This (book 5) had several characters I liked or that interested me – i
Now, I'm a Harry Bosch fan, but not so much with this book. The story never grabbed me. the mystery was a little convoluted and I didn't enjoy it. Which is weird because I love a gangster stories and I love mysteries so this really should have been a home run. I don't know what was lacking. Maybe it's that when we last saw Harry everything was falling apart and now we are seeing him again, but everything has gotten together already. And it takes a long time for us to find out what happened to al ...more
A short take:

I got suckered: the big, noir-ish ad for the new Bosch series on Amazon caught my eye (it was early, I was waiting for a train, I hadn't yet had coffee, I was vulnerable man!) and a few days later I picked up this paperback at a used bookstore, thinking, "Alright, let's give Bosch a third try, I'm sure that this time I'll get hooked like everybody else, hell, this is book 5, I'm sure Connelly really hits his stride in this one."

Nope. Once again, I finished this book feeling mildly f
This was my least favorite book in the Harry Bosch series so far - it was just downright BORING. The mystery finally took an interesting turn once the story was more than halfway over, but it was too little, too late. By that point, I had already taken quite a few breaks from this book to read the Pretty Little Liars YA series, a mystery series which actually had me flying through the pages and dying to know the outcome. Trunk Music needed to be thrown in a trunk and shot in the head. Even worse ...more
Trying to catch up on my Hieronymus Bosch, this is a fine addition to the series. I give it 4 Stars even though it is a bit dated. The vectors Harry takes to solve the murder of Tony Aliso, mob-connected movie producer change several times and really kept the story going nicely. Harry hooks back up with his former love, Eleanor Wish, a fallen-from-grace FBI agent. Lots of racing around L.A. and Las Vegas here, very nice.
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5 stars. I love the advancement in technology with this book. And, also that there was more science/forensics than in previous books. There were some definite twists and turns and if I can just say that they need to get off & stay off of Harry's case. Leave the man alone and let him do his job.
Rex Fuller
Twisted and twisted again, very nicely. Really liked this one. The reversals and surprises were awfully well done. I really think Raymond Chandler smiled on it.
As the title suggests, the fifth Harry Bosch book is a murder mystery surrounding the death of a Hollywood shyster whose body was found in the trunk of his car. Having all the hallmarks of a mob hit, Bosch and co turn their attention to the underworld, looking for links between the deceased low budget movie maker and those in a less lawful occupation.

The investigation takes Bosch to the city of sin where he is reunited with a love interest from earlier in the series. This in itself adds a layer
My 5th Harry Bosch novel, this is a very well written intriguing mystery novel. What stands out in this novel is the number of open threads Connelly weaves at the beginning of the book and as usual very aptly ties every loose end to perfection. What stands out in this novel is Harry has a new boss in Homicide who is not prejudiced against him, in fact backs Harry even under pressure. That's really a positive change. Then Connelly brings back Harry's old flame in the first novel, ex-FBI agent ret ...more
I pulled a late nighter to finish this 5th in the series of Detective Harry Bosch - it was gripping and a page turner. Harry is back from his suspension (book #4), and his 1st call is out near the Hollywood Bowl where a body of a sleazy Hollywood producer named Tony Aliso is found in the trunk of a Rolls Royce. It looks like a mafia hit which is called "trunk music". Harry and his two partners, Jerry Edgar and Kizmin Rider, investigate the death. As usual Bosch is in trouble with his superiors f ...more
In Trunk Music, we find Harry Bosch back on the Hollywood division’s Homicide table after his disciplinary leave, and he seems thrilled to be back on the job. He has rebuilt his house from the ground up. It looks like Harry’s ready for a new chapter in his life. His first case is the death of Tony Aliso, movie-maker, killed execution style and found in the trunk of his Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud, left in the wooden hills overlooking the Hollywood Bowl. Everything points to a Mob hit, and initially ...more
Another Bosch book. (#5 in Bosch Series) Exceptional. "Following on the heels of his extraordinary New York Times bestseller, The Poet, Edgar Award-winning author Michael Connelly brings you Trunk Music, his most electrifying Harry Bosch novel to date-a taut, complex thrill ride that confirms Connelly's standing as one of the premier crime writers of our day.
Detective Harry Bosch is back on the job and working on the hottest murder investigation in Hollywood. The body of a movie producer has bee
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“What is important is not what you hear said, it's what you observe.” 89 likes
“Bosch had never liked Las Vegas, though he came often on cases. It shared a kinship with Los Angeles; both were places desperate people ran to. Often, when they ran from Los Angeles, they came here. It was the only place left.” 4 likes
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