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Michael Connelly
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Angels Flight (Harry Bosch #6)

4.10  ·  Rating Details  ·  25,852 Ratings  ·  1,042 Reviews
A black lawyer who has built his reputation by bringing lawsuits alleging racism and brutality by police officers is found murdered and the list of suspects includes half of the LAPD. Harry Bosch is given the unenviable task of heading up the investigation. He knows all too well that one misstep could result in explosive violence. With a story ripped from today's headlines ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 595 pages
Published May 1st 1999 by Thorndike Press (first published January 28th 1999)
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Sep 04, 2015 Jeff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: who-done-it
A black civil rights attorney is murdered. The lawyer was about to go to trial with a high profile case against the LAPD for police abuse against a murder suspect. The suspect was black, the police were white. Harry Bosch is assigned to the case and told to solve the murder as quickly as possible in order to avoid potential civic unrest.

This is the first Harry Bosch novel I’ve read. Connelly’s The Lincoln Lawyer, about defense attorney Mickey Haller, was a fun, fast-paced, suspense-laden thrille
Harry and his team (Kizmin Rider & Harry Edgar) are called to a murder scene at Angels Flight. They soon find they've been assigned the worst of cases as the victim is a high profile civil rights attorney who is in the middle of a multimillion dollar lawsuit against the LAPD. As with many of his cases, Harry's just drawn a really thorny, short stick.

I literally could not stop listening to this story with its many layers, twists, turns and ugliness. Harry has to look internally for suspects
Oct 16, 2014 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When the phone rang in the early hours of the morning, Detective Harry Bosch wasn’t in bed where the caller expected him to be – he had in fact been pacing the house in the darkness, willing the phone to ring – but the voice at the other end of the line wasn’t the voice he wanted to hear. He felt the desolation hit him again; but the call out by Deputy Chief Irving was another shock – out of their area, out of their district, and into an explosive case that would change lives, and in a violent a ...more
Jul 23, 2015 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, crime

Another solid entry by Michael Connolly, this man is one of those authors that I can call upon when I need a good solid mystery. Bosch as a character has truly developed since his first outing and is quite a unique character overall. He has his flaws but they’re not the typical drunken down and out type but more the complex character who gets his man with solid police work whilst fighting the internal politics. Well, maybe some tropes but not the normal overused ones at least...

The mystery h
James Thane
This is another very good entry in Michael Connelly's series featuring L.A. homicide detective Harry Bosch. The case opens in the middle of the night when Harry's team is called out to the scene of a double homicide. A man and a woman have been shot to death on a trolley called Angels Flight. Harry cannot figure out why he has been called since his team is out of the rotation that night.

He arrives at the scene to find that one of the victims is an African American attorney named Howard Elias. El
Dec 17, 2014 Phrynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first ever Harry Bosch novel and I really enjoyed it. Harry is a wonderful character and I am so glad he is not an alcoholic like so many of the main characters in these kinds of books. I can cope with the fact that he is trying to give up smoking and that he is bad at relationships. Those things just make him more real. The story line in this book is excellent and full of twists and turns. The book starts off steadily and then rapidly becomes a page turner designed to keep the reader up late ...more
May 04, 2016 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first of Connelly's books that I've listened to rather than read. It was just as good in this media. As usual, Harry 'Bulldog' Bosch just can't stand a loose end or an easy answer. The crime was obvious, but led to another & another all twisted together in mess of conflicts between well drawn characters & tricky motives. Very well done. I'd like to write more, but I'm afraid of spoilers.

I'm really glad I'm reading these in order. While this would stand alone well enough, kno
Scott Rhee
Nov 27, 2013 Scott Rhee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Michael Connelly, in the sixth book in his series featuring LA homicide detective Harry Bosch, "Angels Flight", tackles the absurdity and surrealism of racial politics in post-Rodney King/LA riots-era Los Angeles. In lesser hands, the novel probably would have devolved into either an anti-LAPD or anti-black people tirade. Thankfully, Connelly handles the topic deftly and tactfully. His interest is in telling a compelling story, not to use the book as a soapbox. This is not to say some people on ...more
Jul 01, 2016 Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2016
The police have never liked Attorney Howard Elias who was constantly bringing cases against the Department. So when he is gunned down, there are a lot of suspects. Harry Bosch is assigned the case. He knows residents of the city may riot if the killer of the African American lawyer turns out to be a cop. As Harry, Kiz, and Edgar investigate, they go up against police bureaucrats who don't want this murder solved, and racial tension in the city of Angels. Harry also has to work with his nemesis, ...more
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Feb 06, 2016 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s tough to write a review about Michael Connelly’s 2000 Harry Bosch novel Angels Flight without introducing spoilers.

I want to tell about his brilliant use of multiple famous crimes and his ability to weave together multiple police investigations and then tie them all together and wrap up his story with a heaping second helping of poetic justice.

But I’d give it all away and Connelly has produced in Angels Flight a detective mystery gem.

Describing the murder of an influential and controversial
Bob King
Apr 23, 2011 Bob King rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a review of not just the 6th book, but a general comment about the series to this point.

Warning: Just about a month after reading the first of the Harry Bosch series, my wife and I are now both well into the 7th book. It's like trying to watch just one episode of 24 when you have the entire series on DVD, you can't do it; just have to keep going! :)

The more of these I read, the more I wonder how much this series influenced the last decade of TV drama series. This series is in the must re
Jun 13, 2010 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
Wonder how Harry got so cynical, so lonely, so determined? Angels Flight answers all those questions, and more. Called out upon the discovery of the murder of an anti-cop lawyer, he immediately fears that a cop committed the crime. In the post OJ climate of LA, the chief demands a politically correct outcome to this investigation. But Harry has a conscience, and the outrages that occur as he works the scene and the records, threaten to undermine his willingness, and ability, to work within the s ...more
Sarah Anne
I'm incredibly disappointed that they changed the narrator! He's not nearly as good. I did like the story, though. This series continues to make me happy :)
Angels Flight
4 Stars

When a civil rights lawyer about to begin a controversial case on police brutality is found murdered, Detective Harry Bosch and his team are assigned to investigate. Soon Harry finds himself caught between the wall of blue determined to protect itself and a city on the brink of violence if the truth is covered up.

An improvement on the last book.

The theme of police brutality is always fraught with tension and emotion, and when cops cross ethical lines they become akin to the
Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 Joyce Lagow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
6th in the Harry Bosch series.[return][return]LAPD stress levels being what they are, naturally Harry s one-year old marriage is on the rocks. To distract him from his personal woes, he and his team are called in to lead the investigation of a high-profile black lawyer-activist whose main claim to fame has been suing members of the LAPD for civil rights violations in investigations against racial minorities and winning. His latest case, about to go to court, involves the alleged torture and wron ...more
Ron Grunberg
Feb 10, 2008 Ron Grunberg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Just what you'd come to expect from Michael Connelly--intelligent detection, an insistence on the part of his hero on the facts leading where they will, plausible plots. The detective, Harry Bosch, is, alas, human, and the reader gets to see and sadly realize how certain bad turns might, repeat might, have been prevented had the investigator, already brilliant, had he been even more smart, more aware. Looking back, the reader is allowed to see, to imagine, how things might have been improved. Th ...more
Aug 22, 2015 Anastasia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Angels Flight by Michael Connelly is the 6th book in the Harry Bosch series. Civil rights lawyer Howard Elias is found murdered and Harry's team is assigned the case. Top of the list of suspects are his fellow police officers, who had been targeted multiple times by the lawyer. Another terrific book which keeps you captivated to the end. Just when you think it has been solved, something points you in another direction. Each book keeps getting better and better.
Wow! This is one multi-layered crime story that has many unbelievable twists and turns with Detective Harry Bosch leading his team to unravel the mystery. Having to deal with "politics", L.A. riots and an unstable marriage while hunting for a killer makes for an entertaining and fast paced read; AND what an ending!

Have had this novel for quite a while and am so glad I finally decided to read it. Highly recommend!

Jan 30, 2014 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
It starts with a phone call, the dreaded phone call, the one where they tell you someone's dead. Bosch doesn't want to know but I was expecting the worst. To hear Eleanor Wish is dead. Instead, Bosch and the reader are surprised when Lieutenant Michael Tulin says "Hold please for Deputy Chief Irving." and there's hope once again. I'm quickly wrapped up in this new case, Angels Flight, where two bodies are found on the historic inclined railroad. But what's causing Bosch's concern for Eleanor and ...more
Apr 08, 2016 Clarabel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cet épisode est un bon cru de la série, d'abord pour ses touches d'humour (enfin!) et ses références au cinéma (Clint Eastwood, Créance de sang, Terry McCaleb). Puis, parce qu'on y découvre les rouages du système américain et le jugement est sans appel - l'auteur rend compte des dérapages et des violences pouvant survenir lors des interrogatoires musclés et fait état des arrangements pour servir au public un bouc-émissaire et calmer les esprits échauffés. Même le crime devient politique. Évidemm ...more
Freda Malone
Mar 23, 2016 Freda Malone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Angels Flight (Harry Bosch #6) is probably one of the most twisted in the series so far. More of a challenging case to test your detective skills and shocking revelations that had me in a jaw-drop throughout.

I like that Harry Bosch and his team are paired with his nemesis, Chastain (IAD) and his team during a double murder. A lawyer, Howard Elias, is murdered on the last trip of the evening in a trolley car and this isn't just your ordinary lawyer. He has sued just about every cop inside L.A.,
Aug 10, 2013 Marleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: michael-connelly
The more I read Harry Bosch, the more I love this character. I just love how Harry’s mind works. He has a way of handling a case, of handling people, be it co-workers or suspects that is unique and clever. I can’t help but be fascinated by Harry. Yes, he’s an introvert, but he’s also very outspoken when it comes to digging for the truth. I’m in a zone because I’m truly hooked on these wonderfully complex Bosch books, and now that I’ve purchased them all I’m just going to keep on reading them (in ...more
Cathy DuPont
Dec 01, 2012 Cathy DuPont rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Busy, busy, busy," much like woman on Angie's List commercial. But will write short review on book eventually. Needless to say though, five stars, which I'm stingy with. That says a lot.


I've been reading the Harry Bosch series in order, of course, to satisfy my ADD, we decided to call it. (That's from a Goodreads thread I visit from time to time about series and I am not alone in saying I must read them in order.) Almost in order, anyway.

This is number six in the series, and is
Maureen DeLuca
Jun 15, 2016 Maureen DeLuca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Number 6 in the Harry Bosch series and this was an excellent read. I started with book 1, and for those of you who just came here from another planet, and wants to read a great series-I recommend starting at the beginning. Most of you at Good Reads, I'm sure read this series already- so I won't even comment any more on such a great series !!
Have to rate this as one of Connelly's best. In fact, reading it when I did seemed almost prophetic, considering the events of the past week (the Dallas sniper attacks), the Black Lives Matter movement and the current elitist view by the "politically advantaged." While it was written over a decade ago, and references the 1992 Rodney King riots, it seems that little has changed. I'm not endorsing either side of the political isle, ...just sayin'.

On a more cheerful note, what I love about this ser
Aug 16, 2015 William rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A complex and satisfying Bosch mystery. I do believe that Harry is becoming far more politically adept as he ages, but at a cost.

Angels Flight takes place in April 1999, so it appears that Harry and Eleanor have been married almost three years by this point.

Sadly, in this book we see Eleanor and Harry's marriage break down. This is well-portrayed in several scenes throughout the book, very poignant, and without rancour.

* Note that despite what you might read in the Harry Bosch Wikia, their daug
Rex Fuller
Dec 22, 2012 Rex Fuller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Magnificent. A truly enjoyable read. I was particularly impressed with how Bosch interacted with the civilian Inspector General (Entrenkin). If you have read all of the preceding Bosch books what happes with the IAD character (Chastain) is very interesting.
Catherine Leggitt
Angel's Flight is #6 in the Police Detective Harry Bosch series. It just might be my favorite so far. I don't know for sure, because when I sigh with contentment at the end of each one, I think the same thing. Michael Connelly has crafted a police procedural mystery with more twists than a jumbo pretzel. I loved every heart-stopping moment.

Trying to guess the perpetrator became more and more impossible as the story wound around curve after curve. I never did manage it before the killer was revea
Aug 31, 2013 Kurt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again, Connelly presents an engrossing mystery that is completely accessible on its own but rewards longtime readers of the series. The mystery is entirely standalone - a provocative civil rights attorney has been murdered, along with a random(?) other passenger, on a trolley car on Los Angeles' Angels Flight line, and the investigation of the case (and an associated murder) plays out against the backdrop of a city that keenly remembers the 1992 riots. Fans of the series will appreciate the ...more
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