The Last Coyote (Harry Bosch, #4)
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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 October 6th 1997 by Orion (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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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,...more
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...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 l...more
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...more
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...more
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
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.
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
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.....

Therin Knite

[Cross-posted to Knite Writes]

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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...more
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...more
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...more
Lynn Pribus
This is #4 in the series. Since library didn't have this in audio, I read it in hard copy. So well done. His dialog is absolutely spot-on.

From previous books in the series, we know his mother was murdered when he was 11. He was already living in a foster home and his life didn't improve after her death.

Now he is suspended after clocking his superior and is required to attend counseling sessions with a dept. shrink -- a minority female who constantly challenges his behaviors, but with whom he gra...more
Adrienne
Harry's life is a mess. His house has been condemned because of earthquake damage. His girlfriend has left him. He's drinking too much. And he's even had to turn in his badge: he attacked his commanding officer and is suspended indefinitely pending a psychiatric evaluation.

At first Bosch, resists the LAPD shrink, but finally he recognizes that something is troubling him, a force that may have shaped his entire life. In 1961, when Harry was eleven, his mother was brutally murdered. No one was eve...more
Sidna
This is #4 in Connelly's series about Police Detective Harry Bosch. I'm crazy about Connelly's writing and about Harry Bosch. In this book Harry solves a 30-year-old unsolved case, the murder of his mother. Harry's mother was a prostitute. He was taken away from her when he was about 11. She was trying to get him back when she was killed. He was passed from one institution and foster home to another until he was an adult. He served in Viet Nam before he became a police officer.

He's a loner and i...more
Tony
Michael Connelly- The Last Coyote (Little, Brown and Company 2007) 3.75 Stars

Harry Bosch is on suspension for assaulting his Lieutenant and is in mandatory counselling sessions. Not one to sit still he has decided to do something he should have done long ago, look into his mother’s murder. Things spiral out of control quickly as he unearths secrets long forgotten.

This book has a really slow beginning that I wish Connelly had found a way to avoid. When the action started happening though, it real...more
Srednivashtar
Definitely don't make this your first Connelly nor especially your first Harry Bosch series read. While I enjoyed having the history of this character fleshed out more expansively in this novel (after probably having read a sizable portion of the series already), the plot felt as if it was labouring along and at times chasing its tail. I was pretty disappointed because this story has been a huge missing piece for devoted Harry Bosch fans. The ending was decently satisfying, but far less so than...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...more
Mike
OK, I'm not going to say this book didn't have it's moments. There were times on the subway that I was whipping through chapters, trying to get to the next plot point before work. But a taut thriller this most certainly is not. The main character, LAPD detective "Bosch" (hero of several other books, evidently) embodies just about every cliche from the thousand other movies/books/plays that revolve around a do-gooding cop constantly breaking the rules and fighting authority. Michael Connelly has...more
Domino Finn
Starting with this book, it is obvious the Connelly is getting much better at his plotting. I liked the first three books a lot but they sort of ended fast. The Last Coyote takes its times with things. I like the interaction with the psychiatrist. I like the trip to Miami. I like the staggered climax. It's a satisfying story because it's a personal story, and the ending isn't quite what you expect.
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