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The Last Coyote (Harry Bosch #4)

4.21  ·  Rating Details ·  43,224 Ratings  ·  1,334 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
Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 6th 1997 by Orion (first published June 1st 1995)
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Davis I've read the books totally out of order. There is a sequence of events which I missed, although Connelly tells you what you need to know to catch up.…moreI've read the books totally out of order. There is a sequence of events which I missed, although Connelly tells you what you need to know to catch up. If you read them in order, you'll see that all are good, but some are more successful than others.(less)

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James Thane
Mar 23, 2010 James Thane rated it really liked it
The fourth Harry Bosch novel finds the L.A.P.D. homicide detective depressed and in a world of trouble. In a fit of anger, he pushed his boss's head through a window and has been suspended from the force. His badge and gun are gone and he's forced to undergo counseling if he has any hope of getting his job back. To make matters worse, the woman he's been involved with recently has left him, and his house has been badly damaged in an earthquake. The building inspector has condemned the house.

Paul O'Neill
Nov 21, 2016 Paul O'Neill rated it it was amazing

Best book of the series so far. Connelly is so much more than a great thriller writer, he's simply a great writer and Bosch is such a great character, you can't help but pull for him at every step throughout this amazing story.

Best crime thriller series out there. I honestly believe Connelly could write about anything. I'd put him up there with Stephen King and Brandon Sanderson in that regard (he's honestly that good!).
Mar 10, 2013 Kurt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Bill  Kerwin
Jul 12, 2009 Bill Kerwin rated it really liked it

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.
Jul 06, 2015 Phrynne rated it really liked it
Another excellent and very readable book from the Harry Bosch series. In this one our badly behaved Harry has behaved worse than usual and is temporarily suspended from duty. To fill in time he begins to research the cold case of his own mother's death. I enjoyed the book because I really enjoy Harry as a character and as usual Michael Connelly's writing style kept me totally involved from beginning to end. My only criticism would be that I struggled to keep up with the long, involved explanatio ...more
Aug 25, 2013 Jonetta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harry Bosch just gets better and better. This time he's having to see the department psychologist, suspended pending her evaluation of his suitability to return to work. Harry's earthquake damaged home has been condemned and he's surreptitiously investigating a cold case murder of someone who was close to him. It's a recipe for disaster.

This was a gnarly case with lots of players and potential suspects. I liked that each lead didn't necessarily take Harry down the right path, giving me an oppor
Jane Stewart
Aug 24, 2011 Jane Stewart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
This was really good. It was hard to stop reading. Bosch did many smart things that surprised me, things I did not expect.

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
Scott Rhee
Oct 21, 2013 Scott Rhee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 25, 2016 Jim rated it liked it
Wow! Depressing. Most of it anyway. Harry is one morbid guy, but really interesting. On leave, he tackles the case closest to his heart & it's a humdinger. Decades old, shrouded in mystery & corruption, he goes after it in his bull dog way. I liked the ending, but most of it was depressing. How the man finds the energy to get up in the morning is beyond me & pretty much the point.

These books are like peanuts. While each is pretty self-contained, there are just enough threads left to
Nov 10, 2012 Banner rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, reread
Big Bosch fan here! I've read all but the last 3 books (I think I'm right on that). I'm slowly working my way through the audio series. I'm trying to get them on sale, not an easy thing to do.

This book really helps define the character. We learn (along with Bosch in the story) about Harry's mission and what it means for Harry to be a detective. This is a very powerful and emotional story.

Just a side note about the likability of the character, Harry Bosch. Some don't like him and some do. I gues
Jan 17, 2009 Mike rated it really liked it
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
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
Reviewed at Cross My Heart Writings and Reviews.

Harry Bosch has been suspended and stripped of his LAPD Badge, his official vehicle, and life as he knows it. He’s lost his home, his girlfriend, and his self-control. In department mandated counseling sessions, Harry is forced to examine his actions, express his feelings, and bare his soul about past and present events – something he is not comfortable doing. But unless he can convince the psychologist that he’s not a threat to himself and others,
Jul 25, 2016 Obsidian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Please note, that this review spoils some events from the previous three books. Do not read further if you have not read the books.

So I keep reading the Harry Bosch books because I love the main character from television and even though Harry continues to be his own worst enemy (seriously though, he is) you can't help rooting for him, even while wanting to slap him upside the head and say be smarter.

Harry is suspended after throwing his commanding officer through a window. Instead of outright f
Dec 18, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it
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
Sarah Anne
This series is getting better and better. The first two were an almost four stars, the third was a very firm four, and this one is just shy of five. I actually listened to the entire thing today. I may have hearing damage, but I could not put it down.

I love the fact that these aren't the kind of mystery stories that are about surprising you with the identity of the killer. Instead we follow Harry as he develops suspects and investigates the case. This tends to lead from the suspect that you're a
Nov 29, 2008 Donna rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
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
Apr 24, 2016 Robin rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2016
Suspended from the police force after an altercation with his commanding officer, Detective Harry Bosch has a lot of time on his hands. With lots of time to kill, Harry decides to look into a cold case. In 1961 a prostitute was murdered and left in an alley. No one was ever arrested for this crime. Harry wants to get to the bottom of this case since the victim was his mother. As he studies the evidence and the interviews taken by the homicide detectives, Harry sees some big holes in the investig ...more
Jenifer Mohammed
Jan 06, 2015 Jenifer Mohammed rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hard-boiled
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
Dec 17, 2012 Janebbooks rated it it was amazing
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.....

Dec 01, 2012 Harry rated it it was amazing
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
Cathy DuPont
Aug 02, 2012 Cathy DuPont rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 09, 2013 Christine rated it really liked it
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
Joe Stamber
Jan 04, 2012 Joe Stamber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012, audio
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,
Oct 17, 2013 Richard rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime

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
Ellen Lee
Aug 15, 2015 Ellen Lee rated it it was amazing
I've read all the Harry Bosch books (during my morning commute on the ferry from Oakland to San Francisco--yes, I lengthened my commute so I could read more!) and this is by far the best and most moving. It's very touching to see the hard-boiled Harry open up his heart as he tries to solve the one murder that's always haunted him: the murder of his own mother.

What's really surprising about this book is not that we discover many new dimensions to Harry, but that his long-dead mother appears to us
Jun 17, 2015 Anastasia rated it it was amazing
The Last Coyote by Michael Connelly is the 4th Harry Bosch book. Harry has been suspended and sent to counselling after punching his commanding officer Lieutenant Pounds. His home has a demolition order on it after a recent earthquake and with nothing else to occupy him he takes the opportunity to investigate his mothers homicide from the past. Another terrific book where we learn more about Harry and his past and how he became who he is with his beliefs and values. Lots of twists and turns. Jus ...more
Aug 25, 2013 Gina rated it it was ok
Shelves: listened
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
Larry Bassett
Nov 17, 2016 Larry Bassett rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, audio
In some ways Harry Bosch is a rogue cop. He is very reticent to let us know what is going on inside his mind other than his continuous search for the bad guy. But in this fourth book in the series he starts out sitting in sessions with a Police Department psychologist who has to decide whether he is in good enough mental condition to go back to work. He had a physical confrontation with his boss. He is on paid administrative leave through the whole book and interacting with the psychologist. But ...more
Dec 29, 2010 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
The Last Coyote
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Detective Harry Bosch’s life is spiraling out of control. His home has been condemned following an earthquake; he is suspended and forced into mandatory psychiatric counseling after striking his commanding officer, and to top it all off, he feels compelled to investigate the decades old murder of his mother.

This installment is, unfortunately, the weakest in the series, which is disappointing considering that the story of what happened to Harry’s mother has been intriguing f
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Harry Bosch (1 - 10 of 23 books)
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