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Angels Flight (Harry Bosch #6)

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  16,611 ratings  ·  704 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly sets his novels of suspense against a world divided by race, politics, money, and the media. Here he thrusts Detective Harry Bosch on a harrowing journey into a high-profile murder case--and darkness...
An activist attorney is killed in a cute little L.A. trolley called Angels Flight, far from Harry Bosch's Hollywood turf.
Kindle Edition, 454 pages
Published (first published 1998)
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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
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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...more
Scott Rhee
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
Joyce Lagow
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 wr...more
Bob King
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...more
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
Ron Grunberg
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
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
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
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
Jane Stewart
I’m really enjoying this series. Smart stuff. Engaging all the way through.

Elias is a black attorney who is famous for winning lawsuits against the Los Angeles Police Dept. He was shot and killed. The public believes the killer is a police officer. Authorities fear race riots in the streets. A large task force is assembled to investigate the crime as quickly as possible. Bosch and FBI agent Lindel are in charge and divide the duties. Bosch investigates mysteries concerning the trial...more
Cathy DuPont
"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...more
When civil rights activist and attorney Howard Elias is murdered, Harry Bosch and his team are called in to investigate. The murder doesn’t take place in their division and should be investigated by Robbery Homicide, but because Elias has brought charges against almost all of the Robber Homicide detectives at some time, Bosch becomes the chosen investigator. However, Bosch and his team will also be paired with Internal Affairs detectives led by Chastain with whom Bosch has a negative history.

Sep 14, 2011 Siobhan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Michael Connelly fans
Shelves: 2011, mysteries
This the second Michael Connelly book that I’ve read and I’ve enjoyed both of them. Both were quick, easy reads. In this case, I bought the book at the Albany airport on a Tuesday afternoon and finished up on Wednesday afternoon. It took about 24 hours, with time out for sleeping and work.

This book is more than a tad formulaic. A hard-bitten cop with a failing marriage. A corrupt police department. The murder of a prominent citizen. Another case, several years old, involving a powerful local fa...more
Jennifer (JC-S)
‘Whether you like it or not, you have been assigned to this case.’

When the body of Howard Elias, a high profile black lawyer, is found inside one of the cars on Angels Flight in downtown Los Angeles, no detective in the city wants to touch the case. Elias specialises in lawsuits alleging police brutality, racism and corruption and every LAPD cop is a potential suspect in his murder. The atmosphere in Los Angeles is tense: racial distrust and recriminations against the police are part of the lega...more
Race is an issue in this great mystery

Read by Dick Hill
Duration: 10 hours, 55 minutes.

Angels Flight , an early installment in the Harry Bosch series, is as good as the rest in the series meaning, at least in my mind, it is a proud member of one of the best set of detective novels currently being produced.

Michael Connelly's books are usually deep and gritty and this one is no different. The lead character is Harry Bosch, the leader of a 3 detective team in the LAPD that is assigned an unusually s...more
Steven Kent
Michael Connelly is among my favorite writers, but Angels Flight is not one of his better works.

Angels Flight follows the efforts of L.A> Detective Harry Bosch as he leads a desperate effort to solve the exceptionally brutal murder of a Johnnie Cochran-like civil rights attorney.

The novel takes place a few years after the O.J. trial and all of Los Angeles is primed and ready to go up like kindling. The story has all the right characters, the dirty cops, the Sharpton-style reverend, the racis...more
Lynn Pribus
Well, I'm stingy with 5 stars, but I've often wanted to give more than four on his others, so I'm rounding up on this one. Intricate, authentic, well-defined characters and, as always, Harry on the side of the angels although the higher-ups don't see it that way.

Always on the edge of disobedience and ignoring orders and often over the line with both feet. Starts with the murder of a much-despised black lawyer who makes big bucks suing LAPD for various "infractions" against criminals who are some...more
Still on my quest to read all of the Harry Bosch books. This seems like the first one I have read that isn't about his personal demons. At least this is the first one where Harry was not under investigation by IAD during the book. Someone he works with ends involved in the case, but we don't find that out until the end.

The one disappointment I have with the story is that at the end of the previous book, he married Eleanor, who was the love of his life. He felt safe and not lonely for the first t...more
Rex Fuller
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.
This book had so many layers, plots and subplots, with most resolved and some left tantalisingly open for future use. One of my favourite Harry Bosch novels.
Big Bertha
Definately one of my favourites of the Harry Bosch series

"Well, you shoot a man in the balls and he's going to be pretty docile."
Synopsis: Jaded, bitter L.A. cop gets handed a big bag of flaming poo and winds up investigating other jaded, bitter cops while L.A. burns.

And I had to look up the definition of 'quinella'*.

I thought after Trunk Music that I was done with Harry Bosch. Honestly, I did. I barely made it through the last half of that book with all its Vegas and its epic manpain and mommy drama. Mainly it was the Vegas. Bosch is so very entwined...more
Jan 28, 2012 Sara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery, fiction, contemporary, thriller, detective
Remarkable, intelligent, riveting

A Detective Bosch novel.

A prominent attorney is murdered and no cop wants to take the case as it will bring too much heat down on them. Bosch is called in the middle of the night to work the case, which he instantly knows will bring chaos and conflicts to the streets in LA. Bosch is smart and incredibly capable and trusting of his team. The problem is that he is assigned additional team members he doesn’t trust and all the while his boss is screaming for results....more
Philip Lane
Very mixed feelings about this one. I found it rather depressing and dystopian. I am sure that in the wake of a sensational event like riots or a terrorist attack people can feel that the world is all going wrong but preaching doom and gloom is not going to help us move towards recovery. Connelly indeed attacks the press for being sensationalist and fanning the flames of hatred but this book does nothing to support the view that generally 21st century western society functions relatively well. W...more
This has to be the best Harry Bosch novel of a very good series, and it is read by one of my favorites, Dick Hill, to boot. The great thing about Connelly’s hard-boiled police procedural series is that you get a real sense of detection as Harry and his partners, Ryder and Edgar, collect clues and then put them together.

This particular case is incendiary. Howard Elias, a black civil rights attorney, is perhaps the LAPD’s most hated man in Los Angeles. He has made a practice of filing brutality...more
Jul 04, 2010 Jerry rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jerry by:
Outstanding Bosch police procedural, with heavy doses of race and politics!

Published in 1998/99, this is Connelly's sixth Harry Bosch story; by now he has twice that many novels, not all in the Bosch set. "Flight" is another fine entry starring the intellectual, somewhat reclusive LAPD homicide detective, although in this one Bosch is still married to (gambling addict) Eleanor, the cause of much anxiety as a sub-plot to this tough yarn. Things get rolling when Bosch is called out late at night -...more
Kevin Allmaras
# 6 in the Harry Bosch series. One of Michael Connelly's better ones in the Bosch series. The story starts with the murder of a prominent civil rights attorney in a LA trolley called Angels Flight. The attorney Howard Elias and a woman were found shot to death on the trolley. Harry and his partners Edgar and Rider are called in to an area where another department usually covers. Being that the other squad is involved in a lawsuit with Elias they are also considered suspects. The background from...more
This is a reread. I read Angels Flight years ago. This version, I listened to mostly on my commute to work. Connelly wrote this book in the wake of the Rodney King riots, the Simpson trial, and alleged misconduct in the LA police department and its impact on the department, with Harry Bosch opining eloquently. Harry has cause to rethink many of his preconceived ideas throughout this case. The victim is a highly visible black attorney named Elias murdered on the Angel Flight trolley along with an...more
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