Trunk Music (Harry Bosch, #5)
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Trunk Music (Harry Bosch #5)

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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...more
Kindle Edition, 427 pages
Published (first published 1997)
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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...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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
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.
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...more
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.
Fun easy read. His style makes me want to take up detective writing as he makes it seems so easy. I just realized I have read seven of his books in about a month!
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...more
Joyce Lagow
5th in the Harry Bosch series.[return][return]The death of a B-grade movie producer looks like a mob hit� in the parlance of the LAPD, � trunk music� because that� s where the bodies wind up. Harry� s investigation leads him to Las Vegas and what seems like the killer. But the lead blows up in his face, getting him into serious departmental trouble as well.[return][return]In addition, during his Vegas trip, he meets Eleanor Wish, the ex-FBI agent Bosch helped to convict for fraud, and who is the...more
LAPD detective Harry Bosch is back. Bosch’s new case will have him traveling to “Sin City” Las Vegas as well as seeing old acquaintances. What happens when a Hollywood movie producer is found shot twice and his body left in the trunk of his car? Harry will ask himself these same questions, while trying to solve this homicide. Tony Alisio was found dead and it seems for some people that are just fine with that. The suspect list is long from Tony’s wife, Veronica and a stripper by the name of Layl...more
Jul 08, 2014 Rodrigo rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Every crime fan
After a day of study I find relax in my bed. Although I'm so tired, I can´t close my eyes. I take my kindle from above the night stand and decide to read for a while. I turn on my kindle and I face another book: Trunk Music. I gently get into the story while I listen the soft sound of a saxophone. I can´t tell how much time I've been reading so that I look trough the window looking for an answer. I don't know what time is it, but I can guess by the orange light of the sun that reaches me and get...more
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
Connelly, Michael - 5th in Harry Bosch series

A corpse from a Mafia hit left in the boot of his own car - commonly known as 'trunk music'. Detective Hieronymous Bosch investigates - his first case since returning to homicide Division. Tony Aliso (deceased) was a minor film producer churning out straight-to-video soft porn and making more money than he should out of it. Harry suspects that one of the Mob realised how much Tony was skimming off the top in the laundering service he p...more
I've been working my way through the Harry Bosch novels: Black Echo, Black Ice, The Concrete Blonde, The Last Coyote and this one. They've all been fine -- typical of the genre -- but not great. I don't think I like Bosch as much as John Sanford's Lucas Davenport. While both characters are head strong and pay little attention to the rules, I think Davenport has a better sense of humor. I also think Sanford's bad guys have been more interesting than the ones Bosch has been faced with so far. Fina...more
Connelly successfully weaves another detective novel around the lone wolf Harry Bosch. I like the Bosch character and Connelly paints a LA landscape that is recognizable and tawdry. This is the LA I know, not the mythologized Beach Boys LA of sand and sun but the wind blown trash of dusty street corners LA. Bosch takes us on an adventure in equally dusty and sweaty Las Vegas where the gleam and glitter don't shine much pass the strip. I like that, Connelly certainly has an knack for verisimilitu...more
Zakariah Johnson
Reading Michael Connelly's recent novels, it seems he just keeps getting better, but re-reading this earlier installment in the "Harry Bosch" series reminds me how good he's been all along, and how quickly in his career he established both his voice and the complex inner life of his hard-as-nails titular homicide detective. Trunk Music is a particularly rich in plot, character, and language. It's a pivotal book in the evolution of the Bosch persona, so readers should be sure to read it in order...more
Another (the 5th) in the Harry Bosch series, I picked it up as kind-of “lite”. Connelly is a good writer with good plots – yet easy reads. I tend to return to the series after reading more intense action/adventure books. Unlike other series (e.g. Clive Cussler series where the settings change but the plots remains the same), these have all been new stories so far.

In this one, Harry, a cop, is back to homicide investigation…and it occurred to me that the series is as much about police as it is a...more
I'm definately noticing a trend. While reading these early books fills in the gaps on Harry's life, Michael Connelly became a much better writer in his later books. Both this and Last Coyote, ramble excessively, to the detriment of building tension towards the solving of the mystery. Chapters are not structured and seem to go on endlessly. I'm going to have to scan to get to the end. Just not engaging me.
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Michael Connelly decided to become a writer after discovering the books of Raymond Chandler while attending the University of Florida. Once he decided on this direction he chose a major in journalism and a minor in creative writing — a curriculum in which one of his teache...more
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“What is important is not what you hear said, it's what you observe.” 78 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.” 2 likes
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