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Lost Light (Harry Bosch #9)

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The vision has haunted him for four years--a young woman lying crumpled in death, her hand outstretched in silent supplication. Harry Bosch was taken off the Angella Benton murder case when the production assistant's death was linked with the violent theft of two million dollars from a movie set. Both files were never closed. Now retired from the L.A.P.D., Bosch is determi...more
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Published April 1st 2003 by Little, Brown and Company (first published 2003)
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Lewis Weinstein
This is no news to those who read Michael Connelly - the man can write. "Lost Light" is tense, complicated and also has moments of compassion.

Connelly's presentation of violent excesses of FBI post-9/11 terror policing was frightening. Does it really happen that way?

My wife and I had the opportunity to meet Connelly at the recent Key West Literary Seminar. He is a quiet, very nice man, who was also an interesting speaker, and he did the most amazing thing. Walking up to me on the street, when I...more
Eric_W
I read (or listen) to everything Michael Connelly writes, and he never disappoints. This is the ninth novel featuring Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch, who remains dedicated to uncovering the truth no matter where it might lead. Harry has retired from the LAPD, disillusioned by his countless battles with police bureaucracy and hypocrisy, but he remains haunted by the sight of a murdered victim's hands that were arranged by the killer in almost a supplication. He decides to track down a few leads to see...more
Steven Kent
This book illustrates why I go out of my way to read everything Connelly. The man is among the most consistent authors I know.

Harry Bosch, now retired from the Los Angeles Police Department, is feeling restless in his retirement and decides to revisit an unsolved murder case involving a low-level studio employee who was murdered four years earlier. Bosch, being Bosch, has a copy of the police file in his home.

Connelly is not a stylish writer. He does not try to win readers over with the flow of...more
Jane Stewart
Engaging, exciting crime mystery with a wonderful feel good ending.

REVIEWER’S OPINION:
As I was listening to this book over a few days, I was always eager to get back to it. I felt like I was living an exciting life. I had feelings of hope, anticipation, and excitement throughout those days. At the end of the book I was happy. I felt elation. Life is good. I was energized. That makes this a great book. These are the kind of feelings I expect and hope to get from romance novels. So the fact that I...more
Kurt
Have you ever gone back into your collection of The West Wing DVDs and re-watched the "Isaac and Ishmael" episode? The one they made right after 9/11, intended to be a serious and thoughtful examination of the roots of terrorism? The one that, years later, seems hokey and preachy and inane, despite the best of intentions? This book is kind of Michael Connelly's version of that well-meaning effort. Much of the book is a long and intense journey through the suddenly expanded counterterrorism power...more
Mike
Reread and bumped up a star. Harry Bosch's first post retirement cold case involves solving a murder related to one of his earlier cases. Despite the mostly procedural vs action sequences, it maintained a high tension level. Newly introduced computer technology of only 10 years ago (like "key word search") sounds corny now but this was back when Google was just new. Also a new player is the FBI, retasked with preventing terrorism, throwing its weight around. The ending is a surprise that shows H...more
Mark Soone
Have you ever read one of those books, where you try and read it,and after not being able to get into it put it down for a leter try...wash,rinse and repeat about 5 different times only to give it another try and be delighted by one of your favorite reads? While this does not border on one of my favorites, after several failed attempts I found myself drawn in again and that I very much enjoyed this book and was able to contiunue this series.

This book picks up about 8 months after Bosch's surpris...more
notgettingenough
I guess you could say this is same, same. Harry does his thing and you like that or you don't. What struck me, and seems worthy of mention is that there aren't any suspensions of belief, none of those moments that can spoil this type of story. Every last detail fits into place.
Dagny
This entire series is so great! I keep thinking that surely they can't get any better. It seems they can.
Marleen
Lost Lights, the 9th Harry Bosch story starts off slow, but then I’ve observed that is often the case with the Bosch books. There’s an expectation to thoroughly set the scene and to give the storyline depth, and then of course, the complexities and setbacks starts.

This is the first time I read a Bosch book written in the first person. It’s quite interesting, hearing Harry’s thoughts first-hand. I suppose that the switch to the use of the first person has to do with the fact that Harry is retired...more
Jerry
Great novel! Sustained suspense, fine character work!

We've read just two of Connelly's novels so far: "City of Bones", featuring his series leading man detective Harry Bosch, and "Void Moon" (not a Bosch story). We found the latter to be a fine read, and the Bosch wasn't bad either, except we didn't have any prior background with Harry and weren't too sure we really enjoyed him that much. "Lost Light" fixes that in a hurry, as Connelly takes the time to really draw out Bosch's character AND biog...more
Booknblues
Lost Light
By Michael Connelly
4 stars
pp. 360

In Michael Connelly’s Lost Light the unimaginable has happened, Harry Bosch has retired! This book is different in others in the series in that it is told in first person. Perhaps there have been other Harry Bosch books done in first person but at this point I don’t recall, so I count on other readers to remind me of those. As might be expected when one retires, Harry becomes somewhat introspective and realizes what really floats his boat in life is to...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
E.M. Lynley
This is among my favorites. I listened to the audiobook years ago and recently read it, though I didn't enjoy it as much the second time around. I suspect it was Len Cariou's performance which made it really shine for me the first time around.

As usual, there are plenty of unsavory characters, most of whom will end up dead. Roy the FBI agent is back and I liked him more than his previous appearances. Kiz Rider may be the only likable character here.

I'm a bit skeptical about the climactic scene at...more
Amanda Patterson
The best fictional detectives are mavericks - hard-bitten, cynical and world-weary. Their job is a vocation. They are the unsung heroes who defend both the mourned and the unmourned murder victims.
L.A. Homicide Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch, is one of them. He is the star of Lost Light, number 9 in Connelly's Bosch series.

Connelly writes Lost Light in the 1st Person. His only previous book in this viewpoint was in The Poet (1996). This wasn’t a Bosch novel but is on my all time favourite bo...more
Maddy
Harry Bosch has left the LAPD and obtained his PI license. But the case he's looking into isn't for a client. Four years earlier, Angella Benton was killed during a robbery of $2 million on a movie set. The investigation was taken away from him and ultimately went cold. It continues to haunt him, and he reopens the file. It's tough to do without having the badge behind him. He finds himself in conflict with the cops and FBI agents, some of whom aren't exactly model authority figures. An interest...more
LJ
LOST LIGHT – VG
Connelly, Michael – 13th book, 11th of series
It’s nice to have Harry Bosch back as he investigates a four-year-old, $2M heist of an armour car. Wonderful writing, as always, and great development of Harry as a character.
J
Short but powerful!

Harry Bosch's love for ex-wife Ellen is a key current in the book, with action unspooling both in L.A. and LV, where Ellen has been living as professional gambler.

The gut punch to the love story comes at end, when Harry learns he has a 4-year-old daughter. Ellen became pregnant just before they split up, but never told him about the pregnancy, nor the child's birth.

The crime mystery is elaborate. I'm amazed that Connelly could cover so much emotional and forensic terrain in su...more
Jan
Michael Connelly never fails to entertain me... whether I am reading one of his new mysteries or one of his old ones. His books stand alone as excellent reads, even the ones that are part of the Harry Bosch series. In "Lost Light" ( published in 2003) retired L.A.P.D. cop, 52 year old Harry Bosch, once again works to find justice for those who can't do it for themselves. An unsolved case from back in his days as a homicide cop haunts him. Finding justice for this unfortunate person becomes his m...more
Matt
A good Connelly read as Bosch enters a new phase in life, post-LAPD. That said, this is far from being completely compartmentalised from investigations having to do with the LAPD and its long-reaching influence.

Bosch examines an old case that cropped up when he was still with the LAPD, even when he is told do stay clear of it and let sleeping terrorists lie. What seems like funding to a terrorist cell has a different outcome; one that has the LAPD and FBI written all over it. Bosch must fight ag...more
Dark-Draco
This is the only book I have read by this author and loved every minute of it. The story starts off with Harry Bosch trying to solve a murder that got away from him when he was still on the force. Possibly linked with a robbery at a movie set, he is suspicious about the presumed motives, and when the FBI suddenly start warning him off, he knows he is on the right track.

What I like about this book is the fact it isn't overly complicated. The story evolves naturally and each little twist adds a ne...more
Anita
Michael Connelly's Heironymous (Harry) Bosch is one of my favourites - and I found that I had somehow missed this gem when making my way through his books. Harry is not as grizzled and jaded and not quite as interesting as in other books, probably because it's just mid-way through the series. We follow
Harry's tortuous thoughts about the four-year old cold case, in order to arrive at the identity of the murderer of the film production assistant and questions about the robbery that took place on...more
Bev
Harry Bosch has quit the LAPD but finds retirement boring, after all his years of chasing the bad guy, so he gets a private investigators license and starts checking into one of his old unsolved cases, the unsolved murder of Angella Benton, linked to the theft of $2 million from a movie set. As he begins his investigation, it takes him to the disappearance of an FBI computer expert, gets him in trouble with all sorts of law enforcement types and, when all questions have been answered, he gets th...more
Raymond
The poem referenced in this work is from Ezra Pound's "Exile's Letter:"
What is the use of talking, and there is no end of talking, There is no end of things in the heart. Also"What a wonderful world" by Louis Armstrong is a significant theme that pales significantly in the ending!
I really do not understand the "lost light" effect that Bosh and the FBI agent experience in that tunnel near the end of the novel? I climbed into that pyramid in Giza on Thanksgiving Day in 2009 all the way through to...more
Robert
I approached #9 in the Bosch series with some hesitation. At the end of #8 Harry pulled the pin and walked out of the department. So here he is walking around sticking his nose into an old murder case without the badge. Connelly has done an excellent job developing his central character into something special with this one. I really enjoyed this book and as with most of them in the series found that I could not put this one done until the last page was turned. No hesitation folks, Connelly has p...more
Charlie Newfell
Harry is back! Good story of Harry Bosch post LAPD. Tightly written, and interesting read. One of the better of the series.
Marti
hieronymous bosch, known as harry, is one of my favorite literary characters. he used to be a detective with the l.a.p.d. but now has a private investigator's license, which he doesn't use in a particular cold case that he is investigating. he's a loner and a maverick who doesn't hesitate to get information from his former policemen or friends. one who helps a lot is a paralyzed veteran policeman named lawton cross. there is some interaction with his ex-wife, former f.b.i. agent, eleanor wish. a...more
Tim
This story is alright if you like dark and gloomy. For me, 2 of 10 stars
Darcia Helle
I found this book had too much "tell" and not enough "show". At times I felt like I was reading a police file with every little detail set out for me. There were even several full length, 2 to 3 page, "newspaper articles" included. For me, it was a lot of unnecessary detail that could have been summed up in a paragraph.

The plot was excellent and kept me guessing. The main character, Harry Bosch, is great. But I couldn't get lost in the story. I got bored and often found myself skimming the unnec...more
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
Did I enjoy this book: Of course.

One of the interesting marketing concepts of this author’s books is when you look at the cover, the first thing you see is his name: big, bold, and centered at the top. The title of the story is written below the name in smaller print. The publishers really know what they’re doing here because if you read one Michael Connelly book, you’ll search for his name to find another.

This is the 9th in a series of Harry Bosch stories. He’s getting old. He’s retired. But he...more
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