Feb 21, 11
Read in January, 2011
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.
The investigation won’t be easy. Nearly every cop on the LAPD had a strong grudge against Elias. The black community revered Elias almost like a savior because he was always willing to take on rights violations against drug dealers, murderers, rapists, etc., that occurred while the suspect was in the custody of the LAPD. Many of the cops don’t want to investigate the murder, choosing instead to think of the murderer as a hero; someone who had solved a big problem. Even Chief Irving, who says he wants a thorough investigation and "let the chips fall where they may", throws road blocks into Bosch’s investigation; worrying more about the image of the department. But, in true Harry Bosch style, there can be no loose ends and Harry will work those loose ends until they are woven together and the case is solidly built.
Connelly has created a character in Harry Bosch who is unforgettable. With his love of jazz, his attempts to quit smoking, and his humanity, Bosch seems a very real person. Once you meet Harry Bosch, you learn to love him.
I would highly recommend this book. However, as a word of caution, as part of its plot dips into the world of child porn as well as racism.