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Trunk Music by Michael Connelly
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Jul 28, 2011

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Read from January 10 to 13, 2012

While not one of my favourite Bosch novels, I enjoyed the book and its reintroduction of a long-lost character. Connelly did a good job continuing his opening of Bosch's personal life, while still painting him as a rough cop.

When a body is discovered in a trunk in the outskirts of LA, Bosch and his team try to determine who it is and why he died. The hunt is on as to why the body was dumped so unceremoniously (and the Mafia tagline of 'trunk music', how they dispose of their enemies in cars, is used to descrive the murder). Trips to Las Vegas turn up more info and evidence, leaving more loose ends dangling in the wind. Gambling and strippers lead Bosch to discover that this is no simple open and shut case.

While the novel was well-written in many respects, I was left to wonder why Connelly returned to his odd chapterisation (my own word). The breaks are not all together natural, nor do they really divide the book into 'parts' per se. Flashbacks to THE BLACK ECHO with their lengthy parts (though, in that case, it was one Part per day). Alas, no need to run off at the fingers on this topic.

Good work, Mr. C. Keep 'em coming!
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