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Angels Flight by Michael Connelly
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Sep 23, 2009

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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 racists on both sides of the color divide, and the careless media.

Maybe one of the problems with this novel is it seems too ready made and too by the numbers. The mystery becomes a second concern as the novel delves into race relations and the problems with unbridled media.

As always, Connelly is a great writer who knows his topic, his characters, and his setting. He tells his story well. This is not my favorite Connelly, but Connelly remains a solid favorite.
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