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Lost Light (Harry Bosch #9)

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At the end of CITY OF BONES Harry Bosch quit the LAPD, but he's back in a new role, one that will give him more freedom to pursue the cases that compel him. When he left the LAPD Bosch took a file with him: the case of a film production assistant murdered four years earlier during a $2 million robbery on a movie set. The LAPD, now operating under post 9/11 rules, think the ...more
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Published March 15th 2007 by Orion Publishing Group (first published April 1st 2003)
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Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the ninth Harry Bosch novel and it marks a big turning point in his life as he has left the police force. During the course of the book he begins working as a private investigator which actually suits him better because he is a man who likes to work alone. I enjoyed this one very much largely because Harry is always in control. He continually outwits his opponents who include members of the FBI and the police. When he finally solves the case the reader breathes easily again and then Harr ...more
Harry Bosch is about eight months into his retirement from the LAPD and decides to do some follow up on one of his old cold cases. It's one that's haunted him because of the way the victim, Angella Benton, was found at the scene. It didn't take long for him to realize that he opened the proverbial "Pandora's Box" after a chance move put him in the crosshairs of several law enforcement agencies. You know Harry...that just energized him.

This was the first story in the series where Harry's narratin
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
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, series
The Hook. - Happily enjoying my way through the Harry Bosch series

The Line “There is no end of things in the heart.” the opening line and one that Bosch says someone once said to him. My search attributes it to Ezra Pound in Exile’s Letter. It’s just a beautiful quote.

The Sinker - Lost Light reeled me in quite quickly. There’s something about this one. It got under my skin in a good way. Maybe it’s due to the two cold cases Bosch encounters. The first is the death of Angela Benton, a case Harry
Jun 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good addition to the series & interesting since he's now retired. I wondered what he'd do & this wasn't a surprise. Well, his actions weren't, but the mystery was in many ways. It was very good, twisty, & expertly set up. Each sharp corner had a good foundation that made sense afterward. They usually weren't telegraphed too obviously, though. A couple were just inevitable & there were a couple of coincidences, but they were very well done.

The Narrows comes next. I look fo
Harry Bosch, Private Eye??? Really??? No more Detective Three Harry Bosch of the LAPD??? Hard to believe for us long-time readers of the series, but I guess we have to accept it.

After twenty-eight years with the LAPD, Harry Bosch has hung up his shield. In the last book, City of Bones, Harry left his badge and gun and walked out of the police station with the intention of retiring, but I never figured for a moment that it would stick. I felt sure he'd be back in the saddle in the next book. Well
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the Harry Bosch series
Shelves: mystery, fiction
LOST LIGHT is book #9 in the Harry Bosch series. Harry is no longer with the L.A. Police Dept., but he is still pursuing a cold case, the murder four years ago of a young woman named Angella Benton. Without a badge, Bosch must undergo the humiliation of having doors slammed in his face. Benton was employed as a production assistant by Alexander Taylor, a producer of blockbuster action films, and the opening scene is a stunning display of Taylor's arrogance.

Harry was on the set of one of Taylor'
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2016
At loose ends after resigning from the LAPD, Harry Bosch decides to revisit one of his cases that was never solved. Angella Benton's murder has haunted Harry for years. He was taken off the case when the murder was linked to a two million dollar theft from a movie set. Neither case was solved. Now Harry is digging into the case, trying to see what was missed. But the LAPD and the FBI are warning him off, telling him he doesn't want to be involved. This, of course, makes harry just want to dig de ...more
Nov 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Alex Cantone
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, 2017-challenge
Sandor Szatmari
The money stupid

Harry Bosch has retired from the Hollywood Division of LAPD after 25 years, handing in his badge and service revolver, for a PI badge and a Glock hidden in his house. He is still haunted by the unsolved murder of a young woman four years earlier, found strangled outside her apartment, her hands reaching out to him.

She was a production assistant for a studio, and two days later a robbery occurs at the studios. The director, wanting authenticity for a scene of a
Jane Stewart
Engaging, exciting crime mystery with a wonderful feel good ending.

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
Feb 11, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime

Another interesting Bosch story which doesn't quite grip like some of the others in the series, perhaps with him no longer being in the LAPD, but still delivers a good read with some of the usual traits this series excels at. It seemed to be the token novel in the series which touches upon terrorism as that will have been prevalent in America around the time this was written but that didn't add anything to the story other than just a place for Connelly to put across his thoughts on the subje
Lost Light
4 Stars

Having left the LAPD, Harry Bosch turns his hand to private investigation and looks into a cold case involving the death of a young production assistant whose murder is linked to the theft of 2 million dollars from a movie set, and the subsequent disappearance of an FBI agent.

This series is really beginning to hit its stride for me and getting Harry's first person perspective added some much needed insight into his personality. Len Cariou's narration of the audiobook is very im
This book was grim. It looks at a post 9/11 world and how many will just make excuses in the name of keeping our country safe. It also shows how trying to do the right thing could leave you in a hole in the ground dead.

Now that Bosch is no longer with the LAPD (read "City of Bones") he is investigating a cold case that has haunted him for years. A young woman working on a film set was found dead and half naked on her front steps. It seems that her death may be linked to a possible robbery of $2
Mar 22, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
There is no end of things in the heart.

So, Harry Bosch begins his story. He's been retired from LAPD for almost a year. One case he can't forget. One ex-wife he can't forget. One former cop he did forget, but now can't. All are things his heart will not let go.

Angella Benton still haunts him. He cannot forget her hands in death. They are in prayer over her head. He was taken off the case when the Production Assistant is linked to a bold $2 Mill heist. The movie studio arranged a day loan for th
Freda Malone
May 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yet another roller-coaster ride from Michael Connelly!

Wonderful stuff, with a surprise final few pages (that we all knew was coming sooner or later). That part especially made me very happy.

The twists and turns come as expected, but in first-person narrative here. I thought this might be intrusive, but it was just fine after a few pages. And, now, thinking about it, the wonderful ending works much better as first-person .... I wonder if Connelly planned that from the beginning?

I very much enjoye
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
Dick Reynolds
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harry Bosch is not a cop anymore but he acts like one in this book. He’s retired from the LAPD and is haunted by a four year old murder case that was never solved. Having nothing better to do he reopens the case and starts a new investigation. In doing so, he runs up against FBI agents and night club owners who want him to keep his nose out of their respective businesses.
Besides the unsolved murder, there is the matter of some two million dollars in cash that went missing from a movie set. Thi
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Amanda McGill
Nov 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Another solid read in the Bosch series.

Bosch is a few months into retirement and he is ready to dive into some cold cases. The case that has haunted him for the past few years is Angella Benton. She was killed in which seemed like a sexual manner, but a few weeks later a production company was robbed and the cases seemed to be linked. As soon as Bosch starts digging into the case, he is stopped by the FBI and LAPD and is told that he shouldn't continue. Of course, Bosch doesn't listen and he en
Larry Bassett
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, audio
I think I am in a bit of a rut with four star reviews for Michael Connolly books in the Harry Bosch series. But I continue to feel that they are much better then average though not quite of the excellent caliber. I must admit that part of that process for me is that I continue to be concerned about the morality of Harry and how he goes about his business. Maybe I should not take that into account when I rate a book but my moral compass just seems to assert its rightful place.

Harrys righteousness
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, crime
Ripping good yarn. Great complex plot and good twists. Very readable. Hard to ask for much more.
Kelly ...
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, fiction
Number 9 is excellent! Bosch has always been a loner despite having partners, so I found this premise to work very well. He is dogged in his pursuit of murderers ... and this guy is especially creepy. But Bosch is relentless, smart, loyal and filled with conviction. The creepy guys of Bosch's universe are unlikely to get away with murder for long, if Bosch is on their trail. These books are a wonderful throw back to movies of the forties and books of the 50s.

Len Cariou is fantastic! He is my fav
Jul 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 20, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lost Light by Michael Connelly is the 9th book in the Harry Bosch mystery series. Harry has retired from the LAPD and decides to look into an old unsolved case involving a murder tied to a two million dollar heist from a movie set. Another terrific fast paced and action packed book with plenty of twists that we have come to expect. They just keep getting better and better.
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.
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  • The Black Ice (Harry Bosch, #2; Harry Bosch Universe, #2)
  • The Concrete Blonde (Harry Bosch, #3; Harry Bosch Universe, #3)
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