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Angels Flight

(Harry Bosch #6)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  48,537 ratings  ·  1,911 reviews
An activist attorney is killed in a cute little L.A. trolley called Angels Flight, far from Harry Bosch's Hollywood turf. But the case is so explosive--and the dead man's enemies inside the L.A.P.D. are so numerous--that it falls to Harry to solve it. Now the streets are superheating. Harry's year-old Vegas marriage is unraveling. And the hunt for a killer is leading Harry ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 454 pages
Published January 5th 2000 by Warner Books (NY) (first published January 28th 1999)
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James Thane
Mar 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is another very good entry in Michael Connelly's series featuring L.A. homicide detective Harry Bosch. The case opens in the middle of the night when Harry's team is called out to the scene of a double homicide. A man and a woman have been shot to death on a trolley called Angels Flight. Harry cannot figure out why he has been called since his team is out of the rotation that night.

He arrives at the scene to find that one of the victims is an African American attorney named Howard Elias. El
Joe Valdez
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
As research for a novel I'm writing I'm reading detective fiction and stealing everything of value. My story takes place in L.A. of the early '90s and burgling Michael Connelly turned out to be a bonanza. Not only has Connelly written 23 Harry Bosch novels--basis for the Amazon series Bosch, which in its sixth season, combines one or more books, updated to present day, per season--but the literary Harry Bosch, LAPD homicide detective, began in Los Angeles of the early '90s. Proceeding in chronol ...more
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
It’s tough to write a review about Michael Connelly’s 2000 Harry Bosch novel Angels Flight without introducing spoilers.

I want to tell about his brilliant use of multiple famous crimes and his ability to weave together multiple police investigations and then tie them all together and wrap up his story with a heaping second helping of poetic justice.

But I’d give it all away and Connelly has produced in Angels Flight a detective mystery gem.

Describing the murder of an influential and controversial
May 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: who-done-it
A black civil rights attorney is murdered. The lawyer was about to go to trial with a high profile case against the LAPD for police abuse against a murder suspect. The suspect was black, the police were white. Harry Bosch is assigned to the case and told to solve the murder as quickly as possible in order to avoid potential civic unrest.

This is the first Harry Bosch novel I’ve read. Connelly’s The Lincoln Lawyer, about defense attorney Mickey Haller, was a fun, fast-paced, suspense-laden thrille
Dec 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
My first ever Harry Bosch novel and I really enjoyed it. Harry is a wonderful character and I am so glad he is not an alcoholic like so many of the main characters in these kinds of books. I can cope with the fact that he is trying to give up smoking and that he is bad at relationships. Those things just make him more real. The story line in this book is excellent and full of twists and turns. The book starts off steadily and then rapidly becomes a page turner designed to keep the reader up late ...more
Holy moly... this was a convoluted one. And I say that in the most complimentary way possible. Harry is once again brought in to solve a case that threatens disaster no matter the outcome, and all the suspects keep ending up dead - which leads to convenient assumption type answers that Harry just doesn't eff with. This case was a riddle inside an enigma spritzed with a little dusting of mystery, and more layered than an onion... and I loved it, while at the same time kind of waiting for the disa ...more
Oct 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When the phone rang in the early hours of the morning, Detective Harry Bosch wasn’t in bed where the caller expected him to be – he had in fact been pacing the house in the darkness, willing the phone to ring – but the voice at the other end of the line wasn’t the voice he wanted to hear. He felt the desolation hit him again; but the call out by Deputy Chief Irving was another shock – out of their area, out of their district, and into an explosive case that would change lives, and in a violent a ...more
Harry and his team (Kizmin Rider & Harry Edgar) are called to a murder scene at Angels Flight. They soon find they've been assigned the worst of cases as the victim is a high profile civil rights attorney who is in the middle of a multimillion dollar lawsuit against the LAPD. As with many of his cases, Harry's just drawn a really thorny, short stick.

I literally could not stop listening to this story with its many layers, twists, turns and ugliness. Harry has to look internally for suspects and
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, thriller

Another solid entry by Michael Connolly, this man is one of those authors that I can call upon when I need a good solid mystery. Bosch as a character has truly developed since his first outing and is quite a unique character overall. He has his flaws but they’re not the typical drunken down and out type but more the complex character who gets his man with solid police work whilst fighting the internal politics. Well, maybe some tropes but not the normal overused ones at least...

The mystery h
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A complex and satisfying Bosch mystery. I do believe that Harry is becoming far more politically adept as he ages, but at a cost.

Angels Flight takes place in April 1999, so it appears that Harry and Eleanor have been married almost three years by this point.

Sadly, in this book we see Eleanor and Harry's marriage break down. This is well-portrayed in several scenes throughout the book, very poignant, and without rancour.

* Note that despite what you might read in the Harry Bosch Wikia, their daug
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
Another great Bosch novel! Enjoyed this one because it wasn't very predictable. The end was one of these where I was actually asking, "Who the heck is the killer?" I thought I had the whole mess figured out, only to be very wrong. That's a plus because some novels in the past I have figured out much too early who/what/where, etc. Entertaining, good, classic Connelly. ...more
Mar 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, html-img
Mike Connelly speaking for Angels Flight & season 4 (0:18)
Goodreads - Best Police Detective - #7 as of 8/1/2019

Howard Elias, a black LA Civil attorney, LAPD officers hate him, always threatened to lose their “badge”.

Vote on Goodread’s Best Police Procedural List - Angel Flight (this book) is #7 as of 12/1/2018 on the list

Howard Elias, a black LA Civil attorney, LAPD officers hate him, always threatened to lose their “badge”.

“Angels Flight” is 2 public train cars, 1 goes up & 1 do
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, crime
Angels Flight

This is only my second book about Harry Bosch, the first one was The Concrete Blonde. And I have to admit that I liked this one even more than the previous one.

Bosch is given the case of the murder of two people on the historic tram line. It immediately turns out that one of the victims is the lawyer most hated by all policemen. The list of people who wanted his death is extended and there are some Harry's colleagues on it. The evidence disappears very quickly and false trails are created even f
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, mystery
Angels Flight is book six of the Harry Bosch series by Michael Connelly. Harry Bosch was not a good space his one-year-old marriage was unravelling when he was called to investigate the murder of a high profile attorney by the Deputy Chief of Police. No one was upset about the death of Attorney Howard Elias especially law enforcement who is suing LAPD because of this Harry Bosch and his team was requested to investigate even though it was not their beat. The readers of Angels Flight will continu ...more
kartik narayanan
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Angels Flight is a return to form after the mess that was Trunk Music.

The homicides that are to be solved are satisfyingly complex. There are a couple of twists that I did not expect; especially the dark turn about 75% of the way in. I had seen the Bosch TV series before picking up this book, so I sort of knew the ending.

Harry's life is still as miserable as ever and Deputy Chief Irving does things that are not in character.

Scott Rhee
Nov 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Michael Connelly, in the sixth book in his series featuring LA homicide detective Harry Bosch, "Angels Flight", tackles the absurdity and surrealism of racial politics in post-Rodney King/LA riots-era Los Angeles. In lesser hands, the novel probably would have devolved into either an anti-LAPD or anti-black people tirade. Thankfully, Connelly handles the topic deftly and tactfully. His interest is in telling a compelling story, not to use the book as a soapbox. This is not to say some people on ...more
If ever a book deserved five stars, it was this one. Wow. I'm not one who enjoys roller coasters, but that's what this was. It started out a bit slow, actually. The first fifty pages were just ok for me. But from that point on, I felt like I was watching Emeril Lagasse on the Food Network. "Another notch!" rang out in my head over and over again, as Connelly continued throwing in more tantalizing tastes and turning up the heat.

If you enjoy mysteries that are lower on the sex and violence scale
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first of Connelly's books that I've listened to rather than read. It was just as good in this media. As usual, Harry 'Bulldog' Bosch just can't stand a loose end or an easy answer. The crime was obvious, but led to another & another all twisted together in mess of conflicts between well drawn characters & tricky motives. Very well done. I'd like to write more, but I'm afraid of spoilers.

I'm really glad I'm reading these in order. While this would stand alone well enough, knowing the
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Found this a bit of a slow starter but developed into one of the best in the series with some clever twists and a great ending.
Sep 13, 2010 rated it liked it
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Jun 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-crime
Wonder how Harry got so cynical, so lonely, so determined? Angels Flight answers all those questions, and more. Called out upon the discovery of the murder of an anti-cop lawyer, he immediately fears that a cop committed the crime. In the post OJ climate of LA, the chief demands a politically correct outcome to this investigation. But Harry has a conscience, and the outrages that occur as he works the scene and the records, threaten to undermine his willingness, and ability, to work within the s ...more
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wow! This is one multi-layered crime story that has many unbelievable twists and turns with Detective Harry Bosch leading his team to unravel the mystery. Having to deal with "politics", L.A. riots and an unstable marriage while hunting for a killer makes for an entertaining and fast paced read; AND what an ending!

Have had this novel for quite a while and am so glad I finally decided to read it. Highly recommend!

This was an excellent book with lots of twists and turns. Connelly pulls you into the story immediately and keeps you interested the whole way through the story.
Mark Baker
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2017-audio, 2017
Harry Bosch and his partners are called to handle a special assignment – the murder of a lawyer in downtown Los Angeles. This lawyer had built a career out of suing the LAPD, and he had his biggest case set to start in two days. Bosch and his team must deal with the politics of the LAPD and a town set to riot depending on the results of the investigation while looking for the truth. Can they balance it all?

This is another engrossing mystery from Michael Connelly. When I was a step or two ahead o
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Angels Flight by Michael Connelly is the 6th book in the Harry Bosch series. Civil rights lawyer Howard Elias is found murdered and Harry's team is assigned the case. Top of the list of suspects are his fellow police officers, who had been targeted multiple times by the lawyer. Another terrific book which keeps you captivated to the end. Just when you think it has been solved, something points you in another direction. Each book keeps getting better and better. ...more
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
One of the better books in this series, but also one of the darkest. It was also one of the easiest to figure out whodunit, which I can't say about most Bosch books. The first book in the series where I really didn't like the narrator… he sounded like he used a cartoon version of Michael Keaton's Batman voice. ...more
So much for Harry and Company being comfort food. This one, written in 1999, turned out to be incredibly topical. Riots, corrupt police, racial unrest—the actual plot (while excellent) was almost secondary. An wntertaining and unsettling book.
Jane Stewart
Sep 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
I’m really enjoying this series. Smart stuff. Engaging all the way through.

Elias is a black attorney who is famous for winning lawsuits against the Los Angeles Police Dept. He was shot and killed. The public believes the killer is a police officer. Authorities fear race riots in the streets. A large task force is assembled to investigate the crime as quickly as possible. Bosch and FBI agent Lindel are in charge and divide the duties. Bosch investigates mysteries concerning the trial
Bob King
Apr 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a review of not just the 6th book, but a general comment about the series to this point.

Warning: Just about a month after reading the first of the Harry Bosch series, my wife and I are now both well into the 7th book. It's like trying to watch just one episode of 24 when you have the entire series on DVD, you can't do it; just have to keep going! :)

The more of these I read, the more I wonder how much this series influenced the last decade of TV drama series. This series is in the must re
Jun 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
I'm incredibly disappointed that they changed the narrator! He's not nearly as good. I did like the story, though. This series continues to make me happy :) ...more
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