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Two Kinds of Truth

(Harry Bosch #20)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  54,920 ratings  ·  3,675 reviews
Harry Bosch is back as a volunteer working cold cases for the San Fernando Police Department and is called out to a local drug store where a young pharmacist has been murdered. Bosch and the town's 3-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous, big business world of pill mills and prescription drug abuse.

Meanwhile, an old case from Bosch's
Kindle Edition, 417 pages
Published October 31st 2017 by Little, Brown and Company
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Victoria Why do you thing he needs one? :) He is married to his job. And he already has a family. His daughter. Of course, she is an adult now but that is what…moreWhy do you thing he needs one? :) He is married to his job. And he already has a family. His daughter. Of course, she is an adult now but that is what we get when we are getting old, spouse or no spouse.

But seriously, he does not need a partner.. even if it seems to him that he needs one.(less)
Tom You can absolutely pick up any Bosch novel and read it on its own. There is no need to read them in order. But once you get started, you'll want to re…moreYou can absolutely pick up any Bosch novel and read it on its own. There is no need to read them in order. But once you get started, you'll want to read more.(less)

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Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 reliable stars for detective Harry Bosch and his brother lawyer Mickey Haller🌟

Michael Connelly is definitely an exceptional author, and one of my all-time favorites! To have the ability to write such a long series with every book being as good if not better than the last, is very rare....

The characters in this series are so extremely well developed, I really feel as though I have a personal relationship with Harry.... end it is so nice to get to spend some time with him at least once a year...
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the latest and thrilling addition to the terrific Harry Bosch series set in LA and San Fernando. Harry is working as a volunteer cold case cop at SFPD trying to get to bottom of the missing, presumed dead, Esme Tavares, when he receives an upsetting visit from the recently created LAPD Conviction Integrity Unit. This consists of his old partner, Lucia Soto, Bob Tapscott and Deputy DA, Alex Kennedy. They inform him that a death row murderer, Preston Borders, is going to be freed, as new D ...more
Susanne  Strong
5++ Bright Brilliant Wicked Stars.

In “Two Kinds of Truth,” Harry Bosch is back.  Still volunteering for the SFPD, working cold cases and mentoring the younger detectives in the department, when something goes awry.  Bosch’s integrity as a detective is called into question.  The newly created Conviction Integrity Unit (which includes his former partner, Lucia Soto) investigates an old case of his. Turns out a man that Bosch put on Death Row, claims he’s innocent. His attorney gives two reasons: 1
James Thane
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I concluded long ago that Michael Connelly is incapable of writing a bad book, and Two Kinds of Truth demonstrates once again that no one writes better police procedurals than he. Connelly has now written some thirty novels, most of which feature his main protagonist, Harry Bosch. For most of his career, Bosch worked as a homicide detective in the L.A.P.D. He was a gifted investigator, dedicated to his mission. But he often found himself at odds with his bosses for one reason or another, and aft ...more
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Michael Connelly has been hard at work to bring readers another instalment in the Harry Bosch series. With Bosch having such a long existence in the crime thriller world, some permutations had to be expected with the 20th novel. Three years away from the LAPD, Bosch has been contentedly working for the San Fernando PD as a detective. His current focus is the piles of cold cases that haunt the region. When Bosch is visited by a former partner and two other officials, he learns that a man sitting ...more
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 rounded up to 5 stars
This is book 20 in the Harry Bosch series and I recommend that you read them in order. This is one of the best police procedural series. Harry is working on 2 cases in this book and he does solve them with help from old/current partners and his lawyer brother. It all comes together in a very satisfying ending. I raced through this library book in 2 days.
"Take the time to just observe. Notes are good but clear visuals are good to keep in mind."

Nobody sees into the nooks and crannies of a hardnosed case like ol' Harry Bosch. But nowadays Harry has been placed in the outer peripherals of the San Fernando Police Department perusing ancient cold cases. Harry sits in an old jail cell made over into a makeshift office. He's caught between forced retirement and the dollar signs generating from a daughter in college and the reality of lessening cash flo
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can't get enough of Michael Connelly and was excited by the prospect of reading his latest novel. This is the 20th book in the highly successful Harry Bosch series and even after reading all the previous books the series still feels fresh with no sign of the high standard dropping.
Michael Connelly is my favourite author, he rarely disappoints and this is no exception. Great characters, well paced plot and exceptional writing.
Now in his sixties Harry Bosch is working cold cases for the San Fern
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I so rarely give 5 stars to mysteries, but Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch series is one of my very favourites and this one is absolutely top notch. Connelly has woven two great stories together, very much engaging with some pressing contemporary issues while serving up classic Bosch. In one plot string, Bosch is at risk of being discredited due to new DNA evidence in a case that he had investigated that led to a convict sitting on death row for over 30 years. In the other story, Bosch gets invol ...more
Andrew Smith
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having read Michael Connelly’s books for years, I’ve recently started watching the Bosch television series, developed by Amazon. In fact, on a long flight recently I watched 8 episodes of series 2 back to back! I think (though such is the nature of things many will disagree) they’ve got it spot on using Titus Welliver in the lead role. He seems to me to have precisely the right body language and attitude for the part and his verbal delivery feels like it jumps right out of the the pages of the b ...more
Aug 26, 2017 rated it liked it

3.5 stars

In this 30th book in the 'Harry Bosch universe', the detective looks into pill-mills and re-examines one of his old cases. The book can be read as a standalone.


Detective Harry Bosch worked for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) for more than three decades before he retired. Not happy being a 'man of leisure' Harry took a volunteer job with the tiny San Fernando Police Department (SFPD), looking into cold cases.

Harry also agreed to train the SFPD's three young detectives, pla
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another homerun Harry Bosch novel. I don't call this a "guilty pleasure," as some literati might imagine it to be.

Michael Connelly is the premier writer of literary police procedurals. He's gotten much better over time. The result is today's most interesting, flawed and deeply conflicted police protagonist--and his intense, cerebral crime detecting.

In Two Kinds of Truth, the two separate conflicts/crimes involve trafficking and slavery of the elderly and disabled for opioid gathering and distr
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-2018
I find it amazing that Michael Connelly continues to come up with fascinating stories time after time. This is another well done, multilayered mystery. Harry is working on two unrelated cases. One is a current homicide in San Fernando where he’s working as a volunteer and the other is review of a case from his past. Both are equally engaging. The current case looks to be the work tied to the opioid crisis. Hillbilly heroin, as it’s called. As another investigator says, “This is the growth indust ...more
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: criminal-mystery
What is about this series that makes it so good?

A) The no nonsense, expert writing that mines its characters deeply with so few words.
B) The suspenseful stories.
C) The brain teasing criminal mysteries.
D) The search for truth and justice and the moral dilemmas that accompany the search.
E) All of the above.

If you picked E, correct! And this latest book has it all.

Welcome to hell

Harry Bosch soon finds out exactly what that cryptic warning means as one of two cases he’s working on gets more com
Kathi Defranc
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Harry Bosch is back, leading us down a thrilling path with some cold cases but also a new one, in which he proves that old dogs can learn new tricks when he works with the DEA as a murder branches in several directions! He is retired from the LAPD but volunteers in the San Fernando police dept,a small force with little experience. Bosch is still hard-hitting, take no prisoners with his approach to the law,and finds himself in hot water over a 30 year old case in which the criminal is on death ro ...more
L.A. Starks
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Harry Bosch fans, rejoice! Two Kinds of Truth is another installment in Connelly's well-written series, with Harry putting himself at risk to uncover a drug dealer, then recovering his investigative reputation on a long-ago murder with the (watch the cool subplot reverse at the end) help of his half-brother. As always, Harry is also trying to save the forgotten abused dreamers and victims of Hollywood--scenarios that are all too real given recent news about Harvey Weinstein and others.

There is a
Jan 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: january-2018
Two Kinds of Truth is my third Michael Connelly novel. The first was The Lincoln Lawyer(because of the movie) the second was The Late Show. I enjoyed both of those books but The Late Show was my favorite. Because of that I had high hopes for this book but it turned out to be just average and slightly blah.
Harry Bosch is your run of the mill rough around the edges, good cop who can do no wrong and always gets his man.

Like I said Blah!

No rec.
Harry Bosch is still volunteering at the San Fernando Police Department (SFPD), working cold cases and helping with any new homicides. His old LAPD partner, Lucia Soto, shows up unannounced with her current partner and an assistant district attorney in tow, advising him that one of his old cases is back in play. New DNA evidence may exonerate a man (Preston Borders) Bosch helped put on death row almost 30 years ago and he’s being accused of evidence tampering by the man’s lawyer. In the middle o ...more
Bill Lynas
Harry Bosch is getting older (& grumpier!) in Michael Connelly's latest police procedural. This time Harry investigates two cases, one involving his half brother & lawyer Micky Haller & one has Harry investigating a double murder & taking on a role a little different to his usual one. In this new role Connelly creates some very tense moments & these chapters are by far the best in the book.
Despite plenty going on the ingredients are better than the overall result. It's a good read, but (like Con
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
“He knew there were two kinds of truth in this world. The truth that was the unalterable bedrock of one's life and mission. And the other, malleable truth of politicians, charlatans, corrupt lawyers, and their clients, bent and molded to serve whatever purpose was at hand.”

It has been a while since I read a Harry Bosch novel and I am glad to see that Michael Connelly is still writing great stories. This is the 22nd novel in the series and the characters and story are a terrific reading experienc
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Harry Bosch book number 22. What could I possibly say about Harry that hasn’t been said before? It’s a fine addition to the series, and I enjoyed it. I did have a sense of melancholy during the end of the book, and I think that’s because Harry wasn’t satisfied with the conclusions of his cases. He was also thinking about mothers, his own and two that were involved in his cases, and how they differed. That added to the melancholy.
Michael Connelly's iconic detective, Harry Bosch, is back again. Harry's basically a volunteer for the San Fernando police department, working cold cases for the tiny force and mentoring their three young detectives. When they are called out for a murder of a father and son at a local pharmacy, Harry assists the inexperienced team in trying to track down the killers. The case leads Harry and his detectives into the dark world of opiates--both the big money of pill mills and the sad, cold side of ...more
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serial-thrillers
Book 20 in the Harry Bosch series.
I was devastated when I read in this book that Harry Bosch is now 65yo.
My devastation arises from the worry that there might not be too many more books to go before Michael Connelly will put Harry into permanent retirement. What a sad day that will be.
But on the up side, this is yet another terrific read.
Harry, still working as a volunteer for the SFPD, seems to be happy with his life when out of the blue a case from twenty years ago threatens to throws his life
While Harry Bosch continued his volunteer work to close cold cases, he was drawn into the murder of two pharmacists in a down town store. The father and son were gunned down in cold blood and something about the son’s murder rang alarm bells for Harry. The deepening investigation into the murders led to the Russians and a huge prescription drug racket.

Meanwhile Harry was approached by the department he’d left some years previously about an old case he vividly remembered – the killer he’d put awa
Manuel Antão
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
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Crap on Repeat: "Two Kinds of Truth" by Michael Connelly

I used to feel that I shouldn't like reading Crime Fiction so much, but then sensibly decided that a well written Crime Fiction book has as much "value" as any other book, however much the literary snobs may turn their noses up. Good writing is good writing, whether it's a spy novel or a romance, a whodunit or a family saga. When I had finished all of the wonderful Wallander books
Another book that already has a kabillion reviews so I just wanted to say one thing. I've been in a bit of a reading slump lately. I picked up & put down several, unable to find something that grabbed me. So I thought I'd go back to a series I've followed for years to see if that would break my streak. Thanks, Harry. ...more
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Because of the excellent writing, the intricate entwining cases, and most especially the grit of Harry Bosch exposed during this assault on his character and honest methods- this probably and for most would earn a 5 star ratings. My lack was felt (by 1/2 a star only so I would make it fully 4.5 star)in the depth of the procedural information. It was sure slow going for me during the meet and greets and transport to intersect and introductory leg work and "get the right guy or hire a dick for tha ...more
4.5 actually. I had forgotten what a wonderful writer Michael Connelly is - how he can make a story have so many plausible twists, (with an evident sense of humour at times), how everything makes sense at the end of the story and his prose is great. Principally the Harry Bosch is such a great character. A man who follows his own path and as close to true police procedure as possible. Nevertheless he is aware of his foibles. While always close to the main love of his life, being his daughter.
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-detective
Excellent addition to the Bosch series, with three stories: a cold case involving a mother who disappeared with an infant at home, presumably murdered by the husband (a case that has bothered the head of Harry's new chief), a professional hit on two local pharmacists, father and son, who seem to be providing painkillers based on falsified prescriptions, and finally, one of the murderers Harry put away, on death row, petitions for release based on DNA evidence and an accusation that Harry planted ...more
Joey R.
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
No better way to start the year than reading a Harry Bosch mystery by Michael Connelly. I have read many of Connelly’s books and without exception they are all great. “Two Kinds ofTruth” definitely does not disappoint. Connelly does an excellent job of weaving multiple storylines together so that the reader never gets bored. The only time this fails is if one of the subplots is a million times more interesting than the other subplot. Unfortunately, the main subplot regarding the petitio
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