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The Last Coyote

(Harry Bosch #4)

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Harry attacked his commanding officer and is suspended indefinitely, pending a psychiatric evaluation. At first he resists the LAPD shrink, but finally recognizes that something is troubling him and has for a long time. In 1961, when Harry was twelve, his mother, a prostitute, was brutally murdered, and no one has ever been accused of the crime.

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Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 6th 1997 by Orion (first published June 1st 1995)
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James Thane
Mar 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
The fourth Harry Bosch novel finds the L.A.P.D. homicide detective depressed and in a world of trouble. In a fit of anger, he pushed his boss's head through a window and has been suspended from the force. His badge and gun are gone and he's forced to undergo counseling if he has any hope of getting his job back. To make matters worse, the woman he's been involved with recently has left him, and his house has been badly damaged in an earthquake. The building inspector has condemned the house.

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Bill  Kerwin
Jul 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing

Those fans of the great Amazon series Bosch who are not yet readers of Connelly's books could pick a worse place to start reading than The Last Coyote, which contains much of the plot of the second season. (Even better, though, would be The Concrete Blonde--Harry Bosch #3--which contains much of the plot of the first.)

Suspended for shoving his supervisor through a glass office panel, Detective Bosch decides to spend his enforced leave time investigating the murder which drives his angry heart: t
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Paul O'Neill
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Exceptional....

Best book of the series so far. Connelly is so much more than a great thriller writer, he's simply a great writer and Bosch is such a great character, you can't help but pull for him at every step throughout this amazing story.

Best crime thriller series out there. I honestly believe Connelly could write about anything. I'd put him up there with Stephen King and Brandon Sanderson in that regard (he's honestly that good!).
Kurt
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quick - start thinking of every tired trope that comes to mind when you think of generic cop stories. It's OK, I'll wait.

Your list probably included, "Author uses macho cop's mandatory therapy sessions as an excuse for character development," and, "Renegade cop gets his badge taken away, so he has to go rogue to catch the killer." Those two overdone stories come together to make this novel, so it should feel derivative and lifeless, right? Yet somehow, Connelly rises above the expectations of t
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Katie B
This is the fourth novel in the Harry Bosch series and despite it being over 500 pages I devoured this book in less than a day. I think why the story was able to hold my interest so much is because this book explores what really had an impact on Harry's life, the murder of his mother. At the beginning of the book, you find out that once again Harry has done something to tick off the higher ups and is on paid leave and forced to meet with a shrink. Facing some unexpected vacation time, he decides ...more
Phrynne
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another excellent and very readable book from the Harry Bosch series. In this one our badly behaved Harry has behaved worse than usual and is temporarily suspended from duty. To fill in time he begins to research the cold case of his own mother's death. I enjoyed the book because I really enjoy Harry as a character and as usual Michael Connelly's writing style kept me totally involved from beginning to end. My only criticism would be that I struggled to keep up with the long, involved explanatio ...more
Becky
Whew! I think I need stress leave after reading this book. This was crazy tense, and INTENSE, and the whole time I was waiting for the shoe to drop and everything to go sideways.

So, after Harry gets pissed off at his supervisor, Lt. Pounds, for messing up an interview, Harry put Pounds' face through his office window. As you do. That got him put on Involuntary Stress Leave, which I think it could be argued, is probably not unwarranted. He has to talk to the department's therapist, who will dete
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Josh
Aug 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, own, read_2014
Harry Bosch in on involuntary leave from the force; his return pending a psychiatric evaluation. The source of his exile a violent encounter with his superior officer, Lt Pounds, which resulted in Bosch putting his head through a glass wall. Now having to deal with stress, detachment, and rage issues, he finds himself having to convince Carmen Hinojos of his wellbeing and mind state in order to be reinstated to the force.

But that’s only one half of the story. The other, being what Bosch occupie
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Jane Stewart
Aug 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
This was really good. It was hard to stop reading. Bosch did many smart things that surprised me, things I did not expect.

REVIEWER’S OPINION:
Early in the book Harry said “I want (pause) I’m going to find her killer.” (My thoughts were yes you will. Not many people could say that but you can. You are so smart at solving crimes – I’ve seen him in action in three previous books.) It was hard for me to imagine how anyone could solve something so old. It was fascinating to watch what Bosch did to unc
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William
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I started, I was not sure I would enjoy this book as much as the previous ones. I was wrong.

This is a far more intimate and poignant look into Harry Bosch, and the abused child inside him. His investigation into the murder of his mother, more than 30 years before, shows the Harry we know - insightful, creative, persistent, abrasive - and the Harry we know only a little from previous volumes.

Being torn from his mother who loved him dearly, placed into a borstal where the law of the jungle r
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Stephen
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favourite of the series so far which really develops the character of Bosch - pretty hooked on these now. Great twists as usual - story seems to have finished with 40 pages still to go and then the whole thing is turned on its head !
Lewis Weinstein
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great Harry Bosch novel by Michael Connelly ... Harry's got problems, and Harry is far from perfect ... exactly what we want
Jonetta
Aug 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harry Bosch just gets better and better. This time he's having to see the department psychologist, suspended pending her evaluation of his suitability to return to work. Harry's earthquake damaged home has been condemned and he's surreptitiously investigating a cold case murder of someone who was close to him. It's a recipe for disaster.

This was a gnarly case with lots of players and potential suspects. I liked that each lead didn't necessarily take Harry down the right path, giving me an oppor
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Tim
Nov 04, 2017 rated it liked it
This story is a lot about tragedy and sorrow, yet well written. 7 of 10 stars
Scott Rhee
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading a Michael Connelly book is like shooting heroin, and I am a full-fledged addict. It's not a clean, sparkly high. It's more of an unsettling high, the kind that leaves one feeling spent and emotionally exhausted, but it's still a high nonetheless.

"The Last Coyote" is Connelly's fourth book in the series featuring his LAPD detective Heironymous "Harry" Bosch, and it is the best one in the series (thus far), in my humble opinion.

Strangely enough, there is not a lot of action in this one, un
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Laura
4.5 stars. If you enjoy less violent, smartly written crime novels, and you've never tried Michael Connelly, you owe it to yourself to give him a try.

I didn't love the very first Harry Bosch novel, but have loved all of the others. You can't help but love a Vietnam vet who is a rebel, and not afraid to break the rules to do the right thing.

And Connelly knows the LA crime beat, as he wrote about it for years as a journalist. He knows the courtroom, he knows the squad room. And it shows. If I di
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Will
SUBJECT READER REVIEW WITH PLOT SPOILERS FOLLOWS:

Talk about working bass-ackwards; I read twenty-some Michael Connelly novels, mostly mesmerized by his writing and storylines, only to discover that Harry solved the 'cold case' murder of his mother Margerie Phillips Lowe in 'The Last Coyote,' Bosch #5! To say he did it under duress would be gross understatement, as he was placed on Involuntary Stress Leave after throwing his boss LT Harvey '98' Pounds through the office window. Of course he did
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Rob Twinem
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the many years that I have been reading crime the two stand out characters are Rebus and his creator Ian Rankin and Harry Bosch written by Los Angeles ex crime reporter Michael Connelly. The Last Coyote is no 4 in the series and to me one of the best, in it Detective Bosch tries to finally solve the case of who murdered his mother Marjorie Lowe. The Last Coyote is a lovely thoughtful title and one that Bosch thinks he has an affinity to. One evening he sees a mangled bedraggled coyote and he ...more
Jim
Jan 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Wow! Depressing. Most of it anyway. Harry is one morbid guy, but really interesting. On leave, he tackles the case closest to his heart & it's a humdinger. Decades old, shrouded in mystery & corruption, he goes after it in his bull dog way. I liked the ending, but most of it was depressing. How the man finds the energy to get up in the morning is beyond me & pretty much the point.

These books are like peanuts. While each is pretty self-contained, there are just enough threads left to
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Yigal Zur
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
it is absulutly one of his best. Bush descovers his sensetive sise snd like allways all comrs from a fucked up childhood. connely builds an amazing story. he his a
master of his craft.
kartik narayanan
Oct 24, 2018 rated it liked it
The Last Coyote would have been an excellent finale for Harry Bosch had the author so chosen. Harry gets to think about this life as a cop and his motivations while also, solving his mother's 30-year old murder. In a way, I am disappointed that Michael Connelly did not choose to end the series here since Harry discovers all of the above but in another way, I am happy that the series does not end. Because who does not want more Bosch?

The plot itself consists of two main threads - the afore mentio
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Obsidian
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Please note, that this review spoils some events from the previous three books. Do not read further if you have not read the books.

So I keep reading the Harry Bosch books because I love the main character from television and even though Harry continues to be his own worst enemy (seriously though, he is) you can't help rooting for him, even while wanting to slap him upside the head and say be smarter.

Harry is suspended after throwing his commanding officer through a window. Instead of outright f
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Cathy DuPont
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Number four in the Harry Bosch series and I feel that I have read many more than four of the series. Must be the fact that I’ve read all of the Mickey Haller series where Harry (we’re on a first name basis now) plays a role in the books, sometimes bigger than 'walk-ons.’

I simply love Michael Connelly’s skillful writing. He writes with the reader in mind with descriptive, flowing sentences. Great characters described so well that you can vision them in your mind’s eye and scenery that takes you
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Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
Reviewed at Cross My Heart Writings and Reviews.

Harry Bosch has been suspended and stripped of his LAPD Badge, his official vehicle, and life as he knows it. He’s lost his home, his girlfriend, and his self-control. In department mandated counseling sessions, Harry is forced to examine his actions, express his feelings, and bare his soul about past and present events – something he is not comfortable doing. But unless he can convince the psychologist that he’s not a threat to himself and others,
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Richard
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
8/10

Harry Bosch sets out to solve a murder which took place over 30 years ago, the murder of his mother. He's suspended from the police force and decides to take on a mission that he feels compelled to solve. There are plenty of obstacles which hinder Harry, but if you've read any Bosch before you know that obstacles are merely there to be navigated and not deterred.

I was a little worried coming into this book as the taking on of a 30 year old case just seemed too far fetched and how would you
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Banner
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, reread
Big Bosch fan here! I've read all but the last 3 books (I think I'm right on that). I'm slowly working my way through the audio series. I'm trying to get them on sale, not an easy thing to do.

This book really helps define the character. We learn (along with Bosch in the story) about Harry's mission and what it means for Harry to be a detective. This is a very powerful and emotional story.

Just a side note about the likability of the character, Harry Bosch. Some don't like him and some do. I gues
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Mike
Jan 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
I'm on a mission to fill in the early days of Harry Bosch. I started in the middle of the series and missed this essential book on Harry's background. Harry has been suspended for insubordination...he beat the crap out of his supervisor...and has to attend a psych evaluation before he can be reinstated to the force. In the meantime he decides to investigate the murder of his mother. This is one of the best Connelly novels, twists and turns galore. Four stars for The Last Coyote
Carol
Dec 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Moving right along in my goal to read all theHarry Bosch Series, I was pleased how smoothly Connelly transitioned from The Concrete Blond to The Last Coyote. Even though it's a year later Connelly easily catches us up on what's been happening with our guy.

Harry's relationship with Sylvia is over, he's on leave, going to Chinatown (a department psychologist) and is hoping to get back to active duty soon. Harry observes much about himself. I think he's a bit worried about the aging process. He's g
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Sarah
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
This series is getting better and better. The first two were an almost four stars, the third was a very firm four, and this one is just shy of five. I actually listened to the entire thing today. I may have hearing damage, but I could not put it down.

I love the fact that these aren't the kind of mystery stories that are about surprising you with the identity of the killer. Instead we follow Harry as he develops suspects and investigates the case. This tends to lead from the suspect that you're a
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Donna
Nov 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
For fans of Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series, this book is the must-read prequel, of sorts, that explains the central character's general angst and anger. In The Last Coyote, Connelly does a credible job in terms of plot and character, and he sustains suspense well enough to keep me up past my bedtime. The mood is dark, but the book is never boring, and there's a little intrigue at the end that should bring real Bosch fans for the next installment. All-in-all, this particular specimen of my ...more
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