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Lost Light

(Harry Bosch #9)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  54,627 ratings  ·  1,949 reviews
The vision has haunted him for four years--a young woman lying crumpled in death, her hand outstretched in silent supplication. Harry Bosch was taken off the Angella Benton murder case when the production assistant's death was linked with the violent theft of two million dollars from a movie set. Both files were never closed. Now retired from the L.A.P.D., Bosch is determi ...more
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Published April 1st 2003
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James Thane
The ninth Harry Bosch novel is unique in a couple of ways. To begin with, Harry is no longer a cop. He has abruptly resigned from the LAPD and is now a private citizen again. Secondly, while virtually all of the other novels in the series are told from the third-person point-of-view, this story is narrated in the first person by Harry himself.

Harry has been off the job for several months by the time the book opens. He has gone through the motions of getting a license as a P.I., but he's not acti
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
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
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harry Bosch, newly retired and living the quiet life, was called by a cop from his past. The cop had been badly injured in a robbery gone wrong, while his partner had died. But he had something he wanted Bosch to do - and when he heard what it was, Harry remembered the case vividly. It was one he'd not forgotten; the murder of a young woman which was his case for a few days before it was handed on to another department. It was never solved - Harry decided he would quietly re-open the case and se ...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
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 forward to listeni
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, fiction
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
Toria (some what in hiatus)
Wasn't a bad crime novel but got very lukewarm feelings for it. Not an series I'm interested in reading more of but I think I've got another Michael Connelly book on my shelf, so I'll give that a try to ...more
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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'
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
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Bosch comes back great from his “short” LAPD retirement to review/link a 4-year old producer assistant murder case & $2 million counterfeit money crime...

Good story ending - Eleanor Wish (Bosch’s x-wife) appears with her 4-year old daughter, Maddie. Announces it just happens that Bosch is the father....
kartik narayanan
Lost Light is another brilliant novel from Michael Connelly. Here I was thinking that City of Bones could not be topped and then I read Lost Light.
Book Addict Shaun
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This time last year I hadn’t even read a Michael Connelly novel (shocking, I know), and I now cite him as one of my favourite authors and Harry Bosch as one of my favourite characters of all-time. This being the ninth book, and with Harry having left the LAPD at the end of the last story, I wondered what was next for this enigmatic and truly brilliant character.

If I had to describe Lost Light in terms of where it fits into this series, I’d say it reads like a filler novel. It was intriguing to
4.5 stars. Another great book in the Harry Bosch series. I wish I had more time to write a review. Will be picking up the next book in the next couple of days. :) You can always count on Michael Connelly for a wonderful distraction from current events!
Feb 07, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid ninth novel of the always entertaining Harry Bosch series that hits all the usual notes and even adds a couple more to the score. Good stuff!!

4 Pavement Pounding Stars
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
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
Ashish Iyer
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The former LAPD homicide detective has moved on to the next phase of his life, but has not departed from his true character. Bosch takes us through another web of intrigue. It's such fun watching him sift through evidence and picking up up clues that ultimately solve a case. Harry is a PI this go round and doesn't have the luxury of a badge. That doesn't slow him down any. Many twists to the storyline with the many characters involved. Truly love reading about Harry Bosch. One of my favorite cha ...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
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is my favourite Harry Bosch novel till now. I have been reading the series sequentially and I was disappointed when at the end of City of Bones, Bosch decides to retire from LAPD. I thought that on his own he would not be the force for justice, however imperfect it may be, that he had been as an official police detective because too much of his time would be taken up with fighting LAPD itself. But I could not have been more wrong. As is stated by one of the characters Harry had anyway an in ...more
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Confession: I have a crush on Harry Bosch. Seeing him portrayed on television by the magnificent Titus Welliver has been no help in disabusing me of my love for this fictional hero — rather it had inspired me to go back and reread some of my favorite Bosch books. As a prosecutor I met only a few cops like Harry, and watching them work was a highlight of my career and my life. Harry is imperfect, but he is also everything you want a police officer to be, which is why this book is initially so jar ...more
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
Alex Cantone
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, read-2016-17
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
Mark Baker
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2019
It's been several months since Harry Bosch retired from his job as a homicide detective in Los Angeles. He's attempting to adjust to life as a civilian, but he can't resist when another former cop mentions a cold case they'd both worked on. Angella Benton was strangled in the entrance to her apartment building. Just as Bosch was beginning to investigate, the heist of two million dollars from a movie set gave the case a bigger profile, and the robbery homicide division took it over. Four years la ...more
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
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, 2019-goal
Not one of the Bosch series has earned less than four stars from me but this entry managed to earn a fifth star for a few unexpected twists in both Bosch’s investigation and his personal life.

The ninth book of this superbly written crime procedural finds Bosch on the other side of the LAPD, FBI, Homeland Security and a few really bad guys. No rest for this retired detective. Haunted by a case that got away, Bosch pulls out all the stops to solve the murder of a young movie production assistant.
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wasn't sure what this would be like now that Bosch has left the LAPD and is going it alone but it ended up being one of the best of the whole series so far. Intriguing twist at the very end which should make the next ones in the series pretty interesting as well ! ...more
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lost Light is #9 in the Harry Bosch series. Harry has recently retired from the LAPD and this is first case as a private investigator. As Harry prefers to work cases as a lone wolf, being a private investigator suits him well. He is able to interview various individuals on his schedule, as well as use his ex-wife Eleanor's help. It's great to always see Harry always be one step ahead of everyone else. He creates a timeline of the case, talks to everyone who may be involved, and uses his resource ...more
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