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Echo Park by Michael Connelly
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Jul 25, 2011

really liked it
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Michael Connelly brings his maverick detective Harry Bosch back for another outing. Working in the LAPD's cold case section Bosch keeps reviewing the same cases that he failed to solve the first time around because they haunt him. He decided right from the start that either every victim counts or none of them do; so no matter what the victims social class, occupation or personal habits are Bosch will devote all of his time to solving the case. When he fails, he takes it as a personal affront upon his abilities by the murderer.
When a serial killer is apprehended during a routine traffic stop with the remains of his latest victims in the car the death penalty looks like a foregone conclusion. There are a couple of problems though. Firstly, he offers a deal to spare his life for cooperating with the authorities and close some of those cold cases; and secondly, the DA is up for re-election and requires a big winning trial to guarantee he keeps his job. Bosch is not interested in the politics but when one of the cases offered up is one currently sitting in his in tray that he has periodically reviewed for thirteen years he joins the investigation team.
The deal states that any revelation of further crimes committed by the murderer can not be taken against him in evidence unless he is found to be lying. There lies the problem; Bosch knows he is lying as he was thorough in his original investigation, but some of the information he is giving was never made public. Bosch realises that it is almost as though somebody is feeding the suspect the information so he can avoid the death penalty, that will consequently seal the DA's re-election. Bosch sets out to ensure justice and he does not care who he has to walk over and ruin their career to ensure that the guilty never get the chance to commit another murder.

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