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A complex and satisfying Bosch mystery I do believe that Harry is becoming farpolitically 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 A complex and satisfying Bosch mystery I do believe that Harry is becoming farpolitically 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 daughter, Madeline, has not been born yet.The mystery itself is complex with a large cast The issues of race and police corruption are prevalent throughout, but well presented, believable and sadly a reflection of the realities of the day.There is an additional theme of view spoiler paedophilia and child abuse hide spoiler in the book, but it s not overwrought, and you can skim past the nastiest parts.The final whodunit is a surprise, although some elements leading to the culmination of events I managed to guess in advance.Blistering pace, as usual Top Marks.Update news flash Season 4 ofTV s Bosch will include this story.Michael Connelly explains 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 himreal 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 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 himreal 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 at night And the ending is just perfect although quite a surprise So now I have to go back and read the first Harry Bosch novel which I believe is the start of a series of about nineteen books Lovely 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 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 thriller This one gets mired down in sub plots involving Bosch s crumbling marriage, the political in games Bosch has to play to get anything done, and some of the creepiest stuff I ve read in a while.Bosch has to be able to see the forest for the trees in a case that quickly zigs and zags in some fairly dark and unexpected places, yet ultimately, the focus of the case is personal It s always personal and the clues are laid out for you in a ham fisted way view spoiler For this one, if you think you know who did it fifty pages into this book, you re right and the rest is just window dressing hide spoiler Still, I like Bosch and will probably check out another in the series.The ending, I m guessing, was a backhand tribute to Nathaniel West s The Day of the Locust.This book was published in 2000 and yet sadly, the overarching reality of justice and race shown here has changed little in this country 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 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 Los Angeles civil rights attorney, Connelly is able to channel the racial divide of the city that experienced numerous race riots over decades into a steaming race against time as the city is set to boil over Howard Elias had made a fortune suing the LAPD by representing predominantly black clients alleging and winning police brutality cases The natural first guess for suspects is the police force itself Veteran detective Harry Bosch must navigate a field of landmines in the form of marital troubles, political considerations, internal affairs, mounting racial tensions all that and solve the crime s.And still look cool.Connelly s Bosch is a tough guy s tough guy who manages to be believable, smart, and resilient without slipping into a Dirty Harry caricature of a hard nosed inspector.Angels Flight is excellent in a lot of ways, a highly recommended good read 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 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 and permanent way..Angels Flight was a combination of two trolley cars which ran from top to bottom of one of the steep inclines of LA the motor to run the cars was at the top and operated by a driver The two cars would pass each other in the centre it made Angels Flight a great tourist attraction And it was also a good way for workers to move quickly and easily from one section of the city to the other But that night, with Bosch and his partners, Kiz Ryder and Jerry Edgar arriving around 2.45am, the area was filled to capacity with cops Bosch couldn t work out why they had been called in but it was soon to become clear to him.With the race on to forestall rioting, Bosch had the services of the IAD Internal Affairs Division thrust upon him Detective Chastain and Bosch were sworn enemies how on earth was he to work with him But it seemed they had no choice With the possibility of a rogue cop out there, the investigation took a sinister turn And with a large number of the LAPD all having reason to want the victim dead, Bosch knew he could trust no one he would do this his way and find the killer, hopefully before anyone else became a victim.Another brilliant instalment in this series Harry Bosch is a fabulous character The depth and intrigue in this one was intense, the different and varied layers all melded to create one spellbinding and thrilling novel The finale was stunning I have no hesitation in recommending this one highly 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, andlayered than an onion and I loved it, while at the same time kind of waiting for the disa 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, andlayered than an onion and I loved it, while at the same time kind of waiting for the disaster to strike every other sentence I have come to realize that this series is now my go to for when I don t know what I want to read, because I know that there s gonna be an interesting case or two or three and that Harry s situation is going to be tenuous at best, but despite it all, he s gonna do his damndest to get to the bottom of it even if it doesn t quite work out the way that all the TV shows imply that it should with the bad guys being outed and the truth being told, and the good guys winning the day This series is grim as fuck like that because the reader knows the truth by the end, but it never really feels like we get closure from it Realism, I guess One thing that made this book particularly difficult to read was the social repercussions of the main plot murder and subsequent investigation It s no secret that we have some pretty fucked up race relations in the US, and that has not gotten better no matter how many people claim that we re living in post racism America Stop saying this, people It s just ignorant Thanks for coming to my TED Talk This book was written in 1999, and references the Rodney King beating and subsequent rioting when the cops got off of the charges completely, as well as the OJ Simpson trial In a way, these two major trials are used as something of a crutch for the attitudes that Harry displays And, don t get me wrong, I love Harry Bosch he s one of my favorite detectives, but he s not very woke Harry has lived through his own trials and tribulations, but he s still white, and male, and a cop, and as such, has a somewhatpredictable perspective on certain things than what someone else would have But, to his credit, he is essentially, mostly neutral He isn t ACTIVELY racist, or sexist, or otherwise shitty he just acknowledges things based on his own experiences, and if offered a different view of something, doesn t necessarily reject it out of hand, even if he doesn t necessarily understand it Really, Bosch is open to info, even if it s not what he expects, and that, along with his ethical desire for truth and accountability, is what makes him a great detective and a great character But still, this was a difficult book to read knowing that in the nearly 20 years since this was written, and close to 27 years since Rodney King very, very little has changed Black people are still being beaten, choked, tazed, and shot and killed by cops and People Standing Their Ground Against Scary Teenagers , and the cop almost never faces any repercussions for it It s essentially a We investigated ourselves, and we found that we didn t do anything wrong situation again and again and again It s a problem One that, as a nation, we need to fix, but apparently would just rather ignore or deflect from An example Just last week a white female officer entered into an apartment in her building that she THOUGHT was hers, but wasn t, and shot and killed the unarmed black male who did live there She wasn t arrested for 3 days THREE DAYS to just go about her life after entering the wrong apartment, pulling her service weapon and murdering the man who lived there And now info was released that the victim had weed in his apartment, as though that makes it OK for him to be murdered in his own home by a cop who forgot where she lived Absolutely sickening I m sure that there s a lotto this story, but what I ve seen so far, a delayed arrest and then what seems to be an attempt to smear the reputation of the victim, does not bode well for justice Anyway seeing this from the other perspective the desire to, at least on the surface, remain transparent and accurately hold a the responsible party accountable even if the killer turned out to be a cop in an effort to avoid civil unrest was interesting It was definitely a political tight rope walk, especially in LA where, as mentioned, they d had rioting resulting from a mishandled police accountability case not all that long ago when this was written Public perception is key, as well as trust And that trust is easily lost, which makes the Police Chief s job of reassuring the public all the harder But that brings me to my next point One of the things that I love about this series is that we get to know the cops that Harry gets to know, and despite Harry s clear as crystal opinions of them, I never really know if I completely trust his views Meaning that, he may not trust someone, but I m not convinced that he s always right about them Harry is unreliable in that way He behaves and reacts to things in a way that are completely foreign to me, sometimes in purely petty ways, and I find myself wondering why he takes the risks he does when there s next to nothing to gain from it If he was just to hold his cards a bit, he could actually make a play that matters, but he s always showing his hand Then, on the flip side, when I think he d benefit from calling out something that he knows, he sits on it HARRY, let s get on the same page here Why you gotta be so difficult Ahh, whatever You re you, and that s all you can be, and I am down with it But, for instance, I found myself really unsure how to feel about three cops that we ve seen throughout the series, and that I would ordinarily be inclined to trust each for different reasons, DESPITE their repeated interactions with Harry, some of which are most definitely Harry s own fault Harry doesn t share my inclination and suspects them, which I can understand his reasoning for doing, given their history, but neededthan just Harry says so to go along with I liked how Harry s personal life was tied in, though it felt a bit like an afterthought and really nothingthan a distraction for Harry But as little as there was of Harry s relationship, it actually worked to make me curious about what is going on there How did things go so far off the rails in such a short time What s going on with Eleanor Inquiring minds want to know I really do love this series though I enjoy that each book is interesting on multiple levels, but is also just really enjoyable reading It is what it is, and can bring up serious social issues without being preachy or annoying about it I like that 8 10Another 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 butthe 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 leastThe mystery h 8 10Another 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 butthe 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 leastThe mystery here is a lawyer who prosecutes police officers is killed in cold blood and it looks like it could be a job undertaken by someone who works on the force Unfortunately for Harry, the top brass think he is the perfect choice to hunt out the perpetrator and reveal them to the world wherever the chips lay Harry is probably chosen due to his run in s with the chiefs in previous novels making this a novel that is better appreciated knowing the back story It could be read as a standalone but I thinkwould be gained with a bit of back knowledge.One thing that irked me though was the ending There were many red herrings, as expected in this sort of novel, but it was made pretty clear who the killer was likely to be from early on especially with hindsight now on my side But that wasn t the issue, how everything was tied up just seemed a little strange especially view spoiler how the perp got their comeuppance getting caught up in a riot and being beaten to death I don t mind him dying by gang riot mentality but then it looked like they were going to cover up his evil deeds and blame the original killing on another dead cop a cop that the bad guy shot himself Seems a little unfair but that could well be how these sort of things are played out in real life hide spoiler Overall, not the best in the series but a well written crime mystery set in a turbulent time in LA during the 90 s with a few stand out scenes Bosch is well worth a read to anyone who hasn t tried him and I look forward to continuing this series hoping forof the same If you like this try Knots Crosses by Ian Rankin 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 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 it s not pretty as the city is poised to erupt into violence over this murder This isn t an easy story and my original hunch which I abandoned turned out to be dead on, which was pretty exciting The ending was almost poetic The change in narrators was a fairly seamless transition, though I miss Dick Hill s version of Jerry Edgar I know there will be another change but, for now, I m satisfied with the performance Still wild about Harry and this series 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 theseries Bosch, which in its sixth season, combines one orbooks, 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 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 theseries Bosch, which in its sixth season, combines one orbooks, updated to present day, per season but the literary Harry Bosch, LAPD homicide detective, began in Los Angeles of the early 90s Proceeding in chronological order with the books that sound appealing, next up is Angels Flight.Publish date December 1998Story Expecting a phone call from his wife Eleanor Wish to reconcile their marriage, Det Harry Bosch is summoned to Bunker Hill by the deputy chief The crime scene at the inclined railroad Angels Flight is well outside the jurisdiction of Hollywood division, but for reasons he can t figure, Bosch and his partners Jerry Edgar and Kizmin Rider are tasked with investigating the shooting deaths of star attorney Howard Elias and a cleaning woman The black lawyer was preparing a high profile civil case against the elite Robbery Homicide Division for the alleged torture of a black ex con suspected but later acquitted of kidnapping a 12 year old white girl With most of the department a suspect in Elias murder, Bosch s team is paired with three IAD detectives Despite assurances from the deputy chief that he wants the killer brought to justice, Bosch concludes that the brass hope Bosch s team and the Internal Affairs guys will be so dysfunctional together that the case will go unsolved Operating by his code Everybody Counts or Nobody Counts, Bosch vows not to let that happen, whether it s good for his career, his marriage or Los Angeles, which only five years after the L.A Riots, is primed to explode again whether the killer is found to be a cop or isn t.L.A scenery Built in 1901 and used as a location in movies like La La Land, the inclined railroad cars of Angels Flight in Bunker Hill makes an effective murder scene at Connelly s hands The setting allows a high profile attorney who lives up the hill and a cleaning woman coming down the hill to be in the right place at the wrong time Howard Elias family lives in Baldwin Bills, a neighborhood known as the black Beverly Hills, and has an office in the Bradbury Building, which was used supremely well as a location in films from Double Indemnity to Blade Runner and many in between Connelly gets much atmosphere out of both.1990s nostalgia Harry Bosch has quit smoking and carries a mobile phone in his briefcase, so in a way, he s come out of the 20th century and is moving into the 21st Computer crime plays a pivotal role in the story and Connelly, using Bosch as a reader surrogate who in 1998 knew barely anything about PCs or the Internet, has Det Rider explain to him what a website or a server are It s quite quaint Opening paragraph The word sounded alien in his mouth, as if spoken by someone else There was an urgency in his own voice that Bosch didn t recognize The simple hello he had whispered into the telephone was full of hope, almost desperation But the voice that came back to him was not the one he needed to hear.Title in text Irving hung up without waiting for a reply Bosch stood with the phone still at his ear for a few moments, wondering what was going on Angels Flight was the short inclined railroad that carried people up Bunker Hill in downtown far outside the boundaries of the Hollywood Division homicide table If Irving had a body down there at Angels Flight the investigation would fall under the jurisdiction of Central Division If Central detectives couldn t handle it because of caseload or personnel problems, or if the case was deemed too important or media sensitive for them, then it would be bumped to the bulls, the Robbery Homicide Division The fact that a deputy chief of police was involved in the case before dawn on a Saturday suggested the latter possibility The fact that he was calling Bosch and his team in instead of the RHD bulls was the puzzle Whatever it was that Irving had working at Angels Flight didn t make sense.Closing paragraph He thought about Chastain and his final scream, a wail so loud and horrible as to be almost inhuman It was the sound of fallen angels in their flight to hell Bosch knew he could never allow himself to forget it.Thoughts It s hard to imagine Michael Connelly writing a better novel than Angels Flight There s how seamless the architecture, history and institutions of Los Angeles are woven into the story There s the no win scenario Bosch finds himself in, seeking justice for a man he despised and whose murder puts Bosch s code to a real test Connelly suggests that while Bosch has personal flaws he has sourcesso than friends and fails a lot his marriage is going going gone this time around he s willing to sacrifice much of himself in order to find the truth Everything else is secondary I also really felt how torn Bosch was over Eleanor, who loves him but is pulling away because she can t love him as much as he loves her And of course, I wanted to keep reading to know how everyone s secrets related to the murder Bosch was thanklessly given to investigate.Word count 161,562 words `Book ↜ Angels Flight ☔ An activist attorney is killed in a cute little LA 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 LAPD 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 to another high profile LA murder case, one where every cop had a motive The question is, did any have the guts