Trunk Music is a well thought out and well written detective novel. I enjoyed the way this story unfolded and the character development. It was an engaging read and kept me enthralled from page one to the end.
The 5th Harry Bosch novel in the series. I enjoy Harry Bosch, a LAPD homicide detective, as he's not afraid to step outside the bounds to get his man. He has a knack for thinking out of the box when it comes to police work, and this particular book will throw you a curveball or two. I'd recommend this series and writer if you enjoy police/detective crime novels that don't have blood and gore, has well character development, and no unnecessary romance to jumble a good, solid storyline.
Murder, mystery, good cops v bad (very) cops is all you need to stay awake and read until your spouse cries: "Please, I have to get up in 3 hours...turn off the light!" Yep, this book will cause you to get the flashlight and go 'under-cover'. This is my first glimpse of Michael Connelly, definitely not my last. Superb!
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Back on the job after an involuntary leave of absence, LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch lands his first case: a Hollywood producer found in the trunk of his Rolls-Royce, shot twice in the head. It looks like "trunk music," a Mafia hit.
The LAPD's organized crime unit is oddly uninterested, but Harry thinks they're wrong. He follows the money trail from the producer's office to Las Vegas, where he quickly finds evidence of Mafia involvement. But something about the case doesn't add up, and Harry follows a string of odd clues â glitter in the producer's cuffs, an over-the-counter medication in the Rolls' glove box â in a different direction entirely.
Just when Harry thinks he's on firm ground, the bottom falls out. Blind sided again and again, at odds with his superiors, and overwhelmed by a romance that has cropped up in the middle of the case, Harry is as off balance as he's ever been. When the picture finally comes into focus, Harry discovers a scheme many magnitudes more deadly than he imaginedâwith himself now one of its targets. Running on instincts and nerves, with a short fuse and everything to lose, Harry must prove himself not just by breaking the case, but by surviving it.
Another Bosch novel that leads his murder investigation to Las Vegas, the mob and seeing Eleanor Wish. The perpetrator is right under his nose and I was surprised to discover who the person was. Good read, as always.
Harry Bosch has returned to LAPD as a detective in the Hollywood division; his first case back is a complicated one. A movie producer is found dead in his own Rolls Royce trunk. At the outset, the case seems to be trunk music, a Mafia production.
As he follows the money to Las Vegas, the Mafia connection starts to fall apart. There are an incredible number of red herrings in this story; readers will almost need a scorecard to keep up with:
The good guys who are actually bad guys,
The good guys who really are good guys;
The bad guys who are actually good guys in disguise,
And the bad guys who are so bad, they cant even spell g-o-o-d.
Politics dominates many of the decisions made by police departments; and Harry hates politics. He gets cross-wise with most of the powerful city, state and federal leaders who cross his path. Harry is on a mission and he does not tolerate fools gladly.
To return the favor, those powerful city and federal leaders decide to cut him down to size Harry is in trouble with most of them throughout the book. Harry just redoubles his efforts to solve the case and show those politicos that they arent as smart or as powerful as they think they are.
Call me a prude, but I was disappointed in the amount of foul language that was used in this book. It did not add to the story; Id hate to think that police officers and detectives are this demeaning to each other on a regular basis.
1. The Black Echo (1992)
2. The Black Ice (1993)
3. The Concrete Blonde (1994)
4. The Last Coyote (1995)
5. Trunk Music (1996)
Your favorite detective Harry Bosch is back on the job and working the hottest murder investigation in Hollywood. The body of a movie producer has been found stuffed into the trunk of his Rolls. Michael Connelly is masterful with his character development.
Connelly's books never lack for depth. Plenty of characters, storylines, twists, complications, unravelling, clues and nuances. They're never that easy to predict. The elaborate scenarios can sometimes border on the farfetched, but it's plenty of fun.
Another solid entry in the Harry Bosch series. Love the character, secondary characters and the setting. Connelly's stories never lag or seem unbelievable. I'm on to the next in the series. Very highly recommend.
Bosch is back along with Rider, Edgar and Eleanor Wish. I especially liked the interaction between Bosch and his boss, Lt. Billets. I think I've read this one before, but author Connelly is so good it all seemed new and exciting. Well worth reading.
This is part of his Harry Bosch series and a great read. Harry is a great subject since he is flawed and it doesn't make light of it. He is a normal person with normal issues but is an extrodinary detective and great stories to go with him.
I am a Detective Harry Bosch fan, or a Michael Connelly fan, or both. This was the 13th book by this author I've read. This should be a sufficient review.
The Washington Post said: "Compelling...Connelly displays a wonderful atmospheric feel for the posh and the poor...The last pages bring things to a shocking end that should satisfy Connelly's growing audience."
Harry Bosch is at his best here. In hot water up to his butt with the police department but stubbornly refusing to let go of a case he has been taken off of. Very good read with a lot of character development.
Good book! Harry is finally back on the job and he immediately gets a case that provides him with contact with an old girlfriend, big money and a dead man in the truck of a Rolls-Royce. And the excitement doesn't slow down until the end of the last chapter. A treat.
Another in the great Harry Bosch series...I think the best. This mystery is full of twists and turns. Just when you think you know "who done it", you're wrong again. Also, his old love interest, Eleanor Wish, pops up to stay! Very enjoyable.
Harry Bosch picks up a tough case on his first day back with the Detective Division. Movie Producer Tony Aliso has been found in the trunk of his Rolls Royce, two bullets in his head. As Harry looks into Aliso's life, he finds Tony was laundering money for the mob. When Harry flies to Las Vegas to follow up on some leads, he finds it harder and harder to tell the good guys from the bad.
This is an excellent addition to Connelly's Harry Bosch series. Harry seems to be in a good place since the events in the last book. He is working for a new boss who seems to trust him, and he and Edgar are working with a new detective on this case. The case has a lot of red herrings that lead Harry (and me) in the wrong direction. I was totally surprised when the villain was uncovered. And, Harry's ex-girlfriend is back in the picture. I think this will lead to an interesting change in the series. My rating: 5 Stars.
I REALLY ENJOY THESE HARRY BOSCH DETECTIVE MYSTERIES. HARRY IS BACK WITH THE LAPD HOLLYWOOD DIVISION AND HIS FIRST MURDER CASE TAKES HIM TO LAS VEGAS FOR INVESTIGATION. HAS A GOOD SURPRISE ENDING. A FAST READ. GOOD FOR BEACH, POOL OR PLANE.
Back on the job after an involuntary leave of absence, LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch is ready for a challenge. But his first case is a little more than he bargained for.
It starts with the body of a Hollywood producer in the trunk of a Rolls-Royce, shot twice in the head at close range - what looks like "trunk music," a Mafia hit. But the LAPD's organized crime unit is curiously uninterested, and when Harry follows a trail of gambling debts to Las Vegas, the case suddenly becomes more complex - and much more personal.
A rekindled romance with an old girlfriend opens new perspectives on the murder, and he begins to glimpse a shocking triangle of corruption and collusion. Yanked off the case, Harry himself is soon the one being investigated. But only a bullet can stop Harry when he's searching for the truth . . .
This is another great Harry Bosch novel with lots of twists that kept me turning the pages until the end. I liked that his love interest from The Black Echo shows up again. That was a pleasant surprise! I love Harry's lingo and expressions and they keep me chuckling to myself. The end of the book came quickly and what a surprise that was. I'm now looking forward to the next book to see what's in store for Harry.