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.
Excellent who-dun-it with mob activity, LA and Las Vegas locations, and no dragging in the story. Keeps your attention throughout!!
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!
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.
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 can't 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 aren't 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; I'd 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)