Book Review of City of Bones

City of Bones
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As usual, Harry Bosch is a fascinating enigma; Michael Connelly is a master at the police procedural. It is New Years Day and a dog finds a bone in the Hollywood Hills. The dogs owner, a physician, knows the bone is human a 10 to 12 year-old boy.

Thus begins an intriguing case that makes lots of hard turns. The murder occurred 20 to 25 years before and the victim was brutalized on a regular basis.

The case is fascinating, Harrys love interest and their relationship is not. Julia, a boot, is a mature woman who went through the police academy months earlier.

As sharp as Harry is, he begins a relationship with her rather quickly even though it is against LAPDs policy for a supervisor and new recruit to be romantically involved. I just didnt feel that the relationship was real; the interactions seemed wooden.

One of the things that I like about Michael Connelly is that he isnt afraid to take chances with his main character, Harry. The case provides one surprise after another but the ending was a shocker.

Harry Bosch by Michael Connelly
1. The Black Echo (1992)
2. The Black Ice (1993)
3. The Concrete Blonde (1994)
4. The Last Coyote (1995)
5. Trunk Music (1996)
6. Angels Flight (1998)
7. A Darkness More than Night (2000)
8. City Of Bones (2002)