On a New Year's Day, Detective Harry Bosch fields a call that a dog found a bone.....a bone that the dog's owner,a doctor, feels certain is a human bone.
Bosch investigates,and that chance discovery leads him to a shallow grave in the Hollywood hills,evidence of a murder committed more than twenty years earlier.It's a cold case,but it stirs up Bosch's memories of his own childhood as an orphan in the city.He can't let it go.Digging through police reports and hospital records, tracking down street kids and runaways from the 1970's,Bosch finds a family ripped apart by an absence.....and a trail,ever more tenuous,into a violent,terrifying world.
As the case takes Bosch deeper into the past,a rookie cop named Julia Brasher brings him alive in the present in a way no one has in years. Bosch has been warned about the trouble that comes with dating a rookie, but no warning could withstand the heat between them....or prepare Bosch for the explosions when the case takes a hard turn. A suspect bolts, acop is shot, and suddenly Bosch's cold case has all of L.A. in an uproar....and Bosch's fighting to keep control in a lawless and brutal showdown.
Drawing on the "precision-tooled twists" and "wellspring of authentically lurid detail"( Los Angeles) that have made him one of the fastest-selling novelists at work today,Michael Connelly has written a riveting,hard-edged,and unforgettable thriller.
This may well be my favorite in the Harry Bosch series, to date. Very well deserved 2003 Barry and Anthony Award wins. I've already picked up the next in the series to read. Can't recommend highly enough!
On New Year's Day, Detective Harry Bosch receives a phone call that a dog has found a bone - a bone that the dog's owner, a doctor, is convinced is human. During the subsequent investigation, that discovery leads Harry to a shallow grave in the Hollywood Hills, evidence of a murder committed more than twenty years earlier. It's a cold case, but it stirs up the detective's deeply buried memories of his own childhood as an orphan in the city. Especially when the bones are identified to be those of a child - a twelve-year-old boy.
Harry can not let this case go. He's absolutely determined that the child will not be forgotten. Unearthing hidden stories, Harry eventually discovers the child's true identity and begins to slowly reconstruct the boy's fractured life.
At the same time, a burgeoning love affair with a female rookie cop begins to blossom for Harry - until a devastatingly botched mission leaves him in more trouble than ever before in his turbulent career. As the investigation races toward its unexpected conclusion, Harry is left on the brink of an unimaginable decision...
I thought that reading this book was quite intriguing. In my opinion, the writing was very clear and easy to follow. This actually was the first book by Michael Connelly that I've ever read, and the eighth book in this particular series.
Despite that, the mystery wasn't too difficult for me to understand. Although I will say that, at least for me, the ending was slightly anticlimactic - leaving me with a couple of unanswered questions. Overall though, City of Bones by Michael Connelly earned a definite A! and I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.