The Closers - Harry Bosch, Bk 11 Author:Michael Connelly The death of a teenage girl almost two decades ago comes back to haunt all of L.A. - and detective Harry Bosch. — In Los Angeles in 1998, a 16 year old girl who had disappeared from her home was later found dead with a single gunshot wound to the chest. The death appeared at first to be a suicide, and although detectives on the case found clues t... more »hat pointed toward murder, no one was ever charged. Detective Larry Bosch, newly returned to the LAPD with the job of closing unsolved cases, gets the report of a new DNA match that makes the case very much alive again. A white supremacist with close ties to the LAPD becomes a suspect but Bosch and his partner, Kizmin Rider, can't take a step without threatening higher ups in the department.
And the case turns out to be anything but cold. Everywhere he probes, Bosch finds hot grief, hot rage, and a bottomless well of treachery and danger. Enemies inside the department make Bosch wonder if he's been allowed to rejoin the LAPD only because they needed a fresh victim.« less
Maybe Connelly is tired of the Harry Bosch series. The Closers fails to deliver the punch of earlier books in this series. It was much more a police proceedural rather than an action book; the plot though interesting was easy to see through to the killer. I had the feeling that Connelly dashed this one off so he could move on to other things.
Nevertheless, Bosch fans will want to read this. Harry's back after three years of retirement (and a failed marriage). He's paired with Kiz Rider, but Edgar is on his own with Hollywood Division. We also see Harry's nemesis Chief Irvin S. Irving. In short Connelly delivers, but fails to hit a knock-out punch.
This is yet another great read about Detective Harry Bosch, who has rejoined the force after 3 years of retirement. He is assigned to the Open/Unsolved Unit where he investigates a 17-year-old murder of a 16-year-old girl. He is re-partnered with his former partner Kiz Rider. Michael Connelly continues to write engrossing stories that are tough to put down. I'm looking forward to reading his next one, "The Lincoln Lawyer" which I've already obtained through PBS! Paul C.
The death of a teenaged girl almost two decades ago comes back to haunt LA and Detective Harry Bosch in this spellbinding thriller. In LA 1988, a sixteen yr old girl disappeared from her home and was later found dead of a gunshot wound to the chest. The death appeared to be a suicide - but some of the evidence contradicted that scenario and detectives came to believe this was in fact a murder.
This is a perfectly plotted police procedural starring Harry Bosch and Kiz Rider. LAPD has allowed Harry to come out of retirement and join the Open Unsolved Unit with Kiz, his former partner. Right out of the box, they latch onto a 17-year-old murder of a young biracial girl (with a single gunshot to the chest).
The new police chief admonishes the two detectives that procedures and detectives are much more skilled now than earlier. There were errors made in the past, and the chief tells them to avoid these and bring resolution to any cases they can. When viewing the murder book, the detectives notice that the detectives of the time were pushed to avoid treating the case as a racially-motivated murder (because of the racially-tense times in LA during that era). When a case has interference by the upper echelon, officers call the case having "high jingo." The two detectives realize that the case was not resolved because of this interference. Before long, they realize that Harry's nemesis, Deputy Chief Irvin Irving, was the cause of the 'high jingo.'
The case takes less than a week but the story is dense with the explanation of the way police work. I found it to be fascinating; others might not be so keen on in-depth explanations of procedures. I think this is an exceptionally fine book. Enjoy.