Saturday, June 13, 2009

Book Review: The Last Coyote

A few months ago I discovered Michael Connelly. The book I read, The Brass Verdict, had a character in it, Harry Bosch, that was intriguing. When researching the writer I discovered he had an entire series of mysteries based on the Hollywood Homicide detective, and have started reading them.

The Last Coyote is the fourth book in the series. Amazingly enough, these books just keep getting better and better.

Detective Bosch, on involuntary suspension for accosting his commanding officer, decides to tackle a case that has been spoken of in all the previous novels: his mother's murder. As he probes and delves into the mystery that his entire life has been based on, the narrative is interspersed with his sessions with a psychiatrist that reveal more and more of the what makes this fascinating character tick.

We are all products of our parents, whether they are with us or not, and as you read this book you cannot help but question some of the situations/events in your own background that may have led you to this point in your own life. It's a fabulous novel.

Connelly, a former reporter for the L.A. Times covering the police beat, knows his stuff. His writing is tight, clever, and riveting. Some of the events and language is tough, but fitting in the situations not just there for shock value. He is one of the best writers I have ever read; I would put him up there with Marcia Muller in the detective/mystery genre.

I'm so glad I discovered this writer. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the Harry Bosch novels as well as other books Michael Connelly has written. If you decide to try him, I can guarantee you won't be disappointed.

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