Michael Connelly is a No.1 bestseller in hardback and paperback. Reissued in a brand new cover style. All the Michael Connelly backlist is being reissued simultaneously in the superb new look. Michael Connelly's THE LINCOLN LAWYER was a Richard & Judy's Book Club selection. Connelly has won or been nominated for all the major crime writing awards, including the Edgar and the CWA Gold Dagger. He always receives fantastic reviews: 'No one writes a better modern thriller than Connelly' Time Out. 'One of the stars of American crime writing' Sunday Times. 'Great entertainment, from a true master' Daily Mirror. 'Rich in detail, strong on character, with a fascinating plot that functions on several emotional levels ... Connelly has, with great skill, given us a detective who inhabits a world filled only with torment, fear and danger' People magazine. 'Thrilling, suspenseful ... deeply satisfying stuff' Literary Review. 'Michael Connelly is justly regarded as one of the world's finest crime writers' Mail on Sunday.
A former police reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Michael Connelly is the author of seven acclaimed Harry Bosch novels: The Black Echo, The Black Ice, The Concrete Blonde, The Last Coyote, Trunk Music, Angels Flight, and A Darkness More Than Night, as well as The Poet, Blood Work and Void Moon. He lives in Los Angeles.
A black lawyer famed for his antidiscrimination suits against the LAPD is murdered before a big trial, and guess who gets to investigate? Connelly's hotshot Harry Bosch, of course.
Hollywood homicide detective Hieronymous (Harry) Bosch (Trunk Music, 1996, etc.) is up to his very stiff neck in politics, police corruption and racial tension. The echo of the Rodney King case is almost deafening when Howard Elias, an African American lawyer famous for suing the LAPD for racially motivated brutality, is shot dead on the short train run up a steep hill in downtown L.A. known as Angels Flight. Bosch and his team‘a black woman named Kizmin Rider and a black man named Jerry Edgar‘are assigned the highly sensitive case. Although Bosch sniffs racial and departmental political hokum among the brass, he doggedly focuses on finding the killer, knowing that cops will be among the suspects. It all smells even worse when Bosch discovers signs of evidence tampering by the first cops on the crime scene and learns that the civilian attorney assigned to oversee the investigation had personal ties to Elias. A bit of a cowboy anyway, Bosch is even more ornery than usual, since his wife has gone AWOL and returned to gambling. Further hampered by a secretive and even obstructive departmental leadership and by his former partner's apparent links to the crime, Bosch moves well outside the rules to discover the ugly motivation for the killing. Connelly has all the hard-boiled procedural moves down and gives Bosch a reckless crusader's moral code. The finale, set against riots, delivers a brutal, anti-establishment sort of justice. This isn't Connelly's best; the plot is sufficiently ornate to diffuse tension, and Bosch seems to be evolving from the true character of early books into a sort of icon, a Dirty Harry for our times. Simultaneous Time Warner audio; author tour. (Jan.)