|Lost Light (Harry Bosch)
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At the end of CITY OF BONES Harry Bosch quit the LAPD, but he's back in a new role, one that will give him more freedom to pursue the cases that compel him.When he left the LAPD Bosch took a file with him: the case of a film production assistant murdered four years earlier during a $2 million robbery on a movie set. The LAPD, now operating under post 9/11 rules, think the stolen money was used to finance a terrorist training camp. Thoughts of the original murder victim were lost in the federal zeal, and when Bosch decides to re-investigate, he quickly falls fouls of both his old colleagues and the FBI. But it's not just the case which is keeping Bosch awake at night. When the investigation enables him to meet up with an old friend, shadows from his past come back to haunt him...
- light lost and light found
"Old policemen never die, they just cop out." Well, Harry Bosch is retired, but he's not about to cop out or fade into the dying light of the next sunset. Melancholy, apparently by nature, he is always restless, motivated by a drive to right wrongs, as far as that is possible. Out of the force for less than a year, he has been haunted by memories of a murdered young woman whose killer was never found. "High jingo" (interference from the powers that be) seems to have dogged Harry throughout his career, and it dogs him now in his attempt to bring that unknown murderer to justice.
The skilled, nuanced narration of this novel by Len Cariou brings the persona of Harry to vivid life, as he grapples with the conflicting emotions that this case raises within him. To complicate matters, he has reached the stage where he is ready to admit that he still loves, wants, and needs his ex, Eleanor. The book's final scenes play out in a labyrinthine quarry setting, an apt metaphor for its plot. Is there light at the end of these tunnels? Well, maybe.......
Highly recommended. If you can give the audio version a listen, do so - it's a treat....more info
- Up to Snuff
Arrived in a timely fashion. Great Read. Kudos to Amazon and Michael Connelly....more info
This one, the ninth in his Harry Bosch series, is a real kicker. Fast paced and action packed it thrill all the way to the shocking end. Marvelous! I can't wait to see what happens next.
Highly recommended....more info
- Fantastic read from Connelly
As I work my way back through some of Connelly's previous works, I recently had an opportunity to read Lost Light, one of the Harry Bosch stories. With Bosch, Connelly has a great character around whom to build a great story. In Lost Light, Bosch, a recently-retired police detective from Los Angeles, is drawn back to an unsolved murder case from his active duty days. Connelly presents a compelling story, demonstrating the sharp wit and keen analytical insight of the Bosch character , while simultaneously providing solid insights into Bosch's underlying motivations and emotions. As the story unfolds, Connelly pulls the reader forward with twists and turns in the plot as Bosch solves the mystery. Lost Light is a without question a page turner from start to finish....more info
- Nobody does it better
"Nobody does it better" is a phrase that should be branded on all of Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch books. With each one Harry grows as his character deepens. After awhile you start to look at him as a friend and you find yourself hoping that there are lots of cops out there just like him. Harry will not be derailed in his pursuit of the truth.
You owe it to yourself to buy this book. I get them all in hardcover because I want them to wear well when I pass them around to my friends before they end up in my library.
I'm a writer myself and every Harry Bosch novel is not just an incredibly fun read, but is a textbook on the right way to plot a book while maintaining exacting verisimilitude. If you choose to check out my own book The Towers Of Greed please get it from Seller Whitebear as that is me....more info
- An ok novel, not as good as his last brilliant novel: Echo Park
Harry Bosch is investigating a previous unclosed murder case which leads him to a robbery investigation.terrorists and FBI.
1) Good plot but not as good as echo park.
2) Everything in here. FBI, terrorist angle, Interrogations, mystery.
3) Good body count.
4) Nice showdown ending.
1) A bit slow to move.
2) Contrived end. More guess work by Harry Bosch.
It requires you to be sufficiently invested in the Harry Bosch lore to accept the way Harry Bosch reaches the right conclusions in this tale via mental guesswork rather than hard evidence which is what we are used to in most of his cases.
regards, Vikram...more info
- Slow start, but a good book
I 'inherited' this book and decided to read it before giving it away. I thought the book got off to a slow start and it took me awhile to get interested. (I have never read a 'Harry Bosch' book, so maybe if I had, I would have gotten into the plot a bit sooner. I'm not normally a reader of this genre, but I have to say, once I got past the slow start, they book held my interest. A lot of suspense, a lot of mystery and a bit of 'revenge'. The solving surprised me a little, but it was a nice change from what I've been reading lately, where everything is predictable. If you are a fan of crime solver mysteries, you will enjoy this book....more info
- Still Bosch
Harry Bosh has no badge. He has little friends. He is getting old. But he is the best eye for crime ever. And getting better. If you are a fan of his or Michael Connelly's, don't miss this book. It's good from the begining and you won't want it to finish....more info
- Lost Light
I received my book within the alloted time given to me and it was and is in excellent condition. I am very satisfied....more info
- Interesting addition to the series
This is the first Bosch book written from the first person. I found it an interesting change although I prefer third person.
I generally liked the book. The case was interesting and believeable. You don't get the good characterizations you get with Connelly's third person narratives, so I missed that.
It is also a little unbelievable that Bosch gets all of this cooperation now that he's retired. I mean, come on! Law enforcement people and reporters putting themselves on the line over and over again for a P.I.? I think not.
But it is readable and enjoyable....more info
- third time's the charm.....
I liked this, my third Connelly novel, better than either The Poet (which started out great but ultimately betrayed the reader, in my opinion) or The Narrows, another in the Harry Bosch series, which I found weakly plotted, abruptly ended and not very satisfying.
Lost Light finetuned the character of Harry Bosch for me; he is flawed enough to be interesting and principled enough to be admirable; I find I like him quite a bit. But the best part of the mystery in Lost Light is the array of characters Bosch meets on his way to solving the case. The mystery itself is only satisfactory, with convenient suspects and convenient coincidences, which Harry seems to be on the fence about (by the Narrows, which follows Lost Light, he again does not believe in coincidences).
Lost Light works as a police procedural, and Connelly writes well enough, though I often itch to edit out unnecessary or awkward words. But his strengths lie in characterization more than in plotting. I suspect he gets his charge out of creating characters but that he finds establishing the framework in which these people live and love and work and sin more of a challenge and a chore.
The surprise at the end was no surprise in that I had already read The Narrows, but Bosch's history with Eleanor, and the cases he works, are intriguing enough than I will visit him again....more info
- Bosch racks up another collar
I've read four of Connelly's novels, my wife has read all of them. I gave Lost Light five stars because Connelly writes like I think. His characters and the lives they live reflect a bit of darkness, not in a sick sense, but realistically, what people who work in law enforcement and corrections feel, think and see daily. Crime and the behavior of criminals can wear on you, and I see that in Harry Bosch. In Lost Light he's finally through with the life style, and he's glad to be free of the badge and all the crap that goes with it. No more supervisors looking over your shoulder, no politics, no bureacratic BS. With his pension and a few private security and PI jobs to compensate his income Harry is a free man, or so he thinks.
As boredom begins to set in Bosch decides to review a cold case that had bothered him for some time. It had involved a two-million dollar heist and the murder of a young woman. Bosch felt he owed the dead woman his time to solve the case and bring her killer to justice. He had no idea how big the case would get, and this is where the twists and turns will keep you up at night, until you find out who did it and why.
Marvin Wiebener, Author of The Margin...more info
- Bosch is a little lost without a badge (3.4 *s)
Harry gets a call from a quadriplegic ex-cop about one of his cold cases: the death of assistant movie producer Angella Benton. Only four days after that murder, there was a daring theft from a movie set of the same production company of two million in real cash, where Harry, there to investigate the earlier crime, actually shot one of the perpetrators and watched as he was dragged into the getaway van. Harry has always known that the two events are related. Like he says, there are no coincidences. Now he is determined to get to the bottom of the case.
Harry, no longer a LAPD detective (see City of Bones), has no badge to squeeze information from people. Furthermore, he has inadvertently tripped over a Homeland Security matter by pursuing the cold case and is handled overly brusquely by any standards. But Harry relies on his old network of cops and friends, even ex-wife and ex-FBI agent Eleanor Wish, to gain enough leverage on the Homeland Security guys to operate.
Harry as ex-cop does not work as well as Harry the cop. One of the elements of Harry the cop was his conflicts with the police establishment. Now that edge to his character has been taken away. The story takes quite a while to get moving and in the end revolves around information that should have been obtainable years before. In addition, the bad cop angle was blatantly obvious from page 1. Harry's tentative reconnection with Eleanor after several years seems overly awkward in light of certain realities revealed.
Of course, the appeal of the Bosch series is not the action, it is the interaction: the dialog, the feel, and the descriptions. The life of a cop now totally disabled and dependent is portrayed only too well. But between Bosch as ex-cop and a pretty simple story, the book is not one of the better books of the Bosch series.
- The pinnacle?
This might be the best Bosch, certainly top 3. It is an extraordinary book. THe key, I think, was the fact that the book was told in the first person. It gave the series a jolt of caffeine. The book is more hopeful than many in the series. The characters continue to grow. As we have traveled with Harry these many years from Eleanor to Jazz to the teacher to Teresa to Eleanor to Julia and then to the exciting and surprising conclusion of Lost Light, the women in his life (not to mention Kiz and his mother, but those are different--well his mother not so much, but I digress), have always been Harry's light. I started this series at the end with the Narrows, but I went back and read every book in the series (and the excellent Blood work) and fell in love. There is no better writer than Connelly when it comes to mysteries and no better dectective than our man Harry Bosch....more info
- Couldn't read it
I've read every Connelly/Bosch book in the series (chronologically) but couldn't get farther than about 25 pages in this one. Something about the first-person narrative was extremely jarring, and very unconvincing. I may be back to another book for another try, but not for a while. I thought I was a hard-core Connelly fan, but I'm not, I guess....more info
- A detective is always a detective
The story of a former agent who came back just to solve a case is quite different from all the detectives book I have read. The book will keep you in the story all the time and you will never guess the end of the book neither of the three of them. I can tell that MC is one of the best detective writers of our time, because at least myself couldn't catch him writing something unbelievable or completely out of reality.
SIX STARS FOR THIS ONE.
- Engaging Detective Novel, Worth the Read
When I read the story line on the back of the book, I wasn't overly excited; but, Connelly does a masterful job of engaging the reader as he takes you through this mystery.
Retired LAPD detective Harry Bosch just can't let an old unsolved crime go, and jumps back into the case, not heeding the warnings from his former partner at the LAPD or the FBI threats.
The ending presents a wonderful twist as well. Enjoy....more info
- Good for many others, just OK for Connelly
Haunted by and old case, Harry Bosch decides to put his recently required PI license to good use and try to discover who killed a young woman and how her death may have been linked to an "only in Hollywood" kind of robbery. What he ends up with is a variety of veiled threats from police hierarchy and the feds to lay off, which of course, just pushes him further into the investigation. As Bosch continues his digging the reader begins to perceive that what seems to be a promising storyline ends up being fairly predictable tale of greed and revenge with innocents caught in the middle. For a number of other writers this would have been good work but for Connelly it comes off as more than a little disappointing. It was nowhere near as emotionally involving as the other Bosch novels I've read; it comes off a bit perfunctory. There is a major surprise in Bosch's personal life revealed within, but even that comes off as anti-climactic. It's three stars because even bad Connelly is better than most, it is always readable and entertaining but it isn't up to par.
- A dark and often disturbing mystery very well told
I had read The Black Echo, the first in this series, years ago and had somewhat mixed feelings about it. I liked Harry Bosch, (the detective who this series of gritty mystery novels follows) and I really liked the authenticity of the story, but the book felt overlong and the pacing left a bit to be desired. Out of pure luck I happened to stumble across a couple of the more recent books in this series (as of this typing we're approaching the release of the 14th installment in the series, The Brass Verdict) and was amazed by the improvement here. I'm definitely planning on going back and reading much more of this series, because they've grown into INCREDIBLE mystery stories that fully take place in a very authentic world, and that feature complex plots and surprises.
Lost Light is easily the darkest of the Harry Bosch novels I've read so far and all elements to this multi-step case, which leads to many dead bodies, are pretty horrifying. The decision to put this book into the 1st person instead of the series's typical 3rd person perspective, (as of this typing, this and only 1 other Harry Bosch novel, The Narrows, uses the 1st person) was a good one, as this book delves deep into Harry's mind; he has a personal connection to this case and at times it clouds his judgement to a point where he becomes very close to falling into the dark abyss. It's amazing that Michael Connelly, a reporter-turned author, manages to evoke such suspense and page-turning urgency to the story that's a cold case; villains aren't present for a good chunk of the story. But somehow it works, due to the excellent atmosphere and the disturbing murders that Harry is working (without a badge, having retired from the force). These leave enough of a lasting impression that the story doesn't even need villains, they're ever-present in these acts, and the impact left on me from the murders of this case easily held me over until the villains do finally arrive.
Harry Bosch continues to be one of the most interesting characters I've ever read about, and some of the humorous bits are perfect, too, mostly involving his somewhat cynical personality. The story, at its core, deals with the results of people who gain too much power, from a director, to the FBI, to Harry himself, and it's a very sobering look at what can happen if society loses itself to the power-hungry nature of humanity.
There are a couple flaws, none that take away much from the story. The mystery here can be a bit convoluted at times, and the VAST amount of people involved in this story as a result can be a bit hard to keep track of. Since this is a cold case and a lot of the people involved are dead, it makes it harder since the characters obviously didn't manage to make an impression on the reader.
It's all brought together at the end, however, where things completely explode for some of the most shocking final chapters I've ever read in a book, everything clicks, and perfectly.
Fans of fiction have to check this out, it doesn't matter if you're a fan of the genre or not. LA's brought completely to life, as are the characters, and the pacing keeps this story constantly flying. Easily one of the more memorable reading experiences I've ever had. ...more info
- Policing Cold Cases without a Badge
You can quit the force, but can you get it out of your blood? Clearly not based on this excellent novel about a retired Harry Bosch seeking justice for a murdered woman. But can you at least get away from the police politics? Maybe so. Maybe not.
Why can't Harry leave a cold case alone? The dead woman's hands were "directed upward from her head, as if she were reaching out to someone, almost beseechingly, begging for something. They looked like the hands from a Renaissance painting, like the hands of the damned reaching heavenward for forgiveness. In my life I have worked almost a thousand homicides and no positioning of a fallen body ever gave me such pause."
The advantage of being retired is that you have plenty of time to work on one cold case. The disadvantage is that no one has to help you. Harry Bosch always finds a way, driven by the cruel memory of the dead Angella Benton.
One thing connects to another, and soon Harry is seeing that appearances may be deceiving . . . and intended to fool the casual observer. Then Harry steps his foot into something very delicate, the heavy feet come down on him. Harry doesn't like it, and he's more determined than ever to get to the bottom of the murder.
Opportunity, motive, and alibi all turn out to be important to solving the crime.
But Harry also notices some things that don't add up . . . but doesn't draw the right conclusions until the end of the book where you and he are in for a big surprise.
This is one of the better Harry Bosch stories, and it marks new ground for the series.
- Realistic, up to a point
Harry Bosch goes from the beginning of this book to the end with what seems like maybe four hours of sleep, no cigarettes, several cups of coffee, and a churro (maybe). This guy has the constitution of a bulldog.
He never quits, never says "die," and knows when to give in to the powers that be. You'll speed through the book like he does through the murder case, jumping from one episode to the next. This is a great book for insomniacs or those who "only stand and wait," a thing I do a lot.
Only one thing to note, how at the final climax, Harry gets lost in South Central and runs into a mob of rioters, who bodily unload the "shooter," a cop, from the backseat of Harry's car (where the man's been handcuffed). Chastain, the personage in question, deserves what he gets, of course. He started the riot by shooting a popular black lawyer.
But why can't Harry find his way around South Central? All of the main streets are perpendicular. This book's riot is close to where the 1992 "flashpoint" was, Florence and Normandie. This riot is just a little further south, being near Florence and Manchester (86th).
Anyway, living in South Central, as I do, I enjoyed his little jaunt there, but reading about how they did Chastain reminded me a little of what happened recently in Iraq. Diximus....more info
- I don't get it.
Reading so many of these reviews, I don't get. I really don't.
In my opinion, this is a major disappointment. The main plot is incredibly contrived; the subplots are intrusive and unnecessarily complex; the dialogue lacks inflection, pacing and character uniqueness (Connelly should read Elmore Leonard); and the characters, for the most part, are wooden and one-dimensional (Milton=bad, Kiz=good, Janis=loyal, etc.)
Also, whenever necessary, the author resorts to "character facilitations." Need a spying device? Bosch has the ideal friend, who can provide him the exact house and navigation equipment. Need news information? The ideal reporter owes Bosch a favor. Need good legal help? The perfect defense attorney owes Bosch a favor. Need a Las Vegas cover? You get the point.
I won't even get into the implausible, "wrap-it-up" ending. It's been well-stated by other reviewers.
As I said, I just don't get it.