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Only the money was real. Four years ago, LAPD detective Harry Bosch was on a movie set asking questions about the murder of a young production assistant when an armored car arrived with two million dollars cash for use in a heist scene. In a life-imitates-art firestorm, a gang of masked men converged on the delivery and robbed the armored car with guns blazing. Bosch got off a shot that struck one of the robbers as their van sped away, but the money was never recovered. And the young woman's murder was in the stack of unsolved-case files Bosch carried home the night he left the LAPD." Now Bosch moves full bore back into that case, determined to find justice for the young woman. Without a badge to open doors and strike fear into the guilty, he learns afresh how brutally indifferent the world can be. But something draws him on, past humiliation and harassment. It's not just that the dead woman had no discernible link to the robbery. Nor is it his sympathy for the cops who took over the case, one of them killed on duty and the other paralyzed by a bullet in the same attack. With every conversation and every thread of evidence, Bosch senses a larger presence, an organization bigger than the movie studios and more ruthless than even the LAPD. The part of Bosch that will never back down finds as fatal an opponent as he's ever encountered and there's no guarantee that Bosch will survive the showdown ahead.
- Looking at this one several years later...
I've read all the Harry Bosch books...in fact, all the Michael Connelly books...before this and then for some reason got away from reading much of anythng for a long time. Now after having read a few of the latest Connelly books, I'm filling in the gap by reading those I've missed.I am wondering why Connelly decided to have Harry return to the LAPD because this one works out quite well and I could envision a continuation of his doing some private eye work.However, this also shows the frustration of his working on a cold case without the advantages of access to the necessary files. Also, how often can he risk bumping heads with the FBI without the backing of the LAPD? Anyway, this is definitely at the level of the previous books and being written in the first person does, as others have pointed out, give us deeper insight into the man.As one who has lived near Los Angeles for much of my life, I do so very much enjoy Connelly's look at the ever-changing L.A. area and being able to visualize some of the areas of the city that I had some famiiarity with....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.
- 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.
- Harry Bosch is one of the best
Michael Connelly has been doing Harry Bosch novels for years now. He's gotten so good at the main plots that he insists, instead, on details that are wonderful and atmosphere that's so authentic it's beyond real. Everything from Harry's retirement party being at Musso and Frank's (a real restaurant on Hollywood Blvd., fictionally featured in detective novels all the way back to Raymond Chandler) to discussions of modern-day L.A. traffic (always extremely bad), this is a book that feels like L.A. as much as any I've read in a long time. If that's not enough, there's a spot where you meet a character briefly. If you know what to look for, you'll know it's Elvis Cole, Robert Crais' detective from his popular series. In the last Cole novel, Bosch makes a similar appearance.
In this story, Harry has just retired from the LAPD. He's bored out of his skull, and decides to reopen one of his old cases. Back four years before, he was working in Hollywood, and he and his crew of detectives are assigned to a murder of a young woman who worked as a production assistant in a movie studio. She was killed in a way that made it look as if it were a sex killing, but soon the detectives suspect that something else is going on. Three days later, Harry's alone at the movie set where she worked when someone steals $2 million (which was at the set on the demand of an egotistical director) and there's a gunfight in which three people (two of them bystanders) get shot. The case is transferred downtown to Robbery-Homicide, and when the two detectives working it are shot, one killed, one crippled, later that year, the case is essentially abandoned.
This was a very enjoyable mystery, interesting, abounding with atmosphere and interesting characters, and a suspenseful ending that kept me guessing right up until the last few pages. I enjoyed it a great deal, and would recommend it to anyone....more info
- Not quite on center
Retirement doesn't seem to fit Harry very well. He spends a lot of time thinking/hating/yearning/cursing/obsessing over the badge he no longer carries. Granted, being a PI means he can finally play 100% by his own rules, he's just not the same without the department. The mystery was more drawn out than it had to be, with the terrorism angle just a frustrating waste of time. When the payoff finally hits in the ambush at the end, it's pretty good.
The first person narrative is jarring. It's not that Harry's mind isn't an interesting place to be, it just feels like some of the eloquent descriptions and thoughts of the author that make other entries in this series so smooth and flowing cause the story to skip and sputter around in places.
I don't think I've mentioned this before, but I don't like Eleanor Wish. I wasn't happy to see her back, even if she's not around for much of this book. She's a black hole Harry gets lost in, which only takes away from the books she's featured in....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
- 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
- Harry Bosch a flawed and fascinating character.
Harry Bosch doesn't have a perfect life so this makes him a more real character. He is flawed and that's what I find fascinating. Michael Connelly does know how to write interesting, hard-to-put-down stories and this is one of my favorite from the Bosch series. ...more info
- 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
- Another great Connelly Bosch book
Honestly, I don't know how Connelly does it. Starting on any Connelly book is like climbing into the back of a limousine. You know you're going to be taken somewhere interesting by a professional. Everything is all right there for you, plot, character, twists, surprises, enlightenment.
Read everything you can by this guy. He has never written a dud that I am aware of. I read everything I can get my hands on by him. My favourite is the Lincoln Lawyer series, which is a little lighter than the Bosch series. No wait, I love the Bosch series. Oh, I give up. I'll read anything by Connelly. He is just great.
Read by Len Carriou. The bumper music really added a lot to this book. It's the kind of jazz that Harry Bosch likes, and it kind of made me feel like I was over at Bosch's house and he had just handed me a shot of Scotch. Real cool.
I review only audiobooks. Check out my other reviews, then download, plug in, and never be bored again....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
- Another Excellent Bosch Adventure
I just finished Lost Light after reading several other Bosch novels, which is probably the best way to read it. Certainly, Lost Light stands on its own as a great detective story. But if you "know" Harry, this is just a fantastic story! And the title is appropo on many levels, which will be revealed through the storyline. There is little more for me to say that hasn't already been written in the reviews, so I'll just echo other 5-star reviews -- DITTO!...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 darn shame...
My first Harry Bosch novel was The Narrows and on the strength of that amazing book I picked up this one...
Unfortunately Lost Light just doesn't do it for me. Using Homeland Security as a plot framework was an unfortunate choice because if you saw what happened on September 11, it's hard to accept that Bosch's investigation of an unsolved murder should take precedence over stopping terrorism...
Now I'm afraid I'm kind of soured on Connelly.
- Bosch at his best!!
The newly retired Harry Bosch hauls out an old, unsolved case and has a go at it. A murder victim, a 2 million dollar heist, the FBI, terrorists - this is the Harry Bosch I love! Mr. Connolly continues to flesh out Bosch's complex character and deliver a first rate police procedural in the process. This is one of the best in the series....more info
- 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
- Engaging, but Challenging, Read
Michael Connelly's "Lost Light" is a taut, well-crafted mystery novel about a retired Los Angeles detective Harry Bosch who decides to use his twenty-five year experience to the aid of a cold case of robbery, shooting, and murder.
This Bosch story is written in the first-person singular, occasionally shifting into third-person; this idiomatic style makes the sifting through the characters and action difficult -- and often obtuse. It was a real struggle to overcome this obstacle, as one really wants this book to be a page turner, but the style prevents it.
This is my first, but by no means my last, Bosch-series novel. Fortunately, most of the other novels are written in the third-person, and if they are as good as this one, they'll be pleasures, rather than challenges, to read....more info
- Retiring with grace
This book is told entirely in the first person, through Harry's eyes and mouth. For that reason, it takes on a very personal aspect that some of the other Bosch books don't have. Harry's personal foibles, his mistakes and his lost love make him a bit easier to relate to. He's fallible, but he doesn't fail. He's outside the loop now, but he still solves the mystery. Moreso than usual, Connelly grabs you by the collar and won't let you go until the end. This is the kind of book you want while you're waiting to serve jury duty or get on a delayed airplane flight. Diximus....more info
- It's hard to choose between Harry Bosch and John Corey
I realize I am way late to the games of both Harry Bosch and John Corey (Nelson Demille's wise-cracking anti-terror NYC Cop), but since I've discovered both recently I don't recall being this smitten with story telling... ummmm, ever.
Lost Light, much like The Closers, is simply an instant classic. Connelly manages to piece together a complex jigsaw puzzle with the seemingly effortless abandon of a savant. I've mentioned this in previous reviews, this kind of story (i.e. a cold case from years before is revived when a new found piece of evidence either clears or convicts one of the suspects in the old case) is right up my alley, and to date, NO ONE does it better than Connolly.
Lost Light pits together 3 seemingly unrelated tales from the past and strings them together brilliantly, all centered around a very brilliant and devious crime. Excellent character development, a plot with excellent logic and 'flow', and a dramatic conclusion.
Murder mysteries just don't get any better than this.
Way to go!...more info
- Bosch is a character that never gets stale
Bosch's life continues to change at the margins in his novels; in this ninth outing, he is experiencing the pangs of retirement from a job that has been his life. After a period of time that seems alternately aimless and pleasurable, Bosch reopens a case file that's been gnawing at him all these years. He spends the rest of the book sleeping with a female cop, throwing his weight around on a Hollywood set peopled by animals, and eventually butting heads with the Department of Homeland Security. Even thought the Homeland Security stuff turns out to be less than central to the plot, it provides the most thrills because it gives Bosch time to shine as the ultimate underdog who never gives up. The climax involves a gang of murderers showing up at Bosch's house to take him out. Very fun!
The Good and the Bad:
The Bosch character remains someone I can get emotionally invested in. He is the strong silent type who can still listen to jazz in the night. His morality is always on display, and he always charges recklessly into danger, if that's what his morals tell him is the right thing to do. Bosch is just a pleasure to read about.
The downside in this particular outing was the convoluted storytelling, which I think got away from Connelly this time around. There are about two and a half plot twists too many, and the most entertaining stuff was ultimately not important to the story. A tighter plot might have been better. The convolutions of the plot eventually gave me enough of a headache that I didn't care so much about following the finer aspects of the police procedurals, or even the victim.
What I learned:
If this book is right, Homeland Security has way too much power to arrest and detain people who haven't been proven to be any kind of a threat.
- Audio Book is well done
Briefly, Connelly's story is rich with complexity. There are multiple mysteries in play throughout the book, and the ending is not very predicatable. I listened to the audio book version, and I really enjoyed the performance by Len Cariou. This volume is a good bet for improving your commuting experience....more info
- 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
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
- Lost light
I really like listening to books on tape or cd. I get much more out of the story and I can visualize the story much better. Another good book with Harry Bosch in it....more info
- Old crimes
When retired LAPD cop, Harry Bosch, finds himself drinking too much and generally losing a handle on things, he applies for and receives a private investigators license. He reviews old cases and is drawn to one which he worked on for a brief time, 4 years previously. A temperamental and autocratic movie producer had insisted on using real money for close ups on a movie and the studio provided 2 million dollars. An armed robbery took place in which one of the police was shot and made a paraplegic, but the case was never solved. One of the studio workers, Angella Benton, was murdered in the lobby of her own apartment building and as this case was never solved, Harry begins to try to connect the two. It's an involved solution which takes a lot of concentration to follow and perhaps readers of the Harry Bosch series who are familiar with his friends and workmates will find it a more interesting read than someone who comes to this book cold....more info
This addition to the Harry Bosch series never really grabbed my attention. However, I kept reading, hoping for some drama or tension, but to my disappointment, there just wasn't any. To sum up my impression of the book, boring....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
- Great novel! Sustained suspense, fine character work!
We've read just two of Connelly's novels: "City of Bones", featuring his series leading man detective Harry Bosch, "Void Moon" (not a Bosch story). We found the latter to be a fine read, and the Bosch wasn't bad either, except we didn't have any prior background with Harry and weren't too sure we really enjoyed him that much. "Lost Light" fixes that in a hurry, as Connelly takes the time to really draw out Bosch's character AND biography for us. Harry has recently "pulled the pin" (retired) from the LAPD, and now as a non-working but licensed private-eye with lots of time on his hands, decides to revisit a 4-year old cold case murder from when he was on the force. He soon becomes embroiled in factors seemingly related: a missing FBI agent, a missing two million dollars in cash from a movie-making stunt; and a totally disabled policeman confined to a miserable life in a wheelchair who feeds Harry small doses of clues as his memory (and willingness to share) improves. Bosch demonstrates incredible intellect in putting together the strayest of clues, all the while being hounded to mind his own business (to the point of being jailed!) by various FBI and Homeland Security types. Gaining some leverage on a federal agent through a little videotaping helps immensely in getting at the facts!
Meanwhile, Harry's personal life, including his relationship with several of his ex-partners, and most importantly, his ex-wife, are described thoroughly enough that we get to know the man, not just the clever investigator. His longing desire to re-unite with his ex- is beautifully handled, and a striking revelation at book's end will have Harry's fan club panting for the next novel in the set!
We consider this one of the best books we've read lately. Sustained suspense about a crime we're made to care about; the close look at Harry the human (not just the cop); and the intricate, well-paced plot, combine to produce a novel very tough to put down. We can see from this example why Connelly is an Edgar winning author and one who has built a tremendous fan base. Count us in!...more info
- Straightforward but engaging read
'Lost Light' is only my second Harry Bosch novel but it did involve me enough to think about going back and reading the earlier books in the series. Here Harry, now retired and a PI, investigates an old case, a $ 2 million theft from a movie set and the murder of a young woman who worked at the company producing the movie.
Maybe I've been spoilt by all the James Patterson and Jeffrey Deaver books I've read but this novel seemed rather straightforward. There were no real shockers or twists and the novel traversed a straight path as Harry unravelled the plot. On the other hand, the novel was quite complicated and tight on plot and Harry as a character was interesting and human. It helped that he found himself in trouble with the FBI since his travails humanized him more (and the way he gets out of it was delightful). There were a few too many coincidences but it was admirable the way Connelly brought it all together at the end. The ending was hugely satisfying but would be even more so for regular readers, I would guess....more info
- Lost Light is a another great Harry Bosch novel
Lost Light, written in 2003, is another great Harry Bosch novel by Michael Connelly. I've read several, but not in order, and so I don't know why Bosch is retired. But he is, and one case continues to bite at his conscience. Angella Benton, a production assistant at a movie company, was brutally murdered and possibly sexually assualted four years ago. Bosch, usually able to keep his distance from his cases, is struck by the position of Benton's hands in death, as if she is calling out to him. Shortly after Benton's murder, there was a theft of 2 million dollars from an armoured car delivering money to the movie set where Benton worked.
Bosch was on location at the movie site at the time of the robbery and always felt the two cases were related. He begins investigating the case and suddenly all sorts of things begin to happen. His friend and ex-partner warns him off the case. The FBI starts monitoring him. Lawton Cross, the former detective on the movie set robbery starts feeding him information.
The plot of Lost Light is gripping. Bosch is in perfect form as the man hungry for justice yet painfully aware of how his actions will affect others and have affected his past. I enjoyed Lawton Cross, the detective left paralyzed after a robbery gone bad. Also, the pain is quite apparent as Bosch tries to reconnect with his ex-wife. The final chapter of the novel is especially powerful regarding their relationship.
I'm a big fan of John Sandford and his Lucas Davenport series. Connelly's Bosch series is also one of my favorites but it took awhile for it to grow on me. Now, all of Connelly's books are at the top of my reading list. If you are looking for a police procedural with incredible characters and complex plots in which every detail matters, then you won't find anyone better than Michael Connelly.