The Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly is the third book in the Harry Bosch series. This story is somewhat loosely related to previous events in a prior book in the series. I don’t much care for legal thrillers but Connelly manages to incorporate legal suspense along with a gripping mystery to make this one one of the best in the series thus far for me. Cravat is that I haven’t read all the Harry Bosch books. I stopped after The Last Coyote which is another favorite as well. Here is the back blurb:
When Harry Bosch shot and killed Norman Church, the police were convinced it marked the end of the hunt for the Dollmaker — L.A.’s most bizarre serial killer. But now Church’s widow is accusing Harry of killing the wrong man — a charge that rings terrifyingly true when a new victim is discovered with the Dollmaker’s macabre signature. For the second time, Harry must hunt the murderer down before he strikes again.
Michael Connelly is a solid writer. His Harry Bosch series is consistently strong if you look at the reviews from critics and readers alike. What makes Harry Bosch so special? Harry has a creed that he follows in that: everyone counts or no one counts. Connelly makes this series exciting for me because he strikes a nice balance between crime-solving and suspense. His stories are almost always character driven and touches on social issues especially since his story is set in Los Angeles, the riots do come up often as does police corruption. He also manages to amuse his fans. Case in point: Bloodwork was a book adapted to film that Clint Eastwood produced, directed and starred in, as the lead detective, Terry McCaleb. Often times Bosh will run into Terry and a remark will be made about him not looking anything like Clint Eastwood.
The Concrete Blonde opens with the arrest of a suspect but things go seriously wrong. Bosch is taken to task legally for the incident. A case of mistaken identity? Bosch doesn’t think so but the evidence against him seems to be mounting until he gets another murder. The baffling thing is that the murder has the earmarks of another perp that Bosch had put away. So, is he wrong or did he get the right killer? The case does go to trial and Bosch has to juggle his legal issues with his being lead detective of the case. A very gripping story. The author managed to surprise me very much as to the identity of the killer. Talk about shocked. Anyway, this was a very gripping story. Nothing much in the way of romance and I didn’t miss it. This is not to say that Bosch doesn’t attract his share of female attention. Being a loner, he manages to find female company when he desires it. Alas, great mystery, solid writing, B+. There were a few slow spots but overall, very entertaining book.
[tags]Harry Bosch series, Michael Connelly, Legal suspense, Mystery[/tags]