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The Black Box by Michael Connelly

The Black BoxReviewed by Allen Hott

Detective Harry Bosch of the LAPD is one of Michael Connelly’s favorite characters. It is amazing to me how every time I read a Connelly/Bosch book I picture Fred Dryer as Harry Bosch in my mind. Dryer was a professional football player who went on to become a very well-known and skilled actor. One of his shows in the 80s was “Hunter” in which he played a character similar to Harry Bosch. Thus the association I assume.

In The Black Box Connelly begins with Bosch working the LA riots of 1992. And in so doing Bosch comes across a very pretty blonde girl lying dead in an alley in the heart of the riot area. Somewhat stunned by the appearance of a white girl in this area Bosch checks her body for identification and finds a press pass issued to Anneke Jespersen. Bosch tries to do some investigating but the entire area was quickly cleared by the National Guard as they moved forward trying to stop the rioting. Bosch was able to keep a shell casing that he found along with some pictures that he quickly took.

Twenty years later with the girl’s body still framed in his mind Bosch while working gets assigned to her murder as an Unsolved Case. And this is something he has dreamed about. He felt as if he had not done his job years ago so this will be atonement. Read the rest of this entry »