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Dark Sacred Night (A Ballard and Bosch Novel) by Michael Connelly

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Dark Sacred NightRenee Ballard is a hot-shot detective, working night shift (known as the late show) in the LAPD. She is very good but sometimes oversteps her boundaries and gets into a hassle or two with her supervisor.

One evening while filling out a report at her somewhat tucked away desk, she notices a guy getting into the cabinets in the storage room for detective files. She does not recognize him to be one of the detectives. She stops him and is about to question him further when a supervisor comes in and recognizes them both. He introduces Renee to Harry Bosch, a retired cop who used to work out of this office but now freelances and does some work also for San Fernando Police Department.

After the two men leave Renee goes over to see what Bosch was looking at and finds it is a drawer full of old unsolved street crimes, mostly sex crimes. On questioning one of the sergeants she learns that Bosch is still trying to solve a nine year old case of a fifteen year old streetwalker who was found sexually mutilated and dead in an alley. Read the rest of this entry »

Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Two Kinds of TruthHarry Bosch is really divided in this one. First off he finds out that the DA from Los Angeles is coming to see him (Bosch now lives and works in San Fernando). What the DA was coming for was to advise Bosch that the LAPD was reopening a case that Bosch had solved many years ago. The case involved a guy named Preston Borders whom Bosch arrested for murder. Borders is serving a life sentence and the DA is looking to overturn that sentence, get Borders free, and then Borders will be paid handsomely for the wrong conviction and the time he spent in prison. The DA would get the notoriety and one of his attorneys would get a huge payment from the Borders’ payback.

Bosch immediately smells a rat and wants to go back and see what they feel was incorrect. However before he can get too involved with the digging into that old case he is called upon by the SFPD (for whom he works part time) to hunt for two murderers who entered a drug store and shot the owner and his son. As Harry watches the tapes taken from cameras in the drug store he feels immediately that though the owner (a pharmacist) was shot first, his son (also a pharmacist) was gunned down in a very horrible fashion. The owner was only shot once while the son, attempting to get out the back door, was shot three times even though it appeared the father tried to help him get away. Read the rest of this entry »

The Late Show by Michael Connelly

Reviewed by Allen Hott

The Late ShowConnelly introduces a new main character and she is going to be a great addition to his crew of unforgettable characters. Renee Ballard is a surfing young lady living and working in Los Angeles. She got her surfing background from her father while living in Hawaii. After he died (actually drowned) she moved to the states to be close to her grandmother.

Now she works as a detective for the Los Angeles Police Department and due to a confrontation with a supervisor about a year ago she is on The Late Show. That term in the LAPD is actually for those who work second or third shift on the force.

Ballard is a real hard charger and often works over and above her scheduled shifts. Once she becomes intrigued with a case she will work it day or night as long as she feels she is getting somewhere.. And it doesn’t take a lot to get her intrigued!! Read the rest of this entry »

Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles Presents LAst Resort by Matt Coyle, Mary Marks, Patricia Smiley and Michael Connelly (Introduction)

Reviewed by Lisa Brown-Gilbert

Last ResortSince 1997, Sisters in Crime has published anthologies of members’ crime fiction works. Each collection was well received with their newest addition, The LAst Resort as no exception. A stunningly extraordinary collection of fiction shorts, the book overall, combines elements that make for a deliciously wicked elixir of potently intriguing portrayals of lives at their last resort, near drowning, immersed in the murky waters of the underbelly of morality that thrives in Los Angeles. Read the rest of this entry »

The Wrong Side of Goodbye (A Harry Bosch Novel) by Michael Connelly

Reviewed by Allen Hott

The Wrong Side of GoodbyeHarry Bosch, one of Connelly’s (and my) favorites is back. The retired police detective cannot stay out of the mix when it comes to hunting for bad guys or as in this story just plain hunting.

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Harry is working as an extra for the San Fernando Police Department. It isn’t full time and he doesn’t really get paid much but it keeps him busy and happy. He still pursues other cases as a private investigator.

And in that position this time he really gets a boomer! A very, very rich old gentleman, Whitney Vance, contacts Harry and pays him ten thousand dollars to find a possible missing heir. Vance owns/runs one of the largest businesses in California and supposedly has no potential heirs that are related to him. But he believes that he might and he wants to find out. He impregnated a Mexican girl when he was young and his parents would not allow him to have anything to do with her. Vance was forced to move away and go to a different school and as far as he knew his father somehow managed to send her away perhaps to Mexico. Read the rest of this entry »

The Crossing (Bosch) by Michael Connelly

Reviewed by Allen Hott

The CrossingEven though he is retired, Harry Bosch is the best “catcher” of bad guys known to man! At least that is what Michael Connelly (and I) both think.

In this really great story Harry pairs up with his half-brother, Mickey Haller also known as the Lincoln Lawyer as he usually works from his car rather than from an office. Haller is known throughout Connelly’s stories as the somewhat shifty but still truthful criminal defense lawyer. Harry and Mickey usually at least would be working on opposite sides of the legal system. Harry trying to put the bad guys away and Mickey trying to prove that even if they did do the bad deed they had “legal” rights that should protect them. Read the rest of this entry »

The Burning Room by Michael Connelly (Review #2)

The Burning RoomThis is a MUST read for any suspense or crime reader.

Almost ready for retirement, Harry Bosch, a good detective, is given a new rookie partner, Lucia Soto, who has good credentials but no experience at the level Bosch has.  As it turns out Soto has a very good mind and proves it with her actions and follow through.  She learned fast and became a huge help to Bosch in solving a cold case that no one else even came close to finding the culprits.  But this cold case led Lucia to a bad killer of a fire in a children’s home in which she had been in at the earlier time.  That fire had killed many children and Soto wanted vengeance to the killers involved.<!–more–>

Many other twists and turns occur that will keep you in this book. I knew when I saw Connelly’s name on a new book that it would delight most all readers.  Please don’t miss this book.  I purchased the paperback copy.

The Burning Room by Michael Connelly

The Burning RoomReviewed by Allen Hott

Harry Bosch, Detective Supreme, gets teamed up with a new partner who though a young woman has already been touted as being a true up and coming police officer. Harry finds out early on that his new partner has been commended for coming to the aid of a previous partner by using her weapon quickly and correctly in Harry’s eyes.

In true Connelly fashion the author has constructed a really great story about how these two cops work together on solving not one but two unsolved crimes from years past. They were given one to work that involved a shooting some twenty years ago but as good detectives they also along the way begin solving another old one.

Harry finds out early on that his new partner was very involved in one of the old crimes but not in the way you would think. She was actually a victim of sorts in a fire that took place in a building that housed the day care center that she attended as a very young girl. Read the rest of this entry »

The Gods of Guilt (Lincoln Lawyer) by Michael Connelly

The Gods of GuiltReviewed by Allen Hott

Mickey Haller is back! One of Connelly’s favorite characters is Mickey Haller who is also more widely known as the Lincoln Lawyer. Why you ask? Because Haller does not have a real office although he is a widely known defense lawyer in the LA area. No office at all. He works out of the back of a Lincoln Town Car that is usually driven by Earl Briggs who works for Haller in various ways besides being a driver.

Lately times have been tough for Haller and his small group as there has been few real cases. Mostly right now they are working foreclosures and the pay for that is minimal to say the least. The book starts out as Haller leaves court where his latest client didn’t walk but was granted a mistrial because of a ploy that Haller used to avoid his client being put away for sure. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »