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.

Bosch soon discovers that Jose Jr. (the son) had recently alerted the medical board that a clinic in Pacoima was overprescribing oxycodone. Against his father’s wishes the son decides to stop filling prescriptions from that clinic. His father was not as adamant as he felt they needed the money.

Now that Bosch believes the theory of the false prescriptions he begins his investigation into the whole illicit prescription business going on in Southern California. Several of his old friends begin helping him out with all sorts of information that they have picked up recently. It appears that someone is using drug addicts (especially older ones or long time users) to turn in the prescriptions (with money to pay for them from those who work with the clinic). Those who get the pills deliver most of them to someone who then pays them for the pills. The prescription buyer keeps some for usage. They then get new prescriptions and continue the game.

Bosch has a real problem of figuring out how all this works out until he, against the wishes of his daughter and police chief, decides to go undercover and join the group of prescription users.

The whole time he is also try to work backward on the Borders case to insure he stays in prison and Bosch figures out who worked out the phony evidence that the LA DA is using to build his case.

At one point when he is somewhat brooding over his possible mistake in that case, he comes up in his mind with “two kinds of truth”.

If you want to find out what those two kinds of truth are then I suggest you get this book! Not only will you get the answer but you will read one of Michael Connelly’s best books about Harry Bosch! Great read!

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