For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch — hero, maverick, nighthawk — the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal.
The dead man, Billy Meadows, was a fellow Vietnam “tunnel rat” who fought side by side with him in a nightmare underground war that brought them to the depths of hell. Now, Bosch is about to relive the horror of Nam. From a dangerous maze of blind alleys to a daring criminal heist beneath the city to the tortuous link that must be uncovered, his survival instincts will once again be tested to their limit.
Joining with an enigmatic and seductive female FBI agent, pitted against enemies inside his own department, Bosch must make the agonizing choice between justice and vengeance, as he tracks down a killer whose true face will shock him.
“The setting sun burned the sky pink and orange in the same bright hues as surfers’ bathing suits. It was beautiful deception, Bosch thought, as he drove north on the Hollywood Freeway to home. Sunsets did that here. Made you forget it was the smog that made their colors so brilliant, that behind every pretty picture there could be an ugly story.”
This is my first outing with Michael Connelly and it was a good ‘un! I had kept hearing people recommend the Harry Bosch series and mention him as their favourite book character, so I thought I’d read Book 1 and see for myself.
Bosch is very human and relatable and the book drops pieces of his past here and there to provide a good backstory, but without needing to write a mini bio for him.
It’s highly readable and moves along at a good pace. I like the writing style. The author doesn’t labour a point. He gives enough information and at times expects you to know what he’s talking about i.e. some of the acronyms (although perhaps they are common to American readers), but even not knowing exactly what they stand for I could always make a pretty good guess.
I’m putting myself firmly in the Harry Bosch fan camp now!