The Last Coyote is the third Harry Bosch book I’ve listened to, although I’ve been going through the series out of order. In this one, Michael Connelly gives us more insight into Harry’s past and how he became who he is.
Harry is not in a good place at the start of the novel. His girlfriend has left him; he’s living in a house that is comdemned due to earthquake damage; and he’s suspended from his job with the LAPD for attacking a superior officer. In order to get back on the job, he has to see the department’s psychiatrist, which he of course resists at first. Remember, he’s the tough guy. Eventually he does trust her and start to open up to her. He also comes to the decision to use his “time off” to work on the case that has haunted him all his life. When he was 12, his mother, a prostitute, was murdered, and after looking through the death book, Harry is sure that there was something fishy about the investigation, that there was some kind of cover-up.
Bosch is relentless about following the clues in each case, no matter where they lead, and this time they lead straight to some prominent players in LA politics and the LA police department, past and present. Bosch also has to confront his memories and things he has held true about his childhood that might not have been.
It’s a good mystery, full of twist and turns, action, more murders. I didn’t see the ending coming at all. The only way I knew that there was still something to be solved is that i had another hour to listen to even after he thought he had the answers. The writing is compelling and gripping, and the story overall felt dark and gritty. There’s no joy in revisting the past.
This was not my favorite of the Bosch books I’ve read, for the same reasons that others will probably find it one of the best. He’s a little too introspective for me here, too philosophical, it’s more about emotions than actions. And I felt the sex scene was a little out of place. It wasn’t overly graphic or anything, just didn’t fit for me.
And there is a coyote, alone, living in the city, just like Harry, toughing it out. We get the idea that in some ways they’re both the last of their kind, the coyote one of the the few wild animals living in the hills around the city, Harry an honest cop who believes “everyone counts.”
3½ out of 5 stars
Category: Mystery – Police Procedural
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Harry Bosch #4
First published June 1, 1995
12 hours 53 minutes
Narrated by Dick Hill
Book source: Library
Harry Bosch Series
The Black Ice
The Concrete Blond
A Darkness More Than Night
City of Bones
The Brass Verdict
The Black Box (expected November 2012)
Poor Harry, I never knew he has so many issues
Sometimes I really wish I had an interest in audio books…ho hum!
They make walking the dog and doing the dishes, dusting, etc. so much more enjoyable.
I’ve only read a couple Harry Bosch books but I enjoyed them – I love Michael Connelly!
I haven’t heard of this series but it sounds like a good one to explore, especially now that lazy summer days have arrived. Sort of. Now all I need is summer weather.
Not for me but my husband reads this author, so I will recommend to him.
I can’t decide if I want to start this series or not. Your reviews are making me think about them more than I have in the past though.
I don’t know. They’re a little more violent than most mysteries I’ve been reading, but not over the line into too graphic or gruesome.
I am a huge Michael Connelly and Harry Bosch fan. I’ve read most of the books in the series, and even the not -so-good ones (9 Dragons) are still very, very gripping.