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Trunk Music - Michael Connelly

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Author: Michael Connelly / Genre: Crime / Thriller

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      02.06.2009 21:29
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      9/10

      After getting hooked on Connelly's 'Harry Bosch' book, Trunk Music is about the fifth book in a row that I have read which is based on Connelly's (in my opinion) greatest character to date!

      As with all Harry Bosch books, Bosch seems to be batteling his own Police department as much as the criminals, but always comes out on top in the end.

      Harry Bosch is a former Vietnam vetern who is now a Detective in the LAPD. In past books he is constantly having run ins with his bosses, and finds himself demoted from the most elite department in the LAPD, to the Hollywood homicide department.

      In this book we are introduced to a host of new characters including Harry's new partner Kizmin Rider (awesome name!) and new boss 'Billits'. There are also many recurring characters which have appeared in the past Bosch books including Jerry Edgar and Irving.

      I found the start of the book to be quite fast paced as within the opening chapter the body of the murder suspect is found in the trunk of his car (hense the title of the book), which looks like a mafia related hit. As with many Connelly books, small details which are revealled in the first few chapters come back to have a major impact in the ending of the story which I really enjoy. The first half of the book is filled with misdirection and after a suprise twist about haflway through the book, the second half of the book takes an intresting turn. This is quite unusual from the other Harry Bosch books, but it worked really well for me anyway.

      In Trunk Music there seemed to be many different storylines running in parrallel throughout the story, this included the return of a character from the first Harry Bosch novel which was a bit of a suprise to me, but a good shout out to people who have read the earlier books.

      The Harry Bosch books are known for their twists in the endings, and Trunk Music is no exception with a high paced final few chapters which really wrap things up nicely.

      Overall this was one of Connelly's best efforts with the always awesome Harry Bosch books, and I couldn't help but notice there seemed to be a lot more action in this book than there had been in the previous titles.

      I would recommend this book to anyone who likes detective novels. With murders, gangsters, romance, guns and courupt cops it has it all!

      9/10

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