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Lost Light [Hardcover]

Michael Connelly
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April 1 2003 Connelly, Michael
Fed up with the hypocrisy and bureaucracy of the LAPD, Harry Bosch has retired.But the life of a retiree doesn't suit him.He has devoted himself to law enforcement out of a deep drive to see justice done equally for all.On his own, he is still drawn toward the abyss. And when he rediscovers a startling, unsolved murder among the old case files he's been poring over, he knows he can't rest until he finds the killer, with or without a badge. Moving ever further inside the remarkable character of Harry Bosch, whom the New York Post calls 'the quintessential mystery book hero,' Michael Connelly takes another step closer to the classic novels of Raymond Chandler in this breakneck, relentless, and potent new novel.

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From Publishers Weekly

Award-winning former crime reporter Connelly (The Black Echo; City of Bones) hits all the right notes with this latest in his Edgar-winning mystery series featuring sax-playing L.A. detective Harry Bosch. Even though this marks the ninth outing for Harry, the principled, incorruptible investigator shows little sign of slowing in his unrelenting pursuit of justice for all. Disillusioned by his constant battle with police hypocrisy and bureaucracy, Harry quits the department after 28 years on the job. Like so many ex-cops before him, he finds retirement boring: "I was staying up late, staring at the walls and drinking too much red wine." He decides to take advantage of his newly minted private-eye license and get back to work. The case he chooses-one that he had been briefly involved in four years before-is the puzzling unsolved murder of 24-year-old Angella Benton. Angella's death is linked to the theft of $2 million from a film company foolishly employing real cash as a prop on an action-movie set. Harry patiently follows the bloody trail from Angella's violated body through the Hollywood heist to the disappearance of an FBI computer expert and the shooting of two LAPD cops. His investigation eventually leads him to the elite terrorist hunters of the new Department of Homeland Security. Few will follow every twist and turn of the labyrinthine plot, but no matter. The fun comes in watching Harry slowly and brilliantly separate the seemingly impossibly knotted strands and then knit them back into whole cloth. This exciting procedural is as good as any in the series, and Connelly's concluding coda has a kicker about Harry's private life that will draw gasps of astonishment from longtime readers.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Adult/High School-After more than 25 years with the L.A. Police Department, recently retired Harry Bosch decides to finish the murder investigation of Angella Benton, a case he had been quickly pulled off more than four years earlier. Gaining additional background information from a former colleague, now a quadriplegic as a result of having been shot during the investigation, Harry begins contacting any and all of the people who could have facts pertaining to the crime. He believes that the murder is tied to a film scene and $2 million in cash, and that the entire caper was ingeniously set up well in advance. With dogged determination, he risks his life more than once to prove his theory correct. Connelly expertly weaves the many complex story parts together, resulting in an action-packed ending. As in real life, all aspects of the case must be researched thoroughly, and the bulk of the novel involves the time-consuming, labor-intensive effort that goes into finding answers. Several subplots-including ones involving jazz, Harry's ex-wife, and another murder-help to round out characters, inject other interests, and relieve the intensity of solving the murder. Young adults who read true crime and forensics, or who are interested in police procedures, will surely pick this one up.
Pam Johnson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A complex, original page-turner. April 1 2003
By Nick G
Harry Bosch has begun his retirement and he doesn't like it. After a career in law enforcement, and devoting his life to protecting, and avenging those wronged by the law, Bosch finds it difficult to sit home and do nothing, especially since he is haunted by the unsolved murder of a young girl.
Bosch begins his private investigation, only to find another unsolved crime...one that is linked to the murder of the young woman.
Unable to rest until the killer is caught, Bosch will work outside of the law, but every step he gets closer to the truth brings him closer to a madman who'll stop at nothing to keep that truth from being found out.
'Lost Light' is another great entry in the Harry Bosch series. The story unfolds at a breakneck pace, and every turn of the page introduces a new plot twist. Harry Bosch is one of the best characters in detective fiction, and with each new outing we see him grow wiser and more mature taking the series to a whole new level.
Michael Connelly continues to dazzle readers with his original, fast-paced and complex novels. Each new novel surpasses that of the previous, proving Michael Connelly to be a master of his craft.
As with all previous Connelly novels, expect to see 'Lost Light' on all the bestseller lists.
Nick Gonnella
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Retiring with grace July 7 2004
By Kris
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is told entirely in the first person, through Harry's eyes and mouth. For that reason, it takes on a very personal aspect that some of the other Bosch books don't have. Harry's personal foibles, his mistakes and his lost love make him a bit easier to relate to. He's fallible, but he doesn't fail. He's outside the loop now, but he still solves the mystery. Moreso than usual, Connelly grabs you by the collar and won't let you go until the end. This is the kind of book you want while you're waiting to serve jury duty or get on a delayed airplane flight. Diximus.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Straightforward but engaging read July 8 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
'Lost Light' is only my second Harry Bosch novel but it did involve me enough to think about going back and reading the earlier books in the series. Here Harry, now retired and a PI, investigates an old case, a $ 2 million theft from a movie set and the murder of a young woman who worked at the company producing the movie.
Maybe I've been spoilt by all the James Patterson and Jeffrey Deaver books I've read but this novel seemed rather straightforward. There were no real shockers or twists and the novel traversed a straight path as Harry unravelled the plot. On the other hand, the novel was quite complicated and tight on plot and Harry as a character was interesting and human. It helped that he found himself in trouble with the FBI since his travails humanized him more (and the way he gets out of it was delightful). There were a few too many coincidences but it was admirable the way Connelly brought it all together at the end. The ending was hugely satisfying but would be even more so for regular readers, I would guess.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great one from the Master Nov. 16 2003
Harry Bosch has finally done it: he has turned in his batch and retired. But even after eight months there are still a couple of unsolved murder cases that keep nagging him. He has made copies of the files and decides to work on the murder of a young woman working at a film company. When he starts digging into the case he gets more attention then he bargained for, especially from the new Anti-Terrorism Squad of the FBI. It takes all his skills and perseverance to bring this case to a good end. And what are the roles of a paralyzed ex-cop, a former DA-turned-lawyer and Harry's ex-wife? And the biggest surprise of them all is right on the last page and it makes you wonder what will happen to Harry. Another highly entertaining book by my favourite detective author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Connelly is THE MASTER !!! April 19 2013
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I had never realised that there ALWAYS was some luminescence even in the dark, just as I never new what a Brass Verdict was, until I read that book. Mystery loves MY company, or maybe it is the reverse, just like in the Reversal !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Retired Cop Opens Cold Case Oct. 7 2012
By Pol Sixe TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was the first Harry Bosch novel read and, pretty good stuff. Harry, recently retired starts his own investigation into a cold case from a few years earlier, a woman was murdered, a movie set lost $2milion in a heist and three law enforcement persons had come to harm's way. Along the way he butts heads with the FBI, Connelly uses his soap box to comment on the excesses of the Homeland Security efforts post 9/11. Bosch is studious and needs reports and data to review looking for new leads. He also has an ex wife in Vegas making her living as a professional gambler, Harry can't let her go. The pages turn quicker as the plot unravels, a good story, logical police procedural. Well done!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Policing Cold Cases without a Badge June 30 2008
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
You can quit the force, but can you get it out of your blood? Clearly not based on this excellent novel about a retired Harry Bosch seeking justice for a murdered woman. But can you at least get away from the police politics? Maybe so. Maybe not.

Why can't Harry leave a cold case alone? The dead woman's hands were "directed upward from her head, as if she were reaching out to someone, almost beseechingly, begging for something. They looked like the hands from a Renaissance painting, like the hands of the damned reaching heavenward for forgiveness. In my life I have worked almost a thousand homicides and no positioning of a fallen body ever gave me such pause."

The advantage of being retired is that you have plenty of time to work on one cold case. The disadvantage is that no one has to help you. Harry Bosch always finds a way, driven by the cruel memory of the dead Angella Benton.

One thing connects to another, and soon Harry is seeing that appearances may be deceiving . . . and intended to fool the casual observer. Then Harry steps his foot into something very delicate, the heavy feet come down on him. Harry doesn't like it, and he's more determined than ever to get to the bottom of the murder.

Opportunity, motive, and alibi all turn out to be important to solving the crime.

But Harry also notices some things that don't add up . . . but doesn't draw the right conclusions until the end of the book where you and he are in for a big surprise.

This is one of the better Harry Bosch stories, and it marks new ground for the series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Something strange about this book...
It's as if the manuscript of this book was not edited... There are a lot of errors and the sentences are often awkward... Read more
Published on April 18 2009 by Whitelightone
4.0 out of 5 stars The guy above reviewed the wrong book!!
He's giving a review of Connelly's own "Angels Flight" that dealt with a black lawyers execution on the LA train of the titles name. Read more
Published on May 7 2006 by David Clermont
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic, up to a point
Harry Bosch goes from the beginning of this book to the end with what seems like maybe four hours of sleep, no cigarettes, several cups of coffee, and a churro (maybe). Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by Kris
3.0 out of 5 stars Blah
This addition to the Harry Bosch series never really grabbed my attention. However, I kept reading, hoping for some drama or tension, but to my disappointment, there just wasn't... Read more
Published on July 9 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Old crimes
When retired LAPD cop, Harry Bosch, finds himself drinking too much and generally losing a handle on things, he applies for and receives a private investigators license. Read more
Published on July 7 2004 by Beverley Strong
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, but Challenging, Read
Michael Connelly's "Lost Light" is a taut, well-crafted mystery novel about a retired Los Angeles detective Harry Bosch who decides to use his twenty-five year experience to the... Read more
Published on June 9 2004 by D. S. Heersink
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 Stars -- Worth Reading But Not Connelly's Best!
Let's start with the obvious to anyone who's read a book in the Harry Bosch series. Lost Light is a very well written mystery, the main character is one of the best developed and... Read more
Published on April 28 2004 by Bobbewig
4.0 out of 5 stars A different kind of Harry
Lost Light feels a bit weird as you're reading it- it's strange that Harry Bosch is NOT a cop any longer. Read more
Published on April 26 2004 by Theresa W
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