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The Last Coyote [Hardcover]

Michael Connelly
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June 1 1995 A Harry Bosch Novel
Harry Bosch's life is on the edge. His earthquake-damaged home has been condemned. His girlfriend has left him. He's drinking too much. And after attacking his commanding officer, he's even had to turn in his L.A.P.D. detective's badge. Now, suspended indefinitely pending a psychiatric evaluation, he's spending his time investigating an unsolved crime from 1961: the brutal slaying of a prostitute who happened to be his own mother.

Even after three decades, Harry's questions generate heat among L.A.'s top politicos. And as the truth begins to emerge, it becomes more and more apparent that someone wants to keep it buried. Someone very powerful...very cunning...and very deadly.

Edgar Award-winning author Michael Connelly has created a dark, fast-paced suspense thriller that cuts to the core of Harry Bosch's character. Once you start it, there's no turning back.

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In his fourth outing, LAPD Homicide Detective Harry Bosch (The Concrete Blonde, et al.) confronts deep family, police and political secrets as he probes an unsolved murder of decades earlier. Smart, tough, laconic and, under all that, compassionate, Harry lives by a code according to which "Everybody counts or nobody counts... whether [the victim is] a prostitute or the mayor's wife." He begins this case in a departmental shrink's office, after having been suspended for attacking his commanding officer; his girlfriend has left him, and he's living in a house that's been condemned after an earthquake. In the enforced freedom from his job, he reopens the 30-year-old unsolved murder of an L.A. call girl?his mother. Skirting illegality along the way to the resolution, he unearths a lot of buried secrets and pain?not least to his own 11-year-old self. Nobody here is pure (a couple of people are truly nasty), but all the characters are believable, as are even the quirkier plot turns. Edgar-winner Connelly smoothly mixes Harry's detecting forays with his therapy sessions to dramatize how, sometimes, the biggest mystery is the self. BOMC alternate.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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After being put on involuntary stress leave for attacking his boss, LAPD detective Hieronymous "Harry" Bosch tackles the 30-plus-year-old murder case of a Hollywood prostitute?his mother. Bummed out by the failure of his latest romance as well, Harry faces a deeper, psychological crisis: his life's "mission" may end if he solves the case. Harry continues, nonetheless, soon discovering that the police and politically powerful others purposely glossed over his mother's murder. With prose that cuts to the quick, a masterfully interwoven plot, and gripping suspense, Connelly renders a fitting sequel to The Black Echo (LJ 1/92).
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Bosch's Mission Gets Personal ! Jan. 26 2007
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"The Last Coyote" is Michael Connelly's fourth book, was first published in 1995 and features Harry Bosch as its central character. Something of Bosch's background has been covered in the previous three books. Bosch's mother was a prostitute who was murdered when he was twelve - he spent his teenage years in and out of youth halls. He enlisted in the army and served in Viet-Nam, before returning home and joining the police force. Once a member of the LAPD's elite Robbery-Homicide Division, Bosch currently works at the Hollywood Division's Homicide table. He's still a jazz-loving loner, seen by some as a maverick, with a taste for coffee, beer and cigarettes. There have been some changes in his life since the end of "The Concrete Blonde", though - his relationship with Sylvia Moore has finished and his house has been damaged in a recent earthquake. Despite the fact that it's been declared unfit for habitation, he's still unofficially living there.

As "The Last Coyote" opens, Bosch is in trouble with the department again. After his boss, the bureaucratic Harvey "98" Pounds, interfered with the questioning of a suspect, Bosch lost his temper and pushed Pounds head-first through an office window. As a result, he's been placed on involuntary stress leave and has to attend regular sessions with Dr Carmen Hinojos, a psychiatrist at Behaviorial Sciences Division. These sessions contribute to Bosch deciding to investigate the one case that really matters to him : his mother's murder. Although he's working on the case unofficially and has lost his badge - albeit temporarily - he still manages to pull the original case file. Opened in October 1961, it was investigated at the time by two detectives called Eno and McKittrick.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST IN THE SERIES SO FAR Sept. 26 2003
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I just discovered Michael Connelly and am excited about the books I have left in this seris to read. I've read in a week, Blood Work, The Black Echo, The Concrete Blonde and finished The Last Coyote. I decided to post my review and my feelings for his work up to this point. Connelly is a refreshing writer and an author I waited too long to read. What I enjoy about the series so far is his protagonist, Harry Bosh, a flawed, lonely cop who has a standard for his job that he sticks by: everybody counts or nobody counts. Another strength of the series is the focus on solving the case, the politics within the police department and the level of violence in his novels are not as bad as some of the writers I've come across.
In THE LAST COYOTE, Connelly starts off with slowly, with the decision by Harry to investigate a case that is personal to him. As he slowly goes over the case and starts asking questions, he stirs up a hornet's nest of trouble. I love Harry Bosch. He only wants to do what is right. This book started off slow and picked up speed after the first three or four chapters. The ending was a complete surprise. Bosch was warned that the case would do more harm that good and it does cost Bosch emotionally. If I had to describe this installment in the series, it would be haunting.
If you haven't tried Connelly yet, this is not where you want to start. I usually don't read books in order but with the Harry Bosch series, I highly recommend that you do read them in order. My grade, A. Thank You Mr. Connelly. You are an excellent author. So far, THE LAST COYOTE is the best of the series thus far.
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3.0 out of 5 stars This time . . . it's personal April 2 2003
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As in Greek tragedy, this story starts in the middle of the action. Harry Bosch, an LAPD homicide detective, has been relieved of duty and must attend psychological evaluation sessions. Through these sessions, we learn about how he got to this point, and we see the hint of what is to come. Harry must deal with why he became a detective and what he hopes to accomplish before finding closure for his mother's death.
Michael Connelly, the author, has many balls in the air for Bosch to deal with. Always in the back of the reader's mind, and Bosch's mind, are the many different things going on in his life. Watching how Bosch deals with each one shows the author's skill in linking all the pieces together. Parts of the plot may seem like deux et machina, but in review, Connelly had everything in mind all along.
There is a love interest for Bosch, but the character seems more like an afterthought. Due to his brief association with her, more trouble brews for him at the police force. It does seem a bit too contrived. I was also expecting to get more from the psychologist, but that would have been too cliched.
I would recommend to fans of crime stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Connelly Strikes Again Feb. 6 2003
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THE LAST COYOTE is the fourth Harry Bosch novel in Michael Connelly's series and the fourth one I've read. I haven't been disappointed yet. Connelly writes taut, suspenseful mysteries that keep you guessing right to the end. His background as an L.A. jornalist gives him the experience necessary to depict criminal investigations in a realistic and believable way. His stories are gritty and graphic, so be prepared for that, but he definitely keeps you turning the page to see what happens next.
In THE LAST COYOTE, Harry Bosch is on suspension and under psychiatric evaluation. With time on his hands, he decides to take up the investigation of an unsolved murder from thirty years ago. The victim was his mother.
Connelly's Harry Bosch series is great. THE LAST COYOTE is the fourth one for me and I have thoroughly enjoyed them all (if you're new to Harry Bosch, start with THE BLACK ECHO and read them in order). The characterization has depth, the plots are well-constructed and full of surprises, and Connelly's writing is well-executed. I recommend this, and all of the previous Harry Bosch books, very highly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
This one was very different with Harry losing his house and finding himself in trouble right from the beginning and having a hard time proving otherwise. Loved it.
Published 11 days ago by joeyrou
1.0 out of 5 stars Did not Get
I did not receive the book that I ordered. Therefore cannot review it. I think it would have been a good book and would like to read the rest of the series.
Published 3 months ago by Joanne Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes Harry Bosch solves a case again
I have enjoyed other Connelly books and a friend sent this book on Facebook as a great read. I enjoyed Harry Bosch in his searching for the answer to solve this mystery - and his... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dr. Sandra Reid
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
I have read a number of Michael Connolly books and I consider that anything he writes I'm going to like and want more. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Paul LeBlanc
5.0 out of 5 stars I was glad to receive it.
I had not been able to find it in local stores so I was glad to find it as I am getting close to reading all of Michael Connelly's novels.
Published 13 months ago by Marilynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Everybody Counts . . . or Nobody Counts
If you haven't read the books that precede this one in the Harry Bosch series, I strongly urge you to stop reading this review and any others about The Last Coyote and go back to... Read more
Published on Aug. 4 2008 by Donald Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Bosch Novels
In the Last Coyote, Harry Bosch attempts to find his mother's killer. To compound matters, he has to do so as a civilian - a consequence of being suspended for assaulting his... Read more
Published on Oct. 16 2007 by Christopher F. Lobo
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Coyote,
The Last Coyote, by exciting writer, Michael Connelly, may not be the best in the Detective Harry Bosch Mystery Series, but the series overall was absolutely the best. Read more
Published on June 27 2004 by Alberta Orr
5.0 out of 5 stars Connelly continues to excel
I loved this book. The Bosch series just gets better and better. I have come to really like Harry. He is so real. He is a great cop but he makes mistakes. Read more
Published on June 1 2004 by Kel
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the bosch
Its difficult to compare Michael Connelly's books because I don't know how anyone can read one and then not immediately want to read everything that he has ever written like I... Read more
Published on May 24 2004 by Garrett Riley
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