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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 Everybody Counts . . . or Nobody Counts Aug. 4 2008
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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 The Black Echo and work forward in order the books were published. You'll miss a lot of the character development that makes this such a special book unless you've seen a lot of Harry at work before he takes on this case while suspended for stress leave.

As this book opens, Harry is receiving "counseling" after attacking his superior officer. Harry finds this to be like listening to fingernail scratches on a chalkboard. He's also having house problems: His stilt-based house with a great view has been condemned by the city after the big earthquake. The earthquake also shook his girlfriend so much that she left town.

Frustrated that he can't work, Harry decides to take a look at the file on his mother's death. From there, he begins to work the case. It's a tremendous opportunity for readers to understand Harry's youthful years much better. As you might expect, not all things are as they seemed at the time of the murder. Uncovering the truth is difficult and painful. But in the end, justice is done.

One of the beauties of this book is how much it shows about a range of emotions and motives that people employ to look out for themselves. In a way, Harry is an aficionado of depravity, it's part of being human. It's just that he has to stop it when it goes too far . . . or arrange for justice when the eggs cannot be unscrambled any more.

I don't recall a more bittersweet story in this series. You'll be thinking at the end: What if?
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1.0 out of 5 stars Did not Get May 23 2014
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes Harry Bosch solves a case again March 11 2014
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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 positive attitude. On holidays at Coyote Lakes Golf Course - thinking about coyotes there - it was a relaxing read and a book I wanted to finish quickly as I needed to know the ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read Oct. 4 2013
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I have read a number of Michael Connolly books and I consider that anything he writes I'm going to like and want more. I have not quite finished reading "The last Coyote" but I am really enjoying it and awaiting the conclusion knowing that Bosch will come out on top.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I was glad to receive it. Aug. 15 2013
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Bosch Novels Oct. 16 2007
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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 commanding officer. The novel keeps you guessing constantly with numerous twists. Connelly's narration effectively puts you in Harry's shoes, stirring up a whirlwind of emotions. A must read whether or not you are a Connelly/Bosch fan.
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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 The Last Coyote, June 27 2004
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. I enjoy stories that go from one book to the next. I find the ongoing storylines very exciting and think most people who enjoy this genre will feel the same way. I like getting to know the characters on an intimate level. Makes the story seem very real.
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