The Last Coyote Mass Market Paperback – Jul 15 1996
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From Publishers Weekly
The latest installment of the Harry Bosch series has the LAPD homicide detective reopening the 30-year-old unsolved murder of his mother.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.Read more ›
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?
It's satisfying to know what happened to Harry's mother. It's also good to learn more about Bosch's childhood. But the cost to Harry in carrying out this investigation was so high that it took him to the edge. We all have issues that we don't want to face and can relate to the pain, anger, and trauma for Harry solving this case against all odds.
I like a classic Whodunit and this one had a real surprise ending. Looking back the clues were there but I didn't put it together until Connelly revealed the answer.
Most recent customer reviews
As usual the Harry Bosch novels are great and I can't wait to get the next onePublished 3 months ago by Betty Weir
Great insight into Bosch's character. A bit slow out the gate, but when it catches its pace, you can't put it down.Published 12 months ago by Olivier Chouc
Must read these books in order. Great detective novel. L like Harry.Published 15 months ago by Robert J. Thompson
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 22 months ago by joeyrou