31 August 2009

Book Banter -- Trunk Music

Title: Trunk Music (Harry Bosch #5)
Author: Michael Connelly
Length: 464 pages
Genre: Mystery
Plot Basics: LAPD Detective Harry Bosch is back on the job after being suspended and is ready to close a big case. When a small time movie producer shows up dead in the trunk of his Rolls Royce, it looks like the kind of case Bosch wants, complete with ties to the Mafia. Bosch follows a set of clues to Las Vegas where he reconnects with his former girlfriend, disgraced FBI agent Eleanor Wish. Eleanor reveals a key piece of information about the case that makes Bosch realize that who murdered the movie producer could be much closer to home.
Banter Points: This was a great, solid procedural type mystery with a great misdirection built into the story. Also, given the events that Harry takes on in "The Last Coyote" it was good to see him reconnect with Eleanor Wish and have a bit more emotion still than in some of the early Bosch books. Harry's new lieutenant also seems like a neat character and Word Nerd's hoping that she shows up in a few more of the Bosch books.
Bummer Points: Not a true bummer, but Word Nerd feels like she's never going to get through Connelly's backlist and get caught up to the point where she's reading the new ones as they come out!
Word Nerd Recommendation: Not the strongest Bosch book she's read, but a good entry in a series that continues to deliver.

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