Thursday, December 14, 2017

My Washington Times Review Of Michael Connelly's 'Two Kinds Of Truth'

The Washington Times published my review of Michael Connelly’s crime novel Two Kinds of Truth.

In veteran crime writer Michael Connelly’s previous novel, “The Late Show,” he introduced readers to a new character, Renee Ballard, an LAPD detective working the night shift.

Although I enjoyed the novel and found Renee Ballard to be an engaging and interesting character, I missed reading about Mr. Connelly’s more well-known detective character, Harry Bosch. Like many readers, I enjoy reading about old, familiar series characters and their latest adventures in new novels.

In “Two Kinds of Truth,” Mr. Connelly has brought back Harry Bosch. This is Mr. Connelly’s 20th novel about the dedicated and dogged LAPD detective, whose personal credo is, “Everybody counts or nobody counts.”

Mr. Connelly chose to write the Harry Bosch series in real time, so his character has aged accordingly. In “Two Kinds of Truth” the veteran detective is retired from the LAPD and is lending his considerable talents and skills to the San Fernando Police Department, where he is working as a volunteer on cold cases. As Mr. Connelly notes in the novel, San Fernando is a Southern California city barely two and a half square miles and surrounded on all sides by the city of Los Angeles.

“When Chief Valdez reached out to Bosch and said he had an old jail cell full of cold cases and no one to work them, it was like a lifeline had been thrown to a drowning man. Bosch was alone and certainly adrift, having unceremoniously left the department he had served for almost forty years, at the same time that his daughter left home for college. Most of all, the offer came at a time when he felt unfinished. After all the years he had put in, he never expected to walk out the door one day and not be allowed back in,” Mr. Connelly writes. “At a period when most men took up golf or bought a boat. Bosch felt resolutely incomplete. He was a closer. He needed to work cases, and setting up shop as a private eye or defense investigator wasn’t going to suit him in the long run.”

Harry Bosch is also asked by the chief to help the San Fernando three-person detective squad investigate the robbery and double-murder of father and son pharmacists. Concurrent with this investigation, Harry Bosch looks back at an old LAPD case of his that has resurfaced.
You can read the rest of the review via the below link:

You can also read about the Amazon TV series featuring Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch character via the below link:

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