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The Black Box by Michael Connelly

The Black Box (edition 2012)

by Michael Connelly

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Title:The Black Box
Authors:Michael Connelly
Info:ebook edition Hachetter Digital November 2012 Print: Hachette Group, Little, Brown and Company (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 416 pages
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The Black Box by Michael Connelly



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I always enjoy reading books set in Los Angeles, having lived in one of the rougher areas of the city for a year, during my student days in the 1980s. Whenever I mention having lived in LA to my colleagues now, they immediately conjure up images of great glamour, until I tell them that I lived in Watts, one of the areas that bore the brunt of the riots in the early 1990s that followed the disgraceful acquittal of the officers involved in the Rodney King beating.

Michael Connelly’s novel series featuring jaundiced detective Harry Bosch, certainly focus on the grim reality of much of life in LA, combining sound, watertight plots with gritty descriptions and highly plausible characters. This book opens with the discovery of the body of a young woman who had been killed during those riots following the court’s verdict in 1991. The body had been discovered by members of the National Guard who had been called in to supplement uniformed police in quelling the riots and widespread looting. It subsequently emerged that the dead woman was a Danish journalist, and the assumption was that she had been covering the troubles but strayed into the wrong location at the wrong time. After the National Guard had called in the discovery, Harry Bosch was one of the officers that had attended the scene, though the subsequent investigation had been taken over by detectives from the local police precinct. Twenty years on the case remains unsolved, although Bosch is working on it again as a cold case.

Connelly has a long track record of writing books that hold his readers’ attention, and this is no exception. The book moves with great pace, though there is always a clear explanation of each development. Bosch finds himself under review for disciplinary issues (a fairly standard element of any Harry Bosch novel – Bosch might be seen as LA’s equivalent of Ian Rankin’s John Rebus: an old school copper who secures results but invariably rubs his bosses up the wrong way.

A good, solid and engaging thriller, and another sound addition to the Bosch oeuvre. ( )
  Eyejaybee | May 12, 2017 |
Bosch is determined to get to the bottom of a 20 year old murder of a Danish journalist who happened to be in LA during the Rodney King riots. ( )
  sleahey | Jan 16, 2017 |
Michael Connelly is one of those few writers whose books I feel compelled to devour as soon as they appear, and it was somewhat chilling to realise that this has been the case almost since his first, The Black Echo, was published some twenty years ago. I'll have to think a little to know whether I've ever had a similar experience with any other author.
Raymond Chandler for the present...
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  antao | Dec 10, 2016 |
Unlike most Bosch books, I found this quite predictable and fairly formulaic. ( )
  wdwilson3 | Sep 2, 2016 |
I loved the book and stayed up late to finish it. 5 stars from me. ( )
  delta61 | Aug 3, 2016 |
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To all the readers who have kept
Harry Bosch alive for twenty years,
Many, many thanks.

And to the men who parted the crowd
and led me through that day in 1992
Many thanks as well.
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By the third night the death toll was rising so high ans so quickly that many of the divisional homicide teams were pulled off the front lines of riot control and put into emergency rotations at South Central.
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May 1992, and after four LAPD officers were acquitted after the savage beating of Rodney King, Los Angeles is ablaze. As looting and burning take over the city, law and order are swept away in a tidal wave of violence. But under the threat of their lives, homicide detectives like Harry Bosch are still stubbornly trying to do their job. With no effective policing on the streets, murder just got a whole lot easier - and investigating them got a whole lot harder.

When he finds the body of a female journalist executed in an alley, he cannot accept that he will never be able to bring her killer to justice and her tragedy starts to eat into his soul. But then 20 years later, the past comes back to haunt him...
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In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the 'black box,' the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.… (more)

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