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Angels Flight by Michael Connelly
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Angels Flight (1999)

by Michael Connelly

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Series: Harry Bosch (6)

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    Lucifer's Tears by James Thompson (kraaivrouw)
    kraaivrouw: One of my faves of the Harry Bosch series - same sorts of characters, different environments.
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Angels Flight
4 Stars

When a civil rights lawyer about to begin a controversial case on police brutality is found murdered, Detective Harry Bosch and his team are assigned to investigate. Soon Harry finds himself caught between the wall of blue determined to protect itself and a city on the brink of violence if the truth is covered up.

An improvement on the last book.

The theme of police brutality is always fraught with tension and emotion, and when cops cross ethical lines they become akin to the monsters that they hunt. This is further compounded by the fact that Harry must investigate officers that he knows personally and must confront the knowledge that he too "stares into the abyss" at times.

The twists and turns of the case are compelling and the ultimate revelation of the culprit is a surprise although the clues are all there in retrospect. The climax and resolution are action packed, and justice, when it comes, is very poetic.

The character development takes a back seat to the investigation, but there are some interesting updates. Harry's marriage comes to an end, although this is not unexpected as it never really got going in the first place. One rather disappointing element is the regression of Chief Irving's character. He seemed to be making progress in the last couple of books, but he has returned to square one - a man who will do anything, however unethical, to protect the department.

All in all, a solid addition to the series.
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  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
good @ L.A. — twist ending

An activist attorney is killed in a cute little L.A. trolley called Angels Flight, far from Harry Bosch's Hollywood turf. But the case is so explosive--and the dead man's enemies inside the L.A.P.D. are so numerous--that it falls to Harry to solve it. Now the streets are superheating. Harry's year-old Vegas marriage is unraveling. And the hunt for a killer is leading Harry to another high-profile L.A. murder case, one where every cop had a motive. The question is, did any have the guts?
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  christinejoseph | Jul 19, 2016 |
A prominent black activist attorney is killed in a cute little L.A. trolley called Angel's Flight, far from Harry Bosch's Hollywood turf. But the case is so explosive and the dead man's enemies inside the L.A.P.D. are so numerous that it falls to Harry to solve it. Now the streets are superheating with potential riots. Harry's year-old Vegas marriage to Eleanor is unraveling. And the hunt for a killer is leading Harry to another high-profile L.A. murder case, one where every cop had a motive. ( )
  Zack_Anthony | Jun 20, 2016 |
I was given this book and told it was very good. It went to the pile and waited patiently for me to get around to it. I was not disappointed at all. In the course of reading this book, I happened to glance at a shelf (one of several) that holds “to be read” books, in addition to the pile. I was surprised to find another by the same author with the same character. So I read them both!

This review is for Angel's Flight. Harry Bosch is a detective who works out of the Hollywood Division. He is called in on a case in another division because the victim is a prominent local attorney who handles cases concerning suits against the LAPD. There is currently a case lodged against police in the division in which he is killed so other officers are called in to handle it.

Bosch's team is also diverse. African American, gay and older detectives comprise the team which the upper brass choose to use as window dressing as the case is high profile in nature.

From that point forward the action is pretty much non-stop. What unfolds is layers and layers of corruption within the department that involve lots of ass covering exercises. The team are at times thwarted in their lines of inquiry by red tape and politics.

There is also a very interesting investigation into the internet and how people are able to subvert pages to cover others. One of the detectives is very adept at forensic computer techniques and that was eye opening and informative in itself. Also, a sub plot involving Harry's short lived and crumbling marriage, adds layers of stress to the detective that keep him guessing not just about the case but about his own private life.

I had a hard time putting it down. Let's just say I had a few late, late nights! You have been warned..... ( )
  ozzieslim | Jun 4, 2016 |
From Amazon:

An activist attorney is killed in a cute little L.A. trolley called Angels Flight, far from Harry Bosch's Hollywood turf. But the case is so explosive--and the dead man's enemies inside the L.A.P.D. are so numerous--that it falls to Harry to solve it. Now the streets are superheating. Harry's year-old Vegas marriage is unraveling. And the hunt for a killer is leading Harry to another high-profile L.A. murder case, one where every cop had a motive.

My Thoughts:

Michael Connelly continues his first rate series concerning Harry Bosch and the L.A.P.D. As usual with Connelly, the plotting is almost perfect and the story moves at a fast pace. This Boesch story is especially compelling with its focus on the Los Angeles racial tensions between the black citizens and the Police. A prominent Black attorney is murdered on the eve of an important civil rights case which may seriously tarnish the reputation of the L.A.P.D. Connelly masterfully mines this fertile material for maximum impact and relevance to the current racial climate in Los Angeles. As usual, Harry Bosch is an excellent character who brings some compassion and humanity into another ugly situation. This is one of Connelly's best books to date. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
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Michael Connelly, whose novel The Poet won the 1997 Anthony Award for Best Mystery, is already recognized as one of the smartest and most vivid scribes of the hard-boiled police procedural. Now, with his much-anticipated sixth Harry Bosch novel, Angels Flight, Connelly offers one of the finest pieces of mystery writing to appear in 1998. Bosch is awakened in the middle of the night and, out of rotation, he is assigned to the murder investigation of the high-profile African American attorney Howard Elias. When Bosch arrives at the scene, it seems that almost the entire LAPD is present, including the IAD (the Internal Affairs Division). Elias, who made a career out of suing the police, was sadistically gunned down on the Angels Flight tram just as he was beginning a case that would have struck the core of the department; not surprisingly, L.A.'s men and women in blue become the center of the investigation. Haunted by the ghost of the L.A. riots, plagued by incessant media attention, and facing turmoil at home, Bosch suddenly finds himself questioning friends and associates while working side by side with some longtime enemies.

Angels Flight is a detective's nightmare scenario and is disturbingly relevant to the racially tense last decade of the 20th century. Amidst the twists and turns of his complex narrative, Connelly affirms his rightful place among the masters of contemporary mystery fiction. --Patrick O'Kelley

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When an African American lawyer, infamous for his lawsuits alleging racism by LAPD police officers, is murdered on the eve of a sensational trial, Harry Bosch, facing a suspect list that includes half the department, is assigned the case.

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