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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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Four short stories all in the the Guild Hunter series. Two of them I had read in other collections so this was a fast read to say the least. The nice thing about this collection of short stories is the reader doesn't have to have a background in the series to enjoy them. It was a good read even if I had read two of the stories all ready. Now if I had bought this instead of borrowing it from the library I might not feel so happy about half of the collection being reprints. ( )
  Glennis.LeBlanc | Jul 8, 2014 |
(12 Mar 2012) Review upcoming on the Pure Textuality website. ( )
  Fidget78 | Jan 5, 2014 |
I've really got to start reading this series in order. I like Harry Bosch as much for his personal life as for his detective work. I've read some of the early books and some of the later books and I'm starting to get confused. This one is set in 1999, two years after Trunk Music which I read two years ago. I've also listened to two (read by Len Cariou who does a great job) and read one book that are later in the series. Now I think I need to fill in the gaps.

In this installment Harry has been married to Eleanor Wish for about a year and, as the book starts out, he is waiting up for her after midnight. Then a phone call comes from the Deputy Chief ordering him and his team downtown to work on a double homicide. This is curious because Bosch's team is not on duty rotation and downtown is outside of their district of Hollywood. However when they got to the murder scene, which is inside one of the train cars that go up and down Angels Flight, it becomes clear why they are called out. One of the murder victims is Howard Elias, a lawyer who has made a career of suing the LAPD. The division that would normally handle this is the Robbery and Homicide Department (RHD) but they are the defendants in a suit that is to go to trial the next week. Obviously they are in a conflict of interest. No one on Harry's team has ever been sued by Elias plus the fact that the other two detectives, Jerry Edgar and Kismin Rider are black, as is the victim, has the Deputy Chief thinking this would help quell the possibility of riots. Riots are a possibility because Elias was seen as a champion of the black people of LA and it will be supposed that one of the cops he has sued or is suing has committed this murder. There was another victim, a Latina maid who appears to have been in the wrong place at the wrong time.

When the team finally get access to Elias's files something turns up in the case against the RHD that leads Harry to examining the case that was the basis for the law suit. A young girl was abducted from her suburban bedroom in the middle of the night. The fingerprints of an ex-con, Michael Harris, were found on one of her school books in her room. Harris was brought in for questioning and he alleged that the detectives of RHD put plastic bags over his head and punctured his eardrum with a pencil. He never confessed but when the body of the girl was found two blocks away from his apartment he was charged with her murder. When he was acquitted Elias filed suit against the LAPD and the RHD detectives. Bosch finds that his friendship with one of the detectives has maybe skewed his feelings about the guilt of Harris.

So who did kill Elias? Was it a member of the LAPD? Was it someone else that he had received an anonymous tip about? Or was this a robbery gone wrong? Bosch and his team will discover all. Too bad Bosch doesn't have as much success with his love life. Eleanor announces she is moving out in the middle of the investigation and at the end of the book she is back in Las Vegas playing poker. ( )
  gypsysmom | Nov 2, 2013 |
This has to be the best Harry Bosch novel of a very good series, and it is read by one of my favorites, Dick Hill, to boot. The great thing about Connelly’s hard-boiled police procedural series is that you get a real sense of detection as Harry and his partners, Ryder and Edgar, collect clues and then put them together.

This particular case is incendiary. Howard Elias, a black civil rights attorney, is perhaps the LAPD’s most hated man in Los Angeles. He has made a practice of filing brutality suits against police officers. So when Bosch is pulled off his normal rotation and asked to head the investigation only to learn that the victim is Howard Elias, he realizes this will be an especially difficult case since the black community will assume a policeman killed Elias. Elias had been working on the “Black Warrior” case, in which a black man accused of the heinous murder of a small girl had been found innocent. Michael Harries, the accused, had charged the LAPD with torturing him in an attempt to get a confession (Black Warrior was the brand name of the LAPD’s pencils and it was alleged that Frank Sheehan, Bosch’s old partner, was one of those wielding the pencil that was inserted into Harris’s ears.

Another difficulty is that Harry is assigned his old nemesis Chastain, an IAD detective who has crossed swords with Harry before. Harry soon realizes that the evidence has been tampered with, and the upper echelon brass are looking for a scapegoat to prevent the city, fresh from the Rodney King incidents, from descending into more riots. Harry’s year-old marriage, to a former FBI agent, is unraveling as Eleanor leaves home, addicted to gambling casinos. Harry has many of his cherished assumptions overturned as he unravels this case, despite pressure from above, and the ultimate outcome reflects Connelly’s pure cynicism.

All of Connelly’s books are excellent, but in this, he has outdone himself. I found myself arriving home, reluctant to turn off the tape, sitting in the driveway as more details were revealed. ( )
1 vote ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
Because of its emotional and powerful confrontation of the racial tensions in LA, this is one of the most powerful stories in the series. It was a profoundly uncomfortable read. The narrator's repressed anger at the fallout of the LA race riots of '92 is palpable, but so his the guilt. The book clearly displays that racism isn't a binary trait; it's a continuum. And being white in America means that you are racist to some degree and fall somewhere on that continuum. In LA, where fear and resentment on both sides became even more pronounced after Rodney King, the racial divide seems even starker. Harry Bosch, though less racist than some of the furious and bigoted police officers he associates with, has his own limitations. He starts out feeling positive that he is totally unbiased. After all, his two working partners are black. How could he be racist? And yet he immediately assumes that a black man he encounters is lying about police brutality. He is judgemental of lawyers who "play the race card," but views the issue from only one perspective. Most despicably to me, he first refuses to let his partners be used as camera fodder, then uses them himself--and yet doesn't see this as a serious betrayal. As the story continues, he is forced to confront his own biases, and in turn, forced me to confront my own. I still feel uncomfortable with what I see as racial resentment colouring the narrator's point of view. Yes, perhaps Connelly tried to add humanity through Kiz and Edgar, but overall, I felt that he characterized the African-American community as a vicious and unintelligent mob, ready to devolve into senseless violence at the least provocation. I think a read of this book needs to be paired with a read of a book written from the perspective of a person of color. I read it at the same time as Little Scarlet, which confronts the race riots of '65, and this helped to bring into stark contrast the biases of both the narrative and the characters. Overall, I see the story as powerful and valuable because both its acknowledged and unacknowledged racism forces the reader into a confrontation of his or her unconscious prejudices. ( )
  page.fault | Sep 21, 2013 |
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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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