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The Last Coyote (Harry Bosch) (original 1995; edition 2007)

by Michael Connelly

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Title:The Last Coyote (Harry Bosch)
Authors:Michael Connelly
Info:Grand Central Publishing (2007), Edition: First Thus, Mass Market Paperback, 528 pages
Collections:Your library, Just Desserts
Rating:****1/2
Tags:mystery, Los Angeles, Harry Bosch, Just Desserts Mystery Discussion Group, cold case, counseling, read2012

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This was slightly different to the other books in the series as Harry is suspended right from the beginning of the book and looks to investigate the murder of his mother when he was a small boy. It took a little while to get going but then gripped me throughout and would possibly be my favourite in the series so far. Towards the end there a few twists that you didn't see coming in their entirety. Harry is a likeable character but there are some actions in which he proves to be his own worst enemy, it will be interesting to see if this changes based on what happened in this book. ( )
  Andrew-theQM | Jun 20, 2016 |
Harry attacked his commanding officer and is suspended indefinitely, pending a psychiatric evaluation. At first he resists the LAPD shrink, but finally recognizes that something is troubling him and has for a long time. In 1961, when Harry was twelve, his mother, a prostitute, was brutally murdered, and no one has ever been accused of the crime.

With the spare time a suspension brings, Harry opens up the thirty-year-old file on the case and is irresistibly drawn into a past he has always avoided. It's clear that the case was fumbled and the smell of a cover-up is unmistakable. Someone powerful was able to divert justice and Harry vows to uncover the truth. As he relentlessly follows the broken pieces of the case, the stirred interest causes new murders and pushes Harry to the edge of his job... and his life.


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I am really beginning to like Michael Connelly's writing. These books are really starting to grow on me. I love his Harry Bosch character. You can't help feeling for Harry in The Last Coyote as he searches for his mother's killer. I'm glad to see that Jasmine has come into his life and hopefully he can find some happiness with her. This book kept me interested all the way through and the ending was a complete surprise. I'm looking forward to reading the next installment as Michael Connelly always ends his books with making me want some more." ( )
  EadieB | Jun 1, 2016 |
The Last Coyote
3 Stars

Detective Harry Bosch’s life is spiraling out of control. His home has been condemned following an earthquake; he is suspended and forced into mandatory psychiatric counseling after striking his commanding officer, and to top it all off, he feels compelled to investigate the decades old murder of his mother.

This installment is, unfortunately, the weakest in the series, which is disappointing considering that the story of what happened to Harry’s mother has been intriguing from the start.

The first half of the book is exceedingly drawn out with an excessive amount of psychobabble and philosophical musings as Harry watches traffic jams and sees a lone coyote everywhere. Too much attention is paid to Harry’s meltdown, and it is all far too melancholy.

There are, nevertheless, some highlights in this section such as Harry’s developing relationship with the police psychologist. Their conversations are particularly insightful as Harry begins to open up and reveals the effect that the loss of his mother had on him.

The second half picks up with a certain event and the focus shifts more to the investigation into the death of Harry’s mother. The mystery has some interesting twists and turns, and the whole thing reminds me of an episode of the TV show, Cold Case.

All in all, the writing in this one is too slow and Harry’s angst is becoming rather tedious. Hopefully, things will change now that he has some closure and the atmosphere of distrust and corruption will begin to subside with the developments in the police department. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Jun 1, 2016 |
Harry attacked his commanding officer and is suspended indefinitely, pending a psychiatric evaluation. At first he resists the LAPD shrink, but finally recognizes that something is troubling him and has for a long time. In 1961, when Harry was twelve, his mother, a prostitute, was brutally murdered, and no one has ever been held responsible for the crime.

With the spare time a suspension brings, Harry opens up the thirty-year-old file on the case and is irresistibly drawn into a past he has always avoided. It's clear that the case was fumbled and the smell of a cover-up is unmistakable. Someone powerful was able to divert justice and Harry vows to uncover the truth. As he relentlessly follows the broken pieces of the case, the stirred interest causes new murders and pushes Harry to the edge of his job... and his life. ( )
  Zack_Anthony | May 2, 2016 |
read in french; histoire policière; not so good, not so bad.
In English better read, translation was bad? ( )
  Gerardlionel | Apr 2, 2016 |
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Harry attacked his commanding officer and is suspended indefinitely, pending a psychiatric evaluation. At first he resists the LAPD shrink, but finally recognizes that something is troubling him and has for a long time. In 191, when Harry was twelve, his mother, a prostitute, was brutally murdered with no one ever accused of the crime.
With the spare time a suspension brings, harry opens up the thirty-year-old file on the case and is irresistibly drawn into a past he has always avoided. It's clear that the case was fumbled and the smell of a cover-up is unmistakable. Someone powerful was able to divert justice and Harry vows to uncover the truth. As he relentlessly follows the broken pieces of the case, the stirred interest causes new murders and pushes Harry to the edge of his job... and his life
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Harry attacked his commanding officer and is suspended indefinitely, pending a psychiatric evaluation. At first he resists the LAPD shrink, but finally recognizes that something is troubling him and has for a long time. In 1961, when Harry was twelve, his mother, a prostitute, was brutally murdered, and no one has ever been accused of the crime.

With the spare time a suspension brings, Harry opens up the thirty-year-old file on the case and is irresistibly drawn into a past he has always avoided. It's clear that the case was fumbled and the smell of a cover-up is unmistakable. Someone powerful was able to divert justice and Harry vows to uncover the truth. As he relentlessly follows the broken pieces of the case, the stirred interest causes new murders and pushes Harry to the edge of his job... and his life.

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Taking a hard look at his life after a streak of bad luck, LAPD detective Harry Bosch decides to tackle the unsolved decades-old murder of his mother and uncovers a devastating truth.

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