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Trunk Music (A Harry Bosch Novel (5)) (original 1997; edition 2013)

by Michael Connelly (Author)

Series: Harry Bosch (5)

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A detective investigating a murder is fired for his efforts because his probe disrupted an FBI sting operation. He is Hieronymous Bosch of the Los Angeles police department who was investigating the slaying of a movie producer. A tale of Hollywood films, crooked money and crooked cops. By the author of The Last Coyote.… (more)
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Title:Trunk Music (A Harry Bosch Novel (5))
Authors:Michael Connelly (Author)
Info:Grand Central Publishing (2013), Edition: Reprint, 544 pages
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Well I was up and down about Harry Bosch. I absolutely love the tv series and decided to go back and read these books. The only book I have read out of the series is "City of Bones." At the time I had no idea it was part of an ongoing series. It was in one of my grandpa's Reader's Digest condensed books that included 3 other novels. I recall liking that story and had an idea at one time to see about other books Connelly wrote, but that was years ago and I forgot about it. When the tv series came out, I fall in love with Bosch all over again and started working my way through the series. Now with book #5, I can say that Connelly finally hits the sweet spot with Harry and company. I enjoyed this one from beginning to end. And the final reveal about how the murder victim was set up and by who was great too. I do have to say though, that Harry won't stop, and can't stop, he definitely has a blind spot about what repercussions will happen due to his actions. We get to see this over and over again in the next few books.

"Trunk Music" has Harry back after his leave of absence. He is excited to be back to doing what he knows, investigating murders and finding out who dun it. With a new set-up in Hollywood Division (3 partners per case) Harry, J. Edgar, and Kiz are working together after a man's body is found in a trunk.

Told in the first person by Harry Bosch, I found "Trunk Music" showcased a different Harry than one I am used to. This one is more subdued, is not a jerk, and definitely gets the issues (or tries to) with two partners who are African American. If anything, we get to see that Harry starts to really like Kiz more. And he is starting to see that J. Edgar kind of sucks. That one surprises me though, I definitely get that Harry and J. Edgar had some minor issues here and there, but a few times it is implied how J. Edgar shirks work. One important thing that I got a kick out of while reading this book though is we get a better sense of Harry's moral compass in this one. No matter what happens, whoever is responsible will be held responsible for the murdered man. We also see that though the job drives him, he is lonely and has not been with someone for at least a year I think.

Though the book is told in Harry's POV, we do get a great sense of secondary characters included in this book. We once again have an IA man, John Chastain, up in Harry's business. This guy will come up in the next book, so pay attention to the animosity Harry and this character have. I think that Harry has been investigated by IA in every book at this point. Or at least had them nosing around.

The case ends up leading Harry back to Vegas and he is shocked to see his ex-lover Eleanor Wish (first appearance "The Black Echo" Harry Bosch #1). Eleanor who we met in a previous novel, is an ex-FBI agent who has finally been released. She's playing cards in Vegas and trying to get her life back on track. After Eleanor and Harry meet up, we find out how she is tied into Harry's current case. I really didn't like this character after we find out what she did in "The Black Echo" and I have to say that Harry's taste in women continues to be downright terrible.

One thing that I enjoy about these types of books is the forensics that come into play. Due to the location of the body of the trunk, we have LAPD scrambling to move the entire thing in one go and reading about how it works, how they go about testing and using the lay of the land to determine what happens always gets my brain racing. This is probably why I love Agatha Christie books so much. I love seeing how things the author brings up initially circle back to showing how a murder was committed and who did it and why.

The flow for this one really works. Though it does feel like every five seconds Harry was back in Las Vegas. We do get to see how his interaction with witnesses and suspects can somehow color his perceptions down the road. I may have said a few times to myself, um Harry, slow down and get your temper under control. Due to the fact that Eleanor is tied up in this mess, Harry seems hell-bent on keeping her safe first, and tying up his case next.

The setting switches between LA and Las Vegas. Most of the action seems to take place in Las Vegas this time through. I have been to Vegas a few times, and Connelly describes it as a sister city to LA and maybe even darker. I guess Connelly is not here for the Disney version of Vegas these days.

The ending surprised the life out of me though when Harry finally lays eyes on a character he was chasing the whole book I mumble okay random coincidence. I didn't buy it, and thought it was just a reach. Sometimes it's okay to just end a book with not everything wrapped up. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
This is the latest in this GREAT mystery series. It doesn't come out until early next year so, in the meantime, you might want to re-read the first in the series - Black Echo. (reviewed in 1996) ( )
  susandennis | Jun 5, 2020 |
This latest installment in the Harry Bosch series takes our fearless protagonist to Las Vegas where he confronts the mob and meets up again with the former Love of his Life, Eleanor Wish. Will it finally work out for these two? Well, this is Harry, so probably not.
Connelly crafts yet another thrilling, keep-you-guessing, deeply resonant tale. I'll keep reading these as long as he writes them. ( )
  EmScape | Nov 15, 2019 |
As #5 in the Harry Bosch series, “Trunk Music” is another excellent contribution and every bit as good (if not better) than its predecessors. The title refers to a style of mob killings in which the victim is put into a car trunk before being riddled with bullets. The plot is intricate, with several false leads and red herrings. Organized crime is involved, along with soft core porn, Las Vegas gamblers, crooked cops, an undercover police operative, a philandering husband, a jealous wife, and a scramble for hidden millions. As always, Bosch is forced to buck authority in his search for the truth, his life and his job are both put at risk, and ultimately he prevails. He even “gets the girl” – that is, Eleanor Wish (for whom he falls) agrees to marry him. Experienced readers will know better than to assume that he lives happily ever after however – see #6 in the series.

Here’s a summary of the plot, one that leaves out some of the several complexities. The victim in this case is a Tony Aliso, a producer of trashy movies who likes to gamble in Las Vegas. Harry and his partners Edgar and Kizman determine that Aliso was laundering mob money, a fact of which someone had tipped off the IRS. And Harry finds that the LAPD had Aliso under video surveillance, without proper authorization. Harry discovers fingerprints on Aliso’s jacket that belong to Luke Goshen, a Las Vegas figure with mob ties, and finds the murder weapon in Goshen’s home. Harry brings him back to LA – only to find that Goshen is working undercover for the FBI. Meanwhile, Harry’s girlfriend Eleanor Wish has been kidnapped to put pressure on him, and he locates and rescues her.
The police try to put a stop to Harry’s investigation and to charge him with framing Aliso, and he’s forced to pursue the case unofficially. As it turns out. Aliso’s wife Veronica had Tony killed in a way to pin the blame on the Las Vegas mob; what’s more, she did so in league with a crooked copy named Powers with whom she was having an affair. Harry uses a clever plot to trap Powers – and the two miscreants turn on each other. The climax comes when the two show up at a bank where Tony supposedly had stashed his millions, one staked out by the police and the FBI – and Powers winds up dead. As for the money, it winds up in the hands of Veronica’s daughter Layla – and though Harry finds out, he decides to drop the matter.


All in all, I found this a satisfying, engrossing story, with a plot that kept me guessing throughout. Harry’s far from likeable – always brimming with barely controlled anger that sometimes erupts into unjustifiable violence. “Spenser” he’s not, that’s for sure. ( )
1 vote danielx | Aug 12, 2019 |
I didn't like this addition to the series as much because Mafia stories don't truly interest me. But I have to add to that: I wanted to reach into my iPod and snatch Bosch up by his collar to pull him away from yet another seriously damaged/damaging woman. Ai yi yi! ( )
  carlahaunted | Jan 8, 2019 |
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As he drove along Mulholland Drive toward the Cahuenga Pass, Bosch began to hear the music.
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Back on the job after an involuntary leave of absence, LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch is ready for a challenge. But his first case is a little more than he bargained for. It starts with a body of a Hollywood producer in the trunk of a Rolls-Royce, shot twice in the head at close range - what looks like "trunk music" , a Mafia hit.

But the LAPD's organized crime unit is curiously disinterested, and when Harry follows a trail of gambling debts to Las Vegas, the case suddenly becomes more complex - and much more personal. A rekindled romance with an old girlfriend opens new perspectives on the murder, and he begins to glimpse a shocking triangle of corruption and collusion. Yanked off the case, Harry himself is soon the one being investigated. But only a bullet can stop Harry when he is searching for the truth...
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