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Two Kinds of Truth (A Harry Bosch Novel Book 20) Kindle Edition
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Harry Bosch, exiled from the LAPD, is working cold cases for the San Fernando Police Department when all hands are called out to a local drugstore, where two pharmacists have been murdered in a robbery. Bosch and the tiny town's three-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous, big-business world of prescription drug abuse. To get to the people at the top, Bosch must risk everything and go undercover in the shadowy world of organized pill mills.
Meanwhile, an old case from Bosch's days with the LAPD comes back to haunt him when a long-imprisoned killer claims Harry framed him and seems to have new evidence to prove it. Bosch left the LAPD on bad terms, so his former colleagues are not keen on protecting his reputation. But if this conviction is overturned, every case Bosch ever worked will be called into question. As usual, he must fend for himself as he tries to clear his name and keep a clever killer in prison.
The two cases wind around each other like strands of barbed wire. Along the way, Bosch discovers that there are two kinds of truth: the kind that sets you free and the kind that leaves you buried in darkness.
Tense, fast-paced, and fueled by this legendary detective's unrelenting sense of mission, Two Kinds of Truth is proof positive that "Connelly writes cops better than anyone else in the business" (New York Post).
An NPR Best Book of 2017A Times Critics' Top Book of 2017
A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2017A South Florida Sun-Sentinel Best Mystery of 2017
An Amazon Book of the Month
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Connelly is one of the few authors who can use the idea of truthiness as a springboard for a gripping thriller about corruption, opioids, politics, and the minutiae of a police investigation...It's become an annual refrain--but Connelly truly is one of the finest mystery writers.-- "Sun Sentinel (Florida)"
Expertly juggling both plots, Connelly mines the double murder for fascinating and frightening details.-- "Booklist"
Narrator Titus Welliver portrays Detective Harry Bosch...In a gravelly and sometimes growling voice, Welliver lets Bosch's indignation shine when the facts are revealed and takes on a softer and loving tone when Bosch deals with friends and family. Fans will love the climax and the promise of more Harry Bosch and, one hopes, more Welliver. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.-- "AudioFile"
One of Connelly's darkest and most powerful stories yet about Bosch.-- "Tampa Bay Times"
[Two Kinds of Truth] is a reflection of Connelly's talent that after 19 books chronicling Bosch's career, this iteration feels fresh and authentic. This is Bosch at his F-you best, pursuing his mission, seeking justice and speaking for the dead.-- " Arizona Republic"
TWO KINDS OF TRUTH is a sterling example of the full potential of [Bosch and Ballard] fully realized. Anyone interested in their literary exploits can jump on this particular offering without difficulty and enjoy the ride from beginning to end.-- " BookReporter" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
About the Author
Titus Welliver, an Earphones Award-winning narrator, is an actor best known for his starring role as Harry Bosch on the Bosch television series, as well as roles in the television's Deadwood, Lost, Sons of Anarchy, and The Good Wife. He has also starred in numerous movies, including Argo, Man on a Ledge, Gone Baby Gone, and The Town.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B06W9NKRXG
- Publisher : Little, Brown and Company (October 31, 2017)
- Publication date : October 31, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 2758 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 417 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #10,187 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Two Kinds of Truth starts with double gut punches: a pharmacist and his newly graduated pharmacist son are murdered in cold blood, and a 30-year-old case of Harry’s is re-opened on the premises that either he and/or his partner back in the day botched a case and/or planted evidence to convict an innocent man.
All right, I admit it, for a moment I was like—whatever, here’s Harry playing the underdog again. Sigh, okay, I’m in. But turn the page, my reader friend, and see that out of the gate, this is a different kind of story.
Bosch is still working as a volunteer detective with the San Fernando Police Department and partners with Bella Lourdes. Although still in minor roles, Bella and Bosch’s former LAPD partner Lucia Soto and his daughter Maddie feel like they have more substance in this story. They aren’t merely props to move the story along, but women with their own opinions and roles. I like that. Another former partner, Jerry Edgar (whom I like very much in the Amazon Bosch TV show) makes a comeback. He’s still the complex Edgar he was throughout their partnership, but dang I can’t help cheering for him to come through when it’s critical.
Bosch goes undercover, something he has rarely done, explained in chapter 25, “But when you went undercover, you moved from the safe confines of justice done and entered the world of the depraved. You saw how humans prayed on one another, and there was nothing you could do about it without blowing cover. You had to take it in and live with it to see the case through.” This, opposed to being a homicide detective and showing up after the murder, when all you can do is solve the case.
There’s a scene where Bosch is held captive and I held my breath wondering how he’d get out of this mess. We know the hero has to survive, but the how is always so intriguing…
I love the appearance of Mickey Haller—a half-brother so distinct from Bosch that any writer having difficulty writing descriptive dialogue to discern speakers needs to read these chapters. You know every time when Mickey is speaking and when Bosch is speaking. I also love that Cisco, Mickey’s investigator has a good sized part in this story. When I last read about Cisco, he hadn’t fared too well after a motorcycle accident. So, good to see his recovery struggles bring him out the other side.
Not sleeping last night had its benefits. A cup of lavender tea, classical music on the Bose (I should have played Jazz) and ripping through the last third of this fast-moving, absolutely well-written book. Can I wait a year for Harry to rise again?
The second reason is the book’s (and thus the author’s) thematic depth. The book is built, sometimes very subtly, on the lessons of its title, a title that is explained approximately one-third of the way into the story:
“He knew there were two kinds of truth in this world. The truth that was the unalterable bedrock of one’s life and mission. And the other, malleable truth of politicians, charlatans, corrupt lawyers, and their clients, bent and molded to serve whatever purpose was at hand” (p. 128).
It doesn’t hurt, of course, that the first kind of truth cements Harry in the world of the Chandler knight in a genre based on chivalric romance.
Connelly’s great strength in recreating this chivalric world on utterly modern terms, focusing on the daily-headlines issue of opioid addiction is his knowledge of fact and detail. In TWO KINDS OF TRUTH, e.g., he explains the ethos and economy of pill mills and the nature of their day to day operation; Oxy dosages, street values, and the manner of ingestion; regional airport rules, regulations and protocols in California; the degree of indemnification of LAPD officers in civil suits, and, preeminently, the districts of the LAPD, SFPD, etc. and their respective responsibilities. If, e.g., a man and a woman are arrested in Pacoima for a specific crime, where will each be housed before their trials?
Thus, MC draws on all of his crime reporter experiences (updated as necessary), adds his skills as a novelist and his deep awareness of the expectations that attend the genre in which he is working and adds some deft philosophizing which is both thoughtful and resonant.
It is always a delight to see a favorite novelist just keep getting better and better and keeping his hand away from the autopilot switch.
Who killed the two pharmacists? Did Bosch put the wrong man in jail? And what happened to the missing person? Those are the questions Harry Bosch sets out to answer in Michael Connelly’s twenty-second novel featuring him.
As always, Connelly has written a page turner. I finished it in two sittings. But I noticed that I wasn’t as excited about this novel as I was about his July 2017 book, The Late Show, which introduced LAPD detective Renée Ballard. I’m hoping—expecting—a second novel about her sometime next year.
Now, don’t get me wrong! If you like Harry Bosch, read Two Kinds of Truth. But now that Bosch is 67 years old, his career—even as a volunteer investigator—feels like it’s winding down. My guess is that Connelly has one more book planned for Bosch, one that solves a fourth mystery mentioned in this book, the brutal murder of a teenage girl. I look forward to that book, but I won’t be too sad if it’s Connelly’s last Bosch novel. He’s had a great run.
Michael Connelly, Two Kinds of Truth (New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2017).
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I like the way that MC continues to age Bosch in 'real time', Bosch is now well into his 60s and the physical restrictions as he realises he is no longer the younger man he once was is cleverly and subtly woven in.
Michael Connelly is simply untouchable when it comes to knowledge of the police and the courts and how he weaves this knowledge into his writing with clarity and pace. The character of Harry Bosch is so well-done, everything about him is believable .His backstory, workaholic tendences, no-nonsense approach to things and occasional moments of reflection and regret - make him one of the most rounded and enjoyable fictional characters to engage with on a regular basis. A series that shows no signs of flagging - tremendous.