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Two Kinds of Truth (A Harry Bosch Novel) Mass Market Paperback – October 2, 2018
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"The 20th novel in Connelly's Bosch series is one of its best."―Entertainment Weekly
"Harry Bosch is a one-of-a-kind hero who started out pretty wild when he returned from Vietnam to become a cop, but over the years he's developed into someone you want to ride with."―Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review
"Connelly's immaculate plotting and gift for bringing procedural intricacies to life now seem as strong as ever...he writes the best detective novels around."―USA Today
"A book as powerful and engrossing as any in Connelly's nonpareil series."―Jack Ratten, Toronto Star
"One of Connelly's darkest and most powerful stories yet about Bosch."―Colette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times
"The best crime fiction writer alive today...The interaction between the trash-talking, playful Haller and the stoic, moody, mission-driven Bosch is wonderful. The brothers are two kinds of crafty, masters in their own realm...Gut-wrenching...The final courtroom scene will make longtime Connelly fans stand up and cheer."―Marcie Everhart, The Oklahoman
"[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."―The Arizona Republic
"It's become an annual refrain - but Connelly truly is one of the finest mystery writers. And that's the truth."―Oline Cogdill, Sun-Sentinel
"If you're into detective thrillers, this is an obvious choice, it doesn't get any better than Michael Connelly."―Brendan Cooney, In the Sheets
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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?
Michael Connelly has done it yet again. Two Kinds of Truth is an outstanding addition to the fabulous Harry Bosch series. This mystery series is one of my very favorites; Connelly has managed to create an authentic, likeable main character in Harry Bosch and has successfully provided him with a career path that lends itself to interesting cases and story lines. In Two Kinds of Truth, Harry starts out revisiting a cold case for the San Fernando Police Department. Soon after, he is dragged into a corruption investigation; a convicted criminal claims Harry framed him years before. Because he left the LAPD on bad terms, he is stuck fighting the case on his own and reluctantly decides to enlist the help of his half-brother Mickey Haller, the Lincoln Lawyer. Meanwhile, a pharmacist in San Fernando is murdered, and Harry must go undercover to solve the crime. (On a silly side note, I am never a fan of undercover operations – in books, on TV, in movies, etc. – they majorly stress me out. I managed to successfully survive this one and still completely love the book.) As the story progresses, Harry works to clear his name in the one case and attempts to resolve the other two. As always, the book was perfectly paced, and the resolutions of all three plot lines were believable and satisfying.
One of my favorite things about Michael Connelly’s books is that he uses his platform to shine light on current social issues and problems. In Two Kinds of Truth, he tackles the widespread, high-dollar world of prescription drug abuse. Connelly realizes that these is no simple solution and refuses to have Harry neatly wrap up this plot line which I liked and respected, but he still highlights the horrific effects on our society and on those who become addicted. The other part of Two Kinds of Truth that I loved was the resolution of the cold case Harry was pursuing. I would not have seen that ending coming in a million years; this is something that always thrills me to pieces – an ending that is not easy to figure out long before the book is done.
Truth is a concept that has been taking a beating in the last year. I was intrigued by the book’s title and was excited when I found the paragraph from which the title was derived. “[Bosch] 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 is at hand.” As the mother of three children, I have had to spend an inordinate amount of time this past year making sure my kids understand how important the truth is and how important it is to refuse to accept those that attempt to corrupt truth. Connelly’s message on truth is fabulous.
As is readily apparent from my review, I absolutely loved this book. While it is part of a long series of books, I think it could easily be read on its own.
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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.
Detective Bosch is now retired from the LAPD, and volunteering for the San Fernando PD. As usual, his relationship with the LAPD is somewhat fraught - especially as there is evidence that he fitted up an innocent man for a murder 30 years ago.
But he still goes after the bad guys. There's a double murder on his patch, and he goes undercover to collect evidence about the gang of Russian drug dealers responsible.
It is a bit of a ripping yarn - with one mighty bound he frees himself from the Russians. And from the LAPD Internal Affairs guys.
I don't think that the mashup works very well. Bosch is a thinker, a detective, not an action hero. Stir in the legal team of Haller and Associates and it really doesn't work.
My advice, take a break from Bosch and explore your other characters.
I always enjoy Michael Connelly books and this one was no different. I did however feel that this book lacked some of the finesse of previous ones. In places the writing was a little clunky (for Mr Connelly at least, whose writing is usually superb). I also thought there was less intrigue than he normally packs into his stories. It felt more like a thriller than a police procedural / detective story. That said, I still loved reading it and would buy another by this author, as the story still pulled me in and made for an easy read.
Harry Bosch has always been my favourite detective so I am a bit concerned by the fact that he is now 65 years old. I sincerely hope Mr. Connelly is not about to retire him and consign him to the comfy slippers and rocking chair!!!
I certainly have no hesitation in recommending this book to any potential purchasers.
But, after all, as it has been reported, Bosch happens to be one of the finest minds in crime fiction!!
As an addition note - if you've not yet seen the Amazon Exclusive mini series of Bosch then you really should - Titus Welliver has picked up the Bosch persona as naturally as putting on slippers and this is one of the best adaptations of any book/series I've seen.