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Lost Light: A Novel Hardcover – Large Print, April 1, 2003
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Besides the unsolved murder, there is the matter of some two million dollars in cash that went missing from a movie set. This is one of the items in the story that I thought was a bit “over the top.” The movie’s director wanted to show real money in the film which caused all kinds of extra work and security measures that were eventually found to be ineffective. The other item involved an attack on Harry by a group of four suspects which took place in the darkness. No problem for Harry, thanks to his Viet Nam tunnel experience dealing with the VC.
Harry also has a personal problem that vexes him: the absence of his ex-wife, Eleanor Wish, whom he misses dearly. Eleanor has been so successful playing poker in Las Vegas that she now has financial backers. He gets over to Las Vegas several times to see her and, in one touching scene, answers a question I’ve had on my mind for several years.
It’s a good read and the complex plot makes you pay close attention.
It's hard to believe Harry Bosch has retired. But now he can investigate the cases he chooses. This one is a doozy. It's a cold case and it involves a bank heist, a missing FBI agent, and an anti-terrorism squad.
Harry Bosch is an excellent detective and these stories are rich in detailed characters and vivid scenes. Very poignant at the end. It's okay to cry.
Bosch takes up the case as a private citizen, and having a mission again feels good. He’s also motivated by a wheelchair-bound ex-cop (paralyzed in a shootout) who talks to Bosch about the case.
Odd things happened in the same timeframe as the murder. Two million in cash was stolen from the movie set Angela was working on. And a woman FBI agent with some information about the heist disappeared. Bosch has a lot to investigate — and no official status as an investigator.
There’s plenty of action. Bosch has unnerving confrontations with the FBI, fights off several bad guys at a time, and leaves a pile of dead bodies in his wake. He also has interesting interactions with his ex-wife Eleanor, who still obsesses him.
Lost Light is a complex thriller, and Harry Bosch continues to be a very appealing protagonist. This is a five-star series, and I’m grateful to the friend who recommended it.
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In my opinion this is a much more personal and emotionally engaging story than its predecessors and it is so well written one can easily forget that Bosch is not actually a real person but a fictional character in a book.
In this story, Bosch has left the police force and is now a licensed private investigator. But he is haunted by one particular case from his past that had been taken from him in the midst of his investigation and reassigned to the FBI. The case, involving the murder of a young women, had been linked with a $2 million dollars robbery, money from which had been traced to a known terrorist. In post 9/11 USA this led to the involvement of the FBI and Homeland Security and the death of the young women became of secondary interest and remained unsolved. So, with time on his hands and a dogged determination to see justice served, Bosch decides to re-investigate this cold case. However, unlike the past, he now has no access to official police files. He discovers that his past achievements as a detective hold little sway with either the LAPD or the FBI, both of which resent his involvement in this case.
The story is full of twists and turns and quite a few surprises along the way. Normally I read a Bosch novel over the course of a few days so I can savour every twist and turn in the story. Not so with this one. I found it impossible to put down; I just had to know how it was going to end. In my opinion, this is an outstanding story, brilliantly written and one well worth reading.
City of Bones, the previous Bosch installment, left me a little disappointed. I was also unsure that Bosch would return following that books conclusion.
I must say that Lost Light is a return to form for Bosch.
The hardest part of writing a "series" is the characterisation and development. The reader needs to feel that they are growing with the character and discovering more about them with each installment.
Connelly's strength is that long term development. You feel that you know and understand Bosch but then find out something that adds to your knowledge and keeps you hooked.
Here we find Harry hunting for the murderer of a film production assistant and leads onto the murder/abduction of an FBI agent and the murder of an LAPD Detecetive and the maiming of another detective.
All these events happened 3-4 years before. Harry is approached by the quadriplegic detective to find the killers and close the case.
We follow him through his hunt. There are visits from an FBI counter-terrorism group and the return of his ex-wife in Vegas.
Connelly weaves the story around these events and keeps us guessing as to the ultimate victim and perpetrators. Not every is as it seems in LA.
The end is surprising and, as in City of Bones, leaves you guessing as to Bosch's return.
There is a cameo appearance another character in private detective fiction when Harry acknowledges the presense of a Robert Crais character. Its a fleeting climpse so you may miss it.
I would recommend this. You can read it as a one off as it does not rely on early books to grip the reader. However, I would highly recommend the other Bosch stories and would say that you should read those first just to appreciate the character fully.
I can almost guarantee that you will enjoy this book.
I love Michael Connelly's lead characters. They're always smart mouthed, witty and slightly flawed. The scene where Harry is embarrassed by his notebook is typical Connelly and had me cringing and sniggering in equal measure. I can't get enough of his books as the standard is consistently high. And I'd recommend it without a second thought, but make sure you've set plenty of time aside because you won't be able to put it down.
One thing which upset me, even annoyed and confused me, is that it is written in the first person. Whether this is for effect, or in error I cannot imagine.
Overall, if you are a die-hard fan of Harry, then this one is a must and you will enjoy it.
This is an easy to read crime novel with twists and turns although, as another reviewer has observed, one does wonder why Bosch wasn't as astute while still on duty as he is now. Also, one promising thread became irrelevant so this took a little of the shine off for me.
Nonetheless, the book provides a good, relaxed read built around a plausible plot.
In this novel the main event is about using a huge amount of paper money in an unusual situation. It just never rang true for me and as a result the rest of the novel, whilst enthralling, lacked the realism that I enjoyed so much in the others.
I'll wait awhile before taking Harry for another ride.