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We all are getting older every day,...
am 11. Dezember 2012
... so it really isn't some great wonder that this also is happening to our hero Harry Bosch.
In the last book (The Drop (A Harry Bosch Novel), instead of chosing retirement Harry Bosch returned to the LAPD with a 5 year contract under the Deferred Retirement Option Plan - "The DROP". He now works with the Open Unsolved Unit trying to bundle up Cold Cases.
And there it comes along ... May 1992 - The Snow White case.
So called because most of the other victims after May 1992, and after four LAPD officers were acquitted for the savage beating of Rodney King, were of colour. What was a very young and very white Danish reporter doing in the middle of the looting and beating that took place for weeks in certain quarters of Los Angeles.
Harry and his colleagues - working under wartime conditions and the supervision of ex-Gulf-War troopers - can only do that much on the crime scene.
Not enough to solve this apperently so futile murder. But there WAS someone to gain of the death of the free-lance reporter...
And now it has come his way - the Snow White. And Harry, the old bloodhound as always, begins to sniff in all possible places to find his The Black Box. He calls it that way because he knows: In every case there is a Black Box, like those who are nearly indestructable and give away - when found - their knowlegde about airplane or ship desasters. He only needs to find his special Black Box to resolve the case.
And he will find it. And will try to hunt the culprit(s) down.
But he himself is a hunted, too.
He has lacked of respect for the (In)competence of his superiors at LAPD - especially his current Lieutenant O'Toole more or less friendly nicked "O'Fool" -who refers Bosch to Internal Affairs on what seems to be a petty cause. But it could become very important because it can affect the way Harry may run or not the investigation. And he could lose his job very easily if the complaint remains standing.
But in the very end also the Internal Affairs will be of very, but very very important use for our hero, who has centered a wasp's nest with his investigation.
And - as I said above - we are all gettin' older every day - and so's our Harry.
So also heroes need a helping hand, sometimes...
This book is a perfect read not only for friends and lovers of Michael Connelly and Harry Bosch, but for all those who like their Police Proceduals with the very personal touch only an author of this bravura nowadays dares to use on his protagonists.
And that is an experience to value highly - in this times of easy e-books and wishy-washy investigations!