Absolutely Brilliant Bosch!

The Last Coyote: Michael Connelly

Both my parents used to read a lot (tells ya how I caught the bug, eh?), but they had given up on reading once they couldn’t find spare time for it. One book that got my mother back to reading, the other day was, (after almost five or six years) Michael Connelly’s The Last Coyote. This 1995-published thriller is an up-to-the-edge book. By that I usually mean that its reading is comparable to what a bungee jumper feels like just before stepping off the platform: exhilaration. If there’s a list of books that raise your heartbeat by a dozen every couple of pages, The Last Coyote will definitely in the top five.

I had read the book in a day, and what kept me glued was the fast-and-the-furious pace at which the book sprang from page to page. Harry Bosch – cynical, sarcastic and deeply dark unto himself – is absolutely brilliant. This is the fourth in the Bosch series. He seems to have such a pull: I really was ‘stuck’ to the book, you could say. My first Connelly book was The Poet and then its sequel, The Narrows. These two were extremely well-written books, and so were the ones that followed The Last Coyote, but why it stands out is that it deals out Bosch’s character on a platter. You get the almost total review of his behaviour, outlook in life and just about everything about him.

As we follow him through his journey into his past – he’s gone back a second time to investigate his mother’s untimely and much-forgotten death 30 years ago – Connelly takes us through each of Bosch’s individual and collected emotions and remorse. The way Bosch deals with each of his cases has bearings on his past. Currently, in the book, after smashing his superior’s head through a glass partition, he’s on voluntary leave, where he has to attend sessions with the cops’ shrink. He comes to realize that these sessions, although initially annoying, turn out things from his past, and things he had hidden unto his deep, dark self are emerging, and that he needs to face them.
As Bosch fights the system and treks out on his own in between his shrink sessions to find out about his mother’s killers, he faces many formidable obstacles, and he finds himself going right up to the once District attorney’s office.

This taut, racy crime thriller finds Bosch at an all-time low – he’s trying to find out who killed his prostitute mother, he was living in and is now evicted from his earthquake-damaged house, his girlfriend’s left him, and he’s got no badge – but he comes out of it all triumphant.

The climax is superb. It is connected well: a few unnoticeable clues in the beginning of his investigation come right back at him, staring in the face. Bashed up pretty well, physically and mentally, he lounges back at his mother’s killer(s) with pent-up rage, only to be hit in the face with more.

Having worked as a journalist in the crime beat, Connelly’s choice of situations and events is awesome. It suits the book just well.

Verdict: The plot is intense, the drama is mind-blowing, and the pace… man, it’s just wow! Harry Bosch rocks.

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Rating: 9.5/10 (2 votes cast)
Absolutely Brilliant Bosch!, 9.5 out of 10 based on 2 ratings

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  1. July 14th, 2010 | Nishita says:

    I love Harry Bosch too! I am always boring on about him in my blog 🙂

    Love your book review blog!

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