Publication Date: November 26, 2012
In The Black Box by Michael Connelly, Harry Bosch is called to the scene of a murder during the L.A. Riots. The victim is a white, female, Danish reporter who was shot through the eye. As the twentieth anniversary of the riots approaches, Bosch has tied the murder to two others and is determined to solve the case that he’s never been able to forget. The Black Box (A Harry Bosch Novel) is the seventeenth book in the Harry Bosch series.
How old is Harry? He was in Vietnam, at the time of the L.A. Riots was a 25–year vet. Now we’re 20 years into the future. He’s got to be well into his sixties. I have read a number of Connelly’s Harry Bosch books but really felt that this was the first where the reader is kind of smacked in the face with Harry’s age. How much longer can he legitimately go on? Granted, this novel felt like a winding down of sorts. We got more of Harry’s home life in a way that, for this reader, feel that Connelly was passing the torch in a sense to Harry’s daughter. She may be only 16 years old, but she wants to join the force and be a part of the action.
That said, the plotting of The Black Box (A Harry Bosch Novel) is solid. Harry takes on a case he might never solve. We are a part of Harry’s process; we are with him as he bucks his superiors to stand for the victim. Harry is very real, his dialogue is very real, and his interactions are very real. The sense of the character is that this is someone that Mr. Connelly knows very well and with whom he’s very comfortable…as he should be after 17 novels.
I did find Lt., Cliff O’Toole, to be a bit much. Written in a very 1980s’ cop show, “YOU’RE A LOOSE CANNON” kind of way, he was just over the top. Bosch reverts to a rebellious teen with mock salutes and feigned compliance when they’re together. It was just a bit typical.
Overall I found The Black Box (A Harry Bosch Novel) to be a good police procedural which fits well with the Bosch series, but I cannot help but wonder what’s next for Harry and if I want to be there to see it.
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