Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Book Review: Angel's Flight - Michael Connelly

Synopsis - When the body of a high profile black lawyer Howard Elias is found inside one of the cars on Angel's Flight, a funicular railway in down-town LA, there's not a detective in the city who'll touch the case.

Murdered on the eve of a lawsuit on behalf of Michael Harris, Elias's speciality was prosecuting cases of police brutality. corruption and racism.  Like every other cop,  Harry Bosch believed Harris guilty as accused of the rape and murder of a 12 year old girl.  Elias's civil action was supposed to expose the LAPD and reveal the real killer.  Now it's all down to Bosch - and it means digging deep into a minefield of suspicion and hate buried in his own backyard.

Review -  Another outing for Connelly's popular detective Harry Bosch.  This crime has political consequences therefore Bosch has a short time-scale and is given a tight rein by Deputy Chief Inspector Irving.  The death of a famous black lawyer who concentrates his work on prosecuting cops guilty of racism and brutality.  Bosch asks for help but is given a team from IAD headed by his nemesis Chastain and later, a team from the FBI are brought in to add weight to the investigation.

Bosch as usual, has a troubled private life and is not happy with the outcome of the investigation as the Chief is dumbing down the truth to save the faces of high profile citizens.  Harry digs further until he finds the truth and may now find his career jeopardised due to his findings.  If you like Michael Connelly's famous detective then you will like this story too.  3*

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