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In "Christmas Even", the case of a burglar killed in mid-heist leads Bosch to retrace a link to his past. In "Father's Day", Bosch investigates a young boy's seemingly accidental death and confronts his own fears as a father. In "Angle of Investigation", Bosch delves into one of the first homicides he ever worked back as a uniformed rookie patrolman, a case that was left unsolved for decades.
Together, these gripping stories span Bosch's controversial career at the LAPD, and show the evolution of the haunted, legendary investigator he would become. Utterly unputdownable, they are proof that "Connelly never stops doling out the suspense.... Once it grabs you in those first few pages, it won't let go of you" (Boston Globe).
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By Mark on 08-26-12
The best of the two Connelly short story collectio
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This collection of three one-hour Harry Bosch investigations is a little better than the other one called "Suicide Run" because the point of the stories isn't so much solving the crime but something else going on in Bosch's mind. The first story involves a stolen saxophone that comes up later in, I think, "The Drop" where Harry starts taking sax lessons. He remembers hearing a jazz player at a USO show during Vietnam and then meets him for the first time in this story.The second story has a poignant moment with his daughter at the very end, before that bad thing happens in the "Nine Dragons" novel. And the third story is constructed with that typical Connelly structure where it starts with a case from a long time ago (in fact, Bosch's first case as a patrol officer) and then jumps forward to the case coming up again when he joins the Open Unsolved unit and he and Kiz revisit it.It's fun to meet all of the regular characters in these shorter, more easily solved stories. If you're a Bosch fan, you'll love this collection as a satisfying snack between novels. (Yes, short stories are often unsatisfying but not these ones.)
As for the narration, Len Cariou's voice is starting to go. It's not as bad as it is in "The Drop," but it's faltering. Still, it's serviceable and I've come to think of him as the voice of Bosch — he just gets Connelly's rhythm — so it's plenty fine.
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By Jane on 01-20-13
Too short to do anything in depth
but good if you’re a Harry Bosch fan.
Not happy with the first story “Christmas Even.” It was unfinished. Harry knows who did it and how, but he hasn’t proved it.
“Fathers Day” was complete. Harry investigates and interrogates in a smart way. It was good. “Angle of Investigation” was also good.
In general I don’t like short stories. These are a way to pass the time, but not enough time to get into them. I would not recommend this unless you’ve already read all of the full length Harry Bosch novels and want more of him.
Sadly I have problems with the narrator. I used to love him, but he has changed. He has trouble pronouncing certain sounds like K and S. It’s stressful to hear him talk. I wonder if he has ill-fitting false teeth. Other than that he is good with acting and tone of voice.
Genre: crime mystery
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