Certainly some are better than others and some of them are definitely at the top of his game but even the poorest of them is far richer than the dull paint-by-numbers ‘thrillers’ of his counterparts.
Angel’s Flight starts when Bosch is called in to investigate the murder of a local lawyer who has made a name for himself investigating corruption in the police department. Bosch’s suspicious nature kicks in almost right away as he senses that not only is he being thrust into a political hot bed that could breed riots in the streets but he’s also being set up to take the fall for it.
He reacts in typical Bosch fashion which is to bulldog his way through, working round the clock to discover the truth and in the process he unravels much more than he counted on and uncovers mysteries that everybody thought had been solved.
Bosch is a fascinating character, mostly because he can be wrong, and frequently is. What makes him so compelling is that, even though I know he leaps to conclusions, puts things together too early and has too many pages left to have figured it out already, he is so certain and convincing that I fall for it every time.
In the midst of trying to solve the crime of the decade, hold the city together and protect his fellow officers in the pursuit of truth at all costs (which might be a conflicting set of agenda) he is also struggling to keep his marriage together and to ride the heightened racial tension in the LAPD in the years following the Rodney King beatings.
Michael Connelly juggles all of those things into a nice ring around the readers head, snatching them out here and there to bring attention to them.
Angel’s Flight is a Michael Connelly book — which should be endorsement enough — but it is also a Harry Bosch book which is the best of what Michael Connelly writes. Jump in anywhere, you won’t be able to sit down until you finish.