A beat officer on routine patrol in a deserted park on Mulholland Drive discovers a body stuffed in the trunk of a parked Rolls Royce Silver Cloud. The crime scene reveals a very professional mobster style execution with two bullets to the back of the head. Subsequent investigation determines the victim is Tony Aliso, a low level but apparently quite wealthy Hollywood executive whose company produces straight to video B movies - little better than soft core skin flicks. In a style that is now very familiar to Michael Connelly's legion of rabid fans, a less than by-the-book investigation by LAPD homicide detective, Harry Bosch, and his new team Kiz Rider, a young black female officer and veteran Jerry Edgar, leads them through a viper's nest of Las Vegas and Chicago mobster connections, dirty cops, Internal Affairs hatchet jobs, FBI cover ups and departmental police bickering.
For the very first time since I began reading the Harry Bosch canon in order, a little niggling voice inside my head was trying to persuade me to not like "Trunk Music"."Connelly," I said to myself, ... "This is too much. You've gone to that dirty cop well once too often. You're pushing your luck and this is just going to be repetitious!" Wrong! While the theme might be a little shop worn, Connelly still managed to pull yet another rabbit out of his hat and produce a superb police procedural with twists, turns, red herrings, dead ends and the requisite entirely unpredictable solution as well as allowing Bosch's character to grow at such a pace as to become almost larger than life. His relationship with former FBI Agent and now convicted felon, Eleanor Wish, paints him in warmer, more human colours than we've ever seen before. And in marked contrast to the constant butting of heads with Harvey (98) Pounds, readers will smile at a developing professional relationship with his new boss, Lieutenant Grace Billets.
Highly recommended. Sssh ... listen! That sound you can hear is the patter of running feet as Harry Bosch fans flock to their nearest bookstore to pick up the next one on the Harry Bosch reading list, "Angel's Flight".