Just like getting back in touch with an old friend!
It’s been some time since I’ve last read a novel from the Harry Bosch series by Michael Connelly, and returning back to LA with Detective Bosch has reminded me how much I love this book franchise!
Over the past few years if I’ve returned back to the LAPD to solve another case with Detective Harry Bosch- it had been to listen to old titles which I had skipped over in the past, as I had listened to the books out of order (I’d been listening to whatever the library had on its shelves). So it’s been a very long while since I’ve listened to a Bosch novel which is more up-to-date with the present day.
Two Kinds of Truth is the 20th title in the Harry Bosch series (2017), Harry is now a volunteer detective for the San Fernando police department working cold cases from an old jail cell which is now his office. He and his small department of San Fernando detectives are called to a double homicide of a father and son pharmacy business, in what seems to be a botched robbery. Meanwhile an inmate on death row, whom Harry and his partner had put away back in the 80s, claims that he has been wrongfully imprisoned for the past decades for a crime that he did not commit, and now there was DNA evidence which proves his innocence – that puts into question Bosch’s slam-dunk case and also puts into question his methods and his 30+ year detective reputation.
The novel is a definite page turner, fast-paced as the duel cases unfold in parallel, which keeps driving Bosch forward to uncover the truth – and with Mickey Haller (Bosch’s brother-from-another-mother) weaved into the story-line, the detective and law-room drama makes it a very compelling and satisfying read indeed!
For me I particularly enjoy the Harry Bosch series and the way Michael Connelly embeds his character in the present day, therefore as current affairs, technology and culture evolves in reality, this evolution and passage of time is also reflected in the fictional life and times for Harry. Therefore as we, Michael Connelly’s audience, grow older, so does Harry Bosch and all those around him. Therefore after so many years of separation, picking up this novel has felt like I’ve been reunited with an old friend, catching up on how he’s been and what he’s been up to in the intervening years. It’s a little sad to see that Harry is now a relatively old man in his 60s, but I guess we’re all getting long in the tooth as well.
So if it’s been a while since you’ve picked up a book from the Harry Bosch series, you’d be pleased to know that the novels are only getting better as Michael Connelly pens his 20th book in the series. And at present, Book 21 (Dark Sacred Night) and Book 22 (The Night Fire) are also out and available for your listening pleasure.
And for the past years, I’ve been avoiding Michael Connelly’s Mickey Haller series, due to the fact that I’m not a big fan of the courtroom drama genre, and frankly the name Mickey Haller didn’t capture my imagination. But after Mickey’s cameo appearance in ‘Two Kinds of Truth’, I’ve actually warmed to his character and after two weeks I’ve already smashed through the 1st (The Lincoln Lawyer) and 2nd novel (The Brass Verdict) in the Haller series.
If you want to check out all of Michael Connelly’s titles to see what the prolific author has been up to recently – please click HERE!