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After being put on involuntary stress leave for attacking his boss, LAPD detective Harry Bosch tackles his mother's murder case....

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The Last Coyote: Harry Bosch Mystery 4: Harry Bosch Mystery 4 Reviews

  • James Thane
    2019-03-16 02:37

    The fourth Harry Bosch novel finds the L.A.P.D. homicide detective depressed and in a world of trouble. In a fit of anger, he pushed his boss's head through a window and has been suspended from the force. His badge and gun are gone and he's forced to undergo counseling if he has any hope of getting his job back. To make matters worse, the woman he's been involved with recently has left him, and his house has been badly damaged in an earthquake. The building inspector has condemned the house.Angry and depressed on several fronts, Harry is using some of his free time to try to make repairs to the house and save it from destruction. He also decides to investigate a very cold case--the murder years earlier of his own mother, who was working as a prostitute. Her death was the turning point of Harry's life. He knew his mother loved him but had never met his father. As a young boy, he was thus condemned to a life in an orphanage and a series of foster homes until he could finally escape into the Army.Harry goes to the department archives and pulls the material relating to his mother's case. In and around his visits to the police psychologist who is assigned to work with him, he begins digging into the case and before long has stirred up a veritable hornets' nest.This is another gripping story in the Bosch saga, one that goes a long way in explaining how Harry turned in to the man he has become. One would think that a thirty-year-old case would be too cold ever to clear, and it's fun to watch the inventive approaches that Bosch takes as he attempts to solve the crime.If I have a complaint about this book and about the character, it is that Bosh sometimes seems to go deliberately out of his way to insult or anger people when there's no good reason to do so. Sometimes these are people who are actually trying to help him, but Harry treats them like crap, which is pretty much the same way he treats everyone. I understand that Connelly is trying to create a hard, dark character here--a loner with a chip on his shoulder who is reminiscent of the last coyote--but he may overdo it just a bit. Sometimes Harry reacts in a way that takes the reader, or at least this one, right out of the story, wondering why in the hell Harry would act that way when there was simply no cause to do so. It's always fun to watch Bosch give some jerk exactly what he's got coming to him, but it's mystifying when he turns around and does it to someone who clearly doesn't deserve it. Still, this is a relatively small complaint and on the whole, I really enjoyed reading this book again.

  • Paul O'Neill
    2019-03-12 09:34

    Exceptional....Best book of the series so far. Connelly is so much more than a great thriller writer, he's simply a great writer and Bosch is such a great character, you can't help but pull for him at every step throughout this amazing story. Best crime thriller series out there. I honestly believe Connelly could write about anything. I'd put him up there with Stephen King and Brandon Sanderson in that regard (he's honestly that good!).

  • Kurt
    2019-03-02 03:54

    Quick - start thinking of every tired trope that comes to mind when you think of generic cop stories. It's OK, I'll wait. Your list probably included, "Author uses macho cop's mandatory therapy sessions as an excuse for character development," and, "Renegade cop gets his badge taken away, so he has to go rogue to catch the killer." Those two overdone stories come together to make this novel, so it should feel derivative and lifeless, right? Yet somehow, Connelly rises above the expectations of the genre and tells a compelling story that is the best in the series so far.I think the reason I respond so well to this book is that it's the fourth in the series. After loving the Lincoln Lawyer novels, I've started Connelly's Harry Bosch novels from the beginning, so I know how the protagonist got to this episode in his life, but not where he goes from here. Connelly writes each book both for new readers and for devoted fans, though: a new character sees Bosch's scars from a gunshot wound, and those of us who read The Black Echo know what they mean, but a new reader can easily grasp the most important details of how they matter to the scene in this book. Another new character appears and mentions that she's a replacement for someone who had a similar job - again, we know what happened to her predecessor in the last book, so we have a richer picture of how Bosch sees this woman, but a new reader doesn't need that distraction, so Connelly keeps the story moving along briskly. Most importantly, for three books, we have read about Bosch's pain from his mother's long-abandoned unsolved murder, so we know how significant it is that Bosch finally gets to pursue this personal justice he needs, but any reader will understand the most important emotions and motivations here. Connelly's mastery of telling a small story within a larger story is astounding, and I love him for it.This book itself involves Bosch, a homicide detective in LA, twiddling his thumbs on stress leave after a physical confrontation with the irritating supervisor who has tormented him for three books, so he begins investigating his mother's cold case. We see Los Angeles as a grimy and dangerous character of its own, as this book begins shortly after a devastating earthquake that leaves physical and mental damage for nearly everyone in the tale (Connelly's experience as a Los Angeles crime beat reporter enriches this aspect of the book, as it does every book he sets in the City of Angels). The mystery is engaging, with plenty of rational scenery changes and some good red herrings, a level of violence appropriate for the genre (with a hero who avoids the trap of protagonist invulnerability - we know that he won't actually die, since he's got to be around to star in more books later in the series, but he tends to take some wounds and carry scars from one novel to the next, so we never need to get bored thinking he's safe from real danger), and plenty of wit along the way. Connelly even plays with genre expectations here, though, as a very funny and juvenile running gag turns around for a stomach-dropping tragedy to kick the novel's final act into gear. Which brings us back to the beginning of the review, with the two tired tropes. They work so well here for longtime readers because Connelly has laid the right groundwork. He isn't going with the "rogue cop" story because the genre requires it from time to time - he's doing it because we've had three books of Bosch fighting within the system to get justice for others, so the only way for him to get justice for himself is to go one step further and work outside the system entirely. We've had three books of seeing Bosch's nightmares and lonely nights with a jazz album and a pack of cigarettes, Bosch's inability to talk about the things that matter most with his inquiring romantic interests, Bosch's stumbling half-step questions about his mother - so the only way to draw him out as a character is to put him in a therapist's office with someone who's going to ask him hard questions and make him give himself permission to open those long-closed doors. Yes, the tropes are tired - when they're used as cheap shortcuts to something better. But here, Connelly is going to them because nothing else has worked for his protagonist, and if they're tired, at least they're effective, and Connelly knows exactly how to make that work. Yes, this novel is a crime thriller, an airport paperback that you will probably read over the course of a couple of days and then never open again. It's not The Great American Novel. But as an example of what the genre can be in the hands of a truly capable storyteller, it is absolutely worth a read, either as your fourth Harry Bosch novel or as your first.

  • BillKerwin
    2019-02-23 07:37

    Those fans of the great Amazon series Bosch starring Titus Welliver who are yet readers of the books could pick a worse place to start reading than The Last Coyote, which contains much of the plot of the second season. (Even better, though, would be The Concrete Blonde--Harry Bosch #3--which contains much of the plot of the first.)Suspended for shoving his supervisor through a glass office panel, Detective Bosch decides to spend his enforced leave time investigating the murder which drives his angry heart: the strangulation of his mother, an LA call girl killed more than thirty years before. This is a first class entertainment, with all the action and twists and turns a mystery story fan could hope for, plus enough darkness and depth in the characters to give it weight. T

  • Jane Stewart
    2019-02-19 04:29

    This was really good. It was hard to stop reading. Bosch did many smart things that surprised me, things I did not expect.REVIEWER’S OPINION:Early in the book Harry said “I want (pause) I’m going to find her killer.” (My thoughts were yes you will. Not many people could say that but you can. You are so smart at solving crimes – I’ve seen him in action in three previous books.) It was hard for me to imagine how anyone could solve something so old. It was fascinating to watch what Bosch did to uncover clues and talk to people and figure out what happened 33 years ago.I was impressed with how Harry got people to talk to him and to do things – like several different bureaucrats he needed information from. The dialogue was very good. Even the simple scene of Bosch renting a room at a hotel was interesting. I chuckled at the conversation with the landlord. One of the reasons these books are so good is that Bosch does the unexpected. In one scene I thought he would try to get someone’s fingerprints, but no. He asked pointed questions, left, and then had a note delivered. From afar he watched the reaction to the note and said “spooked you didn’t I you f***.” Something else unexpected was why Bosch was using a fake name and what happened as a result.Two vicious men tortured and killed someone. Then they kidnapped Bosch. They hit him with a tire iron giving him a concussion and were going to kill him. My favorite and most memorable scene was what Bosch did to survive and get away (alone with no help). This is not a spoiler because we know he survives to be in the sequels.STORY BRIEF:The book begins with Bosch hitting his superior and put on involuntary stress leave. During this forced time off he decides to look into his mother’s death from 33 years ago. She was murdered. It was never solved. There was some kind of coverup and payoffs connected to powerful political people.AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:The narrator Dick Hill was very good.DATA:Narrative mode: 3rd person. Unabridged audiobook length: 12 hrs and 54 mins. Swearing language: strong but not frequently used. Sexual language: none. Number of sex scenes: two, told not shown. Setting: 1994 mostly Los Angeles, California, plus Florida and Nevada. Book Copyright: 1995. Genre: crime mystery. Ending: I felt regret for murdered victims but was pleased with eventual justice. The good guys win.

  • Phrynne
    2019-02-20 10:41

    Another excellent and very readable book from the Harry Bosch series. In this one our badly behaved Harry has behaved worse than usual and is temporarily suspended from duty. To fill in time he begins to research the cold case of his own mother's death. I enjoyed the book because I really enjoy Harry as a character and as usual Michael Connelly's writing style kept me totally involved from beginning to end. My only criticism would be that I struggled to keep up with the long, involved explanations at the end about who did what and why. Otherwise an excellent book as usual and I am glad I still have heaps more to read about Harry:)

  • Stephen
    2019-03-20 08:48

    My favourite of the series so far which really develops the character of Bosch - pretty hooked on these now. Great twists as usual - story seems to have finished with 40 pages still to go and then the whole thing is turned on its head !

  • William
    2019-03-09 04:32

    When I started, I was not sure I would enjoy this book as much as the previous ones. I was wrong. This is a far more intimate and poignant look into Harry Bosch, and the abused child inside him. His investigation into the murder of his mother, more than 30 years before, shows the Harry we know - insightful, creative, persistent, abrasive - and the Harry we know only a little from previous volumes.Being torn from his mother who loved him dearly, placed into a borstal where the law of the jungle ruled, and then a series of exploitative or unsuitable foster parents, created a young man on the edge of crime or greatness. We learned something of his Viet Nam experiences in The Black Echo, and some bits of his past in The Black Ice and The Concrete Blonde, but in this book we journey much deeper into his soul.There are the usual side-players, well-drawn mostly, with often hidden motives, and the love-interest "Jazz" wonderful and conflicted. I noted in this book, again, that Harry loves the smell of his loves as they embrace, the mystery and physicality, the deep primal connection - something he and I have in common, and with Connelly, too, I suspect.Wonderful stuff. Poignant, painful, wonderful, and complex, and as usual, the whodunit not always as you might guess.The more I read, the more I love Harry.

  • Jonetta
    2019-02-20 02:27

    Harry Bosch just gets better and better. This time he's having to see the department psychologist, suspended pending her evaluation of his suitability to return to work. Harry's earthquake damaged home has been condemned and he's surreptitiously investigating a cold case murder of someone who was close to him. It's a recipe for disaster. This was a gnarly case with lots of players and potential suspects. I liked that each lead didn't necessarily take Harry down the right path, giving me an opportunity to develop my own scenarios. The twists, turns and jaw-dropping surprises had me riveted to the book. Dick Hill's narration, even with a few flubs, just works for me, too. Another great installment in this series that has me wondering what's next for Harry. Still wild about him, imperfections and all.

  • Tim
    2019-02-20 04:41

    This story is a lot about tragedy and sorrow, yet well written. 7 of 10 stars

  • Scott Rhee
    2019-03-13 05:51

    Reading a Michael Connelly book is like shooting heroin, and I am a full-fledged addict. It's not a clean, sparkly high. It's more of an unsettling high, the kind that leaves one feeling spent and emotionally exhausted, but it's still a high nonetheless."The Last Coyote" is Connelly's fourth book in the series featuring his LAPD detective Heironymous "Harry" Bosch, and it is the best one in the series (thus far), in my humble opinion.Strangely enough, there is not a lot of action in this one, unlike some of his previous ones. It's slow-moving, but not in a plodding, boring way. It's slow in the sense that it takes its time to build and work subtly on the reader's emotions. It is perhaps the most psychological and reflective of the Bosch books so far, and for the first time, readers get a glimpse at Bosch's motivations. We begin to see what makes him tick.We've seen hints of it in the prior books. We know that Bosch has lots of baggage. He never knew his father, his mother was murdered when he was young, he spent many unhappy years in orphanages and foster homes, and he spent several traumatic years in Vietnam. Becoming a homicide detective in Los Angeles just seemed like a natural progression. Still, he never quite fit in. For all intents and purpose, Bosch is a troublemaker and an asshole. He is always pissing off his superiors and fellow cops. Internal Affairs always seems to be on his case. He can't maintain a healthy relationship. His insomniac nights are spent alone drinking beer and listening to his extensive collection of jazz records. He's a mess.At the start of "The Last Coyote", Bosch's life seems horrifically tumultuous. He is on temporary suspension for physically assaulting his boss. His girlfriend left him. And, almost as a metaphor for his life, his house in the Hollywood hills has been condemned and slated for demolition due to a recent earthquake. He still lives there, of course, seconds away from collapsing in on itself and rolling down the hill, precariously balanced between life and death.He is forced to see a departmental shrink. He does not like her at first, but he can't help but soon realize that she is smart and knows what she is doing. When he tells her that he has, during his time off, been conducting his own private investigation into the unsolved murder of his mother, she does not exactly discourage him. She warns him, though, that he may not like what he finds and that, if he does solve the case, it may result in the loss of his "edge", that indefinable thing that makes him a great cop. Because Harry's personal philosophy is that "everybody counts", which is why he doesn't like it when the police get lazy and don't follow through, which is what happened to his mother. The officers back then figured, she was just a prostitute. But to Harry, she was his mother, and she counted.His investigation into the 30-year-old murder case of a prostitute eventually does lead him to places he never would have suspected and, in some cases, uncomfortable truths about himself. This is the most brilliant part of the book. Ostensibly, the book is a murder mystery, but deep down it is the gradual uncovering of a man's soul into his own heart of darkness. Connelly's butter-smooth prose and spot-on examination of the human condition make this one of the best mysteries I have ever read, and it's certainly one of the best in the Bosch series.

  • Trev Twinem
    2019-03-12 08:26

    In the many years that I have been reading crime the two stand out characters are Rebus and his creator Ian Rankin and Harry Bosch written by Los Angeles ex crime reporter Michael Connelly. The Last Coyote is no 4 in the series and to me one of the best, in it Detective Bosch tries to finally solve the case of who murdered his mother Marjorie Lowe. The Last Coyote is a lovely thoughtful title and one that Bosch thinks he has an affinity to. One evening he sees a mangled bedraggled coyote and he uses this imagery in his conversations with his psychiatrist Carmen Hinojos, she adds her timely interpretation...."For what it's worth I think it's clear you identify with the coyote, there are not so many policemen like you left and you feel some threat to your existence or your mission."....Connelly's portrayal of Bosch as a lonely maverick of a man using his nonconformist methods to fight crime is nothing short of brilliant..."Loneliness had been the trash can fire he huddled around for most of his life."..."It was always in the silences that Bosch felt most comfortable with the women who had moved through his life."....."He felt the numbness of disappointment that comes from broken hopes and wondered if he would ever talk to her again.".. Bosch is able to devote his time to this case as he has been temporarily suspended following an incident with Lieutenant Pounds and the story naturally plays out in a political arena where the perpetrator has been able to stay undetected for many years. The ending when it occurs will surprise you in a beautifully constructed study of a detective loathed by many, loved by a few, a man not always at peace with himself on an endless search for atonement...."The sex created a world without intrusion. One so vital that it could have lasted an hour or maybe only a few minutes and he wouldn't have known the difference."

  • Jim
    2019-03-03 04:55

    Wow! Depressing. Most of it anyway. Harry is one morbid guy, but really interesting. On leave, he tackles the case closest to his heart & it's a humdinger. Decades old, shrouded in mystery & corruption, he goes after it in his bull dog way. I liked the ending, but most of it was depressing. How the man finds the energy to get up in the morning is beyond me & pretty much the point. These books are like peanuts. While each is pretty self-contained, there are just enough threads left to make me want to go on to the next. I'm not making time for them in the evening, though. I can't wait until I get to those my library has as audio books. I think I'll go through them faster then.

  • Richard
    2019-03-15 06:29

    8/10Harry Bosch sets out to solve a murder which took place over 30 years ago, the murder of his mother. He's suspended from the police force and decides to take on a mission that he feels compelled to solve. There are plenty of obstacles which hinder Harry, but if you've read any Bosch before you know that obstacles are merely there to be navigated and not deterred. I was a little worried coming into this book as the taking on of a 30 year old case just seemed too far fetched and how would you be able to solve something so old. I needn't have worried though as you're lead through the investigation with skill and grace by Connelly who makes something like re-jogging a witnesses memory on something that happened 30 years ago as simple as heating something in a microwave. Whilst it wasn't as good as the series topping "The Concrete Blonde" it was probably my second favourite in the Bosch series to date filling in a lot more back story for Bosch. At this stage I feel comfortable with the character and where his actions would annoy someone who didn't know him I just go along with the ride just shrugging my shoulders saying Harry knows best. He truly does though; at no point did I think he wouldn't solve the case even with his police privileges revoked.Well worth reading if you're this far into the series, but it can also be read as a standalone and would provide some useful back story to Bosch for a newcomer with nothing which would confuse anyone who hasn't read previous outings.If you like this try: "Knots & Crosses" by Ian Rankin

  • Banner
    2019-03-19 08:39

    Big Bosch fan here! I've read all but the last 3 books (I think I'm right on that). I'm slowly working my way through the audio series. I'm trying to get them on sale, not an easy thing to do.This book really helps define the character. We learn (along with Bosch in the story) about Harry's mission and what it means for Harry to be a detective. This is a very powerful and emotional story. Just a side note about the likability of the character, Harry Bosch. Some don't like him and some do. I guess nothing unusual in that. In reading this story again, I can really see the unlikable side of Harry Bosch. He can be arrogant, but more than that he can be a bully. He pulls some stunts in this story that kind of make me cringe. But I believe that the tragic events of this story and ones to come make Harry Bosch into a more mature and dare I say, likable character.Through it all, what dose not change is the mission. And ultimately this is what I like about Harry. That and the good story telling.

  • Mike
    2019-03-01 04:40

    I'm on a mission to fill in the early days of Harry Bosch. I started in the middle of the series and missed this essential book on Harry's background. Harry has been suspended for insubordination...he beat the crap out of his supervisor...and has to attend a psych evaluation before he can be reinstated to the force. In the meantime he decides to investigate the murder of his mother. This is one of the best Connelly novels, twists and turns galore. Four stars for The Last Coyote

  • Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
    2019-03-06 02:47

    Reviewed at Cross My Heart Writings and Reviews.Harry Bosch has been suspended and stripped of his LAPD Badge, his official vehicle, and life as he knows it. He’s lost his home, his girlfriend, and his self-control. In department mandated counseling sessions, Harry is forced to examine his actions, express his feelings, and bare his soul about past and present events – something he is not comfortable doing. But unless he can convince the psychologist that he’s not a threat to himself and others, he can kiss his badge and life good-bye. Some might say this story moves too slow in the first half, but I find the complex inter-workings of Harry’s mind fascinating and didn’t have an issue with it. Through counseling sessions and Harry’s “off-the-record” investigation into a 1961 unsolved murder, readers learn a lot more about what makes Harry tick including his past and the life that contributed to the damaged man he is now. As the story plays out, the action and investigation gain momentum as Harry has spooked some old ghosts, rattled some cages, riled some important people, and generally stirred up trouble leaving bodies in his wake. Through a series of twists and turns, Harry rages full speed ahead plowing through every obstacle and red herring tossed in his path while defying orders to cease his investigation. He’s bet it all on this one case – let the chips fall where they may. I enjoyed following the leads along with Harry, studying each suspect while trying to get to the truth. I didn’t see the shocking truth of it all until the very end. What a heart-breaker.The Last Coyote left me with an uneasy feeling of having accidentally peeked through a window straight into Harry’s soul. I almost feel the need to apologize to him for having been privy to his inner most thoughts, secrets, and regrets. Stunning job of characterization by this author! Raw, gritty, intense, and as always entertaining, this is another Must Read in the Harry Bosch series!

  • Obsidian
    2019-03-18 09:41

    Please note, that this review spoils some events from the previous three books. Do not read further if you have not read the books.So I keep reading the Harry Bosch books because I love the main character from television and even though Harry continues to be his own worst enemy (seriously though, he is) you can't help rooting for him, even while wanting to slap him upside the head and say be smarter.Harry is suspended after throwing his commanding officer through a window. Instead of outright firing him, he is forced to go to the department psychiatrist. Initially resentful of feeling like the shrink is there to judge him, Harry starts to take a hard look at his life and realizes what he needs to do to maybe move on is to figure out who murdered his mother. Readers of the series know that Harry's mother was killed when he was 11. After that he bounced back and forth from an orphanage to foster homes until he left for Vietnam. Harry thinks that if he solves his mother's murder maybe he can stop feeling so angry all of the time. Harry at this point is without a girlfriend (I have never been so happy to see a character go) and does not know what he wants. In his 40s at this point, he is a great detective, but anti-social. And even when he is reaching out to people, he has one fist balled up to deliver a punch if someone tries anything.What surprised me the most in this book is that Harry feels betrayed when his partner Edgar is assigned someone new and Edgar is not down so much of being used by Harry to go out and find things that can get him (Edgar) fired. I don't really get this partnership at all. Harry seems to have disdain towards Edgar and implies that he doesn't think much of him since he is also selling houses on the side. And in this book, Harry is upset about him moving on. I think it galled me when Edgar actually apologized. Harry is a pretty shitty friend. Period. I enjoyed the new character of Carmen Hinojos who is the psychologist for the Los Angeles Police Department. There was finally someone who pushed at Harry and called him on his B.S. Repeatedly. Frankly the character needs more of that. I also think that she genuinely cared about him. The writing was good, it really is just Harry doing a lot of deductive reasoning, interviewing people, and doing what he can to screw with Lieutenant Pounds as much as possible while doing it. I also think it's great that Connelly shows that sometimes Harry is not the smartest one in the room (Irving always has his number). I thought the flow was a bit off here and there, not too bad, just a couple of times. The setting moves from Los Angeles to Florida (Tampa) and I didn't get a sense of Florida here at all. Maybe because Harry is hell-bent on his mother's case. But Florida felt like a throwaway place where action was taking place.The ending was bittersweet for Harry and his realization that you can't always get what you want, and even when you do, it still may come at a price.

  • Cathy DuPont
    2019-03-02 06:48

    Number four in the Harry Bosch series and I feel that I have read many more than four of the series. Must be the fact that I’ve read all of the Mickey Haller series where Harry (we’re on a first name basis now) plays a role in the books, sometimes bigger than 'walk-ons.’ I simply love Michael Connelly’s skillful writing. He writes with the reader in mind with descriptive, flowing sentences. Great characters described so well that you can vision them in your mind’s eye and scenery that takes you there. Some professional reviewers have likened Connelly’s writing to noir but I disagree. His writing is in a league of his own and I’ve read enough noir to compare them.To me, thus far, Harry has been an enigma and not very likable, to me, anyhow. Until now that is with the reading of this book. He’s been brash, arrogant, impetuous, self-absorbing and insensitive. My perception of Harry now, due to this book, has changed dramatically. I’ve seen a person who is indeed, very sensitive underneath and who is actively trying to become a better person. He wants to do the right thing in spite of everything flowing in and out and around him.The book opens with his world falling to pieces and his denial of it all; his home is due to be demolished because of the earthquake and he continues working on it; he’s on involuntary stress leave from the LAPD because he threw his boss into a plate glass window (his boss lived with minor scratches); his long time (for him) girlfriend left him because she (he says) found out who he is; and lastly, he’s drinking too much. He’s tried to deny all of these events. Because of the episode between Harry and his boss, he’s placed on involuntary stress leave and ordered to see the LAPD psychologist. At first he’s hesitant to interact with the psychologist who appears to be intuitive and willing to go the distance with him. She has the power to cut his career short or let it continue. She has his life in her hands and Harry’s not happy about that but is acutely aware of it. However, she’s skillful in drawing him out and he learns to respect her. He decides to look in the mirror and see the ‘real Harry.’ “Everybody counts or nobody counts” is his mantra, meaning victims regardless of who they are should receive equal treatment in an investigation of their murder. And number one on his list is his mother who was murdered 30+ years ago with an investigation which was hardly a blip by the department. He wonders why? This begins Harry’s venture to find out what happened to his mother who was a prostitute when she was murdered. Everybody counts, even his prostitute mother. This quest relates closely to Harry’s introspection and his final revelations about himself. The ending has numerous surprises which seem to go on and on. The ending brought this book from a solid four to a solid five stars for me, the best Harry Bosch yet.

  • Carol
    2019-03-01 06:52

    Moving right along in my goal to read all theHarry Bosch Series, I was pleased how smoothly Connelly transitioned from The Concrete Blond to The Last Coyote. Even though it's a year later Connelly easily catches us up on what's been happening with our guy.Harry's relationship with Sylvia is over, he's on leave, going to Chinatown (a department psychologist) and is hoping to get back to active duty soon. Harry observes much about himself. I think he's a bit worried about the aging process. He's got a good head of hair, curly still though it is turning gray; not so his mustache. He remains on the slim side but he has to watch his diet more. He's drinking more and enjoying it less. Did I realize Bosch is left-handed? He continues to wear his gladiator tie and 187 penal code tie-tack, little details that are comforting. The major bad news is that his house in the hills has been destroyed by an earthquake and he's dodging inspectors who would condemn the place even as he tries to rebuild. With time on his hands Bosch decides to investigate the murder of his mother, Marjorie Phillips Lowe - who was killed 35 years ago. I don't think Harry can move on with his life or feel whole without knowing the how, who and why. This is good for the reader as we want to know too. Once again Connelly gives us a good mystery fleshed out by the continuation of strong characters. Music and art remain an important part of Harry's life and the streets of LA are becoming more and more familiar with each book. The coyote, even if not the last, appears and disappears and becomes a symbolic tool throughout the story and one that Harry connects with. Ready to start #5.

  • Sarah Anne
    2019-02-18 05:45

    This series is getting better and better. The first two were an almost four stars, the third was a very firm four, and this one is just shy of five. I actually listened to the entire thing today. I may have hearing damage, but I could not put it down.I love the fact that these aren't the kind of mystery stories that are about surprising you with the identity of the killer. Instead we follow Harry as he develops suspects and investigates the case. This tends to lead from the suspect that you're assuring him couldn't be the real killer on to the next possible suspect and the next. This one starts out with Harry being on suspension for putting his Lieutenant's face through the office window. Oops. So yes, he's suspended and getting counseling, partially because they believe that he may have PTSD but in a case where the "post" in there doesn't apply because of his high stress job, especially post-Rodney King. While he's on suspension he decides to check into the murder of his mother, which took place 35 years ago and was never solved.This a really really great book and I can't rave about this series enough. The first two were fun but these last two have been amazing.

  • Donna
    2019-02-19 02:38

    For fans of Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series, this book is the must-read prequel, of sorts, that explains the central character's general angst and anger. In The Last Coyote, Connelly does a credible job in terms of plot and character, and he sustains suspense well enough to keep me up past my bedtime. The mood is dark, but the book is never boring, and there's a little intrigue at the end that should bring real Bosch fans for the next installment. All-in-all, this particular specimen of mystery-suspense escapist literature does its job well.I do have two little gripes. First, there's Connelly's perplexing refusal to use contractions where any American would use them in everyday speech. Second, he can be a little heavy-handed in terms of symbolism. (The sixth or seventh time the coyote appears in the book, I wanted to scream, "Okay, I got it already"!)But if it's escapism you're after, and the self-congratulatory feeling of being you instead of him, this book should do the job for you.[Note: Read again in Nov. 2012. I guess I must subconsciously pick up this book every four years to take my mind off the suspense of presidential elections.]

  • Jenifer Mohammed
    2019-03-14 06:51

    Poignant yet thrilling mystery!This was a great mystery that offers an inner perspective of Bosch not always found to such a degree in other books of the series. Bosch is in counselling for an attack on his Lieutenant. While suspended, Bosch decides to try and figure out who murdered his mother when he was just a child. Figures from the past turn out to have lots of secrets they are willing to kill to keep. This was a thrilling and suspenseful story with a thread of sadness and loss interwoven throughout.

  • Janebbooks
    2019-02-26 09:29

    THE LAST COYOTE is my very favorite Harry Bosch story by Michael Connelly!We learn in this fourth outing...that his damaged house on a hillside has been condemned and that the woman who was his mother was brutally slain in 1961...three decades earlier than the time of the novel. I had always been curious about a woman who named her son after the erratic, dark artist Hieronymous Bosch.....

  • Harry
    2019-03-14 02:30

    Time saver tip: if you've read my review of any Harry Bosch book, you've read 'em all. Since I don't reveal plots and reserve my comments to the overall book/author, characterization, style, etc...I just don't feel the need to repeat myself as in most casesseries books if any good at all do remain consistent. The star ratings might change, but not my opinion of the series as a whole.Michael Connelly is a well know and very popular author in the mystery/detective and police procedural genres. Exploding onto the scene in the early nineties with his first six novels, and topping it off just recently with his 18th Bosch novel (The Black Box), Connelly has garnered most awards worth getting. Let's face it, the awards are well deserved, especially for those first novels (more on that later). Having emerged onto the fictional world after a career as a journalist, culminating with his job as crime reporter for the LA times, and admitting to becoming interested in writing fiction as a result of reading Raymond Chandler early on in his journalistic career, Michael Connelly has since involved himself in several collaborations: notable the television series Level 9, and as co-writer with Val McDermid's Wire In the Blood series (and that spawned the wildly popular grim, noir BBC television series of the same name). If you're into Noir than this TV series is a must see.Connelly has a knack for writing suspenseful tales that take quite a few twists and turns before being resolved with a stellar Who-Done-It that has most readers guessing till the very end (at least in his earlier books).Heironymous (Harry) Bosch, the hero in this series, is named after a Renaissance painter who specialized in earthly sins, debauchery, fanciful and gruesome visions of hell, violent consequences from high above if not detailed looks at the tortures reserved for earthly residents. Score 1 for Connelly in choosing a very apropos name for our own tortured detective Harry Bosch.Bosch is a complicated and conflicted character, a character that slowly develops across this series but whose emotive origin lies in the Viet Cong tunnels where Harry got his education in fear: underground, claustrophic, dark, drenched with blood, gruesome deaths, peopled with a savage enemy crawling within the absence of all light, hunting for the American soldiers like bloodthirsty rats. From these dark tunnels emerges Harry Bosch, LAPD detective, bent on setting the world right. From this darkness where pacific military command has sent Bosch to discover the inevitable conflict between a military order and the reality of carrying out that order, we find a detective in perpetual defiance of LAPD authority.The Harry Bosch series, for me, are divided into two sets: the first 4 books, and the rest that follow. As mentioned earlier, the classic early 90's novels were better for me. Books starting with The Black Echo on through The Last Coyote all inherit the tortuous origins of Harry's artistic namesake. Reading these books I could actually feel my heart begin to race as I sped towards the inevitable ending, ones that actually kept you guessing to the very end. One reviewer (sorry, can't remember who it was) says the following of these earlier book titles:[...]Even the titles of the books used to be cleverer. Compare The Drop (a simple reference to Deferred Retirement Option Plan) to The Concrete Blonde (a reference to both lady justice statue on the courthouse and the body of a blonde entombed in concrete. [...]Compare that to the later books in the series where we find a Harry Bosch notably mellower in his older age, where we find endings easily guessed at, where procedure begins to trump a superb plot. Bosch no longer smokes, doesn't drink and drive, doesn't slap people around anymore, where his defiance of LAPD authority is tempered by retirement, and let's face it, where my heart just doesn't race as often anymore. Let's say that his later novels are beginning to show an author's haste (is it me, or are the novels shorter and shorter?)Don't get me wrong, I still love reading the latest Bosch novel. Where the earlier novels have a few things that can be improved on (dialogue could have been better) the later novels are polished, almost a little too much so. After 18 Bosch novels, is Connelly tiring? Maybe.Beginning with the last 90's novel (Angels Flight) in which we are introduced to Bosch's latest romantic interest, Eleanor Wish, with whom Bosch is to have a daughter this mellowing process takes root. Connelly is absolutely right to introduce this notable character shift in Bosch from this book forward because as I can attest to in my own personal life: when you see your child born, a fundamental shift takes place in a man. For me, I was reborn from a devilish bachelor into a man who now bore the responsibility of an innocent life. It completely turned around my life for the better. And so it is with Harry Bosch. It is the presence of his daughter that transforms him from Heironymous to Harry.Overall, I highly recommend this series.

  • Heidi
    2019-02-22 04:41

    Another excellently crafted mystery featuring Bosch and the ghosts of his past.

  • Christine
    2019-03-16 09:44

    Lately, I have returned to reading reading mysteries at night in bed on the theory that the pace and flow of this familiar style of fiction will lull me into sleep. Humph! Shouldn't have picked up this one! No rest for the wicked, not for those who insist on reading howling, twisty-turny tales after midnight!Harry Bosch, the series protagonist, is a flawed but honorable police detective who has slammed flat-out into the wall of a mid-life crisis. After losing his temper and assaulting his infuriating little bureaucrat of a lieutenant, he has been placed on an involuntary leave of indeterminate length. To regain his job, his lifeline, he must suffer the supposed indignity of seeing a therapist, who holds his future in her hands. As he wrestles with her, and with himself and his dreams & demons, he encounters himself and it unbalances him.What does the anxious, pacing, prowling old coyote, Harry, decide to do to regain his equilibrium during his recovery time? Reopen the 30-year-old, unsolved murder of a prostitute, his own mother, Marjorie Lowe. Though the case is cold, the stakes are high for those with something to hide. Bosch travels from LA to Florida on the trail of the truth, a truth he may not want to know. In the process he learns who he can and cannot trust within the department, and what he can trust within himself. And he faces a choice to trust or to turn away from a woman who may be as messed up as he is.I found this book to be soothing - in that the character of Bosch was consistent and authentic - and exasperating - because each time that I was certain I had the whole plot figured out, it took a turn, sometimes a wildly unlikely turn, and sometimes a dull, bogged down, romance-that-explains-his-damaged-psyche let's-get-this-over-with sort of turn. Let us just say that the howl of this coyote kept me reading through the night. The light of dawn finally brought blessed, satisfied silence as I finished the book, and dozed off at last, wearing a contented little smile.

  • Joe Stamber
    2019-03-07 02:34

    The Last Coyote is the fourth outing for Michael Connelly's wonderful creation Harry Bosch. I've taken them in order, with 3 on audio CD and one in print. As with all audio books, the narrator makes all the difference. I may be wrong but I think the 3 I have listened to so far have all had the same narrator. Like Elliot Gould reading Raymond Chandler, the narrator here is right on the nail.In the previous books, we've heard regular snippets about Harry's childhood; his hooker mum being murdered, him growing up in care, all the reasons why he has turned out to be such an awkward, bad tempered and disagreeable adult. We can see why Harry pisses people off, but at the same time we can't help feeling sympathy for him. It can't be easy dragging all that baggage around, and after all, deep down we know Harry is only trying to do the right thing.Now Harry has some time on his hands. Between "The Concrete Blonde" and "The Last Coyote" his patience with his boss, Harvey Pounds, has finally run out and he has got physical with him. Harry finds himself on "involuntary leave". He's not the sort to kick his heels so he decides now is the time to check out the unsolved murder of his mother. "Can of worms" doesn't even come close.After all the hints in previous books, it's great to see Harry confront his demons. This is a pretty dark book and we see Harry sink lower than we've ever seen him, more so even than when he was being fitted up in "The Concrete Blonde". Connelly really puts Bosch through his paces and makes Harry work only to turn up the wrong stone again and again. Eventually Harry jumps enough hurdles to get some answers but every time he thinks he has it figured another question presents itself.Michael Connelly has done it again; "The Last Coyote" is a masterpiece of human emotion, intrigue and mystery. I only discovered Harry Bosch in 2011; I'm delighted because it means I have the rest of his adventures before me. Bravo MC, and long live HB.

  • Robin
    2019-03-09 05:25

    Suspended from the police force after an altercation with his commanding officer, Detective Harry Bosch has a lot of time on his hands. With lots of time to kill, Harry decides to look into a cold case. In 1961 a prostitute was murdered and left in an alley. No one was ever arrested for this crime. Harry wants to get to the bottom of this case since the victim was his mother. As he studies the evidence and the interviews taken by the homicide detectives, Harry sees some big holes in the investigation. Was there a cover up? Is the killer someone she knew?This is the fourth book in the Harry Bosch series and it’s a winner. We get to know more about Harry and what makes him tick. The mystery was solid and there were a couple of red herrings to throw us (and Harry) off track. There was also a surprise in the middle of the book I didn't see coming at all. My rating: 4 Stars.

  • Ellen Lee
    2019-03-10 04:53

    I've read all the Harry Bosch books (during my morning commute on the ferry from Oakland to San Francisco--yes, I lengthened my commute so I could read more!) and this is by far the best and most moving. It's very touching to see the hard-boiled Harry open up his heart as he tries to solve the one murder that's always haunted him: the murder of his own mother.What's really surprising about this book is not that we discover many new dimensions to Harry, but that his long-dead mother appears to us as a living, breathing human being who desperately and genuinely loved her son.This is the only Harry Bosch book that made me cry. It's ok, I keep a packet of tissues in my purse.I added a star for Eleanor Wish. I loves me some Eleanor, the former FBI agent turned sort of bad (but for a good reason).