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The Concrete Blond (1994)

– tekijä: Michael Connelly

Sarjat: Harry Bosch (3)

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Having shot the notorious serial killer, the "Dollmaker," four years earlier, maverick LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch finds himself in court, defending himself against a lawsuit that claims he killed the wrong man.
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Murderer kills women and dresses them as dolls. Bosch in his third book has to unravel the mystery as he is implicated in the shooting of a suspect.
His newer books I have enjoyed more. ( )
  pgabj | Jul 4, 2021 |
The opening line of Michael Connelly's third book in the Harry Bosch series, "The Concrete Blonde," sets the appropriate noir tone, "The house in Silverlake was dark, its windows as empty as a dead man's eyes." The threat is apparent and the recipient of the threat is Harry Bosch who shot and killed the husband of the plaintiff in a current civil case. The trial is more than the risk of being publicly humiliated as a cold blooded killer. Harry's self identity is challenged: is he motivated to kill in unconscious reaction to the brutal murder of his prostitute mother? For a brief moment he also questions the righteousness of the shooting: was Norman Church actually the serial killer labeled "the Dollmaker?"
Bosch's self-examination extends into his deeper psyche as he finds himself saying for the first time in his more than forty years, "I Love You." With Sylvia Moore he has found a relationship that comforts, that matters and which shapes his behavior. When he finds himself betrayed by partner Jerry Edgar, his first reaction is a harsh, unyielding demand that Edgar transfer out of the detective unit. After time spent with Sylvia, Bosch relents: he has found a way to break his own self-protecting shell and finds an empathetic understanding of Edgar's ensnarement by plaintiff attorney, Honey Chandler.
Much of the plot takes place in court house outside of which stands a statue of Justice. Chandler refers to her as a concrete blonde. "Bosch wondered what Chandler had thought about justice at the end. At her end. He knew there was no justice without hope."
  RonWelton | Feb 23, 2021 |
Too much courtroom drama for my taste. ( )
  snorrelo | Feb 22, 2021 |
Too much courtroom drama for my taste. ( )
  snorrelo | Feb 22, 2021 |
It’s true that third time’s the charm: this third book in Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch series looks indeed to have reached the solid ground needed for a continuing story, one that reinforces my resolution of adding more crime/thriller novels to my usual reading “menu” and to give further space in the genre to this series in particular.

A past investigation - one that was previously mentioned in passing - has come to bite Bosch in the behind: four years prior he was involved in the manhunt for the serial killer nicknamed “the Dollmaker” because he used to garishly paint the face of his victims with their own makeup. Following an unexpected lead, Bosch burst into the apartment where the killer brought his victims and shot him when the man seemed to reach for a gun under his pillow: the police found later that Norman Church, that was the man’s name, had a lot of incriminating evidence in that apartment, and therefore Bosch had indeed apprehend the true killer, but his off-procedure actions brought on a severe reprimand and his transfer from the prestigious Robbery Homicide Dept. to the far less glamorous Hollywood Division.

Now Church’s widow is suing Bosch and the LAPD protesting her husband’s innocence: the man was not actually reaching for a gun but for his toupee, and she maintains he was not a serial killer but an honest family man. The situation is complicated when a message, similar to those the serial killer sent to the police, brings to the discovery of another corpse - this one buried under the foundations of a building - and it seems that the victim was killed after Church’s death, therefore raising doubts about Bosch’s performance and threatening him with an accusation of wrongful death. The detective is forced to walk a difficult path between the courthouse, where his every action is put under merciless scrutiny, and the investigation for the new victim, which leads him to question his own past convictions and actions as he and the LAPD try to figure out if there is a copycat killer still on the prowl.

Of the three books I’ve read so far in this series, this is the most fast-paced and engrossing: on one side there is the hunt for evidence about the existence of another serial killer, and then the actual hunt for the man, punctuated by dead-end clues and faulty leads and culminating into a very unexpected (at least for me) revelation; on the other there is the courthouse trial, where Bosch’s conduct and past are put under a ruthless microscope as the prosecuting attorney pulls no punches in her campaign to discredit the detective. The character of Honey Chandler (nicknamed “Money” thanks to her rate of successes in the field) is an intriguing one: a very capable, very determined woman who is able to shake Bosch’s bedrock certainties making him question his own conduct and certainties: this is not the first time his actions have fallen under the spotlight, or that his career has been in jeopardy, but Chandler manages to make it quite close and personal, shaking the foundations of his perception of himself.

This sense of fallibility, this uncertainty, manage to suddenly make Bosch more human, far more relatable than previously shown, and contribute to turn him into a far more sympathetic character than he was so far. He seems less afraid of his emotions and has even started what looks like a stable relationship with a woman, and although he still keeps much of his feelings to himself, he appears willing to admit to their existence and to let them surface from time to time. While from Bosch’s point of view these might appear like weaknesses, these chinks in his carefully construed armor help in rounding his character and adding more layers to it: for a series that runs for the considerable number of books it has reached so far, this is more than necessary because it would be difficult to carry on for long with a protagonist that never changes from his “lone wolf” self - he needs to evolve through experience and in this book I saw the first glimmer of those changes that I hope will continue the transformation in the course of the series.

The layering of characterization goes hand in hand with a compelling plot where the search for and validation of evidence is made more intriguing by a lack of the kind of technology we are used to in our present time: in the mid-90s, when the story is set, the term “legwork” applied to police investigation was still quite apt, as the detectives had to actually move all over the place to confirm or discard each piece of collected information. This allows the author, in this particular case, to take his readers through the seedier parts of Los Angeles, where the porno industry (and the crime racket) made money through hard-core movies and the sale of X-rated tapes - yes, tapes. So quaint… ;-)

Another element I enjoyed here is that although the story is focused on the search for a serial killer, we are not exposed to the gorier aspects of the situation, since the author prefers to detail those of the manhunt: this allows for one of the few lighter sections of the book, when we are given an inside view of the re-formed Dollmaker Team and the interactions between the .detectives. As is bound to happen in any task force, the person in charge is not the best-and-brightest of the bunch, and I was amused at the tongue-in-cheek banter of the detectives as they poked fun at their leader practically under his nose.

Where I was slightly dubious, at the end of the previous book, about the possibility of carrying forward with this series, I am now much more hopeful that the next volumes will be as narratively intriguing as this one and look forward to discovering what lies down the road. ( )
  SpaceandSorcery | Oct 23, 2020 |
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