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Angels Flight (A Harry Bosch Novel) (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 1999; vuoden 2011 painos)

– tekijä: Michael Connelly

Sarjat: Harry Bosch (7)

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An activist attorney is killed in a cute little L.A. trolley called Angels Flight, far from Harry Bosch's Hollywood turf. But the case is so explosive, and the dead man's enemies inside the L.A.P.D. are so numerous, that it falls to Harry to solve it. Now the streets are superheating. Harry's year old Vegas marriage is unraveling. And the hunt for a killer is leading Harry to another high-profile L.A. murder case, one where every cop had a motive. The question is, did any have the guts?… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:DeanClark
Teoksen nimi:Angels Flight (A Harry Bosch Novel)
Kirjailijat:Michael Connelly
Info:Grand Central Publishing (2011), Edition: 0, Mass Market Paperback, 512 pages
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    Kylmä kuolema (tekijä: James Thompson) (kraaivrouw)
    kraaivrouw: One of my faves of the Harry Bosch series - same sorts of characters, different environments.
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With this sixth novel in the Harry Bosch series I have come to envision Michael Connelly as my number one go-to author when I am in the mood for some crime/thriller fiction, and I’m now quite ready to explore his writings beyond this more famous series, because I’m certain that I will find myself equally enthralled by the brilliant combination of narrative skills and engaging storytelling that is the author’s trademark. And there is a great deal of Connelly works to explore, indeed…

Angels Flight is the best Bosch novel I’ve read so far, showing a confident mastery of pace and characterization whose growth I have witnessed throughout the previous books I read, and also incorporating several social and moral themes that feel completely actual even now, more than twenty years after the book’s first publication. The title refers to what I’ve learned is a famous Los Angeles landmark, a cable car system connecting a lower area of the city with one of its hills: when Bosch is called on the scene to investigate a double murder, he discovers that one of the victims is Howard Elias, an African-American attorney well-known for his numerous lawsuits against police brutality. Elias was due to start shortly on the proceedings against the detectives who caused grievous injuries to the suspect in a kidnapping and homicide: the man was later declared not guilty once the real perpetrator was apprehended, and is now suing the city for the barbarous way the interrogation was carried out.

The investigation is therefore fraught with many social and political pitfalls, not least the growing suspicion that Elias might have been killed by a police officer, which is causing mounting unrest and the concern that riots might explode once more in a city that has not forgotten the Rodney King case from a few years before. Bosch and his team - the old-time partner Jerry Edgar and the newest acquisition Kizmin Rider - must be very careful in the way they move, both because the media eyes are on them and also because they have to navigate the dangerous waters of public relations and departmental policy, which manage to place some irksome fetters on Bosch’s methods in his unrelenting search for truth. Moreover, Bosch is dealing with personal problems, since his year-old marriage seems to be already over and he’s facing the very real possibility of finding himself alone again after gaining a measure of happiness and stability with Eleanor: the Harry Bosch we see here is at his emotional weakest, once again having to experience the heavy sense of loss that has been a constant theme in his life - this unexpected vulnerability has the effect of making him appear more human, which adds some quite welcome softness to a character that so far has been depicted as harshly inexorable in his quest for justice.

Having met these stories first through their televised version, I am once again delighted in discovering that the two mediums are quite different in the way the facts are told, showing marked differences both in the final outcome and in other details, which results in my always being surprised at how events turn out in the books: my reading experience is never compromised - for want of a better word - by the knowledge gained through the TV show, and I’ve come to envision the two versions of this series as complementary and enhancing each other. A great combination indeed.

Back to Angels Flight, there is a pervading sense of uneasiness running throughout the book, partly due to the tense situation created by Elias’ murder, but also coming from the constantly shifting suspicion that jumps from one subject to another as the investigation progresses in fits and starts, encountering a good number of false leads and willful misdirections. Bosch and his team have to deal not only with the usual difficulties inherent in a murder investigation, but also with politics and with the institutional optics which require a solution that will keep the brewing troubles under control, rather than finding the real perpetrator of the crime, and that’s something that goes against Bosch’s personal inclinations. In the end it all boils down to a contest between opposing drives, the resolution bringing no catharsis at all because it becomes quite clear that there are no winners and losers in such a situation - everyone loses here, the concept of justice being the greatest victim. This conflict is embodied by the constant clash between Bosch and Chief Irving, the political face of the police department: unlike his screen version, Irving is far less tolerant of Bosch’s insubordination and unconventional tactics, being even more concerned with public perception here than he looks in the tv show. I found the willpower matches between the two of them quite fascinating, because the author is able to convey both characters’ emotions through the heated exchanges where the unsaid carries the same weight, if not more, of what is openly expressed: it’s fascinating to see how they represent the two faces of the same coin, and how they ultimately balance each other out in pursuing what they believe to be the best for their city.

On top of the engrossing events at its core, Angels Flight portrays some painful social conflicts that are still unresolved now, twenty years after the novel was written, and therefore it feels just as actual as the fictional facts it describes: where it’s somewhat depressing to acknowledge that after more than two decades things have not changed much - if at all - on the other hand this story is imbued with a sense of reality that strengthens its narrative impact and turns it into a far more powerful novel than might have been originally intended. ( )
  SpaceandSorcery | Sep 10, 2021 |
Typical Connelly, typical Bosch, a little fantastical towards the end, but fun easy reading ( )
  malcrf | Jul 7, 2021 |
A note about this kindle edition: A prologue follows chapter 40. It has nothing to do with "Angels Flight," but introduces the next book in the series. Since there is no "The End," after chapter 40 and no other explanation, a reader might be confused. This is an inexcusable fault by publishers more concerned with sales than regard for readers and author.

Angels Flight, the funicular located in Los Angeles' Bunker Hill, reportedly the world's shortest railway, is the setting for Connelly's eponymous sixth novel in the Harry Bosch series. The use of such a significant local feature is reminiscent of Graham Greene's "The Third Man," and Connelly makes the most of it, using the intricacies of its construction and operation to work in his plot.
In, "Angels Flight," Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch is a fully developed character. At its opening, he is in turmoil not knowing the whereabouts of his wife, Eleanor Wish; nevertheless, he throws himself completely into a highly complicated and dangerously political investigation. His insights and perseverance leads to horrible truths.
  RonWelton | Feb 28, 2021 |
A great Bosch read. It seems that Bosch is developing but as he suffers he doesn't hang on. He's righteous but he knows he's kind of a prick. ther great tour of LA with Bosh at the wheel. I look forward to the next one. ( )
  JBreedlove | Feb 22, 2021 |
El cadáver de Howard Elias es hallado en pleno corazón de los Ángeles. las demandas de este letrado afroamericano contra el Departamento de Policía de los Ángeles, aduciendo violencia y racismo, lo habían convertido en una celebridad, pero también se habí
  PPLL2020 | Sep 14, 2020 |
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