Michael Connelly’s The Concrete Blonde-Harry Bosch 3

Overview: After four years of living in Hollywood Division, Harry is facing the widow of the alleged Dollmaker in court. Deborah Church has hired a big time civil rights attorney, Honey Chandler, and they are filing a wrongful death suit against both Harry Bosch and the City of Los Angeles. If that wasn’t bad enough, there’s a new letter from somebody calling himself “The Dollmaker.” Did Harry shoot the wrong guy? The evidence found at the scene doesn’t agree with that one. So the question becomes: is it a copycat, or was the Dollmaker a team?

Story Telling: What exactly do you call a police procedural crossed with a legal thriller? ‘Cause that’s what we have here.

Likes: Harry had a lot of support this time around, at least from the police force.

Irving mellowed out by this time around. He still tries to protect the force though.

Jerry was put in a very bad position. He tried to help Harry the best that he could.

Dislikes: Honey Chandler was a piece of work. Don’t get me wrong, she reminds me of Elias (the victim from Angel’s Flight). It was during her closing argument that my problems with her sharpened into view. I don’t care who you are, there is no reason to claim that it is your prestige or wealth that dictates how much your life is worth. After all, Chandler implied strongly that the prostitutes that Church killed didn’t deserve as strong of a case brought against their killer as a working woman or a mother would. It was when she referred to what section of society Harry Bosch related to the best. As far as I’m concerned, there’s only a handful who’ve returned from the dead. In my opinion, she overstepped her bounds in this life. Prostitute, lawyer, stay-at-home mom, a murder is a murder and even a prostitute’s murderer ought to be brought to justice. Depending on your view, that’s what happened when Bosch ran across the original Dollmaker.

Plus, the trial was little more than a dog and pony show. When even your lawyer thinks you are guilty, getting a fair trial is going to be difficult.

Favorite Character: Dr. Locke, for the most part, was a decent guy, if not a little gung-ho about proving the worth of his field. He was pretty good at helping out the department to find the killer.

Favorite Quote: As much as I think that Judge Keyes shouldn’t have been presiding over the trial, I agree with a statement he made during the opening arguments. “Words are beautiful and ugly all on their own. Let them stand for themselves.”

Favorite Scene: Dr. Locke gives us this scene. It was when he met Jerry. I can’t think of a better way an innocent man should handle the situation.

Conclusion: This is a terrific story. Irving really started to thaw towards Harry here.

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