By Michael Connelly
LAPD Detective Harry Bosch tackles 3 tricky instances that span a mythical profession during this never-before-collected trio of stories.
In "Christmas Even," the case of a burglar killed in mid-heist leads Bosch to retrace a hyperlink to his previous. In "Father's Day," Bosch investigates a tender boy's possible unintended demise and confronts his personal fears as a father. In "Angle of Investigation," Bosch delves into one of many first homicides he ever labored again as a uniformed rookie patrolman, a case that was once left unsolved for decades.
Together, those gripping tales span Bosch's debatable occupation on the LAPD, and exhibit the evolution of the haunted, mythical investigator he could develop into. totally unputdownable, they're evidence that "Connelly by no means stops shelling out the suspense....Once it grabs you in these first few pages, it won't allow move of you" (Boston Globe).
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Everyone eye-fucked us. There were Hells Angels coming and going all around. JJ, in an observational role, sat at the end of the bar and watched while fighting off offers for free drinks and motorcycle rides. The situation in the casino was palpably tense. The Angels knew the Mongols were around. They expected a fight, but they didn't know when or where it would start. The Angels had sent spies to the Mongols’ hotel and were convinced that the Mongols had returned the favor. No one seemed approachable, and I hadn't yet seen Smitty the main guy I wanted to meet.
Leaving Oakland, he relocated to Cave Creek, Arizona, a suburb north of Phoenix. With him came the Hells Angels, and with them came the intolerance for any club claiming to be their equal. The Dirty Dozen were in a hard spot. They were tough, but they lacked the resources—to say nothing of the international reputation—of the Hells Angels. The Dozen's members were given a choice: Disappear or patch over to the Angels. Most enthusiastically chose the latter. Others hung up their cuts for good. Others sought Angels membership but were denied.
A beep-beep went off, unlike the beep-beeps monitoring my heart and respiratory rates. A sound like a small servo followed. Not ten seconds later I was as high and happy as I could be. I passed back out. I woke up, I passed out, I woke up. Nurses changed my bedpan and sponged me down. I recovered some strength, I got up and walked around, dragging my setup—the IV, the morphine drip, the chest tube detached from its pump—around with me. After a few days I could walk up and down the hall once. After a week I could walk around the recovery unit.