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Back on the job after an involuntary leave of absence, LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch is ready for a challenge. But his first case is a little more than he bargained for. It starts with the body of a Hollywood producer in the trunk of a Rolls-Royce, shot twice in the head at close range - what looks like "trunk music," a Mafia hit. But the LAPD's organized crime unitBack on the job after an involuntary leave of absence, LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch is ready for a challenge. But his first case is a little more than he bargained for. It starts with the body of a Hollywood producer in the trunk of a Rolls-Royce, shot twice in the head at close range - what looks like "trunk music," a Mafia hit. But the LAPD's organized crime unit is curiously uninterested, and when Harry follows a trail of gambling debts to Las Vegas, the case suddenly becomes more complex - and much more personal. A rekindled romance with an old girlfriend opens new perspectives on the murder, and he begins to glimpse a shocking triangle of corruption and collusion. Yanked off the case, Harry himself is soon the one being investigated. But only a bullet can stop Harry when he's searching for the truth . . ....

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Trunk Music Reviews

  • James Thane
    2019-02-13 00:11

    Trunk Music is Michael Connelly's sixth novel and the fifth of those books to feature L.A. homicide detective, Harry Bosch. It remains my favorite of Connelly's books and my favorite of all police procedurals--an inspiration to me and, I assume, to a good many other authors who write crime fiction.Harry has been serving time on an administrative leave, which resulted from actions he took in The Last Coyote. He's just returned to the Homicide Desk when he's called to the scene of an apparent murder. Tony Aliso, a Hollywood producer who turns out low-rent, titillating, straight-to-DVD movies, has been found shot to death and stuffed into the trunk of his Rolls Royce, which has been left in a wooded area in the Hollywood Hills. While Harry was on leave, the homicide teams were reorganized. Each team now consists of three detectives rather than two, and so in addition to his long-time partner, Jerry Edgar, Bosch is now also teamed with a female African American named Kizmin Rider. As the senior detective, Harry is the team leader and must direct the effort to find Aliso's killer.This is Harry's first crack at a homicide in a while, and he desperately wants the case. However, the style of the killing clearly suggests that this might have been a mob hit and so Harry has no choice other than to call the department's Organized Crime Investigative Division and inform them of the crime. He fully expects that the O.C.I.D. will examine the case and almost certainly move in and take it away from him, but they insist that they have no interest in the case at all. Harry is relieved, but the fact that O.C.I.D. doesn't even want to look at it sets off the first alarm bell suggesting to Bosch that there may be more to this case than a simple murder.And, of course, there is. Before long the trail will take Harry and his team back and forth between L.A. and Las Vegas, where the victim was a frequent visitor. And before long, Harry will be butting heads with his perennial nemeses, the F.B.I. and the department's Internal Affairs Division, as well as the Vegas P.D. and, ultimately, the O.C.I.D., which decides that maybe it is interested in the case after all.Happily, though, he won't be in conflict with his immediate supervisor. Harvey Pounds, the lieutenant who was such a thorn in Bosch's side in the earlier books, has been replaced by Lieutenant Grace Billets, who is much more supportive of Harry and his team. This is a very good thing, because Harry is going to need all the help he can get. It's a byzantine case, with all kinds of angles and competing interests playing out against each other, and against Bosch. This remains, I think, the best of all of Connelly's plots--very cleverly designed, and populated with one of his best casts. Bosch is at his peak here, and by this book is a fully-formed character--tough, smart, prickly, and single-minded in the pursuit of his mission. This book grabs me from the first paragraph every time I read it, and it never lets go.

  • Jonetta
    2019-01-28 00:24

    Harry's back from enforced "stress leave" and anxious to get assigned to a case. When he and his team find Tony Aliso's body in the trunk of his car, Harry fights to hold onto it instead of handing it over to the guys in the Organized Crime Investigation Division. What first appears to be mob "trunk music" turns out to be so much more. As usual, Harry's solid investigative instincts makes the procedurals so interesting, especially when things get dicey. He's heading up a three-person team, introducing a new partner, Kizmin Rider, to join him and Jerry Edgar. With Pounds' death, the unit is now under the leadership of Grace Billets and we're finally treated to a better functioning detectives unit. The twists and turns were delicious, some I saw coming and others catching me, as usual, flat footed. The good news is that even Harry wasn't able to see some of this stuff coming either, which made the story that much more realistic. I'm still digesting one of the final surprises. I've loved Dick Hill as the narrator of the series and this book marks his last performance. He's been Harry for me so I'm quite leery about the performances to come. At least his sign off was up to his usual excellent standards. Loved the story and the narration.

  • Phrynne
    2019-01-17 20:15

    Number 5 in the Harry Bosch series and still rolling nicely along. I probably found this to be the least exciting of the books to date. It was a little bit too full of procedural detail and there were so many different cons going on at once I was occasionally confused. Nevertheless Bosch used all his smarts and came out on top,as usual. I liked his two off siders and his boss who was able to bend the rules occasionally for him. I found the story line of Eleanor Wish and the marriage to be unnecessary and even a little strange. Still a very readable book and one which I raced through.

  • Mark Baker
    2019-02-01 01:30

    Harry Bosch is back working homicide, and his first case involves a body left in a car trunk. It looks like the victim was the victim of a mob hit, and he has connections in Las Vegas. Is the case really going to be that simple?Bosch’s cases are always fun, and this book is no exception. I was able to spot a couple of the twists coming a little early, but that was a minor complaint. The characters are strong, both returning and new. A face from Bosch’s past comes back into his life here, and I love his new lieutenant.Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  • Obsidian
    2019-01-22 21:25

    Well I was up and down about Harry Bosch. I absolutely love the tv series and decided to go back and read these books. The only book I have read out of the series is "City of Bones." At the time I had no idea it was part of an ongoing series. It was in one of my grandpa's Reader's Digest condensed books that included 3 other novels. I recall liking that story and had an idea at one time to see about other books Connelly wrote, but that was years ago and I forgot about it. When the tv series came out, I fall in love with Bosch all over again and started working my way through the series. Now with book #5, I can say that Connelly finally hits the sweet spot with Harry and company. I enjoyed this one from beginning to end. And the final reveal about how the murder victim was set up and by who was great too. I do have to say though, that Harry won't stop, and can't stop, he definitely has a blind spot about what repercussions will happen due to his actions. We get to see this over and over again in the next few books."Trunk Music" has Harry back after his leave of absence. He is excited to be back to doing what he knows, investigating murders and finding out who dun it. With a new set-up in Hollywood Division (3 partners per case) Harry, J. Edgar, and Kiz are working together after a man's body is found in a trunk.Told in the first person by Harry Bosch, I found "Trunk Music" showcased a different Harry than one I am used to. This one is more subdued, is not a jerk, and definitely gets the issues (or tries to) with two partners who are African American. If anything, we get to see that Harry starts to really like Kiz more. And he is starting to see that J. Edgar kind of sucks. That one surprises me though, I definitely get that Harry and J. Edgar had some minor issues here and there, but a few times it is implied how J. Edgar shirks work. One important thing that I got a kick out of while reading this book though is we get a better sense of Harry's moral compass in this one. No matter what happens, whoever is responsible will be held responsible for the murdered man. We also see that though the job drives him, he is lonely and has not been with someone for at least a year I think.Though the book is told in Harry's POV, we do get a great sense of secondary characters included in this book. We once again have an IA man, John Chastain, up in Harry's business. This guy will come up in the next book, so pay attention to the animosity Harry and this character have. I think that Harry has been investigated by IA in every book at this point. Or at least had them nosing around.The case ends up leading Harry back to Vegas and he is shocked to see his ex-lover Eleanor Wish (first appearance "The Black Echo" Harry Bosch #1). Eleanor who we met in a previous novel, is an ex-FBI agent who has finally been released. She's playing cards in Vegas and trying to get her life back on track. After Eleanor and Harry meet up, we find out how she is tied into Harry's current case. I really didn't like this character after we find out what she did in "The Black Echo" and I have to say that Harry's taste in women continues to be downright terrible.One thing that I enjoy about these types of books is the forensics that come into play. Due to the location of the body of the trunk, we have LAPD scrambling to move the entire thing in one go and reading about how it works, how they go about testing and using the lay of the land to determine what happens always gets my brain racing. This is probably why I love Agatha Christie books so much. I love seeing how things the author brings up initially circle back to showing how a murder was committed and who did it and why.The flow for this one really works. Though it does feel like every five seconds Harry was back in Las Vegas. We do get to see how his interaction with witnesses and suspects can somehow color his perceptions down the road. I may have said a few times to myself, um Harry, slow down and get your temper under control. Due to the fact that Eleanor is tied up in this mess, Harry seems hell-bent on keeping her safe first, and tying up his case next.The setting switches between LA and Las Vegas. Most of the action seems to take place in Las Vegas this time through. I have been to Vegas a few times, and Connelly describes it as a sister city to LA and maybe even darker. I guess Connelly is not here for the Disney version of Vegas these days.The ending surprised the life out of me though when Harry finally lays eyes on a character he was chasing the whole book I mumble okay random coincidence. I didn't buy it, and thought it was just a reach. Sometimes it's okay to just end a book with not everything wrapped up.

  • Freda Malone
    2019-01-22 21:04

    ‘Trunk Music’ = Mob Hit, I didn't know that. This is #5 in the Bosch series and Harry is back in full force after being forced into involuntary leave. A producer has been killed and stuffed in a trunk. Harry’s team is on it. We have some new characters to read about. Jerry Edgar and Kizman Rider. I like these two so far. Rider seems to be drawn up as a temp detective and might be moving on to bigger and better things but I hope she decides to stay. Edgar is a man, what can I say. Your typical masochistic and competitive male. However, he becomes loyal to Bosch so I think he will do. We don’t get into the specifics of their personal lives so I can’t say why I like them, only that they are good detectives. Grace Billets is Harry’s new boss. She is tough and supports Bosch throughout. Even when Harry’s job is on the line again. CIA, FBI, and IA have once again attacked Bosch’s credibility, saying he has planted evidence. Round and round they go. I love these pissing contests between Bosch and these guys. When Bosch FINALLY comes out on top, I whooped for joy so loud, my dog even got excited! Bosch’s old fame is in the story. Eleanor Wish, an ex-FBI who has served her time and with no support, has become a pro player, earning her living on cards. She is connected somehow but not so much that it hinders Harry’s investigation. In fact, she is helpful and the flame is reignited. I had my doubts about her but will most likely pick up the next book to see how the relationship continues if it does. I’m glad Harry has someone in his life once again. He’s had some pretty rough times between the earthquake destroying his home, relationships and his job. He really needed this break in the series as well as a good solve. The story, theme and dialogue were fantastic. Lots of clues to decipher and many twists and turns, even a big fat red herring which I saw coming, eventually. Throw in some back-stabbing, blackmail, corrupt cops and you've got a roller coaster of emotions to work through while reading this. The blurbs mentioned Harry keeping his friends close, his enemies closer. If it had turned out any different, I might not have considered reading the next in the series. Oh yes, I will read the next book now.

  • Megan Baxter
    2019-02-04 23:24

    This is my first Michael Connelly, and thus, obviously, my first Harry Bosch mystery. And, as always, I throw continuity to the wind and start somewhere in the middle! Who needs beginnings?Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook

  • Scott Rhee
    2019-01-30 01:22

    The term "trunk music" (for those who aren't fluent in mob-speak) refers to an execution-style murder that involves two clean shots to the head and a body stuffed in a car's trunk. Tony Alisio, a small-time Hollywood movie producer of notoriously bad low-budget movies, is trunk music, and LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch has taken the case. Thus begins Michael Connelly's fifth book in the Bosch series, "Trunk Music".Bosch's investigation leads him to a plethora of potential suspects and motives. It's just a matter of picking the one he likes best for the murder. Unfortunately, the case runs into two major snafus for Bosch: 1) Eleanor Wish, "the one who got away", or, more appropriately, the one who got PUT away (refer back to the first Bosch novel, "The Black Echo") is back, fresh out of federal prison. She runs into Bosch in Vegas and sparks between them are re-gnited, big-time. Of course, she may or may not also be involved in the murder, which can only mean trouble for Bosch. And 2) Internal Affairs is making a case---and a good one---that Bosch planted evidence at a scene that incriminates one of the major suspects.Sadly, all of this is on a par in regards to Bosch's luck. Not that it's going to stop him from solving the case."Trunk Music" is police procedural at its best. Bosch is at the top of his game in this one, which doesn't mean he isn't capable of screwing up now and then, which is part of the fun of reading a Bosch novel. Bosch isn't the typical super-cop. He fucks up a lot, and when he does, it's usually big, but he always owns up to his fuck-ups, and he almost always sets things right.

  • Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
    2019-02-03 17:13

    LAPD Homicide Detective Harry Bosch returns with a bang from another forced leave in Trunk Music. His first day back in homicide, and he's called out to investigate a body found stuffed in a car trunk. The investigation gets off to a bad start and quickly deteriorates when Harry realizes the scene has been compromised by the investigating officer. The murder appears to be an organized crime hit and should be turned over to the Organized Crime Investigation Unit, but Harry is reluctant to do so as he has a bad feeling about this case and wants to see it through. When OCI turns the case down, Harry calls in his team consisting of Jerry Edgar and new member Kizmin Rider and together, they roll up their sleeves and get to work.I found the first half of Trunk Music to be a little slow moving as a lot of page time was devoted to the organized crime aspect of the story. I think it succeeded in diverting readers and Harry off the right trail. The pace picks up in the second half and I suddenly found myself burning through the pages trying to solve the case. Through a series of twists and turns and several dead-ends, Harry pursues the truth at all costs and once again finds his credibility and job in question. The difference this time is that he has support from new commander Billets and his partners. Tough and tenacious as a junk-yard dog, Harry's high morals and integrity will not allow him to back down. A trail of lies, blackmail, corruption, and murder leads him back and forth between LA and Vegas - where he runs into an old flame...and things suddenly get very personal. As always, the police procedural's are strong in Trunk Music. It's always intriguing to follow Harry's thought process as he works through the evidence. Character development is also huge, and I found that I like this more confident, more content Harry. New and returning cast members add support and interesting possibilities for future stories. All in all, another great read in this intriguing series. A Must Read!*Reviewed at Cross My Heart Writings and Reviews

  • Brenda
    2019-02-05 01:15

    LAPD Detective Harry Bosch arrived on the scene to find the grisly remains of a victim in the boot of a car – two gunshot wounds to the head. Wealth hadn’t helped Tony Aliso in the end – stuffed in the trunk of his Rolls Royce on Mulholland Drive was probably the last place he thought he would end up. On the job, the cops referred to this kind of killing as “Trunk Music” – appropriate Bosch thought, but then he wasn’t totally sure that was what it was…Teamed with homicide detectives Jerry Edgar and Kiz Rider in their first forays as teams of three, Bosch was team leader – a fact that he felt uncomfortable with, but they made it work anyway. Lieutenant Grace Billets was in charge of all the homicide teams, and the fact that the solve rates were way down in Hollywood was the reason they were trialling teams of three instead of the usual two detectives.As Bosch, Edgar and Rider began the painstaking task of digging into Aliso’s life, it soon became clear he had been involved with the Mob in Las Vegas. A low grade film producer, Aliso had seemed to have it all, but the unravelling of his life, with the inclusion of strippers, the casinos, gambling and money – a lot of money – plus a wife who seemed cold and distant; all had layers upon layers of secrets. With the FBI involved plus law enforcement teams in Las Vegas circling the Mob, Bosch wasn’t sure who he could trust. Would the LAPD succeed in capturing the murderer or was Bosch in danger? The scrutiny was intense….Another great Connelly thriller! The twists and turns throughout this novel were gripping, the pace was full on. I love Harry Bosch; the intrigue of his cases is excellent! Highly recommended.

  • Banner
    2019-01-26 21:12

    Continuing with the audio rereads of the Harry Bosch series. Just as good the 2nd time around. This story is the bases (in part) for the Amazon series. There were several twist and turns but Harry never takes his eyes off his mission.Highly recommend the entire series!

  • Therin Knite
    2019-02-07 01:15

    (view spoiler)[PlotHaving finally returned to the homicide table after his involuntary stress leave in The Last Coyote, Harry Bosch is ready to tackle his first real case in months. And it comes quickly: a cop named Powers discovers a body in the trunk of a Rolls Royce off Mulholland Driver. A man shot twice in the back of the head and stuffed in a trunk, a mob-type execution style called “trunk music.”Harry, his partner Edgar, and Kizmin Rider, a young and promising black female detective new to Hollywood Division, head to the crime scene and start putting the pieces together. The victim is one Tony Aliso, a producer of close-to-pornographic trash films, who takes regular trips to Vegas for poker. Aliso’s last trip to Vegas was right before his death, and the trio suspect that someone from the mob in Vegas might have followed the man home and murdered him.Why would the mob kill him? Well, Rider, using Aliso’s financial records, discovers two things: 1) Aliso was laundering mob money, and most of his “film” profits were actually his cut from that business, and 2) someone recently tipped off the IRS to Aliso’s dealings, and he was due for an Audit. Very soon.After talking to Aliso’s wife gets them nowhere, Harry decides to check out Vegas to see if he can trace Aliso’s last days alive. He ends up at a strip club where Alio’s stripper lover, Layla, worked, and he has a confrontation with the owner, Luke Goshen, and his bouncer/bodyguard. Goshen is a member of the mob and works for a man dubbed “Joey Marks,” for whom Aliso was laundering money.While in Vegas, Harry also happens to run into an old flame: Eleanor Wish from The Black Echo, who has since been released from prison. Harry regrets how their relationship ended, but he’s surprised to find she feels the same way, and they begin to rekindle their lost love.Then Harry gets a break in the case: some fingerprints found on Aliso’s body turn out to be Luke Goshen’s, and with the Vegas police on his side, he raids Goshen’s home. During the raid, he finds a .22 caliber gun, which is the type of weapon used to murder Aliso, but Harry finds it rather odd that Goshen would be stupid enough to leave the weapon in his house. Regardless, the cops bring him in, and Harry leaves for LA to set up the next stage of the investigation.Once the .22 caliber is confirmed to be the murder weapon, Harry and Edgar head back to Vegas to extradite Aliso to LA. Unfortunately, Harry discovers that Eleanor is missing, and a meeting with Joey Marks confirms his worst fears: she’s been kidnapped as leverage against him. Of course, Harry, being Harry, quickly threatens the location of the safe house out of Goshen, and with Edgar’s help, he rescues Eleanor. He sends her to LA for safety, and Goshen is successfully extradited……only for it to quickly come out that Goshen is, in fact, a federal agent who’s been in deep cover for years. The police brass try to pin BS charges on Bosch, claiming he must have planted the gun found at Goshen’s house. They also try to squash the investigation into Aliso’s murder. Harry, furious, continues the investigation off the books, with the support of Rider, Edgar, and, surprisingly, Billets. Who proves that, unlike the late Harvey Pounds, she actually cares about justice.Harry scraps the entire investigation and starts over from scratch, realizing that the mob trail in Vegas was a clever setup. He rounds back on Aliso’s wife, Veronica, and discovers that she was once a stripper in Vegas and knew Joey Marks. Meaning there was no way on Earth she didn’t know about her husband’s money laundering. The truth comes together: fed up with her husband’s philandering, Veronica decided to off him and pin the blame on the Vegas mob. But, one question remains: who helped her?Harry, in a stroke of brilliance, sets a trap to find out. After canvassing Mulholland Drive, he finds the place where Aliso was ambushed before he was killed, and he locates some of the items missing from the Rolls: a box of videos and a suit bag tossed into the woods. After this discovery, he casually mentions to Veronica in another “interview” that Aliso was carrying a million dollars on his way back from Vegas, double what was in the briefcase that was stolen from him the night he was murdered, and that much of it was stored in his suit bag.Harry, Rider, and Edgar lie in wait near the bag, and lo and behold, who shows up to snag it…but Powers, the cop who “found” Aliso’s body. They arrest him, and the rest of the pieces fall into place: Veronica and Powers were having an affair, and Veronica concocted a scheme to off her husband and make her and Powers both rich. However, Veronica also had a backup plan in case anyone caught onto the plot — she plants the $480,000 from Aliso’s suitcase in Powers’ attic in an attempt to make him look like the mastermind.When Harry tells Powers that Veronica is setting him up to take the fall, Powers reveals the entire plan was Veronica’s. And then, using a clever ruse, he escapes from lockup and tries to track down Veronica, who has vanished. The ensuing chase brings everyone back to Vegas one last time. Veronica, who knows her husband skimmed about $2 million from Marks, tries to retrieve it and flee. But she’s captured by Marks, who tries to force her to get him the money back. The Vegas and LA police, plus the FBI, show up at the bank where the money should be and stake it out until Marks arrives — but right after he does, Powers reveals himself and shoots everyone he can get his hands on, including Veronica. He’s then summarily shot to death by the police.In the end, Harry and friends find that the $2 million is gone — and Harry realizes it must be with Layla, who’s been missing since Aliso was killed. He also realizes that Layla is Veronica’s daughter (but not Aliso’s), abandoned in Vegas by an irresponsible mother years ago. The reason Veronica finally snapped and killed Aliso was because she saw her daughter with him in the pictures taken by Powers when she had the cop tail him in Vegas.In the end, the charges against Harry are dropped, he finally reconciles with Eleanor Wish (and they get married!), and the case is solved.Oh, and Eleanor and Harry happen to randomly run into Layla in Hawaii — but Harry lets her go.The End.Cue sequel.____ (hide spoiler)]My TakeThere’s really not all that much I can say about a Bosch book that I haven’t said before. The plots are always well-crafted and complex, with excellent twists and turns that you never see coming. No threads are left hanging, no plot points unresolved. The world-building is excellent and always reflects the changing social climates, technology, and the like, as the series moves through the 90s toward the new millennium.All in all, this book was just another great installment of the series. It had a great mystery, some good action scenes, and a fairly satisfying conclusion. I can’t really come up with any complaints.In fact, I actually like this book a tad bit more than I did some of the other novels, due largely to the inclusion of a new and improved cast. Kizmin Rider and Grace Billets added some good diversity to the mix of characters, which has, due to the (admittedly realistic) social climate of the LA police in the 90s, been a bit too white and a bit too male in the past. It was good to see the books reflect the sorts of social changes that actually occurred during this time period and bring in some fresh faces.It was also a great relief to see these faces well-characterized and not left flat on the sidelines.I think my only “issue” with the book was the final chapter, which involved a coincidence so absurd that it made me roll my eyes. Personally, I don’t think it was necessary, and it took away from an otherwise strong ending. It wasn’t a deal breaker or anything, but I did fit it pretty annoying.Other than that, though, (and it is a pretty minor thing, to be honest), Trunk Music was another fantastic Bosch book, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next few in the series!_____Is It Worth Reading?Sure is! If you’re a Bosch fan, you definitely don’t want to miss this one._____Rating4/5

  • Harry
    2019-02-10 21:13

    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.

  • Jim
    2019-01-22 17:31

    Although it took me forever to read this (It's spring time, so even less time for sitting & reading.) I think it might be the best of the series so far. Harry is more upbeat & so is the story - if that can be said of any murder mystery. It was good & twisty. Good characters & well played all the way through. This should definitely be read in order. From what I've read, that's Connelly's publishing order, not just this particular series since other series & characters interact. Here's the order I'm following. If anyone finds an error, please let me know.Reading Order01 - The Black Echo (Harry Bosch #1), 199202 - The Black Ice (Harry Bosch #2), 199303 - The Concrete Blonde (Harry Bosch #3), 199404 - The Last Coyote(Harry Bosch #4), 199505 - The Poet (Jack McEvoy #1), (1996)06 - Trunk Music (Harry Bosch #5), 199707 - Blood Work (Terry McCaleb #1), 199808 - Angels Flight (Harry Bosch #6), 199909 - Void Moon (Cassie Black #1) (2000)10 - A Darkness More Than Night (Harry Bosch #7, also Terry McCaleb #2), 200111 - City Of Bones (Harry Bosch #8), 200212 - Lost Light (Harry Bosch #9), 200313 - The Narrows (Harry Bosch #10), 200414 - The Lincoln Lawyer (Mickey Haller #1), 200415 - The Closers (Harry Bosch #11), 200516 - Echo Park (Harry Bosch #12), 200617 - The Overlook (Harry Bosch #13), 200718 - The Brass Verdict (Harry Bosch #14, also Mickey Haller #2), 200819 - Nine Dragons (Harry Bosch #15), 200920 - The Scarecrow (Jack McEvoy #2), 200921 - The Reversal (Mickey Haller #3), 2010 (Harry Bosch #16,22 - The Perfect Triangle, 2010 Mickey Haller short story23 - Blue on Black - Harry Bosch Short Story 201024 - The Fifth Witness (Mickey Haller #4 – Harry Bosch appeared only briefly, 2011)25 - The Drop (Harry Bosch #17), 201126 - Suicide Run, 2011 (includes 3 short stories: Cielo Azul, Suicide Run, One Dollar Jackpot) - Harry Bosch Short Story27 - The Black Box (Harry Bosch #18), 201228 - Angle Of Investigation, 2011 (includes 3 short stories: Father’s Day, Christmas Even,Angle of Investigation)- Harry Bosch Short Story29 - Blood Washes Off, 2011 - Harry Bosch Short Story30 - Mulholland Dive: 3 Short Stories (2012)31 - A Fine Mist of Blood, 2012 - Harry Bosch Short Story32 - The Safe Man (2012)33 - The Gods of Guilt (Mickey Haller #5 – Harry Bosch appeared only briefly), 201334 - Switchblade, 2014 (Harry Bosch #18.5)35 - The Burning Room (Harry Bosch #19), 201436 - The Crooked Man, 2014 (Harry Bosch short story, published in In The Company of Sherlock Holmes)37 - The Crossing (Harry Bosch #20), 2015

  • Jim
    2019-01-26 17:26

    Trunk Music is a superb police procedural set in Los Angeles (where else?) and Las Vegas. From the very start, we are in the middle of a gruesome murder: A small-time Hollywood producer named Tony Aliso is found dead and stuffed in the drunk of his Rolls Royce Silver Cloud. Clues lead all over the place, with a number of false leads until it all comes together neatly in the end. Michael Connelly's detective Harry Bosch is in charge. With Bosch, he is being chased as much as he chases -- by his past, by Internal Affairs, by the Brass in "The Glass House" as Bosch calls Parker Center, HQ of the LAPD. As the case finally comes to an end, the detective reflects:Sometimes Bosch thought of his city as some kind of vast drain that pulled all bad things toward a spot where they swirled around in deep concentration. It was a place where it seemed the good people were often outnumbered by the bad. The creeps and schemers, the rapists and killers. It was a place that could easily produce someone like [the villain]. Too easily.I had forgotten how good a read Connelly's Bosch novels are. But I'll be back soon to read The Concrete Blonde, which I have stashed away somewhere. I'll find it.

  • Carol
    2019-02-01 01:14

    What might not have caught the attention of someone not receptive to music, caught Bosch's ear. It's these details that keep me coming back to this series. Take this first sentence. I can see and I can hear and I'm hooked. "AS HE DROVE along Mulholland Drive toward the Cahuenga Pass, Bosch began to hear the music. It came to him in fragments of strings and errant horn sequences, echoing off the brown summer-dried hills and blurred by the white noise of traffic carrying up from the Hollywood Freeway. Nothing he could identify. All he knew was that he was heading toward its source."The source though pleasant to listen too is not the reason Bosch is on scene. The property is L.A.F.D. Fire Control. Bosch parks his Caprice and has to walk the fire road towards the crime and the music. What's he hearing? "Sheherazade" is being played by The L.A. Philharmonic at The Hollywood Bowl. Crime scene - White Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud, one white male in the trunk, dead from gunshots. And so begins another case. Eleanor Wish, the FBI agent sent to prison in "The Black Echo" shows up again in this book. I'm glad to see her as I like her character and she does seem a good match for Bosch. Lots of the old gang are on hand but a few new characters are introduced. My favorite is Detective Kizmin 'Kiz' Rider. Smart, young, up and comer, she is certain to challenge the mostly male department. Bosch can see her potential. Bureau Commander Lieutenant Grace Billets is Bosch's direct supervisor this go round and she is an excellent edition to the cast. I've got to read carefully and make notes or I soon forget small points of detail. I almost overlooked a quick statement by Bosch that he dislikes cats. Bosch remembers Lawyers, Guns and Money by Warren Zevon as "an anthem among the uniforms back when he had worked patrol.". He mentions some restaurant that I wanted to look up to see if it's a real place. Can't find it now. I'll pay better attention next time .The more I learn about Bosch, the more I'm curious about the author. There's lots of interviews with Connelly and just like with Bosch, you've got to dig a bit to find out what you want to know. In one interview Connelly mentions that Bosch continues to be an interesting character to write and that he continues to learn things about him. He looks at a scenario and thinks "What would Harry do?" I imagine the series will continue to entertain as long as Connelly can keep this interest. Connelly also mentions that the truth of some real cases won't translate well to his fiction as his readers would never believe what really happened. Still, many are based on a real life case. He's hopeful for LA but feels it's beautiful place "but it can't get itself together". Both Bosch and Connelly are fascinating men. It's difficult not to judge each of the series against each other consequently my 3 star rating. Don't let this put you off. I liked the story but it is not my favorite thus far. I'm definitely in for number six.

  • JamesLove
    2019-02-17 00:11

    This is the 5th Harry Bosch mystery and the main story arc for Season Two of Amazon's Bosch.I highly recommend reading the book before watching Season 2. The TV series does ruin the book ending with SPOILERS and the TV series does take some liberties with altering the book by having Bosch's daughter in the show while Maddy wasn't even born yet in the book.

  • Jane Stewart
    2019-02-04 23:20

    Definitely above average for a crime mystery police procedural with a happy ending, but 2 stars for the narrator.REVIEWER’S OPINION:I was interested throughout. A woman comes into Harry’s life which made him more likeable. I loved Harry’s actions when a mobster kidnapped someone he cared about. It surprised me. During this story for some reason I thought of Lt. Columbo from the old TV series? Harry is not exactly like Columbo, but the way he outsmarted other smart people in a very complex murder reminded me of the Columbo stories.I liked the way everything was wrapped up and explained at the end. However, there were two things at the end that were too coincidental to be believed. But that was ok with me. I’d rather have too much wrapped up than not enough.You don’t have to read book 1 “The Black Echo” before reading this book 5, but if you’ve got the time I would suggest it. It’s nice background for the relationship between Harry and Eleanor. I gave Black Echo barely 3 stars.AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:Dick Hill narrated several Harry Bosch books. Most of the time I love this narrator. But not in this book. He sounded like an effeminate gay guy for some of the female characters – including a tough personality lesbian. It wasn’t a good fit. I’ve heard other male narrators speak as women without sounding that way. Dick Hill was excellent for most of the male characters but occasionally a male character sounded oddly whiny.STORY BRIEF:Tony Aliso was found in the trunk of his car murdered in Los Angeles. Harry is on the case and discovers that Tony laundered money for organized crime figure Joey in Las Vegas. In book 1 Harry was falling in love with Eleanor, but he sent her to prison. In this book 5 she is out and plays poker for a living. Harry sees her in Las Vegas for the first time in five years. They still have feelings for each other.DATA:Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 12 hrs and 40 mins. Swearing language: strong, including religious swear words – occasional not often. Sexual language: none. Number of sex scenes: four, referred to not shown. Setting: 1995 Los Angeles, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada. Book Copyright: 1997. Genre: crime mystery. Ending: mystery is solved. Good guys win and live.

  • Cathy DuPont
    2019-01-26 00:17

    Another great Michael Connelly in the Harry Bosch series and fortunately I'm reading them in order, slowly but in order. I started Connelly with Mickey Haller, The Lincoln Lawyer, and I really enjoy the rag-tag lawyer. He was fun and funny. After I read the third book, I started on the Bosch series in part because he was mentioned and played a part in the Haller series and I knew I was coming to an end of those. Bosch was not a favorite, by far and I say that in my first reviews of the series. However, by this, book #5, I've grown to like him more and more with each book. He's seems to have loosened up a lot, more easy going with people, less robot-like. And that does not mean he's grown warm and fuzzy. Up until this book, I thought Harry was celibate because there was little or no mention of any lovelife. However, Trunk Music dispels that notion and I believe that in itself makes him more 'human' and in my eyes, a more likable straight as an arrow cop. Continuing the series but have so many series on my plate so taking them one by one. Good, no always better than good book and worth the read with action from the beginning to the end and there's a surprise ending, surprise, surprise! (Sure...since Connelly is full of surprises in each book. My life was a bit boring before I found Michael Connelly, Harry and Mickey.

  • Anastasia
    2019-02-04 18:19

    Trunk Music by Michael Connelly is the 5th book in the Harry Bosch series. After being demoted to burglary, Harry returns to the homicide division and his first case is the shooting of a small time film producer found dead in the trunk of his rolls royce. He is discovered to have ties to the mob and Las Vegas, where harry comes across his ex-girlfriend who we met in the first book, Elenor Wish. Another great book in this series with just what we have come to expect. Lots of twists and plenty of obstacles for Harry to overcome, with everything coming together nicely at the end.

  • Nancy Steinle gummel
    2019-01-25 21:07

    Trunk music by Michael Connelly is well written and moves at a fast clip. It's typical Connelly fare with good guy versus bad guy. Some of the good guys are bad and some bad guys are good.This book involves more of the actor - Bosch's love life. He keeps ahead of internal affairs while balancing the Feds and the police.

  • Sarah Anne
    2019-02-02 17:23

    This one was enjoyable but the plot was not quite as good as the prior books. I do enjoy the way that we follow Harry along as he solves the crime rather than it being one of those mystery stories where they try to surprise you with who the killer is.

  • Rex Fuller
    2019-02-16 21:18

    Twisted and twisted again, very nicely. Really liked this one. The reversals and surprises were awfully well done. I really think Raymond Chandler smiled on it.

  • Chrisl
    2019-02-12 19:30

    #5 deserves 5* - multiple read, including audio version

  • Verge LeNoir
    2019-01-17 00:22

    If you want masterful set ups, delicious twist and turns; you can’t go wrong with Trunk Music which also packs a lot of procedural details, great characterization and the introduction of a new lieutenant in the excellently named Grace Billets (or Bullets, as per her nickname) plus, a new partner named Kizman Rider (or Kiz, who may or may not stay in the unit) we’re also re-introduce to Bosch’s old flame Eleanor Wish. The only cats missing here are Crate and Barrel (I really like those guys, this being book #5 of the ongoing series, I might’ve miss the why of their absentia in this story) In Trunk Music we are treated to a fun case with the killing of a movie producer found in the trunk of his car, hence the ‘mob-term’ trunk music. Corrupt cops, back stabbings and blackmail set in the City of Angels where homicide detective Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch and his partner Detective Jerry Edgar are the heroes every police department should have.5 out of 5

  • Kurt
    2019-02-02 22:13

    This is another entertaining entry in the Harry Bosch series. The basic mystery involves a body that turns up dead in the trunk of a Rolls Royce, and Connelly has already proved in many novels that he knows how to pace a mystery story. This one has a neat rhythm, with things going in a pretty straightforward fashion for about half the book, then a crazy left turn, then another crazy left turn, then everything just exploding. If you like well-done crime stories, then this is a well-done crime story. I especially like the way Connelly works with setting here - he's sent his hero to Vegas before, but this time the trips to Vegas really highlight the desperation and sadness of his characters, and it all works really well. The best parts of this book relate to how it works in the series. As usual, Connelly gives enough details about past books for new readers to feel comfortable without being spoiled about the important plot points. He presents himself a particular challenge in that arena, here, of course, in that he brings back Bosch's love interest from The Black Echo, someone whose story is hard to tell without giving away the whodunit of that book - but he succeeds. A reader will understand the nature of the relationship and its complications even without a reminder of every detail, and Harry and Eleanor's love story gives this book a lot of humanity that is so often lacking in detective stories. Longtime readers also get treated to a new dynamic for Bosch - he's always been a disgruntled noble lone wolf, bucking against heartless bureaucracies and lazy/corrupt/incompetent partners and superiors. This time, Connelly gives the guy a break with a brave new boss and a revitalized partner. It's nice to see Bosch catch himself in the middle of a scene when he notices that someone is on his side for maybe the first time ever. These moments are satisfying for those of us who read the four books leading to this point, and I look forward to following the direction Connelly chooses to take them in the next book.

  • Richard
    2019-01-22 01:07

    8/10Another solid entry into the Harry Bosch canon here. I read a couple of reviews stating that they didn’t engage with the story as much as they had with previous outings but I enjoyed the whole Vegas and Organised Crime angle and showed Bosch as a fish out of water, well not really as he was still doing what he wanted and when he wanted to do it.Bosch is called to a murder scene which looks straight out of “The Mobster Handbook” which leads Harry and the team to Las Vegas and to engage with the seedy Organised Crime under belly that was/is still lingering there. Add into that cops who don’t seem on the up and up, vanishing witnesses and a blast from Harry’s past meant there was plenty of things going on to keep me interested and coming back for more.This is the first novel I have actual started to picture Bosch as McNulty from The Wire. I think the team around him all slotted into the main police line up from The Wire too which made it a little too easy to go down that visual route for my little brain. All that was missing was a politician saying “Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeettt”. This was written before The Wire though so it is purely coincidental.There isn’t much wrong with this novel, if you’ve read any of the series then you will be pleased. It doesn’t hit the heights of “The Concrete Blonde” for me and doesn’t get into top gear like I know Connelly can do but overall it was a good read.If you enjoy this try: “The Wire” by HBO and David Simon

  • Steven Kent
    2019-02-17 01:15

    The mystery starts with a body found in the trunk of a Rolls-Royce on a ridge overlooking the Hollywood Bowl. Harry Bosch, LAPD's laconic super-detective, leads a team of three investigators as they attempt to solve the murder.Like most Michael Connelly novels, the power of Trunk Music is in the details. Whether or not Connelly really knows police work is never in question, his books are so filled with details that you buy into everything he says.So Bosch and his team--Detectives Edgar and Ryder--set out to solve the murder. They can rule out robbery, the stiff is wearing a Rolex with diamonds on every hour. The deceased ran a small movie studio that specialized in softcore porn--TNA Productions. The TNA does not stand for what you think it stands for, the guy's name was Tony N. Aliso.The trail will lead Bosch and friends into realms far beyond their jurisdiction and ultimately threaten their careers. This is a great book, one of Connelly's best.Now, about the narrator, Dick Hill. Hill has always been among the premier macho-voiced readers. WHen it comes to Baldacci, Connelly, and authors of their caliber, Hill is always a safe bet. This time, though, Hill has outdone himself. This is a superb book paired with a superb performance.

  • Wordsmith
    2019-02-09 20:05

    Don't think for one minute (if it's a thing you or another would even notice) that because I dropped a star on this, the fifth book of the series, means I'm thinking about dumping Harry. "Get oudda here!" would be my reply. Followed up by a very emphatic "Never!" Just a few minor nit-picky nothings, that relate only to me, and not Michael Connelly, resulted, in the end, with my opinion being—this is not his best. Which means zero, as he is still miles ahead of the rest (except of course, the company he keeps, with those two other guys, the other loner, Jack Reacher and the Yoo Hoo guzzling, funny guy, Myron Bolitar. All are different but still draw you in as they become, while you keep on a trucking through the series, men you just "get" and this is because you feel as if you know them.

  • Daniel
    2019-01-27 17:31

    A short take:I got suckered: the big, noir-ish ad for the new Bosch series on Amazon caught my eye (it was early, I was waiting for a train, I hadn't yet had coffee, I was vulnerable man!) and a few days later I picked up this paperback at a used bookstore, thinking, "Alright, let's give Bosch a third try, I'm sure that this time I'll get hooked like everybody else, hell, this is book 5, I'm sure Connelly really hits his stride in this one."Nope. Once again, I finished this book feeling mildly frustrated. I just don't jive with Connelly's particular mix of crime, lost loves and an underdog who bends the rules to get his perp. Bosch just isn't my jam, and I should probably throw in the towel on this series.