Two Kinds of Truth

Two Kinds of Truth

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An investigation into the murder of a young pharmacist leads Harry Bosch and San Fernando's detective squad into the big-business world of pill mills and prescription-drug abuse at the same time that an old case from Bosch's days with the LAPD returns tohaunt him.
Publisher: New York : Little Brown & Co, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ℗♭2017
ISBN: 9780316225908
Branch Call Number: M CONNELLY 2017
Characteristics: 402 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: 2 kinds of truth


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Apr 12, 2018

It is consistently a pleasure to dig into a new Connelly Bosch book and this is no exception. Although I wouldn't call it the best of the series that is not really a criticism. The stories are all so good that one has to nitpick to differentiate them.

As always, Connelly has Bosch adroitly balancing several cases at a time. He is particularly stressed this time as he himself is the defendant in one of them. But tired, stressed, overworked, and with 1,000 things on his mind is always when Bosch is at his best.

Readers will be delighted to find roles in this book for many of the key characters in Bosch's past, including the slick, crafty, risk-taking Lincoln lawyer, Micky Haller, and several of Bosch's former partners.

Definitely recommended reading.

Mar 16, 2018

Discovered Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series in 2000, and happily, was in a time & place where I could easily catch up--read the first six novels in sequence. Knew I had stumbled onto something special.

Nine years later, read what I consider the very best book in this series, Nine Dragons, which chronicles Harry's desperate search in Hong Kong for his abducted daughter. Unparalleled.

Two Kinds of Truth comes close to that 2009 entry. Here are some reasons why:
1. Harry's works through two cases simultaneously, and one of them impacts him personally.
2. The book brings Harry into contact in a very meaningful way with his half-brother, defence attorney Mickey Haller ("The Lincoln Lawyer"). It's been years since the last instalment in that series, so this was a very welcome surprise. This means the book also includes a major courtroom drama.
3. This book brings together a host of long-time supporting players, two former LAPD partners, a meaningful contribution from Cisco, Mick's investigator and his old friend, retired counsellor "Legal Stiegel."
4. One of the cases involves a little-know but fascinating timely topic: a made-in-the-USA illicit drug operation.
Wow. They'd don't come much better than this.

Highly recommended.

Note: beware! Following comments include many spoilers. You might want to stop reading now and just click "Place a hold."

Feb 27, 2018

I don't know how Michael Connelly does it but I think this is the BEST yet in the "Harry Bosch" series. Both fast-paced and descriptive; nothing extraneous, and readers new to the series should not feel ignorant regarding character connections and yet Connelly doesn't waste time and space on lengthy past explanations. Connelly has yet again come up with timely, current and potent plot issues and delivered his story at the top of his game.

Jan 29, 2018

a reliable addition to the long-running series
'Harry Bosch discovers that there are two kinds of truth: the kind that sets you free and the kind that leaves you buried in darkness.'
harry must work with mickey haller (the lincoln lawyer) to keep a serial killer behind bars and save his reputation.

Jan 27, 2018

Vintage Harry Bosch. Great read. Go back and read his earlier books if you have not done so. Start with his service in Vietnam to really understand the character.

Jan 22, 2018

Harry Bosch is back as a volunteer working cold cases for the San Fernando police and is called out to a local drug store where a young pharmacist has been murdered. Bosch and the town's three-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous big-business world of prescription drug abuse. Meanwhile, an old case from Bosch's LAPD days comes back to haunt him when a long-imprisoned killer claims Harry framed him and seems to have new evidence to prove it. Bosch left the LAPD on bad terms, so his former colleagues aren't keen to protect his reputation. He must fend for himself in clearing his name and keeping a clever killer in prison. The two unrelated cases wind across each other like strands of barbed wire. Along the way Bosch discovers that there are two kinds of truth: the kind that sets you free and the kind that leaves you buried in darkness. (Description taken from library catalog.)

This is another great crime novel by the best crime novelist today. It ends with a hint of what the next Harry Bosch will be about.

PimaLib_ChristineR Jan 19, 2018

The hits keep on coming. This is another strong entry in the Bosch series. Connelly explores two issues here.

First, Harry is working a double homicide with the San Fernando PD, which is linked to a crime syndicate. My only beef here is that throughout the book, what is obviously OxyContin is referred to as Oxycodone. It's a misstep that breaks the verisimilitude for me. OC is called Hillbilly Heroin, oxycodone in other formulations is not, and would never be given in the doses described in the novel. Regardless, Connelly does an expert job of taking us into the octopus-like stranglehold that the opiod addiction has on the country and gives us realistic details of how these drugs are put on the streets.

At the same time, someone that Bosch put on death row is asking to have his conviction vacated. At first, this felt like a side story, maybe some filler, but as this storyline progressed, Connelly did an awesome job at tying this to our current economy and the shady deals done in the aftermath of the 2009 recession. How they come together? Well let's just say, I think it's Bosch's fault, but he thinks it is the fault of his attorney, and half-brother, Mickey Haller.

Loved all the flashback characters. I hope Connelly keeps churning these out in real-time. His writing has never been better.

Jan 13, 2018

Two Kinds of Truth is as good as any of the Bosch novels, and I've read them all. I hope Connelly continues to bring back old characters such as Jerry Edgar, Lucia Soto and Cisco in subsequent books. The reappearance of Mickey Haller was especially welcome. I am hoping that Connelly will consider re-directing his time and creative energy by resurrecting Haller in new stand alone novels, and let Renee Ballard sail off into the sunset. On her paddleboard.

Jan 03, 2018

Another fine book by Connelly, this time with both Bosch and Heller playing key roles, with Bosch being the main protagonist, but Mickey Heller also integral to the plots. The author writes in a genre that could be called police procedural, but Harry Bosch carries a lot of baggage, so it's always interesting to read how Harry is doing. The good news is he is still learning in his late 60's.

Dec 23, 2017

Have read all of Michael Connelly's books & have just loved them all. I couldn't wait to read his latest ones. Couldn't put it down until I was finished. Please keep writing more of harry Bosch

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