Reviewed: July 21, 2006
By: Michael Connelly
Publisher: St. Martins Press
448 pages, $10.99
Iím quietly working
my way through Michael Connellyís Harry (for Hieronymous) Bosch mysteries.
Maybe I should jump ahead to the brand new ones, but all of these are still
in print and also available in omnibus sets as e-books, so itís just very
convenient to carry on as I have begun.
Trunk Music refers to a method
of assassination used by the mob to deal with people who have broken the rules.
Details may vary, but a typical example ends up like Anthony A. Aliso, the
president of TNA Productions: full of bullet holes and crammed into the trunk
of his Rolls.
Tony probably told
people that the acronym of his company stood for his initials, but the type
of films he marketed indicated that the letters came from somewhere else and
that kind of business often had a link to organized crime.
It appeared that Tony
had been bumped off after returning to LA from Vegas, but his wife didnít
seem to know much about his business or who might have had it in for him.
Harry wants the case,
not so much because he is anxious to avenge poor Tony, but because homicide
investigation is really what police work is all about for him, and no one
has been letting him do any lately. Harry has problems with authority and
doesnít always go by the book. Internal Affairs has been sniffing round so
often that itís a wonder heís still on the force.
The thing is, while
he may bend a few rules on the way to a collar, the kinks arenít enough to
hurt the prosecution in court, and he he has a way of solving mysteries that
other people donít. He also has a new boss, which is a good thing. Lieut.
Grace Billets (known to her officers as Bullets) was moving Harry back into
homicide after his 18 month exile on other duties.
This case sends Harry
to Vegas, and reunites him with a romantic interest from an earlier novel
in the series. Former FBI agent Eleanor Wish had been busted from the agency
and had served time after that, Cops arenít supposed to associate with known
felons, but it turns out that Eleanor is very much a part of the Aliso case,
which complicates matters.
In fact the whole
thing gets complicated beyond belief and Harry finds himself up that well
known creek once again when the case he is working along with the Vegas cops
trips over an FBI undercover operation and blows an agentís cover. There are
some folks who want to think that he did that on purpose.
What the FBI mess
did was head everyone off in the wrong direction and Bosch, having been removed
from the case while under investigation (again!) decides that the only way
heís really going to clear himself of suspicion and scratch that annoying
unsolved itch is to start over from scratch (pardon) and reexamine every detail
and every assumption that his team had made along the way.
Itís all completely
unauthorized, of course, but that often seems to be when Harry does his best
work. There are several more twists and turns before the case gets solved,
but the ending is quite satisfactory.