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I believe Michael Connelly is one of the very best 'detective' writers out there today. His characters (especially Harry Bosch) have a depth that is unequaled by other 'famous writers' and characters. More famous does not equal best.
Two Kinds of Truth does not disappoint. Another member asked if the previous Harry Bosch books should be read. My opinion is yes. Harry has grown, changed, been hurt, hurt others and been disappointed all which led to where he is now in his life and career. As with any of us, his past colors his today and to really know Harry, you have to know his past. You would miss much if you started with Two Kinds of Truth, but I also don't believe you would enjoy it any less not having read the earlier books. You would just enjoy it with less ... understanding of Harry.
Two Kinds of Truth is fascinating in that it really highlights the three tracks Harry is on: his professional one, looking for a killer, his public one and his personal one.
To me, the most relevant quote, the defining quote of Harry Bosch throughout the scope of Harry Bosch series, appears on page 128:
. . . And this knowledge gave Bosch an affirming jolt of adrenaline and purpose. He knew there were two kinds of truth in this world. The truth that was the unalterable bedrock of one's life and mission. And the other, malleable truth of politicians, charlatans, corrupt lawyers, and their clients, bent and molded to serve whatever purpose was at hand.
Surprisingly the action part of the narrative gets rather off the rails, the human side is very well done. Bosch is more of a thinker and the inclusion of Haller makes the legal side much more palatable. You would think LAPD and the DA would learn to leave him alone but that conflict is rather central to the series.
A great easy read that deals with some real world problems. Spoiler alert don't read many of these reviews just read the book.
Makes you wanna see more guys like Bosch in this world! Very memorable plot!
An old-timer like me, Connelly is still cranking out the hits. Determination, integrity and dogged diligence still count for something in Bosch's world. Wish we could say the same for politicians in power.
Bosch is a great character ~ down to earth, persistent, raw and has a hold on the realty of returning to the LAPD.
I like that major themes in this book are slowly revealed to the reader. Definitely makes it difficult to put down!
What more can I say than I love Harry Bosch. He’s real, he’s gritty, honorable and in his own gruff way a loveable [p;oce detective.
The description pretty much gives away the first quarter of the book but it is likely the hook that draws in new readers. For me, just the name of its author got me by hook, line and sinker. This time, Connelly told of a Bosch working his butt off, hence relatively free of police procedural nuances, to right every wrong he deemed. The price: sleep, empathy, danger and even his "earth quake" money! The bonus is the Russian pharmacists schemes that I never would have imagined. Another very good page turner. Too bad Det. Renée Ballard from his "The Late Show (2017)" couldn't be written in somehow.
Note: The two kinds of truth is better said in the book i.e. more straight forward and less psychological than in the description. See "Quotes."
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Two Kinds proves than even the admirable Connelly will sometimes jump the shark.
Great book!!! Harry Bosch keeps you turning those pages with the solving of his cases. Michael Connelly does not disappoint. The only bad thing is that now I have to wait for the next book.
This is an excellent addition to the Bosch series. Having a little Mickey Haller thrown in is a bonus. The book quickly moved to the Pharmacist murders with their illegal drug angle and the death row killer's bid to get off death row so I knew there were going to be interesting story lines. One of the things I like about Connelly's books is his ability to get you hooked in the first few pages. After that, just keep turning the pages!
Connelly has his now retired LAPD detective, Bosch, working on a volunteer basis on cold cases. He has placed Bosch in 3 different situations in this novel in which Bosch successfully solves a murder involving sale of illicit drugs, a cold case disappearance, and an accusation of evidence tampering from a death row inmate. The longer plot is the one dealing with the sale of illicit drugs in which Connelly lengthily describes the actions of how the pills are bought and distributed. That plot is the more exciting one to read about as Bosch goes undercover and has some adventures posing as a drug addict. The other 2 minor plots are solved within a chapter.One plot features court detail/dialogue so not that interesting, but does show how lawyers get results based on innuendo. A mildly interesting read.
Just a heads up for anyone who reads the comment section before putting a hold on a book, after reading the comment from Lucybo, I was expecting Connelly to go all virtue signalling on the latest American political travesty. Not so, the only derogatory remark about the present president was by a minor character. That's it. I have read all Connelly's fiction (not e-books) and I've never known him to bring politics or product placement (as one nit claimed) into his books. This was good Connelly with the added filip of Mickey Haller and his out of left field lawyerly moves.