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In the conclusion of City of Bones, we saw Harry Bosch leave his LAPD badge in his desk drawer and walk out the door for good. Retirement doesn't bode well for Bosch as he's voluntarily back on a case in Lost Light. This time he doesn't have the support or the hindrance of the Los Angeles Police Department behind him.
Harry reopens an unsolved murder case that's haunted him for years. A young movie production assistant was murdered at home. The film to which she was tied also received notoriety when $2 million in real prop money was stolen from the set. Bocsh brings certain pieces of both cases together, but can't make a complete connection.
Lost Light follows Harry Bosch in his quest to avenge the death of a young woman whose image he can't erase from his mind. The LAPD demands a stop of his investigation. The FBI isn't as nice with their threatening order for Bosch to cease and desist. With each passing day, he comes closer to revealing corruption within the law enforcement system.
The gritty realism served in this hard-boiled tale is hard to digest. Connelly's details are graphic and emotionally raw. Readers who have ridden along with Bosch before will recognize the character's inner struggles playing out against the dark underbelly of the City of Angels.
Harry's ex-wife is the subject of the story's side plot. Eleanor Wish, now a professional gambler in Vegas, still has hold of his heart.
A handful of unexpected developments crop up in Lost Light. There are ties to past series installments, but new readers to the series will have no trouble following events. Refrain from the temptation to read the last page first and you'll be rewarded with a surprise ending.
Michael Connelly never disappoints his readers. His writing is consistent and intelligent, as was last proven in Chasing the Dime. It is a pleasure to read his work.