Dick's Featured Review:
The Black Box by Michael Connelly
Black Box” by Michael Connelly gets off slowly for
the 1st third of the book and then gets
up and running with a good story and a smashing
ending. We can say it’s another well written
crime novel by a well recognized author.
Connelly’s Harry Bosch character is well drawn as
a tough, independent S.O.B. who fights for doing
the right thing even if it goes against the grain
of those who count, regarding his career.
Politics is not his forte.
In 1992 Los Angels
exploded into a city-wide riot that stunned the
world. A young free-lance writer named Anneka
Jaspersen flew to the city to cover the riot, and
was found dead in a dark alley, by members of the
National Guard. Harry Bosch was the investigating
officer for the LA police. Because of the unreal
violence of the riot the police could do no more
than a cursory investigation before the basic
facts were filed.
later, approaching the riot anniversary, Harry
gets the job of following up with an investigation
of the still open, unsolved case. He believed
every case had what he compared to an airlines
“black box”; a piece of evidence etc. that brought
a complete and final understanding of all factors
that led to a solutions. With that in mind, his
search begins. Harry goes his own way despite
obstructions from superiors who are trying to foce
him to early “Drop” retirement (see my earlier
review of “The Drop”). From LA to Kuwait, the
evidence follows the activities and purpose behind
Jespersen’s travel to LA. What was she looking
for?? Despite early missteps in direction, it
becomes clear that her death was more than just
another riot death.
Good story. It
takes a while to get down to the nitty gritty ,
but it’s worth every written word. This is
Connelly’s 25th book. As with many
good authors, he is a former newspaper reporter.