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BOOK REVIEW: THE LAST COYOTE
BY MICHAEL CONNELLY

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This is one of Michael Connelly’s earlier novels featuring Harry Bosch, a hard-rock LA detective who is always in as much trouble with his superiors in the police department as the criminals are for crossing paths with him. Harry pretty much works as a loner and often uses methods not condoned by the LA police department.

The Last Coyote begins as our hero is being interviewed by a psychologist who is trying to determine if and when Harry should be returned to duty. He has been placed on an Administrative Leave (this time) for roughing up his supervisor. In Harry’s eyes the supervisor had it coming for meddling in one of Harry’s cases. The department thought otherwise.

The psychologist continues throughout the book working with Harry but mostly he rebuffs her ideas and suggestions. She is intrigued by his fascination with a coyote that has been around the woods where Harry lives. In many ways the similarity of that wild animal and Harry appears to be aptly coincidental.

While on the forced leave, Harry returns to an unsolved case that occurred many years ago. He is drawn to the murder of this prostitute because she is in fact his mother.

As he works his way through the evidence and the reports that have lain dormant for years in the police’s files, he finds out how entangled the case was and eventually he discovers why the case was quietly closed. Many twists and turns combine to create a believable story of how cover-ups are often put into place. But yet with persistence and thorough investigation even cover-ups can be torn apart. Typically in this kind of detective story, the hero is beset by personal problems. In this case Harry’s house is condemned due to a recent LA earthquake. And to add insult to injury Harry has just lost his girlfriend at the start of the book. How he hooks up with her replacement is a very unusual but plausible twist.

Although the mystery is complex and the real killer’s identity is a challenge for the reader to determine, in the end the case is closed. And in the end his psychologist is fairly happy with her results in resolving some of Harry’s problems, and he has definitely found himself a new lady friend.

Michael Connelly is, in my opinion, one of the best writers today of these types of novels. His books are for the most part a quick read and done without an over amount of sex and profanity. The Lost Coyote is no exception to his style and Mr. Connelly again has written an interesting novel that meets his standards.

REVIEWED BY ALLEN HOTT

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