‘The Concrete Blonde’ is Michael Connelly’s 3rd Harry Bosch novel and once again it is even better than the previous book.
Four years ago, Harry shot and killed Norman Church in the line of duty. Even though Church was found to be guilty of a series of horrific murders (called the Dollmaker murders), Harry was found to have acted improperly and was transferred to Hollywood division. Now Norman Church’s widow is suing Harry, claiming that her husband was an innocent man. Her lawyer is the well respected and brilliant Honey Chandler.
Harry’s lawyer, Belk, seems to be no match for Chandler. Then to make matters worse, another Dollmaker victim is discovered, and she was murdered after Church’s death. Could Church really have been the wrong man?
As Harry starts to investigate the possibility of a copycat killer, he discovers that 2 of the original 11 murders were probably not carried out by ‘The Dollmaker’. But that would mean that ‘The Follower would have to be someone very close to the case.
There is nothing worse than investigating a colleague. A small team works on identifying the Follower while Harry spends his days in court and his nights on the investigation. Tensions mount between Harry and his girlfriend Sylvia (see ‘The Black Ice’), especially when details of Harry’s past that he has never told Sylvia are raised in court.
There are several twists and turns to the story as the investigation team are convinced that they have the right man, only to be proved wrong. Information leaks also lead to tensions in the team. At one stage I even suspected Sylvia of being the leak.
Eventually, Harry determines the identity of the Follower, and in typical Harry cowboy style, confronts him alone.
There has been a remarkable turnaround in Chief Irving’s attitude since the last book. I’m not sure how long this will last. I’m also not sure if Harry’s relationships with Sylvia and with his partner Edgar will ever be the same again.
This was an excellent story and I’m loving this series. I can’t wait to read the next book – ‘The Last Coyote’.
Book Published 1994