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THE CLOSERS
by Michael Connelly

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Hardboiled

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The perennially haunted Harry Bosch has returned to the Los Angeles Police after three uneasy years of retirement. This time he's part of a team of detectives who close unsolved cases. Paired again with former partner Kiz Rider, an African-American lesbian, he looks into the 1988 murder of a biracial 16-year-old girl.

The partners quickly find signs that police bungled the case. Then an old enemy resurfaces to taunt Bosch, making him wonder if he's being set up.
But Bosch and Rider persevere, working their way through the messy office politics of the LAPD, the sordid life of a white supremacist suspect and the destroyed afterlives of the victim's parents.

Connelly expertly details the day-
to-day work of the detectives and the LAPD's internal political machinations. But his talent extends beyond that to excellent characterization and exciting plotting. While Bosch's personal life is somewhat stiffly drawn, his interactions with Rider and the victim's homeless, broken father are well written. (May, 400 pp., $26.95)

Reviewed By: Liz French

Publisher: Little, Brown

Published: May 2005

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