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Book review: 'The Black Box' by Michael Connelly

Los Angeles police detective Harry Bosch returns in Michael Connelly's “The Black Box” (Little, Brown and Co., $27.99).
BY JOHN HARRINGTON Published: December 2, 2012
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Los Angeles police detective Harry Bosch returns in Michael Connelly's “The Black Box” (Little, Brown and Co., $27.99).

In 1992, Bosch and his partner had a temporary assignment to L.A.'s South Central district as the Rodney King riots spread. They were investigating possible homicides, and with the help of the National Guard, they discovered a blond woman in an alley. She had been shot at point-blank range.

No real investigation could take place at the time because of the riot chaos.

Now, 20 years later, the police chief decides the Open Unsolved Unit should re-examine all the unsolved cases from that era. Bosch asks for the case of Anneke Jespersen, the blonde of 20 years earlier.

Bosch believes every case has a black box. It's certain that evidence and facts could help explain a case. But the black box is missing in this case.

He begins his investigation as only he can, and soon bits and pieces of evidence begin to appear that indicate it might not have been a random murder.

Bosch is fighting 20-year-old evidence, but he's also fighting his own bureaucracy.

Author Connelly offers action, suspense and Bosch's usual hard-nosed approach to seeking out the truth.

— John Harrington