Two Kinds of Truth

Two Kinds of Truth

Book - 2017
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Harry Bosch is called out to a local drug store where a young pharmacist has been murdered. Sifting through the clues leads into the dangerous, big business world of pill mills and prescription drug abuse. Meanwhile, an old case from Bosch's LAPD days comes back to haunt him when a long-imprisoned killer claims Harry framed him, and seems to have new evidence to prove it. The two unrelated cases wind around each other like strands of barbed wire.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780316225908
0316225908
Characteristics: 402 pages ;,25 cm.

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Connelly remains atop the heap of contemporary crime writers thanks to his rare ability to combine master plotting and procedural detail with a literary novelist's feel for the inner lives of his or her characters. Both talents are on abundant display this time.


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PimaLib_ChristineR Jan 19, 2018

The hits keep on coming. This is another strong entry in the Bosch series. Connelly explores two issues here.

First, Harry is working a double homicide with the San Fernando PD, which is linked to a crime syndicate. My only beef here is that throughout the book, what is obviously OxyContin is referred to as Oxycodone. It's a misstep that breaks the verisimilitude for me. OC is called Hillbilly Heroin, oxycodone in other formulations is not, and would never be given in the doses described in the novel. Regardless, Connelly does an expert job of taking us into the octopus-like stranglehold that the opiod addiction has on the country and gives us realistic details of how these drugs are put on the streets.

At the same time, someone that Bosch put on death row is asking to have his conviction vacated. At first, this felt like a side story, maybe some filler, but as this storyline progressed, Connelly did an awesome job at tying this to our current economy and the shady deals done in the aftermath of the 2009 recession. How they come together? Well let's just say, I think it's Bosch's fault, but he thinks it is the fault of his attorney, and half-brother, Mickey Haller.

Loved all the flashback characters. I hope Connelly keeps churning these out in real-time. His writing has never been better.

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KLRoss_0
Jan 13, 2018

Two Kinds of Truth is as good as any of the Bosch novels, and I've read them all. I hope Connelly continues to bring back old characters such as Jerry Edgar, Lucia Soto and Cisco in subsequent books. The reappearance of Mickey Haller was especially welcome. I am hoping that Connelly will consider re-directing his time and creative energy by resurrecting Haller in new stand alone novels, and let Renee Ballard sail off into the sunset. On her paddleboard.

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NedSu
Jan 03, 2018

Another fine book by Connelly, this time with both Bosch and Heller playing key roles, with Bosch being the main protagonist, but Mickey Heller also integral to the plots. The author writes in a genre that could be called police procedural, but Harry Bosch carries a lot of baggage, so it's always interesting to read how Harry is doing. The good news is he is still learning in his late 60's.

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vinacoles
Dec 23, 2017

Have read all of Michael Connelly's books & have just loved them all. I couldn't wait to read his latest ones. Couldn't put it down until I was finished. Please keep writing more of harry Bosch

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donnapell
Dec 20, 2017

Stunned by LucyBo’s comments re: Harry Bosch being a “political ranter” — ONE direct one-sentence presidential comment from ONE character. One tangential mention —- maybe two? — of an ongoing investigation into possible Russian involvement in the U.S. election which is an actual FACT. That’s it. This is a story about Harry, the evils that opioids cause in several forms, and a past case that threatens to ruin Harry’s reputation. Don’t expect political nuances or ranting. There aren’t any. This is a Harry Bosch story.

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WTKELLEY1
Dec 20, 2017

Two Kinds proves than even the admirable Connelly will sometimes jump the shark.

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sandymorgan
Dec 20, 2017

Great book!!! Harry Bosch keeps you turning those pages with the solving of his cases. Michael Connelly does not disappoint. The only bad thing is that now I have to wait for the next book.

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TechWriter1
Dec 17, 2017

This is an excellent addition to the Bosch series. Having a little Mickey Haller thrown in is a bonus. The book quickly moved to the Pharmacist murders with their illegal drug angle and the death row killer's bid to get off death row so I knew there were going to be interesting story lines. One of the things I like about Connelly's books is his ability to get you hooked in the first few pages. After that, just keep turning the pages!

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gloryb
Dec 12, 2017

Connelly has his now retired LAPD detective, Bosch, working on a volunteer basis on cold cases. He has placed Bosch in 3 different situations in this novel in which Bosch successfully solves a murder involving sale of illicit drugs, a cold case disappearance, and an accusation of evidence tampering from a death row inmate. The longer plot is the one dealing with the sale of illicit drugs in which Connelly lengthily describes the actions of how the pills are bought and distributed. That plot is the more exciting one to read about as Bosch goes undercover and has some adventures posing as a drug addict. The other 2 minor plots are solved within a chapter.One plot features court detail/dialogue so not that interesting, but does show how lawyers get results based on innuendo. A mildly interesting read.

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leewardside
Dec 01, 2017

Just a heads up for anyone who reads the comment section before putting a hold on a book, after reading the comment from Lucybo, I was expecting Connelly to go all virtue signalling on the latest American political travesty. Not so, the only derogatory remark about the present president was by a minor character. That's it. I have read all Connelly's fiction (not e-books) and I've never known him to bring politics or product placement (as one nit claimed) into his books. This was good Connelly with the added filip of Mickey Haller and his out of left field lawyerly moves.

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