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Review: Two Kinds of Truth (Harry Bosh Series #20) by Michael Connelly

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Orion, 2017. Format: Kindle edition. File size: 1167 KB. Print Length: 417 pages. ASIN: B06X9KBD2B. ISBN: 9781409147565.

isbn9781409147565 (1)Synopsis: Harry Bosch works cold cases, helping out the under-funded San Fernando police department. When a double murder at a local pharmacy is called in, Bosch is the most seasoned detective on the scene. But with experience, come the ghosts of long-forgotten crimes. A death row inmate claims Bosch framed him, and that new DNA evidence proves it. The LAPD investigators say the case is watertight, leaving Bosch out in the wilderness to clear his name and keep a sadistic killer behind bars. There’s only one person he can trust to help prove his innocence: Mickey Haller, The Lincoln Lawyer… As both cases tangle around him, Bosch learns there are two kinds of truth: the kind that won’t die and the kind that kills.

This was book 1 in my #20BooksofSummer 2018 reading challenge.

My take: In this last instalment, for the time being, in the series, the reader finds that Harry Bosch continues to work for the San Fernando Police Department, mainly in charge of reviewing cold cases. But one day, following a double murder at a local pharmacy, Bosch turns out being the most senior investigator at the crime scene. And, either because he feels a special sympathy towards one of the victims, or because of longing of his years on duty, Bosch decides to get involved to the full in the investigation. Almost simultaneously, Bosch has to defend himself from the accusation of having fabricated the false evidences that brought a man to remain unfairly on the death row for nearly thirty years, and to clear his good name  at the same time. Given the extremely difficult position of his situation, Bosch has no other option than turning to his half brother, Mickey Haller, requesting his assistance.

I am very pleased to find Michael Connelly, once again, on top of his trade, despite the fact that twenty five years have already passed since Harry Bosch first appearance, in this instalment that, if I’m not mistaken, makes number twenty in the series.  Connelly’s ability to hold the reader’s attention is second to none and, by itself, is able to conceal any minor shortcoming we may glimpse in the plot development. I have certainly very much enjoyed reading this book and I only have words of thanks to the author for making us spending such a good time. Fortunately we won’t have to wait much for reading a new book in the series and coming next October, if my information is right, we will find LAPD Detective Renée Ballard teaming up with Harry Bosch in Dark Sacred Night, a new thriller by Michael Connelly. Just a couple of snippets, to whet your appetite:

Bosch had gotten his detective’s badge in 1977 and spent five years working in various divisions and crime units before he was promoted to homicide detective and posted first at Hollywood Division and then eventually the elite Robbery-Homicide Division working out of Parker Center, downtown. At RHD he was paired with Sheehan, and the Skyler case was one of the first murders they handled as lead investigators. Danielle Skyler’s story was the universal story of Los Angeles, with an added irony of origin. Raised by a single mother who worked as a motel maid in Hollywood, Florida, she filled the holes in her life with applause that came with success in beauty pageants and on the high school stage. Armed with her beauty and fragile confidence, she crossed the three thousand miles from Hollywood to Hollywood at age twenty. She found, as most do, that there was one of her from every small town in America. The paying jobs were few and she was often taken advantage of by the leeches who were part of the entertainment industry. Buts she persevered. She awaited on tables, took acting classes, and went to an endless string of auditions for parts that usually didn’t have character names or many lines.

He knew there were two kinds of truth in this world. The truth that was the unalterable bedrock of one’s life and mission. And the other, malleable truth of politicians, charlatans, corrupt lawyers, and their clients, bent and molded to serve whatever purpose was at hand.

My rating: A+ (Don’t delay, get your hands on a copy of this book)

About the author: A former police reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Michael Connelly is the internationally bestselling author of the Harry Bosch thriller series. The TV tie-in series – Bosch – is one of the most watched original series on Amazon Prime and is now in its third season. He is also the author of several bestsellers, including the highly acclaimed legal thriller, The Lincoln Lawyer, which was selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club in 2006, and has been President of the Mystery Writers of America. His books have been translated into thirty-nine languages and have won awards all over the world, including the Edgar and Anthony Awards. He spends his time in California and Florida. To find out more, visit Michael’s website or follow him on Twitter or Facebook. www.michaelconnelly.com, @Connellybooks, f/MichaelConnellyBooks.

Two Kinds of Truth has been reviewed at Crime Watch, Crime Time, Crime Fiction Lover, among others.

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Michael Connelly Official Website 

Michael Connelly discusses Two Kinds of Truth

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Two Kinds of Truth (lit.: Dos tipos de verdad) de Michael Connelly

Sinopsis: Harry Bosch trabaja en casos antiguos pendientes, ayudando al departamento de policía de San Fernando carente de fondos. Cuando tienen que atender a un doble asesinato en una farmacia local, Bosch es el detective más experimentado en la escena. Pero junto con la experiencia, llegan los fantasmas de crímenes ya olvidados. Un condenado a muerte alega que Bosch lo incriminó, y que nuevos análisis de DNA así lo demuestran. Los investigadores del departamento de policia de Los Ángeles dicen que el caso es irrefutable, dejando a Bosch solo para limpiar su nombre y mantener a un asesino sádico entre rejas. Sólo hay una persona en quien puede confiar para poder demostrar su inocenciia: Mickey Haller, el abogado del Lincoln … Conforme ambos casos se van enredando, Bosch desubre que hay dos tipos de verdad: la que no muere y la que mata.

Mi opinión: En esta última entrega, por el momento, en la serie, el lector descubre que Harry Bosch continúa trabajando para el Departamento de Policía de San Fernando, principalmente a cargo de la revisión de casos abiertos. Pero un día, después de un doble asesinato en una farmacia local, Bosch resulta ser el investigador más experimentado en la escena del crimen. Y, ya sea porque siente una simpatía especial hacia una de las víctimas, o por añoranza de sus años de servicio, Bosch decide involucrarse plenamente en la investigación. Casi simultáneamente, Bosch tiene que defenderse de la acusación de haber fabricado pruebas falsas que llevaron a un hombre a permanecer injustamente en el corredor de la muerte durante casi treinta años, y de limpiar su buen nombre al mismo tiempo. Dada la posición extremadamente difícil de su situación, Bosch no tiene otra opción que recurrir a su medio hermano, Mickey Haller, solicitando su ayuda.

Estoy muy contento de encontrar a Michael Connelly, una vez más, en la cima de su oficio, a pesar del hecho de que ya han pasado veinticinco años desde la primera aparición de Harry Bosch, en esta entrega que, si no me equivoco, hace la número veinte en la serie. La capacidad de Connelly para mantener la atención del lector es insuperable y, por sí misma, es capaz de ocultar cualquier deficiencia menor que podamos vislumbrar en el desarrollo de la trama. Ciertamente he disfrutado mucho leyendo este libro y solo tengo palabras de agradecimiento al autor por hacernos pasar un buen rato. Afortunadamente no tendremos que esperar mucho para leer un nuevo libro en la serie y el próximo octubre, si mi información es correcta, encontraremos a la detective de LAPD Renée Ballard formando equipo con Harry Bosch en Dark Sacred Night, un nuevo thriller de Michael Connelly. Solo un par de fragmentos para despertar su apetito:

Bosch había obtenido su placa de detective en 1977 y pasó cinco años trabajando en varias divisiones y unidades contra el crimen antes de ser ascendido a detective de homicidios, primero en la División de Hollywood y posteriormente en la selecta División de atracos y homicidios trabajando en Parker Center, en el centro. En RHD estuvo acompañado por Sheehan, y el caso de Skyler fue uno de los primeros asesinatos que tuvieron a su cargo como investigadores principales. La historia de Danielle Skyler era la historia universal de Los Ángeles, con una ironía añadida de origen. Criada por una madre soltera que trabajaba como camarera de un motel en Hollywood, Florida, llenó los huecos de su vida con aplausos que llegaron con su éxito en concursos de belleza y en los escenarios de la escuela secundaria. Dotada de belleza y una frágil seguridad, cruzó las tres mil millas de Hollywood a Hollywood a los veinte años. Encontró, como hace la mayoría, que había una igual que ella en cada pueblo de América. Los trabajos remunerados eran pocos y las sanguijuelas que formaban parte de la industria del entretenimiento querían aprovecharse de ella. Pero ella perseveró. Esperó en las tablas, tomó clases de interpretación y asisstió a series interminables de audiciones para partes que generalmente no tenían personajes con nombre o muchas líneas.

Sabía que había dos tipos de verdad en este mundo. La verdad que era la base inalterable de la vida y de la misión de uno. Y la otra, la verdad maleable de políticos, charlatanes, abogados corruptos y clientes, torcida y moldeada para servir cualquier propósito que estuviera a mano.

Mi valoración: A+ (No se demore, consiga un ejemplar de este libro)

Sobre el autor: Un antiguo redactor de sucesos de Los Angeles Times, Michael Connelly es el reconocido autor de la serie de éxito internacional protagonizada por Harry Bosch. La serie de televisón vinculada, Bosch, es una de las series originales más vistas de Amazon Prime y se encuentra actualmente en su tercera temporada. Tambíen es autor de varios bestsellers, incluyendo el muy aclamado thriller legal, El inocente (The Lincoln Lawyer), que fue seleccionado por el club del libro de Richard & Judy  en el 2006, y ha sido Presidente de la Asociación Mystery Writers of America. Sus libros han sido traducidos a treinta y nueve idiomas y han sido galardonados por todo el mundo, incluyendo los premios Edgar and Anthony. Divide su tiempo entre California y Florida. Para conocer más detalles, visiten su página web o sigan su pasos en Twitter o Facebook. www.michaelconnelly.com, @Connellybooks, f/MichaelConnellyBooks.

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OT: Monastery of Santa María la Real (Aguilar de Campoo, Palencia)

Overlooked from the Aguilón rock by a 12th-century castle, the town of Aguilar de Campoo is a key point on the route of Palencia’s Romanesque heritage. Among its most attractive sights is the arcaded square, where you will find the collegiate church of San Miguel. This 14th century temple is equipped with a museum which includes the parish treasure, with precious metalwork, paintings and ivory. No less important is the monastery of Santa María la Real, a fine example of the pre-Gothic style which is among the oldest in Spain. Its church houses a museum with a rich and varied collection of Romanesque works. And, finally, is the hermitage of Santa Cecilia, complete with its charismatic tower. (Source: https://www.spain.info/en/que-quieres/ciudades-pueblos/otros-destinos/aguilar_de_campoo.html)

Read more at Wikipedia

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OT: El Soplao (Cantabria)

El Soplao, a cave discovered in the early twentieth century, is considered one of the great geology wonders, treasuring an authentic paradise of speleothems.
Everyone who comes to visit, can explore it during a route that is surprising due to the abundance, magnificence and diversity of its eccentric formations, which are what make El Soplao “A Unique Cave”.

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I visited El Soplao yesterday.

OT: In case someone noticed my absence

Together with my hiking group, I spent a few days in Asturias, near Llanes to be exact, and we climbed to the Peak Mofrechu. Peak Mofrechu is the highest mountain in the municipality of Ribadesella, it is an excellent route, suitable for all people, from which to see the mountains and the Asturian landscape. From its summit (891 metres) we can see a wonderful view of the Oriental coast of Asturias and all of the surrounding mountains, including the Peaks of Europe. Although the day was a bit cloudy, we could glimpse the majestic Peaks of Europe, towering over the clouds.

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My Current Wish List

2010-11-11-my-wish-list-resize-300x231_thumbIn no particular order

  1. This Is What Happened by Mick Herron
  2. Defectors: A Novel by Joseph Kanon
  3. La transparencia del tiempo (Serie Mario Conde) de Leonardo Padura
  4. Cuando sale la reclusa de Fred Vargas
  5. London Rules: Jackson Lamb Thriller 5 by Mick Herron
  6. Zen and the Art of Murder (The Black Forest Investigations Book 1) by Oliver Bottini
  7. Greeks Bearing Gifts (A Bernie Gunther Novel) by Philip Kerr
  8. The Shadow Killer by Arnaldur Indridason
  9. Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner
  10. Watch Her Disappear (Zigic & Ferreira 4) by Eva Dolan
  11. A Necessary Evil by Abir Mukherjee
  12. A Legacy of Spies by John le Carré
  13. Weeping Waters by Karin Brynard
  14. The House by Simon Lelic
  15. On the Java Ridge by Jock Serong
  16. The City of Lies (Stefan Gillespie Book 4) by Michael Russell
  17. The Seagull (Vera Stanhope Book 8) by Ann Cleeves
  18. Big Sister (Varg Veum) by Gunnar Staalesen
  19. Friends and Traitors (Inspector Troy series) by John Lawton
  20. A Straits Settlement (Superintendent Le Fanu Mystery Series Book 3) by Brian Stoddart