Harry Bosch discovers two kinds of truth in this gripping work of fiction from #1 New York Times bestselling thriller author Michael Connelly
Harry Bosch, exiled from the LAPD, is working cold cases for the San Fernando Police Department when all hands are called out to a local drugstore, where two pharmacists have been murdered in a robbery. Bosch and the tiny town's three-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous, big-business world of prescription drug abuse. To get to the people at the top, Bosch must risk everything and go undercover in the shadowy world of organized pill mills.
Meanwhile, an old case from Bosch's days with the LAPD comes back to haunt him when a long-imprisoned killer claims Harry framed him and seems to have new evidence to prove it. Bosch left the LAPD on bad terms, so his former colleagues are not keen on protecting his reputation. But if this conviction is overturned, every case Bosch ever worked will be called into question. As usual, he must fend for himself as he tries to clear his name and keep a clever killer in prison.
The two cases wind around each other like strands of barbed wire. Along the way, Bosch discovers that there are two kinds of truth: the kind that sets you free and the kind that leaves you buried in darkness.
An NPR Best Book of 2017
A Times Critics' Top Book of 2017
A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2017A South Florida Sun-Sentinel Best Mystery of 2017
An Amazon Book of the Month
Michael Connelly is the author of thirty previous novels, including #1 New York Times bestsellers The Late Show, The Wrong Side of Goodbye and The Crossing. His books, which include the Harry Bosch series and Lincoln Lawyer series, have sold more than sixty million copies worldwide. Connelly is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels and is the executive producer of Bosch, starring Titus Welliver. He spends his time in California and Florida.
Date of Birth:July 21, 1956
Place of Birth:Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Education:B.A. in Journalism, University of Florida, 1980
Bestseller Connelly’s fast-paced 22nd Harry Bosch novel (after 2016’s The Wrong Side of Goodbye) puts the aging L.A. detective, now a volunteer with the San Fernando PD, squarely in the middle of two cases. The execution of two local pharmacists—father and son—sends Bosch into the world of “pill shills,” crime networks that use homeless people, crooked doctors, and greedy pharmacists to amass prescription opioids for illegal resale. The other case dates back 30 years to Bosch’s days in the LAPD, when he helped put convicted killer Preston Borders on death row. When the case is reopened thanks to newly revealed DNA, Bosch stands accused of planting evidence. At times the parallel narrative lines feel too separate, as if two distinct novels are melded into one, but even so, the book unfolds with great urgency and a sense of righteous indignation, particularly about the opioid crisis (“Fifty-five thousand dead and counting”). The two truths of the title encapsulate Bosch’s world: “ 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.” This entry isn’t Connelly’s best, but it’s still a solid procedural sure to please his many fans. Agent: Philip Spitzer, Philip G. Spitzer Literary. (Oct.)
Back after The Wrong Side of Goodbye, on the New York Times best sellers list for 12 weeks after debuting at No. 1, Harry Bosch has been volunteering to work cold cases for the San Fernando Police Department when he's asked to investigate a pharmacist's murder. Meanwhile, a jailed baddie is claiming that Harry framed him. With a 750,000-copy first printing.
Harry Bosch juggles yet another cold case turned disconcertingly hot with the sort of brand-new case that would be routine for anyone but him.Thirty years ago, Bosch was sure that Preston Borders had raped and murdered three young women. The district attorney's office, less confident about two of the cases, still managed to convict Borders of killing Danielle Skyler. A jury gave him the death penalty, and he's been sitting in San Quentin ever since. Now, however, it looks as if he may get out, and not because he's been executed. An analysis of the evidence that went unexamined back in 1988 has identified the DNA on Danielle's pajama bottoms as that of Lucas John Olmer, who died in a different prison and never met Borders. Under the guidance of sharp-practice lawyer Lance Cronyn, Borders has filed a habeas corpus petition, made a new statement accusing Harry of planting evidence against him, and expressed a serious interest in suing everyone in sight. Bosch (The Wrong Side of Goodbye, 2016, etc.) has only nine days before the habeas hearing to defuse this ticking bomb. But how can he possibly find the time to work the case when the murder of José Esquivel Sr. and Jr., a pharmacist and his son, at their family business has swept the San Fernando Police Department—where Bosch, booted off the LAPD, is now volunteering—into a hurricane of fraudulent oxycodone prescriptions and provoked Bosch to agree for the first time in his life to go undercover as an addict and potential drug mule?All the structural problems you'd expect from jamming two urgent but unrelated cases together: during much of the second half, Connelly (The Late Show, 2017, etc.) seems to be tying up increasingly low-impact loose ends. But a marvelous courtroom sequence will bring you cheering to your feet.
"[Connelly's] immaculate plotting and gift for bringing procedural intricacies to life now seem as strong as ever...he writes the best detective novels around."Charles Finch, USA TodayFrom the Publisher
"The 20th novel in Connelly's Bosch series is one of its best."Entertainment Weekly
"Harry Bosch is a one-of-a-kind hero who started out pretty wild when he returned from Vietnam to become a cop, but over the years he's developed into someone you want to ride with."Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review
"Connelly's immaculate plotting and gift for bringing procedural intricacies to life now seem as strong as ever...he writes the best detective novels around."USA Today
"A book as powerful and engrossing as any in Connelly's nonpareil series."Jack Ratten, Toronto Star
"One of Connelly's darkest and most powerful stories yet about Bosch."Colette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times
"The best crime fiction writer alive today...The interaction between the trash-talking, playful
Haller and the stoic, moody, mission-driven Bosch is wonderful. The brothers are two kinds of crafty, masters in their own realm...Gut-wrenching...The final courtroom scene will make longtime Connelly fans stand up and cheer."Marcie Everhart, The Oklahoman
"[Two Kinds of Truth] is a reflection of
Connelly's talent that after 19 books chronicling Bosch's career, this iteration feels fresh and authentic. This is Bosch at his
F-you best, pursuing his mission, seeking justice and speaking for the dead."The Arizona Republic
"It's become an annual refrain - but Connelly truly is one of the finest mystery writers. And that's the truth."Oline Cogdill, Sun-Sentinel
"If you're into detective thrillers, this is an obvious choice, it doesn't get any better than Michael Connelly."Brendan Cooney, In the Sheets
"Expertly juggling both plots, Connelly mines the double murder for fascinating and frightening details...Connelly remains atop a 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 in abundant display this time."Booklist
"TWO KINDS OF TRUTH is a sterling example of the full potential of [Bosch and Ballard] fully realized. Anyone interested in their literary exploits can jump on this particular offering without difficulty and enjoy the ride from beginning to end."Joe Hartlaub, BookReporter