3.5 stars

Surprisingly, this is my first Michael Connelly novel. I knew his books were well written, I had just not gotten around to reading any of them. His books were recommended to me by a friend, and I finally relented. This is the first book in the Harry Bosch book series. Harry is a Vietnam war veteran that works as a homicide detective in LA. A year before the book begins, he shot and killed a serial murder suspect. The shooting was investigated and although he was cleared, he was “demoted” from his high-profile job of Robbery/Homicide downtown to Hollywood division. The book starts out with the death of a military veteran that is found in a drain pipe. Initially the police believe it’s a drug OD, but Harry recognizes the vet and sees enough to realize it’s a murder. The case is linked to a brazen bank robbery the year before and Harry is paired with an FBI agent to investigate the case. The case leads them to more military men stationed together in Saigon, as well as Saigon drug dealers that immigrated to the US after the war.

The book is well-written, fast paced and has enough twists and turns to keep the reader interested and guessing until almost the end.