City of Bones


Author: Michael Connelly

Title: City of Bones

Genre: Mystery

Publication Date: 2002

Number of Pages: 421

Geographical Setting: Los Angeles, California.

Time Period: Current day

Series (If applicable): Number 8 of the Harry Bosch

Plot Summary:  While out walking his dog a man d iscovers a human bone.   Harry Bosch is called in and discovers an entire skeleton in a shallow grave.  The medical examiner finds that the bones are of a young male child who was the victim of continually abuse.  A woman calls the police and claims that this may be her brother from 1980.  Bosch investigates and learns that a registered sex offender was living near this woman and her brother at the time of death.  Bosch then investigates the boy’s father who admits to killing his son.
However this does not add up and Bosch continues to investigate.  He finds out the boy’s sister was sexually abused by the father and it was the sister who was abusing the boy physically.  As the story seems to be winding down there’s a twist and it is learned that the boy is murdered by somewhat of an unlikely suspect for the least obvious reasons.

Subject Headings: Vietnam veteran-detectives, crimes against children, murder
investigation, Bosch, Harry, Police – Los Angeles, California, Detectives – Los
Angeles, California, Child Abuse, Redemption.

Appeal: Character-driven, Intricately plotted, Atmospheric, Bleak, Suspensful, Gritty, Compelling, Engrossing, Chilling, Pyschological, Detailed Setting, Urban, Engaging.

3 appeal terms that best describe this book: Character-driven, Intricately plotted, Bleak.

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

The Darkest Night: Two
Sisters, a Brutal Murder, and the Loss of Innocence, in a Small Town
by Ron Franscell.
A true story of an abduction, rape, and murder where one of the victims
lives to tell the story.

 A Slaying in the Suburbs:
The Tara Grant Murder
by Andrea Billups.  This is a look into the murder Tara Grant and
the disposal of her remains in a park.

 By Their Father’s Hand:
The True Story of the Wesson Family Masssacre
.  True story of incest, abuse, and murder.  These themes all play a large part of City of Bones.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

Buried Prey, by John Sandford.
Two bodies are discovered in a house demolition and have been identified
to be the bodies of two girls who disappeared in 1985.  The investigation of a over 20 year old case
may appeal to those who enjoyed the investigation in City of Bones.  Also similar
to City of Bones this book belongs to
a series.

Hide, by Lisa Gardner.
For those readers that enjoyed the Harry Bosch series, this book also
belongs to a series.  It is number 2 of
the Detective D.D Warren novels.  Also
similar to City of Bones, this book
also deals with a crime that had occurred over 20 years previously to the time
frame the story is told in.

Without Mercy, by Lisa Jackson.
Similar to City f Bones this
is another murder mystery involving younger victims.

Name: Bill P.


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