City of Bones was the first Michael Connelly book I have read, and I am sure it won't be the last.
From the very first page, the very first line I was pulled into the dark world of the detective. The book takes us into the life of detective Harry Bosch and show us how he tries to make the world a better place, futile as his attempts may be, and how he follows what he calls "the blue religion".
After the discovery of the bones of a 12 year old boy high up on a hill off Wonderland Avenue, LA, Detective Harry Bosch is called in to investigate. Upon analysis, Bosch can see how the bones tell a story, a story depicting a life time of almost constant physical abuse that was eventually brought to a dismal end upon a hill and in a shallow grave.
Painstakingly Bosch searches for an identification for the bones and is eventually successful, even though the boy had never been reported missing, he was never even missed.
But now the search is on, the search for a murderer in a twenty year old murder case. The search results in the suicide of an innocent man and the death of a rookie cop. The trail to find the murderer is littered with hurt and complete despair.
Upon solving the case Bosch is forced to re-evaluate his life and the thing that gets him through the day, his blue religion.
Suffice to say, the ending was emotional and dark. This book is the work of whom I consider to be a true crime writing genius. Connelly constantly managed to create an entire world within the pages of his book, he engulfed and drew me in. Then when I got to the last page, I was sad to leave that very world behind.
Title: City of Bones