At www.bookslikejackreacher.co.uk we review characters that are like Jack Reacher. Not just in appearance but also in personality, mentality or character. I found a great character that although slightly different to Jack Reacher, this character is someone who I would recommend due to the story lines he is involved with and the detective skill set that he possesses.
Harry Bosch is the main man
The character I am referring to is Harry Bosch from the well-known author Michael Connelly. Michael Connelly is a massive name amongst the genre of crime thriller books and someone who you can rely on for a good read in your spare time. The first book I read of Michael Connelly’s was The SCARECROW, and boy what a book it was. The general premise was that main character Jack McEvoy has to track down a serial killer who is known as the “scarecrow” which we start to realise why he is called this name, later in the book.
One of the fascinating things with this book was the in depth research that Michael Connelly had done in providing us details of the FBI, the accessing of digital storage for large companies and also how he details all the facts of a court case. One of the reasons that Michael Connnelly is such as descriptive writer is due him being a police crime reporter earlier in his career. This previous role really helps him create the chaos and confinement that you feel when reading his books. Like a lot of Lee Child books, the background descriptions of landscapes and people, keep you fully attentive whilst reading.
What about Harry Bosch?
I finished the “Scarecrow” book and thought, you know what, I’m going to look out for another book from this author. I chose the book “THE BRASS VERDICT”, partly because from reading the back of the book it looked like something that could be a Hollywood film.
Back of the book content
Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. After two years of wrong turns, Haller is ready to go back to the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent’s killer may be coming for him next.
Enter LAPD Detective Harry Bosch. Determined to find Vincent’s killer, he is not opposed to using Haller as bait. But as danger mounts and the stakes rise, these two loners realize their only choice is to work together.
As you can see, just this premise of a lawyer getting a break and then having to rely on an LAPD detective to assist with the case really intrigued me. As the book started off with a lawyer called Mickey Haller (who later became more well-known in the LINCOLN LAWYER film), I started to warm more to Harry Bosch. A worn, older veteran of the LAPD, kind of old school detective with vast experience, lots of hard cases which he has solved on his own.
Not to spoil the plot but you see elements of Jack Reacher in the way that he works the case and starts to pick holes in the investigation. A lot of the action is less fighting, with a lot more gun shots and threats with the odd street fight thrown in for good measure.
Other books like Jack Reacher?
After reading “The Scarecrow”, I went straight to my local Waterstones bookshop and bought this book “THE BLACK BOX”, I absolutely loved it. The book goes back to an old case that hasn’t been solved and then Harry Bosch goes back to try to dig it up again and see if he can get any new evidence. The speed of this book is remarkable, you do actually end up flying through it, wanting to know who committed the crime and how Harry will solve it.
Back of the book content
In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photojournalist during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch’s ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue.
Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the “black box,” the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together. Riveting and relentlessly paced, The Black Box leads Harry Bosch into one of his most fraught and perilous cases.
For new readers to the series, its exciting as there are lots of Harry Bosch books out there. Here they are in order for you to buy:
The Black Ice (1993)
The Concrete Blonde (1994)
The Last Coyote (1995)
Trunk Music (1997)
Angels Flight (1999)
A Darkness More Than Night (2001)
City Of Bones (2002)
Lost Light (2003)
The Narrows (2004) (sequel to The Poet)
The Closers (2005)
Echo Park (2006)
The Overlook (2007)
Nine Dragons (2009) (also featuring Mickey Haller)
The Drop (2011)
The Black Box (2012)
The Burning Room (2014)
The Crossing (2015)
The Wrong Side Of Goodbye (2016)
Two Kinds Of Truth (2017)
Dark Sacred Night (coming October 2018)
I recommend reading any of the Harry Bosch books as they are so cleverly written, you may think that you know what is about to happen when reading them, then the plot twists right round to another outcome entirely. Don’t forget you can buy the books on kindle as well if you like reading them on your tablet or phone.
Even the location of where Harry Bosch lives is so finely described you can actually imagine the road, the sun and the freeway in the distance. Sitting in your armchair on the veranda, sun slowing setting, beer in hand watching the world play out before you.
If you feel like this is a good series, like Jack Reacher novels, that you could get into then see the link below to purchase from amazon. There is also the Harry Bosch TV series which is HERE TO BUY.
Let me know how you get on in the comments box below.