Boston: Little, Brown, 1999.
Howard Elias is a highly successful civil rights lawyer whose specialty is suing the Los Angeles Police Department on behalf of those the cops have mistreated, which (naturally) has earned him the hatred of every blue uniform in the city, as well as the regard of LA’s black population. When Elias’s body is found with several 9mm slugs in it — the caliber of the favorite police sidearm — the city is poised is erupt again in riots. It’s only been a few years since Rodney King and no one trusts the cops to tell the truth any longer, or not to tamper with evidence. Detective Harry Bosch can be a lose cannon but he’s also probably the best homicide investigator the department has, so he draws the case — with instructions to get it wrapped up as fast as possible. But it’s not going to be an ordinary case; it never is when Harry’s team is involved. Not to mention that his year-old marriage shows signs of crumbling.