Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Opening paragraphs.........................

By the third night the death count was rising so high and so quickly that many of the divisional homicide teams were pulled off the front lines of riot control and put into emergency rotations in South Central.  Detective Harry Bosch and his partner, Jerry Edgar, were pulled from Hollywood Division and assigned to a roving B Watch team that also included two shotgunners from patrol for protection.  They were dispatched to anyplace they were needed - wherever a body turned up.  The four-man team moved in a black-and-white patrol car, jumping from crime scene to crime scene and never staying still for long.  It wasn't the proper way to carry out homicide work, not even close, but it was the best that could be done under the surreal circumstances of a city that had come apart at the seams.
-Michael Connelly,  The Black Box

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