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Madonna. Bless his heart, he just wants to get her autograph for his mother. This is just a tiny detail in the book, "The Overlook", and is not crucial to the plot.
|What novel involves Raynard Waits confessing to one of Harry's cold cases, making Harry doubt not only Waits, but also himself?||The Novels of Michael Connelly
Echo Park. Harry realizes that a mistake that he and his partner made back in 1993 might have caused the death of Waits' other 9 victims. He is thoroughly shaken by that fact, until it begins to look like a setup.
|After retiring, Harry Bosch returns to the LAPD, at the request of a new Chief of Police. What novel is Harry's first one back on "the job"?||The Novels of Michael Connelly
The Closers. The new chief realizes that many detectives retired after becoming frustrated by the previous chief. He institutes a policy that anyone officer who wishes to return to the LAPD may do so as long as it is within three years of retirement.
Angels Flight. The novel is named for the area where the cable cars are.
Trunk Music. This is slang that I had never heard before reading this book. The novel involves a murder of a Hollywood producer which is appears to be a Mafia hit, but Bosch senses that it is a setup, and is eventually proven right.
Harry Bosch and Rachel Walling. The book, "The Overlook", is the third novel in which they appear together.
The Overlook. The kid is a homeless kid from Canada trying to break into the music industry.
|"The Concrete Blonde" deals with a main character working a previous case that severely damaged his/her career, and put him/her in jeopardy of going to jail. Which character is this?||The Novels of Michael Connelly
Harry Bosch. This case is mentioned in both the first and second books (and is the reason why Harry was transferred to Hollywood division) but the original handling of the case occurs prior to the first novel.
Yes. By the beginning of this book, "The Last Coyote", the murder is over thirty years old, but Bosch is able to solve it.
The Last Coyote. And his investigation leads to the death of Harvey "98" Pounds. I didn't like Pounds (the reader isn't supposed to), but his death shocked me to the core. I was listening to the book on CD while driving, and actually had to pull over to the side of the road and process the event. It is the only time that I have ever had to do that (I listen to many audiobooks).
Rachel Walling. He was actually on the team hunting for himself. Classic.
Harry Bosch. It is the thing that makes him believe that "everyone counts".
|Connelly's main characters always have interesting backgrounds. In fact, one of them is the recipient of a heart from a murder victim. And, of course, one of them had a mother who was a murdered prostitute. One of them had a mentor who turned out to be a serial killer. Which one received the heart of a murder victim?||The Novels of Michael Connelly
Terry McCaleb. We never see this happen, it occurs as back-story, but the reader learns about it in the novel "Blood Work". During this novel, he not only solves the murder that gave him his heart, but he marries the victim's sister.
The Black Echo. The victim, Billy Meadows, was a fellow tunnel rat from Vietnam.
Terry McCaleb. He was played by Clint Eastwood in the movie of the same title "Blood Work".
Harry Bosch. The first novel introduces Bosch, and he is already a bit of a fallen angel in the LAPD; he has had a case, later resolved in "The Concrete Blonde", for which bad press has caused him to be moved from Robbery/Homicide to the Hollywood detective division. This is considered to be a demotion.
Oddly enough, I liked "The Black Echo" but didn't love it, and I didn't even like "The Black Ice". I don't know why I even continued with the series, but I am glad that I did, because I loved "The Concrete Blonde" and the rest is history.
Black. These two novels are "The Black Echo" and "The Black Ice".
Rachel Walling and Harry Bosch. "I knew this going in on the day I took the case that would take me into the narrows. I knew that my life's mission would always take me to the places where evil waits..." - Harry Bosch. Connelly uses "The Narrows" as a symbol for pure evil in the book, and his character, Bosch, is appropriately reverent of them.
The Poet. I felt that Connelly did an excellent job of writing a strong but realistic female character. Walling, like all of Connelly's characters, has an interesting back story before even being introduced in his novels. As a child, she was molested, and it is hinted in the novels that, as a teen, she may have murdered her molester.
|The case is solved when Jack connects the killer to L Frank Baum's famous children's book "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz". The scarecrow in Baum's book was originally drawn with a head made of a burlap sack stuffed with straw. What was the name of the illustrator who created the original scarecrow picture in the series of books by Baum?||"The Scarecrow" by Michael Connelly
William Wallace Denslow. L. Frank Baum and Denslow came together in 1897 when Baum asked Denslow to illustrate his book "Mother Goose in Prose". By insisting colour be used in the illustrations Denslow created a mini masterpiece. "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" had twenty four coloured plates and became known as one of the most lavishly produced children's books in American publishing. The book was first printed in 1900.
The name, Bill Denslow, is used in the book for the name of another data company.
|During the FBI investigation videos of women being tortured by two men are found at the home of one of the suspects, thus indicating that they are dealing with a pair of serial killers. However, one of the killers is seen using the guise of another famous serial killer. Which serial killer was being copied?||"The Scarecrow" by Michael Connelly
The Zodiac Killer. On the 20th of December 1968 the killer who would become known as the Zodiac Killer, killed two teenagers in Benicia, Northern California. According to Wikipedia he killed five victims and injured two more. He claimed to have killed thirty seven people and he has never been caught.
The Doodler was believed to have been responsible for the deaths of fourteen gay men in San Francisco. He got his moniker from sketching his victims before he had sex with them and then stabbed them to death. He has never been caught.
The"North Side Strangler operated in and around Milwaukee, Wisconsin, between 1986 and 2007. He raped and strangled seven women. So far he has not been caught.
Finally, the Baseline Killer terrorised the Phoenix metro centre between August 2005 and June 2006. He first came to police attention with attacks on women in the Baseline Road area. It is believed that he has killed eight women and one man, and has committed fifteen sexual assaults, eleven counts of kidnapping and numerous armed robberies. The police have a suspect.
Chief Threat Engineer. "The Scarecrow" is the person who protects against those who wish to access the data illegally. So if a hacker, troll or virus carrier connects to the servers his job is to isolate and locate that person; and as an added bonus post some child pornography on to the hacker's computer and inform the FBI.
Misty Monroe. Rachel is fired from the agency because of her misuse of a jet aircraft when she went to Jack's rescue. Jack is furious with the bureaucracy of the agency and threatens to write and expose their vindictiveness. He thinks that Misty Monroe sounds like the name of a porn star.
|Jack decides to investigate Western Data and checks out its website. Inside the facility is an underground server farm. By what name is the server farm known on the website?||"The Scarecrow" by Michael Connelly
The Bunker. "The Bunker" is a colocation centre where data from client corporations and businesses are stored and are accessible twenty four hours a day to those clients through high speed fibre optic cables.
Mesa, Arizona. Whilst checking the website of Denise Babbit's lawyer, Tom Fox, Jack finds that the website is designed by Western Data. This is the location that hosted the killer's tripwire sites. Jack comes to the conclusion that this cannot be a coincidence. He confirms his hunch by checking to see if anyone, connected to the victims, had used the company to store data.
|The FBI agent, connected to Jack, suggested that the "UnSub", (killer), suffered from a "paraphilia" (sex fetish). Which fetish did she suggest the killer suffered from?||"The Scarecrow" by Michael Connelly
Abasiophilia. The killer likes to put his victims in some form of leg brace and torture them. The medical term for this form of arousal is Abrasiophilia, or being sexually stimulated by people with impaired mobility.
Acrotomophilia is arousal from people with amputations.
Algolagnia is arousal by pain involving an erogenous zone.
Autoerotic asphyxiation is arousal from self-induced asphyxiation.
Crime. Jack is a crime reporter for the L.A. Times until he is downsized. To add insult to injury he is asked to stay on for two weeks to help train his replacement and to show her to his contacts within the police department at Parker Central.
Rachel Walling. Rachel had worked with Jack on "The Poet" serial killer case. Due to her close relationship with Jack she was removed from the Behavioural Sciences Unit, at Quantico, where she worked as a Profiler, and was sent to South Dakota.
|Our hero, Jack McEvoy, finds himself up against another serial killer. Which killer, in another book, did he track down twelve years previously?||"The Scarecrow" by Michael Connelly
The Poet. In a previous Connelly book, called "The Poet", Jack tracks down a brutal serial killer and survives the encounter.
"The Candyman" is the nickname of a real serial killer called Dean Corll who, along with two others, killed twenty seven boys in Houston, Texas.
"Crammer" is the nickname of Richard Kramer, the Assistant Managing Editor in this story. It was his job to fire Jack at the start of the book and replace him with Angela Cook.
The "Nugget" is a nickname of a famous British snooker player called Steve Davis.