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* MurderByInaction: The ending reveals that Harry knew that the bad guys were going to kill Gunn and did nothing to stop it. For all his CowboyCop antics and his hardboiled persona Harry's sense of right and wrong usually stops him from doing stuff like this. [=McCaleb=] calls him out in the last chapter and the novel ends with Harry agonizing about whether he crossed the MoralEventHorizon.


* CallBack: To dig Bosch further into the hole of suspicion, Winston and [=McCaleb=] uncover everything that came out about Bosch's mother in [[Literature/TheConcreteBlonde the Dollmaker civil suit]].



** To dig Bosch further into the hole of suspicion, Winston and [=McCaleb=] uncover everything that came out about Bosch's mother in [[Literature/TheConcreteBlonde the Dollmaker civil suit]].



* EroticAsphyxiation: The murder victim in the David Storey case is found nude with a scarf around her neck in a pose that would suggest autoerotic asphyxia, but Bosch believes that the scene was staged to disguise a murder as an accident.

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* EroticAsphyxiation: The murder victim in the David Storey case is found nude with a scarf around her neck in a pose that would suggest autoerotic auto-erotic asphyxia, but Bosch believes that the scene was staged to disguise a murder as an accident.



* LoopholeAbuse: The Government won't keep paying for Terry's medication if his income surpasses the limit required to qualify for the benefit. His charter fishing business officially belongs to Buddy, who merely rents Terry's boat for the business. The rent doesn't count as Terry's income because he signed the boat to his wife.

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* LoopholeAbuse: The Government government won't keep paying for Terry's medication if his income surpasses the limit required to qualify for the benefit. His charter fishing business officially belongs to Buddy, who merely rents Terry's boat for the business. The rent doesn't count as Terry's income because he signed the boat to his wife.


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* WrongGenreSavvy: What [=McCaleb=]'s suspicions about Bosch amount to. He was a very successful FBI serial killer [[TheProfiler profiler]], but has been out of the game for a while, so naturally, when clues start pointing toward Bosch being a KillerCop, he runs with it. The problem is, this isn't actually a SerialKiller story, it's a FrameUp story using a SerialKiller motif. In his prime, [=McCaleb=] probably wouldn't have been fooled.

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* WrongGenreSavvy: What [=McCaleb=]'s suspicions about Bosch amount to. He was a very successful FBI serial killer [[TheProfiler profiler]], but has been out of the game for a while, so naturally, when clues start pointing toward Bosch being a KillerCop, he runs with it. The problem is, this isn't actually a SerialKiller story, it's a FrameUp story using a SerialKiller motif. In his prime, [=McCaleb=] probably wouldn't have been fooled.fooled.
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* CallBack:
** Janis Langwiser returns from ''Literature/AngelsFlight'', with a mention of how Bosch's interaction with her on that case led to his recommendation of her to be second chair on the current case.
** [=McCaleb=] visits Bosch's house and comments that it's changed, then asks if it was destroyed in "the quake." Bosch explains briefly about [[Literature/TheLastCoyote it being red-tagged and having to be re-built]].
** Of course, to dig Bosch further into the hole of suspicion, Winston and [=McCaleb=] uncover everything that came out about Bosch's mother in [[Literature/TheConcreteBlonde the Dollmaker civil suit]].
** Bosch confesses to [=McCaleb=] that [[Literature/TheLastCoyote Harvey Pounds was killed because of an off-the-books investigation he was involved in]].

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* CallBack:
** Janis Langwiser returns from ''Literature/AngelsFlight'', with a mention of how Bosch's interaction with her on that case led to his recommendation of her to be second chair on the current case.
** [=McCaleb=] visits Bosch's house and comments that it's changed, then asks if it was destroyed in "the quake." Bosch explains briefly about [[Literature/TheLastCoyote it being red-tagged and having to be re-built]].
** Of course, to
CallBack: To dig Bosch further into the hole of suspicion, Winston and [=McCaleb=] uncover everything that came out about Bosch's mother in [[Literature/TheConcreteBlonde the Dollmaker civil suit]].
** Bosch confesses to [=McCaleb=] that [[Literature/TheLastCoyote Harvey Pounds was killed because of an off-the-books investigation he was involved in]].
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* ContinuityPorn:

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** Janis Langwiser returns from ''Literature/AngelsFlight'', with a mention of how Bosch's interaction with her on that case led to his recommendation of her to be second chair on the current case.
** [=McCaleb=] visits Bosch's house and comments that it's changed, then asks if it was destroyed in "the quake." Bosch explains briefly about [[Literature/TheLastCoyote it being red-tagged and having to be re-built]].
** Bosch confesses to [=McCaleb=] that [[Literature/TheLastCoyote Harvey Pounds was killed because of an off-the-books investigation he was involved in]].
* ContinuityPorn: A whole lot; see ContinuityNod above.

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* LoopholeAbuse: The Government won't keep paying for Terry's medication if his income surpasses the limit required to qualify for the benefit. His charter fishing business officially belongs to Buddy, who merely rents Terry's boat for the business. The rent doesn't count as Terry's income because he signed the boat to his wife.


* AssholeVictim: Bosch tells [=McCaleb=] about [[Literature/TheLastCoyote Harvey Pounds' murder]], calling him a "pure-bred asshole" but acknowledging that his own actions [[ItsAllMyFault got him killed]].

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* AssholeVictim: Bosch tells [=McCaleb=] about [[Literature/TheLastCoyote Harvey Pounds' murder]], calling him a "pure-bred asshole" but acknowledging that his Harry's own actions [[ItsAllMyFault got him Pounds killed]].



** The murder victim is one Edward Gunn, a former prime suspect in one of Harry Bosch's cases. Bosch threw his supervisor Harvey Pounds through a window after Pounds read Gunn his MirandaRights. This whole story, which proves crucial to the plot, is also the backstory of 1995 Bosch novel ''Literature/TheLastCoyote''. It's why Bosch is on involuntary stress leave and visiting a psychiatrist at the start of that novel.

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** The murder victim is one Edward Gunn, a former prime suspect in one of Harry Bosch's cases. Bosch threw his supervisor Harvey Pounds through a window after Pounds read Gunn his MirandaRights.MirandaRights, which led Gunn to lawyer up. This whole story, which proves crucial to the plot, is also the backstory of 1995 Bosch novel ''Literature/TheLastCoyote''. It's why Bosch is on involuntary stress leave and visiting a psychiatrist at the start of that novel.

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* WeMeetAgain: [=McCaleb=], word for word, after using the term "[=UnSub=]" to refer to Gunn's killer in his notes.


* NoPronunciationGuide: Inverted. Connelly helpfully tells us that Judge Houghton has a nickname: "Shootin' Houghton," which ''should'' definitively establish that his last name is pronounced to rhyme with "Shootin'." Not quite ItsProunouncedTropay because there's no real attempt to glam the name up. See Trivia page for more, though.

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* NoPronunciationGuide: Inverted. Connelly helpfully tells us that Judge Houghton has a nickname: "Shootin' Houghton," which ''should'' definitively establish that his last name is pronounced to rhyme with "Shootin'." Not quite ItsProunouncedTropay ItIsPronouncedTroPAY because there's no real attempt to glam the name up. See Trivia page for more, though.

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* NoPronunciationGuide: Inverted. Connelly helpfully tells us that Judge Houghton has a nickname: "Shootin' Houghton," which ''should'' definitively establish that his last name is pronounced to rhyme with "Shootin'." Not quite ItsProunouncedTropay because there's no real attempt to glam the name up. See Trivia page for more, though.


* BigDamnHeroes: Bosch, immediately followed by [=McCaleb=],at the climax.

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* BigDamnHeroes: Bosch, immediately followed by [=McCaleb=],at [=McCaleb=], at the climax.


* BadassInDistress: [=McCaleb=], at the climax.
* BigDamnHeroes: Bosch, at the climax.

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* BadassInDistress: [=McCaleb=], immediately followed by Bosch, at the climax.
* BigDamnHeroes: Bosch, at immediately followed by [=McCaleb=],at the climax.


* BadassInDistress: [=McCaleb=] at the climax.

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* BadassInDistress: [=McCaleb=] [=McCaleb=], at the climax.
* BigDamnHeroes: Bosch,
at the climax.

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* QuipToBlack: When Fowkkes' PunnyName finally pays off:
--> ''"That's all, Fowkkes," Bosch said under his breath.''


* AbsenceOfEvidence: [=McCaleb=] and Winston have to deal with this when they obtain the partially-taped-over security tape from the post office. But when Tafero sees the tape, ''[[ProperlyParanoid he]]'' [[ProperlyParanoid doesn't know that]].


* AbsenceOfEvidence: [=McCaleb=] and Winston have to deal with this when they obtain the partially-taped-over security tape from the post office. But when Tafero sees the tape, [[ProperlyParanoid ''he'' doesn't know that]].

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* AbsenceOfEvidence: [=McCaleb=] and Winston have to deal with this when they obtain the partially-taped-over security tape from the post office. But when Tafero sees the tape, ''[[ProperlyParanoid he]]'' [[ProperlyParanoid ''he'' doesn't know that]].

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