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* CallBack
** One of the three Christmas cards Bosch gets is from the prison at Tehachapi. The book doesn't name the sender but it's Eleanor Wish, one of the two DetectiveMole characters from previous Connelly novel, ''Literature/TheBlackEcho''.
** Teresa Corazon mentions Malathion-spraying helicopters and Harry says they make him dream of [[TheVietnamVet Vietnam]]. This references Harry's introductory scene in ''Literature/TheBlackEcho''.



* ContinuityNod: Plenty, as usual for Connelly. Most directly, an early chapter establishes that the events of this book take place around Christmas of the same year of [[Literature/TheBlackEcho the previous book]], and that during the intervening summer, Harry had spent some time in Mexico recovering from the gunshot wound he received in that story. This is, itself, something of a ContinuityNod, as it had been established in the first book that Harry had spent time in Mexico previously (while being investigated by IAD), making vacationing in Mexico a pattern for him. He also gets a Christmas card from Tehachapi, where Eleanor Wish is serving time.

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* ContinuityNod: Plenty, as usual for Connelly. Most directly, an Every single Connelly novel takes place in the same universe and all of them, starting with this one, have {{Continuity Nod}}s to prior novels.
** One of the three Christmas cards Bosch gets is from the prison at Tehachapi. The book doesn't name the sender but it's Eleanor Wish, one of the two DetectiveMole characters from previous Connelly novel, ''Literature/TheBlackEcho''.
** Teresa Corazon mentions Malathion-spraying helicopters and Harry says they make him dream of [[TheVietnamVet Vietnam]]. This references Harry's introductory scene in ''Literature/TheBlackEcho''.
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early chapter establishes that the events of this book take place around Christmas of the same year of [[Literature/TheBlackEcho the previous book]], and that during the intervening summer, Harry had spent some time in Mexico recovering from the gunshot wound he received in that story. This is, itself, something of a ContinuityNod, as it had been established in the first book that Harry had spent time in Mexico previously (while being investigated by IAD), making vacationing in Mexico a pattern for him. He also gets a Christmas card from Tehachapi, where Eleanor Wish is serving time.''The Black Echo''.


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* AndThatWouldBeWrong: Bosch joins up with the DEA and the Mexican ''federales'' for a raid on Zorillo's compound in the Mexican town of Mexicali, with one of the goals being to take Zorillo into custody for a string of murders committed in Los Angeles (including two police officers). However, even though the Mexican government is cooperating with the raid itself, they historically do not extradite their citizens to the United States. DEA Agent Ramos has a plan to bring Zorillo to the American justice system anyway. He tells Bosch that Zorillo is going to resist arrest during the raid and suffer an injury that won't be serious but will look bad enough to need medical attention. They will then use one of the helicopters to evacuate him to a hospital for treatment. [[ContrivedClumsiness The pilot, however, will mistake the lights at a hospital on the American side of the border for the hospital on the Mexican side]], at which point, the American officials can arrest him and bring him to American courts. [[SarcasmMode Ramos remarks that they might have to put a letter of reprimand in the pilot's personnel file for that.]] [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] when Zorillo escapes the raid anyway.]]


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* ContrivedClumsiness: Ramos' plan to get Zorillo into American jurisdiction following the raid on the compound. After Zorillo conveniently suffers an injury while resisting arrest, he will be put on a chopper for evacuation to the hospital. The pilot will mix up the lights at a hospital on the American side of the border for those at the Mexican hospital, Zorillo will be arrested on American soil, [[AndThatWouldBeWrong and they might have to put a letter of reprimand in the pilot's file.]]


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* IWasNeverHere: Bosch bribes the clerk at the De Anza Hotel to tell this to anyone who calls after finding out that Pounds and Irving are looking for him even before he checks in.


* {{Continuity}}: Plenty, as usual for Connelly. Most directly, an early chapter establishes that the events of this book take place around Christmas of the same year of [[Literature/TheBlackEcho the previous book]], and that during the intervening summer, Harry had spent some time in Mexico recovering from the gunshot wound he received in that story. This is, itself, something of a ContinuityNod, as it had been established in the first book that Harry had spent time in Mexico previously (while being investigated by IAD), making vacationing in Mexico a pattern for him.

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* {{Continuity}}: ContinuityNod: Plenty, as usual for Connelly. Most directly, an early chapter establishes that the events of this book take place around Christmas of the same year of [[Literature/TheBlackEcho the previous book]], and that during the intervening summer, Harry had spent some time in Mexico recovering from the gunshot wound he received in that story. This is, itself, something of a ContinuityNod, as it had been established in the first book that Harry had spent time in Mexico previously (while being investigated by IAD), making vacationing in Mexico a pattern for him. He also gets a Christmas card from Tehachapi, where Eleanor Wish is serving time.


* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler: Moore's plan was this in spades. He has been fronting for a Mexican drug lord named Humberto Zorillo, who was his half-brother from the Mexicali barrio. He wants to take over the operation and make a clean break from the LAPD. He writes an anonymous letter to InternalAffairs that implicates him in his own scheme, but doesn't have enough details to bring him up on charges right away. He then arranges for Zorillo to meet him in LA, and kills Zorillo in a way that he can arrange the scene to look like his own suicide. He kills Zorillo in a sleazy motel room that he had rented for a month and paid cash up front, ensuring that the body won't be discovered immediately. Knowing that Irving, who is the commander of IAD, will want to immediately identify the body so he can close the investigation of Moore's activites and protect the department's reputation, Moore switches the fingerprint card in his personnel file with one that has Zorillo's prints on it, since he has seen Irving use the p-file in that way before. And just in case the suicide angle doesn't play, he leaves behind a file for Bosch that contains information suggesting a motive for Moore's murder to cover up two other murders related to a drug-smuggling and distribution ring. The only reason it didn't work is because [[{{Determinator}} Bosch]] was the investigating officer of those two other murders, and he [[ThereAreNoCoincidences doesn't believe in coincidences like that]].]]



* ThousandYardStare: Bosch has an 18-year-old petty criminal drug pusher thrown into the adult lockup overnight, in an effort to get him to divulge information. The narco cop who assisted Bosch with the arrest then has the pusher placed in the "High Power" cell block with the violent felons instead of the jail's drug wing, without Bosch's knowledge. When the boy comes out he's showing the Stare. Bosch is so ashamed that he immediately cuts the kid loose.

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* ThousandYardStare: Bosch has an 18-year-old petty criminal drug pusher thrown into the adult lockup overnight, in an effort to get him to divulge information. The narco cop who assisted Bosch with the arrest then has the pusher placed in the "High Power" "[[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace High Power]]" cell block with the violent felons instead of the jail's drug wing, without Bosch's knowledge. When the boy comes out he's showing the Stare. Bosch is so ashamed that he immediately cuts the kid loose.


* TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch: Averted when Teresa Corazon discovers signs of a premortem concussion on a fragment of frontal lobe during the autopsy and immediately becomes skeptical of a suicide, since that type of injury indicates being [[TapOnTheHead struck in the back of the head]], not shot in the face. Irving presses for a declaration of suicide anyway, since this will help keep any corrupt activities of Moore's from becoming public news and embarrassing the department. Not quite Defied, however, because although Corazon refuses to declare it a suicide, Irving does convince her not to declare it a homicide. [[TakeAThirdOption Thus, a death by double-barrel-shotgun-to-the-face is officially ruled "Inconclusive."]]



* PantsPositiveSafety: Averted, as Bosch decides to keep his holster so he won't have to keep his gun in his pants.

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* PantsPositiveSafety: Averted, as Bosch decides to keep his holster so he won't have to keep his gun in his pants. Played straight by the Mexican SJP detectives, all of whom keep their pistols in their waistbands.



* ThousandYardStare: Bosch has an 18-year-old petty criminal drug pusher thrown into the adult lockup overnight, in an effort to get him to divulge information. When the boy comes out he's showing the Stare. Bosch is so ashamed that he immediately cuts the kid loose.

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* ThousandYardStare: Bosch has an 18-year-old petty criminal drug pusher thrown into the adult lockup overnight, in an effort to get him to divulge information. The narco cop who assisted Bosch with the arrest then has the pusher placed in the "High Power" cell block with the violent felons instead of the jail's drug wing, without Bosch's knowledge. When the boy comes out he's showing the Stare. Bosch is so ashamed that he immediately cuts the kid loose.

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* JurisdictionFriction: Lampshaded.
--> Bosch thought at the moment that the one thing that the movies and TV shows didn't get wrong or over-exaggerate was the relationship of jealousy and distrust that existed between local and federal cops. One side always thought it was better, wiser, more qualified. Usually, the side that thought that was wrong.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Teresa Corazon asks Harry if he is like the coyote they hear, "alone out there in the dark world.... but you like it, don't you?" This comparison will play a larger thematic role in ''Literature/TheLastCoyote''.


* CallBack: One of the three Christmas cards Bosch gets is from the prison at Tehachapi. The book doesn't name the sender but it's Eleanor Wish, one of the two DetectiveMole characters from previous Connelly novel, ''Literature/TheBlackEcho''.

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* CallBack: CallBack
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One of the three Christmas cards Bosch gets is from the prison at Tehachapi. The book doesn't name the sender but it's Eleanor Wish, one of the two DetectiveMole characters from previous Connelly novel, ''Literature/TheBlackEcho''.
** Teresa Corazon mentions Malathion-spraying helicopters and Harry says they make him dream of [[TheVietnamVet Vietnam]]. This references Harry's introductory scene in
''Literature/TheBlackEcho''.



* {{Continuity}}: Plenty, as usual for Connelly. Most directly, an early chapter establishes that the events of this book take place around Christmas of the same year of [[Literature/TheBlackEcho the previous book]], and that during the intervening summer, Harry had spent some time in Mexico recovering from the gunshot wound he received in that story. This is, itself, something of a ContinuityNod, as it had been established in the first book that Harry had spent time in Mexico previously (while being investigated by IAD), making vacationing in Mexico a pattern for him.



* PinkMist: “Bosch felt a slight mist on his face that he also knew by smell was blood,” after he delivered a shotgun blast to Cal Moore's face.

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* PinkMist: “Bosch "Bosch felt a slight mist on his face that he also knew by smell was blood,” blood," after he delivered a shotgun blast to Cal Moore's face.

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* {{Bookends}}: The beginning of the book has Bosch responding to the apparent suicide of Cal Moore via a double shotgun blast to the face. The end of the book has Bosch killing Cal Moore via a double shotgun blast to the face.


* SeriesContinuityError: With the later novels in the Harry Bosch universe. Harry is the illegitimate sone of J. Michael Haller. When he attends the funeral of his father, he sees three daughters of Haller and a son who's older than Harry is. When the character of Mickey Haller, Haller's legitimate son, is introduced in later novels, he's significantly younger than Harry and has no sisters.

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* VillainWithGoodPublicity: To spare the department embarrassment, Cal Moore is given a hero's funeral.

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* CowboyCop: Harry Bosch as always, this time insisting on investigating a case he was told to leave alone, and then ignoring frantic messages from the LAPD to return from Mexico after Porter is murdered. Irving gets irritated with Bosch at one point and asks why he can't just "go along to get along."


* PantsPositiveSafety
* PosthumousCharacter: The late J. Michael Haller, Bosch's father, appears in flashback. Most of the novel explores the life of Calexico Moore, found dead in a hotel room in the opening scene.

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* PantsPositiveSafety
PantsPositiveSafety: Averted, as Bosch decides to keep his holster so he won't have to keep his gun in his pants.
* PinkMist: “Bosch felt a slight mist on his face that he also knew by smell was blood,” after he delivered a shotgun blast to Cal Moore's face.
* PosthumousCharacter: The late J. Michael Haller, Bosch's father, appears in flashback. Most of the novel explores the life of Calexico Moore, found dead in a hotel room in the opening scene. And the ending reveals that the real Posthumous Character is Zorillo the drug lord, as Moore killed him and assumed his identity.

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* BeastlyBloodsports: Bosch goes to a bullfight in Mexico in an effort to get a look at Zorillo, the Mexicali drug lord.

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