Warning: You are not logged in. Your IP address will be publicly visible if you make any edits. If you log in or create an account, your edits will be attributed to your username, along with other benefits. Anti-spam check. Do not fill this in!===Act Two=== Bosch and Edgar return to court the following day to hear Allen's testimony. Allen tearfully explains that she had approached Father Tabakian to recover funds stolen from her by her husband's mistress. Allen falsely claims that Tabakian threatened and assaulted her. She builds a credible story of self defense and is careful to express her remorse. Outside the court room Edgar approaches O'Shea who is concerned that Allen may have succeeded in swaying the jury given that Chandler was able to paint Bosch as a potential dirty cop. O'Shea tells Edgar that his office will let the detectives know when a verdict is reached and storms off. Edgar asks if Bosch is headed back to the station but Bosch explains he needs to meet with DDA Benitez about the Holland case. Edgar observes that Benitez is attractive and close to Bosch's age. He suggests Bosch ask her out and Bosch replies that they are working together. Edgar wryly points out that has not stopped Bosch in the past. Bosch and Benitez meet at Holland's home to go back over the crime scene. They are joined by Holland's attorney [[Fowkkes]] and his investigator, retired detective [[Rudy Tafero]]. Holland makes a show of photographing Bosch from inside the house as they meet on the driveway. Bosch sardonically suggests that Holland would be allowed to join them despite being under house arrest. Benitez states the facts of the case - Donatella Spear arrived at Holland's place at 8:32 on October 21st 2015 as show on the security data and video of his expensive home. The video was stopped but the security data confirms that someone left the house at 11:20pm and that the main gate did not open for a further fourteen minutes. Fowkkes claims that this was Holland driving Spear home but Bosch asserts that she was already dead by then. Fowkkes and Tafero claim that the couple were inebriated and still engaged in consensual sexual activity while making their exit. Bosch counters that the time was spent while Holland tried to put a seatbelt on Spear's corpse. Benitez notes that the gate reopened when someone returned home at 1:52am. Bosch expands that Holland told them that he dropped Spears at her home at midnight and returned by 12:30am leaving almost 90 minutes unaccounted for. Fowkkes argues that his client was inebriated and made a mistake. Tafero questions why Holland would lie about timings that could be checked so easily and Bosch cites Holland's arrogance. Tafero counters that Bosch would know something about arrogance. Bosch asks Tafero if he misses police work and Tafero answers not at all. He notes that he is not a "lifer" like Bosch. Bosch accuses him of spending his 20 year detective career just going through the motions. Tafero counters that Bosch has no life outside of his work and predicts that when the department forces Bosch to retire he will kill himself. Bosch and Benitez next drive to Spear's home. They note the journey took 40 minutes in traffic which would equate to approximately ten minutes in the middle of the night. Benitez tells Bosch that she has visited at night time and that the driveway is dark and well concealed. They talk over the lack of evidence at Spear's home. Benitez notes that the place has been wiped clean and that signs of a struggle appeared to have been staged there. She theorises that Holland had help moving the body and staging the scene and Bosch suggests Tafero might have been responsible. Bosch regretfully predicts that Holland will beat the case in court because he is a semi-famous director with an expensive lawyer. Benitez is more hopeful but knows that Bosch's testimony is important to challenge the defence's theory that Spear's killed herself accidentally through auto erotic asphyxiation after Holland had left. Their discussion is interrupted by a call from Detective Edgar to tell Bosch that they have a fresh case. Bosch and Edgar report to the scene of the shooting in the RV. They are met by Officers [[Julius Edgewood]] and [[Ray Powers]]. Powers was first on the scene and the animosity between Bosch and he is obvious as he talks them through what he found. Inside the RV is a dead white male, approximately 30 years old with cause of death an apparent single gunshot wound to the back of the head. The body has begun to decompose and the scene is nausea inducing. Bosch recognises a military tattoo on the decedent's arm before Edgar bails out of the RV, stating that the coroner and crime scene technicians can handle it. Bosch asks Powers if he ran the plates on the RV and Powers is annoyed Bosch doubted him, handing over a name and address for the registered owner, a male from Eagle Rock. Bosch notices the fresh graffiti and Edgewood states that he might be able to produce the tagger. Powers is dismissive, calling the shooting a homeless on homeless drug murder that they will never clear. Bosch quotes his credo "Everybody counts, or nobody counts". Powers remains antagonistic stating that something written on the wall at Robbery Homicide Division does not necessarily hold true in the streets. Edgar steers Bosch away and Bosch tells him that the tattoo means the victim was in a special forces unit. Lieutenant [[Grace Billets]] makes awkward small talk with Captain [[Ellen Lewis]] as they wait for coffee to brew at the Hollywood Station. Lewis has heard that the Allen defence used Bosch's reputation against the prosecution case. Billets stands up for Bosch, stating that despite the accusations no-one has ever proven wrongdoing on his part. Lewis changes the subject to the Captain's test, congratulating Billets for passing the written exam. Billets is offended when Lewis tells her the oral portion of the test will be right up her alley but Lewis is already walking away. As night falls on Los Angeles the mysterious cyclist traverses Koreatown controlling a second bike with a hand on the steering column. Summary: Please note that all contributions to the Harry Bosch Wiki are considered to be released under the CC-BY-SA Cancel Editing help (opens in new window) Retrieved from "https://harrybosch.fandom.com/wiki/The_Smog_Cutter"