I have enjoyed all of Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch books, but this one stands above them all. The narrator is superb. Thank goodness it wasn't that irritating Scott Brick who reads for so many of these detective novels. The other good news is that the novel leaves open a possibility for Bosch to pursue another encounter with the FBI agent Rachel Walling and, perhaps, the Poet.
I found my mind wandering most of the time and I wasn't anxious to get back to it to finish the book.....I was happy when it was over. I wouldn't recommend it to any of my friends. The ending was anti-climatic and predictable and the book was boring.
Okay, I listened to the whole book, but I became progressively more irritated the longer I listened. The story was weak and the reading was worse. The memory of the narrator's falsetto when speaking for the female characters still rankles, as do the annoying red herrings and lengthy digressions on lifestyle trivia.
This is the first book I've read from this author. I wish I had previously read the others in the series; although, I certainly enjoyed the book. It kept me reading. The plot was interesting and suspenseful. Sometimes I could guess the next plot direction and sometimes not. I just wanted to keep reading.
I will choose this author again!
Semi retired magazine editor and part time university adjunct instructor who is often distracted by his 10-year-old daughter.
Of the several Harry Bosch novels I've listened to, Harry seems the most likable in this one. I listened to this after listening to Connelly's The Scarecrow, which was a sequel to The Poet. It provided some closure, but not a lot. I'm not sure that having characters from different series interact is a good literary technique. FBI agent Rachel Walling manages to bed down with Harry in between her trysts with Jack McEvoy in the other two books mentioned. I'm far from prudish but the situation seemed a little unsanitary to me. The story here was interesting, despite a final twist that Connelly inserted simply because he could. It wasn't quite as jarring as the final twist in The Poet, but it was probably wasn't necessary either. A three-star book that was neither exceptional nor disappointing.