I stumbled on to this series and am so glad I did!
Similar to other cop novels with the troubled detective who can't quite follow the rules but who has a soft side. But I like those kind of characters, John Luther, Myron Bolitar, Lucas Davenport....
If you love good characters with great mysteries, read this series.
Changed my thoughts on this book since I've realized it's part one of a trilogy; story = 4 stars.Wish Audible made this clear on their site.
Good solid novel which is what I've come to expect from Michael Connelly. It wasn't the most exciting of the Bosch novels I've read so far but it's definitley worth your time and money.
Yes. It's an interesting book for Harry Bosch because he is not in bad trouble.
Unsolved cases are unusual, so it was interesting to see how the work is done.
Always Harry Bosch
When Harry was briefed about how open and unsolved cases are different from "fresh kills," as he puts it. Also, when he got his last clue by studying the crime scene photos.
I like it that he wasn't in trouble. I like his investigative thought patterns and where it takes him.
I enjoyed this book, especially the intricacies of court practice and how the mind of a defense attorney works. Mickey, the main character, may have been a bit too sugar-coated, which is why I give the story an overall 4 star. Also the end was too convenient and wish there would have been more of an edge to it. The script was well narrated and looked forward to hearing the story on every occasion possible. Have also read Connelly's other book, "The Closers", and have now bought more of the author's books. Despite these flaws, an excellent read.
Great Book. We need More books like this one. The read was great but I wished they would of used the same one for all Mr. Connelly Books
Have not read print version but love what I heard.
His rapport with the new commissioner.
not possible to listen to at one sitting.
I have become very comfortable with Bosch after hearing several of his stories. The story is good but a typical detective story that reveals the culprit in the last part of the book.Bosch is a good character and the author develops the characters very well and he also uses familiar areas of Los Angeles which makes me feel like I am right there with him looking for those clues. I know little about police process but this seems to be documented enough to be believeable - for me at least.I also like that is is a clearly written book without long sex scenes or gory descriptions which are obviously not neccessary in Connelly's opinion too.It is a great listen and draws me to it when I have time to relax and listen.
Bosch of course!
I found this to be a very interesting book. I've listened to all of the Harry Bosch books up to this point.
Harry Bosch returns to the LAPD to work with unsolved cases and his old partner Kiz Ryder (unsure of spelling). In some ways Bosch and Ryder have to get used to working together again, and Bosch has to work some of the rust off from being retired. There are individuals above him in the LAPD that are watching to make sure he does everything by the book and some hope Bosch screws up in some way.
Bosch's first case is about an unsolved murder of a teenager from 1988. The case is reopened and there is a match to DNA. When Harry locates the parents he finds the mother really has not moved on and the father left the mother years ago. There are political coverups involved.
I love that Bosch's character is very detailed, catching oversights or mistakes made by others. Connelly does a good job of having Bosch explain everything instead of assuming you know the investigation process.
The narrator was ok, better for some characters than others.
The story line of this book is fairly well done. It keeps moving and adds several twists throughout to keep you on your toes. The biggest problem with the book is the abundance of minor flaws. There are times when Harry Bosch makes mistakes that most rookies wouldn't make.
An example of this is when they set up the phone taps to try and get a confession or information after planting an article in the paper. Both detectives had a pretty good idea that the target wasn't the killer and he should have been pulled in for questioning instead of thrown out as bait.
The book is full of poor judgment calls from many people and it distracts from an otherwise good story line. The narration is of good quality and despite its inadequacies the book is well-paced and a good listen.
I first listened to this selection many years ago, shortly after discovering audible.com. Now, after more than 350 books, I listened again. With more listening experience behind me, and having heard 8 Harry Bosch novels, I find this a disappointing effort. The plot was good, but the dialog was inane in some places, and it sounds like it might have been written as a school assignment, or Connelly just phoned this one in. The narrator didn't help, and I found his way of talking irritating. Unfortunately, he narrates many of the other Bosch books. I'm currently re-listening to Lincoln Lawyer, and the difference is night and day, both in terms of writing and narration. Try City of Bones or The Narrows before listening to this.
A narrator can make or break a book. I wonder if another reader would have made this more enjoyable. Len Carriou has a way of pitching his voice higher at the end of many sentences which, to me, sounds unnatural. In spite of that, I listened because I couldn't remember whodunnit.
Good plot, poor execution.