I've read all of Michael Connelly's books and enjoy the non-Bosch ("The Poet", "Chasing the Dime") books best. But that doesn't mean that these aren't good. Harry is aging realistically, if not gracefully, but he isn't ready to be turned out to pasture. His return to the LAPD after three years of retirement lands him in the "open/unsolved" unit, and he investigates a cold case involving spoiled teens, racial disharmony, grieving parents, insider coverups and a young girl's diary. The reader does a competent, comfortable job.
I am a fan of both author and reader, but this one started slow and did not pick up until the last two hours. Worth a listen, but can only give a three star.
Harry Bosch is back in another pretty entertaining book. His teamwork while back in the scene is great but Connelly overdid the bit about Irving in my mind.
I recommend this book if you know Harry from the previous books ... actually a must read if you have read him before.
I have yet to read all of the Harry Bosch series, but with the handful I've read, I would say that this book ranks right up there. Connelly is a well-researched author, and that's what makes these stories so believable. With this book, I felt like I was on a long ride-along with the detectives. The details were superb and the emotions palpable. I enjoyed this book very much, and I LOVE the title. I know, it's sort of silly to say anything about a title, but it's more than that because that's what Harry has become - a "closer". I think this leaves hundreds of possibilities, and I can't wait for the next one.
Bosch may be back, but the first half of the book is too far back in time to pique the listener's immediate interest. Too much time is spent clarifying crime solving protoccols. This was more of a "how-to" book of criminal investigation masking the real threads of the story. I missed Bosch's witty dialouge and sarcasm. This book isn't the author's best work. I hope Bosch comes back in a bigger way next time.
Michael Connelly knows how to spin a story. I got sidetracked (by some books my eldest son was reading) but finally finished this one. In The Closers, Harry Bosch returns to the LAPD after a 3 year retirement. Harry is assigned to a cold case unit and begins investigating the murder of a teenage girl. I think it is the best "Bosch" book in a long time. The "police procedural" aspects are well done and reminded me of CSI.
I used to love to read this author's books but I find listening to them even more enjoyable. This narrator seems to capture the character of Harry Bosch just as the kind of man I imagined him to be. The humanity, strength, fatigue and dedication come through. The book stayed with me long after I finished listening. I am a big fan of audio books and this is one of my favorites so far. The book really comes alive and makes you care about the characters.