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.
I mostly listen to books while exercising, which pretty much explains all of the action/thrillers on my list.
I love Harry Bosch. This isn't the best, but it is still a good listen. And I especially like all of the books where Harry works with Kiz Rider (sp?) so that was a plus for this one as well. I really like the idea of Harry in the Open/Unsolved Unit (aka Cold Cases) and would like for there to be more. Maybe I missed them? And I love Len Cariou as the reader. I will just keep going with this series as long as the author does.
Stopped listening after an hour and a half. Maybe I could have gone longer but the narrator reads the book like he is reading a to do list. Horrible.
This is one of the best Bosch series books, the best thing Connelley could do was get him back on the force and partners with Kis! I missed Harry on the force, and think many of us did. The book revolves around a 17 year old unsolved case of a young girl murdered. The story reminds us Harry is a bit rusty and Connelley craftilly shows us Harry's vulnerabilities while still keeping him gruff.
I cannot say more than I think he's simply the best! "The Closers" - I enjoyed it very much!!!
I have to admit I really like the figure Harry Bosch a lot.I never get bored to listen his stories.