A good book if you like murder mysteries, but be advised that most of the story is interviewing witnesses, searching for clues, and developing theories. There is almost no action. Think of it as a mental exercise in "Who Done It?" I prefer the previous wilder and crazier Harry. For example, I enjoyed "The Narrows" and "City of Bones" more. "The Closers" was interesting, but a little dull at times.
This was the first Michael Connelly book I have ever listened to, and I was not very impressed. I felt that it was a great look at an average cop going through the basics of an investigation. There were very few creative twists in the case and the lead character did not impress me with any keen insights. My real gripe about the story is that this case has been unsolved for seventeen years and two cops get on the job and close it in under a week?just a little unbelievable. I found the narrator spot on for some characters and just awful for others. I have been listening to audiobooks for over ten years and just was not impressed.
Knowledge is knowing the way. Wisdom is looking for an alternative, more interesting road to get there. Audiobooks are that road.
This was my second Connelly book. Unlike most people I work backwards. I read his latest book first "The Lincoln Lawyer" which was excellent. This book however moved a little slower. The plot was slow to develop and it wasn't till the last quarter of the book that I started to feel I couldn't put it down. That's a very long time to wait to feel that energy and excitement. It should have happened int he 1st quarter. As I did not know Harry Bosch from any of the other books, I can tell you from this book alone he is void of a personality. Perhaps he is tired and should have stayed in retirement. Maybe there is something to be said about reading an author's books in the order in which they were written. If you want to give this one a try, you'll get into it eventually and by the end you'll really enjoy it....be patient through this one.
When this book ended, I was so upset. Michal Connelly writes such a good mystery, with so many twists and turns! Just when you think you know "who did it", new information turns the tables. I'm happy Harry Bosch is back on the job!
Connelly is a master of investigative police work; Bosch is his hard-nosed but likeable detective; tireless and relentless is Bosch's only work ethic; the "Cold Case" is believable and the story holds your interest to the end; this author is in prime form and reader Cariou is a great Bosch; detective buffs will race through this one.
Enjoyed the quality of the writing by a genuine first class author, read excellently. We were captivated by the plot. However we were upset by the profane language used at times in the novel.
I am listening to audiobooks all the time when I'm not at work: usually fiction to excuse myself from reality...
I disliked this book, especially as a re-introduction to the mystery-genre. Growing up with Doyle and his ilk, I expect a level of complexity and depth that comes with real life: troubles arise in any crime, and they are not solved with a simple phone-call or a re-examining of the existing evidence. This novel gave me the impression of a relative ease of everything the main character, Bosch, put his mind to. He solved in a weeks time what couldn't be solved in 17 years? With cold evidence? A hand print which just "happened" to be right where he thought it would be, because nobody looked in a common childhood hiding place...
The conclusions were often predictable, and there was little to no foreshadowing. I would have been more impressed if things weren't pulled seemingly from the air at times: if they had been eluded to at least in passing at least, there would have been something to grasp on to: some conclusions of my own. Instead I found myself grasping to threads that were not continued at all. Certainly a mystery novel should introduce misleading threads, I have no problem with that, but they should be complexly misleading, and should be backed up with plenty of evidence, as should the resulting analysis.
Further, I profess not to be eloquent with my words, but I can form a sentence over 10 words, which I felt was the average length of each sentence as I listened to this audio recording. I was disappointed at the simplicity of the sentence construction, and often felt underestimated as a reader/listener
Every time I listen to a Harry Bosch novel, I end up dreaming about it, and him. He's a great character, written well, and as you read or listen to the novels, you feel like you get to know him, that you are compelled to think about him.
And Len Cariou, the narrator of The Closers (as well as Lost Light and The Narrows) *is* Harry Bosch. His voice is so perfect for the role, I _hear_ his voice in my head when I think about the book. I imagine that when I listen to a Harry Bosch novel without him, it will take away from the book.
All in all, another highly recommended book from Michael Connelly. Start listening today, you'll not be able to stop.
Go get 'em Harry. I have almost all of the Bosch series and some I have enjoyed some more than others. This one was just a delight. Harry out and about working the clues,following the leads, confusing his superiors and sometimes his partner. The narration was great and the jazz in between chapters gives these books the flavor a modern day Mike Hammer.
I may listen again, the plot points coming so fast at times that it was easy to miss something important, subtle or exciting.
The turns and twists in this narrative kept me interested all the way a long. Some blind alley leads that would not be reveled until late in the game made making up my mind about who was at fault tricky and fun.
The arrest of the killer was a tense moment of drama. It was not at all clear that the killer would be taken alive, or that our heroic cops would not be hurt or even killed.
No extremes for me in this episode, just the persistent desire to see the "wrong" cops get taken down and the real killer exposed as well. Connelly is a great student of LA contemporary history and uses that knowledge to guide us on his moral meanderings. Tight and true, as usual!