Former English teacher; retired geologist.
That it was up Laurel Canyon and involved a dog. The least interesting that the characters were a rather depressing bunch, with no real promise, and the rookie love interest gets killed off as an after thought...was Connelly bored with her?
Drama in unexpected places
The usually colorful Harry was muted, local color was lifeless to grimy. Venice, Palm Springs could have been enhanced. As for the plot line, it zigged and zagged to deadends that seemed to indicate the author was bored to tears with his story...maybe a deadline was looming and he resented it.
If you like the Harry Bosch series then you will like this one. The book is written in the same style as others in the series. The story is not as engaging as some of the others but still a good book overall.
Fan of The series
I'm not a fan of this reader.
It's a Michael Connelly Bosch book... Is there any other reason to give?
NO! Peter Jay Fernandez's reading of this book is awful! All of his characters sound the same. There should be some difference from Bosch and Edgar (both males, if unfamiliar with the series) & Brasher and Billets (both females). I'm only three hours into the story and I've been wishing for a different reader for most of this time.
I'll finish the story because I want to know the twists and turns and the end, but this is very painful.
To the publishing company -please re-record this book with a different reader!!!
If WhisperSync was available for the book. I want my credit back.
yes, this stinks
I listened to this book years ago, and when I saw the Amazon drama, Bosch, I decided to listen again.
It was every bit as good as I remembered it being. Bosch is an interesting character in his own right, and this book is good as a stand-alone, but it is also a key piece in the series. Fernandez does a good job with the characters. This series has a variety of narrators, and he does well creating an audio feel for the characters for the most part.
I am a fan of police procedurals, and this one goes beyond the usual ones with characters who are three dimensional and interesting. It has some stereotypical events, but it isn't hampered by them in my opinion (I won't get specific because I really hate spoilers in a review).
All in all it was worth a second listen.
I've read several reviews on this book, and I have to admit to some trepidation in listening to something on the subject of child murder, particularly in the evening. But, the author introduces a subject almost as chilling as that, chance events and their misappropriation to the purpose of evil. Most books you read point to a cast of characters as the 'bad guys' ,and they abound in this tale, but the real villain is the coin flip, the unpredictable chance event. From Vietnam, to a lover lost, to a child's murder the role of unpredictable are the focus, so much so, the careful, usually successful, reasoned approach used by Bosch to analyze and solve a crime fail him completely. It's a tour de force on how the narratives we construct to explain our reality can be a pitifully inadequate contrivances to explain the inexplicable.
Realistic story with twists and turns.... Very enjoyable.
Probably but not my favorite for Bosch series
Keeps you guessing
I loved that Harry fell in love (again) in spite of his better instincts.
The voices were all well done and the characters quite distinct. Peter was able to clearly convey all ages and sexes well.
When the Coroner explains the extent of the injuries that the child endured prior to death, Harry's reaction moved me. It was real, it was deep and I was sad for the dead boy too - not just because he'd been killed but because he had suffered so much before he died.
If you haven't been introduced to Harry Bosch and his particular view of Los Angeles, do yourself a favor and start now! Connelly is a fine writer who knows his subjects and the world in which they move.
Yes, another Connelly but not another audiobook by Fernandez.
He tried too hard to make this a very twisted and dark story. Not the typical "Harry Bosch" demeanor, sarcasm etc. However, this is also the fault of the narrator who was never able to be Harry Bosch like Dick Hill was.
No, at least not a Harry Bosch novel.
Not really, I hope the next Harry Bosch will be better again.
This story is so out of character for the Harry Bosch series I have to question if it wasn't written by someone else entirely. The story demanded almost nothing of the listener. It wasn't an interesting story and the weak attempt at at twist near the end fell completely flat.
About half way through this incredibly boring tale I realized that there was a diminishing number possible outcomes that could make it worth my time to finish the listen. None of them likely to be satisfying in the least. It became almost a voyeuristic / masochistic game of endurance to see if the fizzle would last all the way to the end and just how the author might get himself out of the corner he had painted himself into. I held fast to the end, but walked away feeling significantly less inclined to listen to the next book in the series. Such a letdown after A Darkness More Than Night, which is my favorite in the series to date.
The narrator was fine. A little flat and monotone, but he wasn't given much to work with.
Honestly, this book had no redeeming qualities for my personal tastes.