Connelly's Bosch novels are always good, but this one is in a unique class. From the beginning you can feel something special is about to unwind and it doesn't disappoint you. Bosch is devoted to solving the murder of a young woman who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and became the pawn in a conspiracy; not the mythic National Intelligence conspiracy all the guys downtown are drawn to, but the conspiracy of vicious, criminals that killed her. He sieves through mass of misleading and misunderstood clues to reveal the truth and exact the retribution she deserves while bringing peace to a tormented fellow peace officer. The overlay of jazz is particularly poignant and appropriate and adds a Peter Gunn like patina to the story. A minimasterpiece of this genre.
Although slightly formulaic, I have been enjoying this series. This is the sixth Bosch book that I've listened to (I'm into my seventh as I write this) and this one lives up to the standard set way back in The Black Echo. I have not listened to them in order, but b/c they are, for the most, part stand alone stories it has not hampered my understanding of or enjoyment for the series.
There is quite a bit of Harry against the world in all of the Bosch novels, as I think I've heard mentioned in other reviews. It can be stlightly annoying, but I guess it should be chalked up to an unfortunately necessary part of Bosch's character being a sort of lone-wolf type of detective. The stories are definitely well constructed, the plots are reasonably suspenseful, and you always have a couple of last minute, mostly surprising plot twists that may not have you jumping out of your seat going, "No way!!!," but will at least have you thinking, "Well played, Mr. Connelly."
One thing I feel I need to mention about this book in particular, at least in audio form, is the narrator's voice of quadriplegic, former detective Lawton Cross. In one part there is a very lengthy dialog betw. Cross and Bosch. Len Cariou's breathless, rasping and gasping Cross got VERY annoying and difficult to listen to after a while. I'm sure he is doing a very realistic quad voice, but for the entertainment purposes I don't think it was necessary for him to be THAT realistic. It was almost painful to listen to, as I'm sure was Mr. Cariou's intention, but it just got annoying.
I don't know if I would have given this book 4 stars if "read" on its own, but I like the familiarity a recurring character provides and Lost Light did not disappoint as far as that goes.
It started off a little slow but picked up towards the end. The reader did a lot better job with "The Narrows", which was also a better book than this.
This was my first Harry Bosch book and now I have to find all of the others. I think the narrator does great justice to the characters.
This is the first book by this author that I've read. An intriguing detective story and the perfect reader for this style of book. Highly recommended.