For fans of Michael Connelly this book was a delight. Terry McCaleb back in a new book and the main suspect is Harry Bosch. Connelly did a masterful job of combining his two stars into one novel. The story is well written and full of twists and suspence. Definitely a book that deserves to be called a page turner.
A classic well-drawn West Coast cop thriller. A minor criticism is that it takes a while (from the cop perspective) for the penny to drop, straining credibility a little. This is the third Harry Bosch book I’ve listened to, and Michael Connelly certainly has a gift for creating interesting characters, using a crisp and effective writing technique. The narrator, Richard Davidson, does a great job, not only with the obligatory “tough guy” stuff, but also with the full range of characters.
The book content is good. But, the narrator completely ruins it. His voice is extremely annoying -- starts sentences loudly and ends sentences in a barely audible mumble.
I've been listening to Michael Connelly's mysteries in order of publication. I enjoyed this story and Connelly's pairing of McCaleb and Bosch in the same story, but the narrator's style was jarringly different than the narrators for the prior books. The way this narrator played Bosch was bizarre--with a raspy and grating voice--the archetypal hard-boiled detective from the 50's, but Bosch isn't as old as he sounded in this book, nor does he read like a hard boiled detective. The narrator also mispronounced many of the California place names and a few other words as well. I managed to get through the entire unabridged version, but I found the narration distracting. I'm looking forward to hearing a different narrator in the rest of the books.
The story was OK, I found it entertaining, if not up to par for a Harry Bosch story. However, Mr. Davidson's narration was simply annoying. The reading sounded like an old 40's newsreel, which did not suit the genre or the story at all.
Willy Wonka of it
Off the bat, in the prologue, you'll notice two things: this isn't structured like a typical Bosch novel and the narrator is subpar (especially on Bosch's voice).
The story is told half and half between a retired FBI guy Terry McCaleb and Bosch. You spend most of the novel wondering when things are going to get more consolidated and you get back in the seat with Bosch full time, but they don't, it never becomes a true Bosch novel and the plot remains split between two main characters.
On top of that, the plot is just ridiculous. I know Connelly likes to leave a little surprise for the ending, but this one was just sad. You could see it coming (the twist), but at the same time, it was so absurd and inconsequential that you had no idea what it was nor even really cared after it was revealed.
Definitely not one of Connelly's best works, and the narrator made it even worse.
Wonderfully read. As dark a tale as the title would lead you to believe this story winds you through its plot at a deliciously heavy pace. A pace that has you yearning for the ending while hoping it never ends. Exceptionally well read the characters are well drawn and complex. What a great way to drive to and from work. I loved it!
I'm sure this is a good book--Michael Connelly is a major crime novel talent--but the reader, Richard M Davidson, is terrible. I could only bear listening to a couple of chapters, then I had to stop. Davidson's crude narration is like someone sightreading the 6:00 News rather than reading a story. And he mispronounces words. I will never purchase or listen to anything by this reader again.
Titles that should be made or remade into film by Amazon or Netflix... Department Q. Harry Hole. Noble House. Tai-pan. Gai-jin and Shogun.
Blood Work is one book I'll never forget, thanks in part to the great movie Eastwood starred in and directed. This story begins with 2 separate crimes, one involving Bosch, the other Terry McCaleb. Connelly does a masterful job weaving both men's stories together into one of the best mysteries in this genre I've ever read.
Davidson does a superb job reading.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
First off, Richard Davidson's reading comes as a shock! I was used to Dick Hill's powerfully nuanced interpretation of Harry Bosch and the Connelly ensembles of characters. Davidson's growling, one-dimensional performance is abrasive. He's just as annoying with his interpretation here of the legendary Terry McCaleb who Clint Eastwood created in his film portrayal.
Secondly, Connelly demands that we stretch our levels of disbelief to the point of tearing to make it over critical plot demands. I almost chucked things at how abruptly we were asked to accept the way Bosch's friends turned on him.
If not for the momentum this series has ignited in me, and the promise of a new reader in oncoming novels, I'd not have held on through the adequate ... but PREACHY... remainder of this novel.
I'm hoping the next in this series will repay the tenacity it took to finish... A Darkness More Than Night. Up until now, I owed Connelly for an entertaining series. Going into Peter Jay Fernandez's reading of the next... City Of Bones... We're even and I'm wondering if that will be my last visit to Harry Bosch's California...