As an avid "Bosh" fan, I found this novel unique as it put the usual hero in a different light. A few wild and tricky twists keep your attention and the narration is excellent. You can "see" Bosh on the stand, you can "see" McCaleb on his boat. And all TOO vividly can you "see" the murderer in the act. Quite good.
Harry Bosch & Terry McCaleb......a pretty solid combination. I rated this 3 out of 5 because I just felt like Connelly didn't quite capture me with the story. With Bosch in jeopardy, it should have...but fell a bit short. Good, just not excellent.
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.
The more Connelly I read the better I like him. Good plot, good characters. Harry Bosch is my kind of guy. We need more!
This was by no means a bad book, but after reading the reviews I expected a little more from it. This was my first time reading about the Adventures of Harry Bosch, but as such I never really, truly cared about the characters. Sure, I had some vested interest, but even this hardly mattered.
My main complaint is the lack of things to keep the book going. Except for maybe a tiny bit in the beginning, and a tiny bit at the end, there was absolutely no action going on. A detective-type story has lots of potential for exciting scenes; this book rarely capitalized on that. Frankly, I just didn't find the investigation that exciting. There were only a select few times that I didn't find it easy to put the book down.
Overall, it's an average book. Not bad - it was enjoyable, after all - but nothing to tell a friend about either. There are better choices out there.
Michael Connelly is one of our favorite writers, I think he is a master of the detective genre. His characters are great, the twists and turns in the plot keep you glued to your listening device. (For us it's a Kindle Fire docked on a FireStation so we can all listen to the story at the same time) The only drawback to this story was the narration. Richard M Davidson does a good job, but for me he just didn't feel right. I would have given him 3 1/2 stars, but that is not an option, and I couldn't knock him down to 3 stars. Definitely give this one a chance. The story is great, the narration is not a detractor...just not as good as Dick Hill.
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.
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.
As all of his books, he gets a little long winded sometimes, but the book really comes together at the end! Worth reading (listening)!
I did enjoy this book and the introduction of Terry McCaleb. The reader was horrible. He makes Bosch sound about 70 years old and not true to anything else I've heard. I am reading these in order and I can tell you that Dick Hill is by far the best reader known to man. He's incredible and I am sure in high demand which is why the last novels about Harry Bosch are done by others. Most of the others are fine but this one sucks. I feel the book is still worth reading but you will have to ignore the reader and just get into the story.