Connelly is an excellent writer... This story held my interest all the way through. It has enough twists and turns that gives the novel complexity. This was a "page turner" for me! It may be my favorite of all the Bosch novels. If you like detective novels with a little of everything from corrupt politicians, corrupt policemen and serial murderers on the loose and then you sprinkle all that with a little romance and add the well developed season of Bosch's keen detective sense... you've got a great whodunit!
I would ask Connelly to think about his writing style. It's always objective, realistic, full of detail, which is absolutely adequate for a detective story, especially for Bosch who thrives on that odd detail nobody else noticed but which turns out to be decisive for solving a case. So far, so good. However, Connelly also describes his characters' emotions and develops dialogue in the same style: objective, realistic. Is this how real humans think and talk? It's not convincing, but more important, it's not engaging. As a fan of Ellmore Leonard (outstanding dialogue), Bo Nesbo (reflective but always complex character development), and younger writers like Lou Manfredo (Rizzo's War) and Lou Berney (Gutshot Straight), am I asking too much of a highly respected novelist like Connelly?
I've read most of Connelly's books and I enjoy his post-Bosch novels more: the Lincoln Lawyer, the Brass Verdict.
Clear, didactic, tiresome.
To quit reading Bosch
I have read almost all of the Harry Bosch series and am truly enjoying this character! My mother was a police officer, as are a few of my close friends and Connelly nails the PD lifestyle and work environment. The Harry Bosch character was written with so much depth, one forgets he's a fictional character! I recommend all in the series!
Again Connelly has written super book about Harry Bosch, I beleive it is on of the best Bosch novel I have heard and I have heard most of Connellys books. I much exchitement and suspence, with a lot of twist and turns, everything you hear(read) is important later in teh book - HEAR IT !
Kept going down the garden path along with the rest. Diverted and twisted. Great introspection.
Was carried along with a good story and wonderful
This is my first experience with the author so I wasn't sure what to expect. I wasn't disappointed. I did look forward to getting in the car and listening to it because there was a pretty good amount of suspense involved. But, I found it a little predictable and thought the ending was a little flat.
It was a fun book to listen to. Being a retired female police officer/detective in my state's most violent city, I was pleased that Bosch was not portrayed as perfect, and that his impulsiveness is more real than an "always by the book" cop. The FBI agent was as stiff and rigid as I remember them being. That "always right" attitude was accurate. Although very bright, they never seemed to be able to think for themselves, doing only what they were told to do brought back good memories.
This is Michael Connley's newest book. I've listened to them all and enjoy the Harry Bosh character more than just about any other character I can think of. The story is compelling and has many twists and turns. I highly recommend it.