I enjoy a good mystery who-dun-it. The background of Vietnam was compelling. I don't know anything real about police work or the FBI. It all sounded authentic to me. Someone is always out to get you. You never know who!
I wanted to read book one. I read all the others. Unfortunately there is little here to make me glad I read this. In fact, had I read this one first I probably wouldn't have read the others. The plot and story lines are thin at best. Michael over does it on the failings of LAPD and the FBI, there are idiots, but not everyone. The story doesn't work. To many plot holes. The rest of the series is good reading and you won't miss anything by not reading this,
All of it. Michael Connelly is my favorite author of this genre.
Yes. It started off with the discovery of the crime scene that the story is based around. Then it was a little slow moving as it gets you to know the protagonist and his time as a Vietnam tunnel rat, and his history with the victim of the murder. I should say that while this part was slow it was also very interesting, and once the plot started to unfold it was really hard to stop listening.
Yes. The books Dick Hill narrates in this series are very well read, and he makes the characters and dialogue come to life. In my opinion these are far superior to the Jack Reacher books Hill also reads, as well as all the other readers in the Bosch catalog combined.
I don't know. I'm not as good a writer as I am a reader.
Great plot, very real characters, excellent narrator! What's not to like?
This is so well presented in the audiobook, and the development is so very clean, it's really fun to hear. Despite being one of (or the first) book by Connelly, I can say, listening to it in 2016, it loses none of its grace and dexterity by being so: it's a really great read. Now I'm on to the rest of his works - mostly on audio due to my work and travel schedule.
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I normally don't enjoy police procedurals, especially the kind that run on TV, and especially those dealing with grisly murders. But the character of Harry Bosch pulled me in, right away. I love learning his history and how he was connected to the victim. And how he connected with all the people he meets -- an intense guy, but with a noble heart under the gruff, chain-smoking exterior.
A great contrast to my favorite PI pair, Robert Crais' Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. These guys need to meet up in LA for a big ol' mystery!
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The author links the ancient history of the Vietnam war to the modern time. It probably happens more often than we are aware. Bosch is unrelenting. He is single minded. Like a good batter he keeps his eye on the ball. The author keeps throwing you curveballs, you think you know what's going to happen, then you swing and you miss.
Narrator did decent job although I still don't like his female intonation that is so low you cannot hear the words and lose parts of the story. Think this is more editor than narrator.
worst editing I have yet encountered on an audiobook. Hope this does not happen again.
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I would. I didn't expect the ending the way it did. Very entertaining.
The ending was different and enjoyable. But the book kept you turning the pages.
How the author moves the main character, very smart.
I recommend this.
I became interested in this book series after watching Amazon's original tv show Bosch, which is based on the LAPD detective from these novels. The story was just as intriguing as the tv series. There were a few cliche scenes which one comes to expect from detective novels, but the story was gripping, well-paced, and highly entertaining.
Dick Hill's narration was very well done. His slightly husky voice gave the illusion of how the cigarette addicted Bosch might sound. I will say however that I thought his female voice narrations were a bit jarring and breathy.