I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
Well, I'm very glad I continued with this series. This book is much much better than the first one. There are no silly politics, and very little complaining about the past... Harry just does what he needs to do, even though it is clear he is carrying a lot of baggage around with him.
The characters' behaviors make sense. The plot makes sense. Harry makes sense. All in all a very satisfying police procedural (even though some of the procedures might be outside the lines). And I'm definitely on to the next in the series.
The narration is very good, and sounds just like what you'd expect Harry to sound like. The story has some references to events in the earlier book, but stands completely alone and is wrapped up nicely in the end so you're not left hanging.
There were parts of the book that were quite exciting. However, there was a lot of tedium to wade through, and too many stereotypical bad guys. I just could not finish it. I was a bit too bored.
This is a sit on the edge of the seat, turn up the volumn, and drive around the city one more time story. five stars is all that is allowed - but it is a six.
I love a good story and will always give my honest opinion of a book, not matter if its my favorite author or not.
This is on of my favorite series and I hope my words do not stop you from picking this book because this is not my intention. This book was good but felt like the story was pushed by the writer at some points. Although at some points in the story it feels drawn out it is worth waiting this out and hearing what is going on. This book is key to understanding some of what Harry is going through and reasons why he reacts in certain ways throughout the series. This book also gives you some info on other characters that plays key roles in the other books.
Not sure if this Harry Bosch novel is worse than others in the series or maybe I skim over a lot of the blood, gore and cursing when I read them in print. I just couldn't get through this one in audio. As far as I could tell, the performance and story were good, but I didn't listen all the way through. Couldn't get past the "yuck" factor.
...but much better when Dick Hill is not the narrator. It would be great if Len Cariou would re-read all the books that were read by Hill.
I enjoy mysteries, science fiction, Stephen King, and some fantasy novels. Now and again I like a biography and a bit of history. No romance!
The character of Harry Bosch himself. I like the man and I always enjoy listening to him solve a mystery.
At first, I thought the plot was a bit too familiar but the further into the story I listened, the more surprises there were. While this book is basically a police detective story, it also mixes the politics of that job in with the story. It's not this author's best work but it is some very good Detective Bosch.
Harry Bosch was my favorite character but I thought Dick Hill did a wonderful job with the female voices in the story too. He is a very talented performer and I would enjoy listening to him read again.
There is a moment that involves old photographs that was very moving but to say more would be telling too much.
If you enjoy Detective stories, this author writes good ones. I have enjoyed all of the ones that I have listened to or read by him. I count his works among my favorites.
Harry solves the crime and finds love both in his unconventional ways. I like that he does what needs to be done without feeling the constraints of the law, ironic for a law officer. I like this guy.
I always enjoy following Harry Bosch around on his insightful wild card adventures, but this time he strikes me as the only interesting character, surrounded by a bunch of deadbeats. He doesnt quite manage to make up for the lack of interest inspired by the rest. Perhaps because its one of the earlier books in the series. This book's not a keeper.