Michael Connelly is an extremely talented story teller and has written a bunch of great books, but this is his greatest sucess so far. Enough said.
I love Harry Bosch books, and was looking forward to this as I enjoyed Lincoln Lawyer too. I found it to be a boring court precedural, about as exciting as watching C-span. I was expecting more of a page turning experience like prior books. Ending was abrupt and disappointing too. It really pains me to give such a low rating as I really enjoyed all the other books and Michael Connelly is one of my favorite writers.
Connelly once again meets and exceeds high standards for the detective/thriller genre of novels. In this book, he marries two of his strongest characters, the attorney from the "Lincoln Lawyer" and, of course, Harry Bosch, who is Connelly's most prominent protagonist. If you are familiar with Connelly, I need not say more. And if you are not, you must introduce yourself to his work. He provides the right balance of detail and brevity in the foundation for legal and law enforcement procedures to keep the reader focused on the action. He is always an excellent read as well as an excellent "listen" if you can not sit to enjoy reading the book yourself.
As with just about all Micheal Connelly books, I really enjoyed it. But it is really more of a Mickey Haller book then a Harry Bosch book.
The plot really moves along, switching from 1st person Mickey Haller to 3rd person for other sections. As with many Micheal Connelly books, characters from his other novels make appearances.
Peter Giles did a good job with the narration but for the Bosch, I prefer Len Cariou.
I am a long time fan of Michael Connelly and this was my favorite book. Combining Harry Bosh and Mickey Holler was masterful. Had me riveted to each chapter. I highly recommend this audio book.
I've read or listened to all of Michael Connelly's books. I liked the interaction between Haller and Bosch and I liked having both a crimminal investigation and a courtroom procedural narrative in one book. The characters where well developed and the story was very interesting. I agree with some of the other reviews in that the end was a bit flat as if the author just ran out of steam or was nearing a deadline. I did like the open ending however. Sometimes it's too easy to have all of the storylines neatly wrapped up and I enjoyed the ambiguity of the ending. All in all a good listen that kept me interested throughout!
One of the best books I have listened to in a very long time. Great narration and great storyline. Loved it.
Mike Connelly is a genius.
Very few people can tell such a compelling story in so few words.
Savor his wry sense of humor and ear for dialogue (best line=''if you like your killers happy go lucky'').
He captures the pomposity of the elected Los Angeles DA, the fear of a traumatized eyewitness, the righteous anger of detective Harry Bosch, the challenge of raising a teen.
Without any labored flourishes, he brings these people to life.
Mike, keep em coming = Tracey Kaplan
As a person with dyslexia, audio books give me the opportunity to "read" wonderful books that I would otherwise miss. Thank you for this fabulous service.
I have enjoyed the previous Mickey Haller books very much. That was the reason I wanted to read this one ASAP. It is the usual quality writing that I associate with Michael Connelly. And since The Brass Verdict, I have known that Mickey and Harry Bosch were going to have more than a casual acquaintanceship. (I had heard Connelly speak at Bouchercon, 2009. He said that Harry ages chronologically and that he (Connelly) was going to have to decide where to go with Bosch due to his age.) Pairing Mickey and Harry seems like a very logical move. I looked forward to the development of their relationship.
This book needed a little more Harry Bosch and a little more interaction between the two men.
Now for the SPOILER ALERT:
When I got to the end, part of the mystery was resolved, but they were tearing off in search of more information about related cases. I felt a little hoodwinked. I have read all three of the Steig Larssen books and wondered if the "serial" mystery is the new trend?
This was a well-written book, as is the norm for Michael Connelly, but I felt unsatisfied by the ending.