This is the first book I've read (or listened to) by Michael Connelly. I loved it for the following reasons. First, regarding the plot and characters, Connelly writes with absolute clarity. This is a rare quality in novels (and movies) nowadays. Second, Connelly conveys a wonderful sense of verisimilitude. If a police investigation is not run exactly as described in "The Closers" (including the unintentional mistakes and political coverups), I'm not sure why not. Third, the characters are all sympathetic, but Bosch (I hope I'm spelling this right) is a standout as a completely developed human being - fallible, guilt-ridden, and utterly heroic. Finally, the narrator seemed just right for Bosch's voice. (Note to publisher: please, no music. Let the story stand on its own.)
Lisey’s Story is the first Stephen King novel I’ve read (listened to), as I typically avoid the horror genre. I thought it was well-written, and very well read by Mare Winningham. However, the story could’ve been much, much tighter. Very little happens, aside from back story, until the middle of the book. I almost quit listening before I got there. The love story is tender, but unrealistic. Lisey and Scott have one argument in twenty-five years. Love is about give and take. But in this case, Lisey does all the giving because she has no life of her own. She has no hobbies, no interests, and no friends aside from her sisters. The whole purpose of her life is to support and, in several ways, save Scott. Yes, she does have to work out some demons of her own, but even these are all tied into Scott. Ultimately, the story didn’t work for me because Lisey was not a fascinating character in her own right.
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