I expected more from the author of the Bosch books and others. I couldn't make the "leap of faith" to imagine the protagonist of this novel - a Ph.D. chemist - willing to risk so much for a "wrong number", and if I read "I just wanted to help. To see if she was all right." one more time, the book would have wound up in the fireplace. By the end, it was "who cares?".
I had to put Disk 1 back in the player after 1/2 hour, just to confirm that this was actually a work of Michael Crichton - the same author who wrote Prey, Timeline and Andromeda Strain. I've rarely been as disappointed in a book, especially after anxiously awaiting this one's release. The narrator is about the worst I've ever heard (I've listened to about 200 audio books), with an annoying habit of adding about one beat too many between an end of a quote and "he said". Character development was sophomoric, if existent at all, and no one character came out of this book as anything more than clueless. Plot was unbelieveable, and frankly I don't think I've ever read a book where I wished that all the major characters would meet a disasterous end, including the publisher and the narrator. Don't waste your money or book credit. Go read a Robert B. Parker novel narrated by Joe Montagna, or any book in the "Ender" series to hear how a great book and great narrator can make for an enjoyable experience.
I was surprised to learn that Mission Flats was the author's first novel, as it reads like it was written by an old pro. Part Spencer, part Harry Bosch, and part like no one I've read before, the author brings you into his world and his story, and keeps you there and, most importantly, makes you care about his characters. The story is compelling, the characters are believable, the ending is surprising. Good job! Can't wait for his next.
This has everything you'd want in a mystery, especially Harry Bosch himself, finally retired, but still working. The narrator really nailed all of the characters, and the ending was satisfying and not the least bit sad, but hopeful. This is by far, in my opinion, the best Harry Bosch book yet.
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