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A Darkness More than Night: Harry Bosch Series, Book 7 | [Michael Connelly]

A Darkness More than Night: Harry Bosch Series, Book 7

A movie director is charged with murdering an actress during sex, and then staging her death to make it look like a suicide. In a seemingly unrelated case, a loner is murdered, leaving the sheriff's department with no clues. One unsettling revelation after another leaves a retired FBI agent and an L.A. detective thinking they've unmasked a most frightening killer with almost inconceivable calculation.
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Publisher's Summary

Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch is up to his neck in a case that has transfixed all of celebrity-mad Los Angeles: a movie director is charged with murdering an actress during sex, and then staging her death to make it look like a suicide. Bosch is both the arresting officer and the star witness in a trial that has brought the Hollywood media pack out in full-throated frenzy.

Meanwhile, Terry McCaleb is enjoying an idyllic retirement on Catalina Island when a visit from an old colleague brings his former world rushing back. It's a murder, the unreadable kind of murder he specialized in solving back in his FBI days. The investigation has stalled, and the sheriff's office is asking McCaleb to take a quick look at the murder book to see if he turns up something they've missed.

McCaleb's first reading of the crime scene leads him to look for a methodical killer with a taste for rituals and revenge. As his quick look accelerates into a full-sprint investigation, the two crimes - his murdered loner and Bosch's movie director - begin to overlap strangely. With one unsettling revelation after another, they merge, becoming one impossible, terrifying case, involving almost inconceivable calculation. McCaleb believes he has unmasked the most frightening killer ever to cross his sights. But his investigation tangles with Bosch's lines, and the two men find themselves at odds in the most dangerous investigation of their lives.

Don't miss Detective Harry Bosch on the case in these Michael Connelly crime fiction novels.

©2001 by Hieronymus, Inc., All Rights Reserved; (P)2001 Time Warner AudioBooks, a Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing

What the Critics Say

"[This] novel is...flawless, cleverly conceived, superbly plotted, and morally complex..." (Publishers Weekly)
"Connelly allows Bosch and McCaleb to regard each other critically in ways that sharpen the reader's perception of them..." (New Yorker)

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    Aaron San Antonio, TX, USA 03-06-03
    Aaron San Antonio, TX, USA 03-06-03
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    "Terrific Pairing of Connelly's best Detectives."

    For fans of Michael Connelly this book was a delight. Terry McCaleb back in a new book and the main suspect is Harry Bosch. Connelly did a masterful job of combining his two stars into one novel. The story is well written and full of twists and suspence. Definitely a book that deserves to be called a page turner.

    26 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Marius Irene, South Africa 08-02-07
    Marius Irene, South Africa 08-02-07 Member Since 2014
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    "Anchor Steam, strangulation, sinners and set-ups"

    A classic well-drawn West Coast cop thriller. A minor criticism is that it takes a while (from the cop perspective) for the penny to drop, straining credibility a little. This is the third Harry Bosch book I’ve listened to, and Michael Connelly certainly has a gift for creating interesting characters, using a crisp and effective writing technique. The narrator, Richard Davidson, does a great job, not only with the obligatory “tough guy” stuff, but also with the full range of characters.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Keith Apex, NC, United States 11-23-05
    Keith Apex, NC, United States 11-23-05 Member Since 2008
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    "Narrator is the worst ever"

    The book content is good. But, the narrator completely ruins it. His voice is extremely annoying -- starts sentences loudly and ends sentences in a barely audible mumble.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Jerret Crockett, VA, USA 04-26-05
    Jerret Crockett, VA, USA 04-26-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Good story, excellent narration."

    This isn't Connelly's best but it held my attention and was a good story overall. It was nice to have both heroes, Bosch and McCaleb in the same novel. Especially with the radical changes of events that surrounded them in this one. Narration was fantastic.

    Looking forward to more Connelly downloads. He's got the modern burned-out hardcase detective genre down cold.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Pacific NW Islander 10-21-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Disappointing performance"

    I've been listening to Michael Connelly's mysteries in order of publication. I enjoyed this story and Connelly's pairing of McCaleb and Bosch in the same story, but the narrator's style was jarringly different than the narrators for the prior books. The way this narrator played Bosch was bizarre--with a raspy and grating voice--the archetypal hard-boiled detective from the 50's, but Bosch isn't as old as he sounded in this book, nor does he read like a hard boiled detective. The narrator also mispronounced many of the California place names and a few other words as well. I managed to get through the entire unabridged version, but I found the narration distracting. I'm looking forward to hearing a different narrator in the rest of the books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Creed Livermore, CA, USA 11-18-06
    Creed Livermore, CA, USA 11-18-06 Member Since 2013
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    "Next narrator, please!"

    The story was OK, I found it entertaining, if not up to par for a Harry Bosch story. However, Mr. Davidson's narration was simply annoying. The reading sounded like an old 40's newsreel, which did not suit the genre or the story at all.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Martin Clearlake Oaks, CA, USA 02-28-03
    Martin Clearlake Oaks, CA, USA 02-28-03
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    "A Darkness Brought to Light!"

    Wonderfully read. As dark a tale as the title would lead you to believe this story winds you through its plot at a deliciously heavy pace. A pace that has you yearning for the ending while hoping it never ends. Exceptionally well read the characters are well drawn and complex. What a great way to drive to and from work. I loved it!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 06-17-12
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 06-17-12 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "Not As Good!"

    First off, Richard Davidson's reading comes as a shock! I was used to Dick Hill's powerfully nuanced interpretation of Harry Bosch and the Connelly ensembles of characters. Davidson's growling, one-dimensional performance is abrasive. He's just as annoying with his interpretation here of the legendary Terry McCaleb who Clint Eastwood created in his film portrayal.

    Secondly, Connelly demands that we stretch our levels of disbelief to the point of tearing to make it over critical plot demands. I almost chucked things at how abruptly we were asked to accept the way Bosch's friends turned on him.

    If not for the momentum this series has ignited in me, and the promise of a new reader in oncoming novels, I'd not have held on through the adequate ... but PREACHY... remainder of this novel.

    I'm hoping the next in this series will repay the tenacity it took to finish... A Darkness More Than Night. Up until now, I owed Connelly for an entertaining series. Going into Peter Jay Fernandez's reading of the next... City Of Bones... We're even and I'm wondering if that will be my last visit to Harry Bosch's California...

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 02-24-07
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 02-24-07 Member Since 2013

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 12-year-old daughter.

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    "Screams and Whispers"

    This book lost one star for its narration and one star for the ridiculous way that one of the suspects was profiled. I listened to the book primarily in my car and was constantly adjusting the volume to account for Davidson's screams and whispers. Maybe it wasn't the narrator's fault. Maybe the sound mixer should have done a better job. Either way, the frequent highs and lows were distracting and annoying. Pretend, if you will, that you're not an ex-president and you're name is Richard Nixon. If you were going to commit a crime would you leave a photograph of the Watergate Hotel at the crime scene? Or if you were trying to frame Mr. Nixon for a crime, would you leave a photo of the Watergate at the scene? Well the premise is similar in this book, although the connection is not as obvious. Even if you accept the premise then the more likely conclusion would be that someone was trying to frame Nixon. Not in the this book. If you can get past this and the narration, it was an otherwise enjoyable listen. This was my second Connelly book but my first McCaleb/Bosch listen. I'll try another with a different narrator.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Marcus SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States 05-15-11
    Marcus SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States 05-15-11 Member Since 2010

    Willy Wonka of it

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    "Meh story, even worse narrator"

    Off the bat, in the prologue, you'll notice two things: this isn't structured like a typical Bosch novel and the narrator is subpar (especially on Bosch's voice).

    The story is told half and half between a retired FBI guy Terry McCaleb and Bosch. You spend most of the novel wondering when things are going to get more consolidated and you get back in the seat with Bosch full time, but they don't, it never becomes a true Bosch novel and the plot remains split between two main characters.

    On top of that, the plot is just ridiculous. I know Connelly likes to leave a little surprise for the ending, but this one was just sad. You could see it coming (the twist), but at the same time, it was so absurd and inconsequential that you had no idea what it was nor even really cared after it was revealed.

    Definitely not one of Connelly's best works, and the narrator made it even worse.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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