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.
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"[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)
I definitely liked this book and liked the references to actual art work. There were times I was rasing my eyebrows at the actions of the characters....and part of the ending had a bit of wierdness to it by the main character... but I enjoyed the book and am glad I downloaded it.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
Another very enjoyable Harry Bosch book. The narrator did a good job and made the charaters real.
Dick Hill, enough said.
Dick Hill. The reason I started this series was the narration of Dick Hill.
Most of them except Bosch and the bad guy.
Terribly disappointed in this one. Narrator and storyline makes me very leery in continuing the series.
As a Connelly fan, this is not the book you want to start the Harry Bosch series with! Thank God I had listened to the first six books which are fantastic and the narration superbly done mostly by Dick Hill. Since I paid for it I listened till the bitter end. Hope Connelly listens to his fans and has Hill narrate the rest of his books with audible!
This title seemed to be well recommended, but in the end, it was a big disapointment. The characters had little depth. Initially, it seemed promising, but it felt like you were listening to a reading of a Columbo episode that was 11 1/2 hours too long. The story really had no hook for the listener, and the reader didn't help anything either.
How did Terry McCaleb, who was so smart a character in "Blood Work," turn into such a dummy? No good reason. This book is just annoying. Readers know that Harry Bosch is not a serial killer. Period. Wasting more than half the book while McCaleb chases down phony and unbelievable clues pointing to Bosch is dead weight on the narrative. It's a lot of nothing-happening. Plus, the narrator sucks, especially with women, whom he casts as shrill and overwrought. Of course, this being a Connelly book, it's well-written. In this case, that's not nearly enough.
After a slightly sluggish beginning I soon found myself totally hooked (making longer journeys in the car than necessary, offering to do the washing up, listening on runs). This is a really compelling listen - highly recommended.
"Another great Harry Bosch thriller"
Although this is a later title, it draws together a number of Connelly's characters from his other novels and fills in some of their back-stories. I like the way Connelly rounds-out the characters and it starts with two separate plots and two different detective genres - the private eye and the psychological profiler - both of which unfold in a very entertaining way and are eventually drawn together in a satisfying conclusion. Plenty of plot twists and turns and, as the title suggests, some dark secrets. Highly recommended.
"Solid addition to the Bosch franchise"
Another superior thriller from Michael Connolly. Excellent narration from Richard Davidson kept me involved in the story rather. Strangely might have been even better if I hadn't read any others in the series.
"A Darkness More Than Night"
Brilliant as ever. Michael Connelly is one of the best modern crime writers in my opionion.
Realy enjoyed it - took a while to get into it but once got going excellent.
"Boring... Performance weak"
I might, be will check it out first. But will avoid narrated by Richard Davidson, his voice is just... not adequate.
Tone, speed, everything really.
Disappointed after first 6 books from the Bosch series.
"Another Great Story but I missed Dick Hill"
It has to be Harry. Why get the book otherwise?
Richard M. Davidson did a great job of narrating the story and his characters were well delivered. Vocally though I prefer the way Dick Hill presents Harry's voice.
I found this book better when broken up over a week.
Harry fans be warned, a large amount of this one is dedicated to the investigation from Terry McCalebs side. That said, McCaleb is a good character and the interaction between him and Harry when the story gets going is worth the wait.
"A darkness more than night"
I'm sorry but I can't really say I enjoyed this book until virtually the conclusion. I found the first half quite boring, and it seemed to me that the author had 2 stories nearly told and then linked them together right at the end. The last quarter of the book was good though.
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