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)
There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson
As with the first 6 books in the Harry Bosch series, this one was very compelling and thoroughly enjoyable. It held up well in comparison – definitely as good as the others. Michael Connelly does not disappoint.
The only problem I had with this book is the ending. In fact, in almost every Harry Bosch book there seems to be some type of twist RIGHT at the very end. I think that in most cases, these twists would be better left out. At least for the twists I remember, they seem to be added on at the end as if the author thinks the book hasn’t had enough excitement and he needs to keep things happening until the last second. I don’t agree with this technique. If the author wrapped the story up well, then why unravel it again at the end with some unrealistic twist or detail? That’s the way it seems to me, anyway.
As an example of these unnecessary twists (spoiler alert here) in this book, it seemed ridiculous to me that McCaleb would come to Bosch at the end, after all the details of all the crimes were wrapped up, and accuse Bosch of setting up Rudy Tafero the way he did and say he didn’t want to be his friend anymore. I can see the point he’s making about the possible problem with Bosch’s actions regarding Rudy Tafero, however, it just seemed really unrealistic in the face of all they had been through and all the evil that Rudy Tafero had perpetrated. I thought McCaleb was being way too black and white about it all. Also, it sounded like an elementary school student saying, “I don’t want to be your friend anymore.” Really?
Andrew - Crystal Clear Media
Good book...A little too much courtroom for me, but not bad. The drastic change in narration from the previous books made it VERY distracting. Harry's voice on this recording is very old and put out. Just couldn't get past it (especially after watching the Amazon series on Prime).
Not really. You pretty much know "who done it"...just waited for how it was going to be resolved.
Yes. Just not for this character.
Yes, it's still a good book.
Very complex story, didn't know who was going to be the one.
Inconsistent emphasis, sometimes seemingly over done for the action being described.
Certainly could, lot's of possible straws to pull on there, Buddy, Irving, Story.
I think it would have been a better experience if Dick Hill had read it.
Fantastic narration, memorable characters, and mind-bending plots get me every time.
A series of grisly murders, a celebrity trial, a retired super-sleuth, and a cynical detective (who may have something to hide) are a few of the more prominent components of "A Darkness More Than Night"---a 48-chapter whodunit that tends to wax a bit melodramatic at times, all the while switching its third-person lens back-and-forth between the titular character in the series and the retired-sleuth-turned-family-man who just can't seem to stay out of the "game."
The tension between family duty and public service provides an abundance of conflict for the sleuth, who has to get permission from his wife to pursue a role he had promised was over for him. The reader should be prepared to endure wifely tears and guilt-trips as the plot progresses. Still, the twists and procedural narratives---the ins-and-outs of solving the case---are interesting if not entirely gripping. Fans of the series, however, will know what to expect.
As a first-time reader, I found the case too-easily solved to offer any real, nail-biting suspense, yet the author does do a fair job of moving the players around on the board so that the conclusion is not completely obvious; and the theme of good-vs-evil in a corrupt universe is underscored nicely by the contrast of dark-vs-light: whose side your on may depend on how much darkness you've allowed into your soul, the book suggests, even if you are a champion of the light.
All in all, "A Darkness More Than Night" is a solid yarn, competently narrated, and packed with enough twists to make for a entertaining experience.
Did not care for this narrator's version of Harry. But the story was so good I had to keep going.
Voice to the characters. Personality. Excellent representation of each.
The comments about poor presentation, sound quality, and lack of good storyline almost convinced me to skip this one. So glad I didn't. I enjoyed this one the most of all.
Harry Bosch wasn't the main character in this story.
Yes, I'm sure about that.
He is far from any of my favorite narrators.
An editor ought demanded Connelly write a new story as book 7.
I got the feeling that Connelly was in short of time with this book why he used "leftowers" from some of his earlier writings.
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