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)
Tell us about yourself! Female, Realtor
Too many facts that were of no use. Drug out the book. Still a very good read.
Like the narrator.
Michael Connelly novels are a must read for me. Narrator Richard Davidson made this book unstoppable.
Absolutely. Connelly is a master a writing engaging storyline that guessing at every turn.
I love audio because I am able to remain busy with tasks and still keep up with m reading.
I really like the weaving in of characters.
He is not Dick Hill.
No I did enjoy this book. However, not as much as lone wolf.
more McCaleb than Bosch
How the story twisted...Bosch was not a leading character
Good Cop...Bad Cop
The book has more FBI Agent Terry McCaleb than Bosch and McCaleb is the pivotal character. The narrator (Davidson) does a far better job with McCaleb than Bosch--he makes Bosch sound older and grumpier than he is while McCaleb is crisp and competent. I prefer Cariou or Dick Hill as a narrator.
Engaging story! I enjoyed Mr. Connelly's plot twist of making Harry the suspect. However, Mr. Davidson's narration left me cold. It was very hard to listen to, particularly after listening to Dick Hill's excellent work on the prior books. Midway throught the story, I was ready to check the book out of the library to finish the book! I hope the next book is an improvement.
The story was good but it didn't keep me on the edge of my seat. I love Harry Bosch. He is a great character. I was disappointed by the way this reader portrayed him. He gave me the impression that Harry was this gruff, unfeeling cop. I've always felt Harry was very private, quiet and even a bit shy in certain situations. That is what gives him his charm. He is sensitive and kind and is always determined to get the bad guy. I will continue to read Michael Connelly. He is one of my favorite authors. This book just wasn't his best. I really think Richard Davidson ruined it for me. I may have had a different opinion if I had read it myself.
The usual intrigue. A good listen. The story keeps you listening an makes you think.
Harry Bosch of course!!
Intriguing, murder mystery.
Another powerful book from Michael Connelly up there with his best. Really enjoyable. This book pairs two of Michael Connelly detectives from previous books Terry McCaleb and Bosch. I have never read a Terry McCaleb book before and quite enjoyed his character in this book, the Bosch character was great, but took a bit of a back seat to Terry in this book.
This book has plenty of twists and turns and stays a bit more believable than most of Mr Connolly's books. I think this is a must listen for Michael Connelly fans, but I would suggest listening to the early books in the Bosch series first.
The Narrator was a bit of a mixed bag, I almost skipped this book based on some of the reviews in relation to this narrator, however the book is so good I am so glad I took the gamble. After listening to other Narrators in the Bosch series, he initially sounded all wrong and grated on me for the first hour or so, then I got used to him. I found the Narrator's performance of Bosch very irritating at first, the narrator makes Bosch sound as if he is 70.
However after the first hour or so the irritations went away and I started to enjoy the narrator's ability to help build the suspense and his more precise pronunciation in places. He will never be my favourite Narrator but I don't think it is worth skipping this book based on his narration.
Great Book. We need More books like this one. The read was great but I wished they would of used the same one for all Mr. Connelly Books
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.
Riveting, addictive, exciting
Both central characters are well presented but Bosch is definitely the star.
His performance is excellent. He differentiates between the characters and makes it a really exciting read. I don't understand why he has not been selected to read more fiction. First class!!
It made me want to listen to it even when I should have been doing other things!!
"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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