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 actually that maybe I downloaded the wrong book in the Harry Bosch series after listening to Trunk Music and Angel's Flight. It's not because of the narrator, who did a poor job, but just because the character of Bosch doesn't even seem the same.
I'll never understand why places that do audio book narrations switch to a different reader, especially after 5 or 6 novels in a long series. It's really jarring and makes me not want to finish the books now. Ugh.
Michael Connelly brings another good Los Angeles Crime story with his familiar characters. Listeners have to wonder why the change in narrators? In the previous Connelly books, Dick Hill has a west coast sound. The narrator of this story, Richard Davidson, sounds like he is from the streets of New York. Did anyone tell him that this story is about characters from Los Angeles? Strong Connelly story, but the story teller was a problem.
Having just listened to 3 of Connelly's legal/courtroom thrillers (the best I have ever heard/read - beats Grisham hands down) I was looking forward to my first Harry Bosh novel. Very disappointing. The plot lack credulity, the narrator was, well just like an off key vocalist failing to hit the right notes, the narrative movement was slow and the characters simply uninteresting. I know there are some good Bosh novels and I look l forward to them but this wasn't one of them.
The story itself was very good, however Mr Davidson made Harry to sound like a burn out. After listening to the first 5 books with Mr Hill, this one was a let down.
First off I'm a big HB fan but after listening to Dick Hill narrate the first few books then listen to Rich Davidson it was a bit of a shock. The thought of a couple of veteran detective friends not knowing each other kinda off track. Hopefully Connelly sticks with 5 star narrators in the future audio books.
I enjoy the Harry Bosch series, but this book is not among the best. The cross of Bosch and McCaleb makes for a disjointed plot, and the narrator is just difficult to listen to.
I loved the book so much I went and purchased it to keep from having to listen to the narrator. I love Harry, but man the listen was bad!
If you have been listening to Bosch books through audible - this one will kill you. I had bought every book in this series but when I bought this one I about tossed my GPS out the window. Had this narrator never heard any of the others? I wouldn't expect him to sound exactly like Dick Hill, but come on! This guy changes the complete personality of Bosch with the way he portrays him with his voice. I quit the series with this one.
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