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.
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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)
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 13-year-old daughter.
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.
While i initially thought that the characters were too smart to get drawn into the particular plot that was laid out, I really enjoyed the ride anyway. The narrator was excellent for the Bosch character and the twists and turns were a lot of fun. I turned 4 other people on to the book already and none have been disappointed.
The heading says it all. I'm a fan of Michael Connelly, but if this boring, old man continues to narrate his books, I'll go back to reading them in hard cover.
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.
As an avid "Bosh" fan, I found this novel unique as it put the usual hero in a different light. A few wild and tricky twists keep your attention and the narration is excellent. You can "see" Bosh on the stand, you can "see" McCaleb on his boat. And all TOO vividly can you "see" the murderer in the act. Quite good.
Harry Bosch & Terry McCaleb......a pretty solid combination. I rated this 3 out of 5 because I just felt like Connelly didn't quite capture me with the story. With Bosch in jeopardy, it should have...but fell a bit short. Good, just not excellent.
I did enjoy this book and the introduction of Terry McCaleb. The reader was horrible. He makes Bosch sound about 70 years old and not true to anything else I've heard. I am reading these in order and I can tell you that Dick Hill is by far the best reader known to man. He's incredible and I am sure in high demand which is why the last novels about Harry Bosch are done by others. Most of the others are fine but this one sucks. I feel the book is still worth reading but you will have to ignore the reader and just get into the story.
This is my least favorite Michael Connelly. The plot is a tad ridiculous; it is hard to believe that the characters, especially Terry McCaleb, could be so totally na?ve and the narration, well just sucks. The narrator's interpretation of Harry Bosch is bad, to the point of being difficult to hear and understand. Although, well crafted, I personally did not care for the cadence of the book, at all.
I hated the narrator's Bosch voice, sounded like an old man. The story was more Terry McCaleb than Bosch I thought.
Michael Connelly is one of our favorite writers, I think he is a master of the detective genre. His characters are great, the twists and turns in the plot keep you glued to your listening device. (For us it's a Kindle Fire docked on a FireStation so we can all listen to the story at the same time) The only drawback to this story was the narration. Richard M Davidson does a good job, but for me he just didn't feel right. I would have given him 3 1/2 stars, but that is not an option, and I couldn't knock him down to 3 stars. Definitely give this one a chance. The story is great, the narration is not a detractor...just not as good as Dick Hill.
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