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)
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.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
First off, Richard Davidson's reading comes as a shock! I was used to Dick Hill's powerfully nuanced interpretation of Harry Bosch and the Connelly ensembles of characters. Davidson's growling, one-dimensional performance is abrasive. He's just as annoying with his interpretation here of the legendary Terry McCaleb who Clint Eastwood created in his film portrayal.
Secondly, Connelly demands that we stretch our levels of disbelief to the point of tearing to make it over critical plot demands. I almost chucked things at how abruptly we were asked to accept the way Bosch's friends turned on him.
If not for the momentum this series has ignited in me, and the promise of a new reader in oncoming novels, I'd not have held on through the adequate ... but PREACHY... remainder of this novel.
I'm hoping the next in this series will repay the tenacity it took to finish... A Darkness More Than Night. Up until now, I owed Connelly for an entertaining series. Going into Peter Jay Fernandez's reading of the next... City Of Bones... We're even and I'm wondering if that will be my last visit to Harry Bosch's California...
I've been listening to Michael Connelly's mysteries in order of publication. I enjoyed this story and Connelly's pairing of McCaleb and Bosch in the same story, but the narrator's style was jarringly different than the narrators for the prior books. The way this narrator played Bosch was bizarre--with a raspy and grating voice--the archetypal hard-boiled detective from the 50's, but Bosch isn't as old as he sounded in this book, nor does he read like a hard boiled detective. The narrator also mispronounced many of the California place names and a few other words as well. I managed to get through the entire unabridged version, but I found the narration distracting. I'm looking forward to hearing a different narrator in the rest of the books.
Willy Wonka of it
Off the bat, in the prologue, you'll notice two things: this isn't structured like a typical Bosch novel and the narrator is subpar (especially on Bosch's voice).
The story is told half and half between a retired FBI guy Terry McCaleb and Bosch. You spend most of the novel wondering when things are going to get more consolidated and you get back in the seat with Bosch full time, but they don't, it never becomes a true Bosch novel and the plot remains split between two main characters.
On top of that, the plot is just ridiculous. I know Connelly likes to leave a little surprise for the ending, but this one was just sad. You could see it coming (the twist), but at the same time, it was so absurd and inconsequential that you had no idea what it was nor even really cared after it was revealed.
Definitely not one of Connelly's best works, and the narrator made it even worse.
As all of his books, he gets a little long winded sometimes, but the book really comes together at the end! Worth reading (listening)!
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'm sure this is a good book--Michael Connelly is a major crime novel talent--but the reader, Richard M Davidson, is terrible. I could only bear listening to a couple of chapters, then I had to stop. Davidson's crude narration is like someone sightreading the 6:00 News rather than reading a story. And he mispronounces words. I will never purchase or listen to anything by this reader again.
Michael Connelly has become one of my favorite authors. Harry Bosch is one fantastic cop. This book is my least favorite and the cops in this book are useless. I cannot decide which is worse; the story or the actor/reader. If I had another book credit this month I would delete this story from the computer and my IPOD forever.
This production is terrible. The attempt at accents and character voices are most disconcerting. This reader should not have quit the drama club in high school. He needed much more practice. To Michael Connelly; please NEVER use this reader again.
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.
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