That chance discovery leads Bosch to a shallow grave in the Hollywood hills, evidence of a murder committed more than 20 years earlier. It's a cold case, but it stirs up Bosch's memories of his own childhood as an orphan in the city. Digging through police reports and hospital records, tracking down street kids and runaways from the 1970s, Bosch finds a family ripped apart by an absence - and a trail, ever more tenuous, into a violent, terrifying world.
As the case takes Bosch deeper into the past, a rookie cop named Julia Brasher brings him alive in the present in a way no one has in years. Bosch has been warned about the trouble that comes with dating a rookie, but no warning could withstand the heat between them - or prepare Bosch for the explosions when the case takes a hard turn.
Drawing on the "precision-tooled twists" and "wellspring of authentically lurid detail" (Los Angeles Magazine) that have made him one of the fasted-selling novelists at work today, Michael Connelly has written a riveting, hard-edged, and unforgettable thriller.
Don't miss Detective Harry Bosch on the case in these Michael Connelly crime fiction novels.
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"Dark and angst-ridden...crackles with energy." (Publishers Weekly)
"Hard-boiled cop fiction at its most gripping." (Booklist, starred review)
This story is certainly art imitating life. I was sure that this story would not end well and there would be loose ends, but no Connelly is a master at tying all the ends together. Connelly is a great story teller. I just wish that Dick Hill had narrated this one.
This was my second Harry Bosch reading. After listening to A DARKNESS MORE THAN NIGHT, I picked this to follow the Harry Bosch trail - I thought he was an interestng character.
There were some flaws in the plot. I don't see a detective such as Bosch leaving Julis'a back story where it was. I think he would have spent a little more time chekcing out her past after the tragedy.
I also agree that the Dr's character was a little too superficial as another reviewer said.
I think Bosch is an interesting, complex character, though. He's got a brilliant mind but he misses some very obvious things until he stumbles on the right answer later on.
There are two more Bosch stories written since this one (LOST LIGHT and THE NARROWS which is coming out in May in print) but I'm going to go back to the beginning and read the earlier ones first. Hopefully the newer ones will be out on Audible by that time.
This isn't a perfect book but definitely worth listening to.
I am at a loss for words.. I have read in order every Connelly book - including the other series with guest appearances in Bosch's series and this book left me hanging. I was busy scanning photos as i was listening to it and all of a sudden I heard ' - we hope you enjoyed....-' I actually backed up the story to make sure I didn't miss anything. It was as though he had to finish this at a particular time and couldn't write another word after that second passed. I felt the story was not concluded New narrator...not my favorite..but I have heard worse.
I enjoyed listening to Connelly's book. I like the fact that Harry Bosch is presented as a seasoned tuff detective.Peter Fernandez does a good job in bringing you up close to Harry, Julia, Edgar and all the other characters. The story keeps moving, it has surprise, and action.
A little formulaic, but a good listen nonetheless. It definately kept my attention during my drives.
I've reviewed quite a few books here on Audible and this is the only one where I have had cause to complain. This is boring, I mean really boring. The plot is languorous, the characters tiresome and the narration bland. The twist is unbelievably pointless, I was like.....this is it? Buy something else.
I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?
I have first listened to the Alex Cross books with the same narrator. I can't bridge the gap to hearing the charcter of Harry Bosch in this book. Choosing this narrator for this book was a mistake, he is not believable in these roles.
Otherwise the story is ok, not too bad, not too terrific.
I have listened to all of the Harry Bosch books with Lou Cariou as the narrator and couldn't imagine Harry with any other voice so I out it off for a looonnngg time. I was pleasantly surprised with Mr Fernandez. He did a terrific job. The story was good with enough twists and turns to keep me tuning in. If you like Harry Bosch you will enjoy this story.
absolutely captivating...Harry Bosch is such a deep character that you feel like you everything about him. the narrator is one of the best i have heard, too...highly recommended if you like Micheal Connelly's work
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