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 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.
After the terrible "Darkness" book this book got back into the swing of what a good Bosch book is all about. While the story is great unfortunately is was not paired with a great reader. Because this is an "Audio Book" review I had to bring the rating down to a 3, while the story was a 5, because the reader is really just reading and not emoting the story or distinguishing the characters at all. If you can deal with a subpar reader, i still would recommend the book for the story.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
Great story line and plot, well written and a police procedural that is very engaging with lots of twists that you won't see coming. Narrator just seemed a bit "off" for this one. . perhaps because I've listened to many other Michael Connelly books and better like the other narrators for his books.
Not the best Connelly listen I've had, but one I wouldn't have wanted to miss!
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.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
This was another great Harry Bosch listen. After listening to most of his books this one does not dissapoint, I picked this to follow the Harry Bosch trail - I thought he was an interestng character. The narrator was also good. Highly recommend this book
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 usually purchase anything Connely writes and for me that is saying something. This story is just as rivetting as any of his previous and maybe even a little more. As he continues to write his story lines improve and I enjoy them more and more.
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.
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