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)
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.
The book was a good listen, but the ending was a bit odd. Harry's girlfriend turned out to be very odd, which I didn't expect. Other than that, it was good, and the unexpected twist really woke you up.
A little formulaic, but a good listen nonetheless. It definately kept my attention during my drives.
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 had gotten used to the previous Narriator for the Bosch series. This Narriator was difficult to tell if the caracter was a man or woman. Some dialogs sounded the same for both characters. The story held my interest very good.
A dog romping in the hills above Los Angeles finds a bone that turns out to be from a child murdered 20 years earlier. Detective Harry Bosch is on the case. Connelly’s love for the LAPD is evident even as he exposes its flaws when the department seeks to protect its image instead of the truth. This was the only book in the 18-book series (as of this writing) I hadn’t read, and I’d put it in the upper half. Bechdel test: fail.
As for the narrator, he doesn't differentiate the voices. There's one scene where the 50-year-old hard-boiled Bosch is talking to a woman in her 30s and you can’t tell which is saying what. He's not as good at delivering Bosch as Len Cariou (best until he lost his voice near the end), Dick Hill (second best) and Peter Giles (close third) but he's still better than Michael McConnohie, who practically destroyed "The Black Box."
If you like the Harry Bosch series then you will like this one. The book is written in the same style as others in the series. The story is not as engaging as some of the others but still a good book overall.
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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.
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