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 like suspense, thrillers, edge of your seat books.
The narrator makes or breaks the book!! This narrator was slow and had no emotion. I listened to it at a faster speed!
I love the Harry Bosch series but this one dragged out. However I do recommend listening because critical life changes occur in Bosch's story
Former English teacher; retired geologist.
That it was up Laurel Canyon and involved a dog. The least interesting that the characters were a rather depressing bunch, with no real promise, and the rookie love interest gets killed off as an after thought...was Connelly bored with her?
Drama in unexpected places
The usually colorful Harry was muted, local color was lifeless to grimy. Venice, Palm Springs could have been enhanced. As for the plot line, it zigged and zagged to deadends that seemed to indicate the author was bored to tears with his story...maybe a deadline was looming and he resented it.
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.
Fan of The series
I'm not a fan of this reader.
It's a Michael Connelly Bosch book... Is there any other reason to give?
NO! Peter Jay Fernandez's reading of this book is awful! All of his characters sound the same. There should be some difference from Bosch and Edgar (both males, if unfamiliar with the series) & Brasher and Billets (both females). I'm only three hours into the story and I've been wishing for a different reader for most of this time.
I'll finish the story because I want to know the twists and turns and the end, but this is very painful.
To the publishing company -please re-record this book with a different reader!!!
If WhisperSync was available for the book. I want my credit back.
yes, this stinks
I listened to this book years ago, and when I saw the Amazon drama, Bosch, I decided to listen again.
It was every bit as good as I remembered it being. Bosch is an interesting character in his own right, and this book is good as a stand-alone, but it is also a key piece in the series. Fernandez does a good job with the characters. This series has a variety of narrators, and he does well creating an audio feel for the characters for the most part.
I am a fan of police procedurals, and this one goes beyond the usual ones with characters who are three dimensional and interesting. It has some stereotypical events, but it isn't hampered by them in my opinion (I won't get specific because I really hate spoilers in a review).
All in all it was worth a second listen.
I've read several reviews on this book, and I have to admit to some trepidation in listening to something on the subject of child murder, particularly in the evening. But, the author introduces a subject almost as chilling as that, chance events and their misappropriation to the purpose of evil. Most books you read point to a cast of characters as the 'bad guys' ,and they abound in this tale, but the real villain is the coin flip, the unpredictable chance event. From Vietnam, to a lover lost, to a child's murder the role of unpredictable are the focus, so much so, the careful, usually successful, reasoned approach used by Bosch to analyze and solve a crime fail him completely. It's a tour de force on how the narratives we construct to explain our reality can be a pitifully inadequate contrivances to explain the inexplicable.
Realistic story with twists and turns.... Very enjoyable.
Probably but not my favorite for Bosch series
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