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 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
Keeps you guessing
I loved that Harry fell in love (again) in spite of his better instincts.
The voices were all well done and the characters quite distinct. Peter was able to clearly convey all ages and sexes well.
When the Coroner explains the extent of the injuries that the child endured prior to death, Harry's reaction moved me. It was real, it was deep and I was sad for the dead boy too - not just because he'd been killed but because he had suffered so much before he died.
If you haven't been introduced to Harry Bosch and his particular view of Los Angeles, do yourself a favor and start now! Connelly is a fine writer who knows his subjects and the world in which they move.
Yes, another Connelly but not another audiobook by Fernandez.
He tried too hard to make this a very twisted and dark story. Not the typical "Harry Bosch" demeanor, sarcasm etc. However, this is also the fault of the narrator who was never able to be Harry Bosch like Dick Hill was.
No, at least not a Harry Bosch novel.
Not really, I hope the next Harry Bosch will be better again.
This story is so out of character for the Harry Bosch series I have to question if it wasn't written by someone else entirely. The story demanded almost nothing of the listener. It wasn't an interesting story and the weak attempt at at twist near the end fell completely flat.
About half way through this incredibly boring tale I realized that there was a diminishing number possible outcomes that could make it worth my time to finish the listen. None of them likely to be satisfying in the least. It became almost a voyeuristic / masochistic game of endurance to see if the fizzle would last all the way to the end and just how the author might get himself out of the corner he had painted himself into. I held fast to the end, but walked away feeling significantly less inclined to listen to the next book in the series. Such a letdown after A Darkness More Than Night, which is my favorite in the series to date.
The narrator was fine. A little flat and monotone, but he wasn't given much to work with.
Honestly, this book had no redeeming qualities for my personal tastes.
Michael Connelly grabbed me on this book, right from the first page!! He definitely has not lost his magic touch to keep a reader interested and wanting to not put the book down for one minute!! The story was great! The performance was outstanding! If you like being grabbed, this is a great book!!
I am listening in order, this would probably be 3.
I am glad there was a resolution to the story.
The story was not all that surprising. I felt as if the story was a bit more predictable than the previous Harry Bosch books. However the mission that Bosch is on and his need to find the truth really hooked me in. I could not stop the story and wanted to know the history in the bones. I immediately had to purchase and download Book 9!
The reader had not emotion and all the characters sounded the same
Not really. I have listened to earlier Bosch books, and enjoyed them
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