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 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.
Question: Do narrators have control over the pacing, or is it the editors?
The silences between each and every sentence left so much room it was easy to get distracted and lose the thread of the story. I think if the editing had been better the narrator might have been ok, but as presented this story loses a lot of its punch. Even with those caveats this isn't one of Connelly's better stories. But I love Harry Bosch and will put up with almost anything to get more of him. Get Dick Hill back!
As a Harry Bosch book, I really enjoyed the story. It's a welcome return to good detective work after the implausible "Darkness." All in all, an enjoyable read. But...
While I rather enjoy Peter Jay Fernandez as a narrator, he's Alex Cross, not Harry Bosch. If you've listened to the Alex Cross books, you'll find yourself waiting Nana Mamma to make an appearance. It's a hard transition to accept.
On a positive note, this is by far the best interpretation of Jerry Edgar I've heard. Fernandez brings life and humor to the character, and I actually liked him and understood him for the first time. I even laughed out loud a couple of times, where in the past I may have simply found similar actions annoying.
My expectations for this book were shattered after the first few chapters...the character development was thin...the plot foreseeable and plodding...and the ending unsurprising. I grew weary waiting for the twist or turn that never came. Failed to provide the intellectual grip on my psyche that many others in this genre have achieved. In conclusion...so what!
Not very impressed with this book. The plot was predicatble, the dialog was weak, the story had dead ends (not the mystery, but the actual story). Bosch, the main character, is so unreal that he is seemingly unfazed when the female rookie cop with wmho he is developing a relationship dies during an arrest. There is no closure in the reason for the woman's death. I was left with more questions about this book than answers.
What a waste of time. The author must have been in a hurry to end the story as it was the worst. It could have been such a good story. The death of the women and the reasons were just lame and showed a very shallow imagination by the author. The ending also showed a lack of trying to bring all the charectors into a menigful climax. The author shoud pull the book off the shelf and rewrite the ending and the death of the women, then try to bring togeather something with some meaning. I would give this a -1 not even a 0.
This was a good book and I love the author but as I just finished listening to this book, I felt like I didn't download the whole thing. After reading a few other reviews, I guess I did. The author did not explain Brasher's death. I got the feeling her partner had something to do with it especially after he killed the bad guy...
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