Now Bosch moves full-bore back into that case, determined to find justice for the young woman. Without a badge to open doors and strike fear in the guilty, he learns afresh how brutally indifferent the world can be. But something draws him on, past humiliation and harassment. It's not just that the dead woman had no discernible link to the robbery. Nor is it his sympathy for the cops who took the case over, one of them killed on duty and the other paralyzed by a bullet in the same attack. With every conversation and every thread of evidence, Bosch senses a larger presence, an organization bigger than the movie studios and more ruthless than even the LAPD. The part of Bosch that will never back down finds as fatal an opponent as he's ever encountered - and there's no guarantee that Bosch will survive the showdown ahead.
Don't miss Detective Harry Bosch on the case in these Michael Connelly crime fiction novels.
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"It's never pretty watching Harry [Bosch] edge toward connection with those he loves and then back away...but it just may be the most compelling train wreck in crime fiction." (Booklist, Starred Review)
"This exciting procedural is as good as any in the series." (Publishers Weekly)
I am a 57 year old book addict. I started out reading Daniel Steele and Sidney Shelton novels 30 years ago. Since then I have added literally hundreds of authors. I take the time to write reviews on books that sweep me away. So if I have really loved that particular book. There have been a couple over the years I reviewed because I truly hated them too.
Necessary for series
Not really. I enjoyed the plot but it wasn't as suspenseful as some prior books. That said, if
you're reading in order this is a must read.
His performance of Cross, and he gives a performance. I imagine it was difficult to perform that character. Some reviewers say it grates on them, but that's what someone sounds like on a machine. Cariou did an amazing job.
The last chapter
This book is vital to the continuity of the series.
Oh yes, in this story there were three crimes all connected with many characters and many different scenes. It felt fast paced because Harry was so determined to solve this. He put himself in suspenseful situations, that always had you wondering.
The very last. In Vegas.
Yes, most of the Bosch stories I'll listen outside of my daily commute.
Changed my thoughts on this book since I've realized it's part one of a trilogy; story = 4 stars.Wish Audible made this clear on their site.
Enjoyed the story, and the showdown at the end had me clued to my seat. I really like Harry Bosch, and enjoyed learning how the character was coping first time out without a badge. Glad Len Carious and not Peter Jay Fernandez was the narrator.
Great Book. We need More books like this one. The read was great but I wished they would of used the same one for all Mr. Connelly Books
Bosch never gives up. No matter the obstacles, the twists and turns and the
false leads, Bosch finds the way !
Bosch never stops giving. He has limitless surprises in his character.
Cariou is Bosch. Bosch is Cariou.
Len captures every aspect of the Bosch character and it is tough to
believe another Bosch narrator.
The depravity of the killer shakes you. He could be anyone you meet.
You ask yourself repeatedly: " is this pure evil inevitably with us --- always?
Will we never be completely safe? Who can we completely trust? Where does
evil come from? Where does it go?
If you are a Harry Bosch fan, you won't be disappointed with this one. Great story and performance except for the voice of the disabled cop Laughton Cross. The raspy, breathy voice was almost too authentic and painful to listen to. But may be just me, A great listen
Harry Bosch walked out of the Hollywood Division at the end of the last book. He didn't know what he was going to do, but we did. When he left he took with him copies of every cold case he couldn't forget. Connelly changed perspective in this novel. Finally we get to hear the story from Bosch's first-person viewpoint. I welcomed the change and encourage him to keep it up.
Don't know. I never read--just listen.
The character of Harry Bosch is likeable, wise and moral. The political subplot is current and topical. Harry has problems, but they never compromise his better judgment. He doesn't have to go through hell to get his point across. (Though his problems are problematic!)
Everything. Cariou's delivery is exquisite, perfect. He captures character more in attitude than inflection and that keeps me from getting confused. He doesn't overact, and trusts the text. He's a brilliant reader. (I've been a fan for many, many years, but this is all true). I hope he reads other titles by Connelly
This is my first Michael Connelly novel. Impressive writing skills. Brilliant technique. I enjoyed it immensely and will return for many more servings I can assure you! The flow, the pacing, the tension, the action, it was all great. He revealed details and clues masterfully. I noticed one extremely minor technical mistake in the LA demographics, but hey, nobody's perfect.
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