In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved.
Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box", the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.
Riveting and relentlessly paced, The Black Box leads Harry Bosch, "one of the greats of crime fiction" (New York Daily News), into one of his most fraught and perilous cases.
©2012 Michael Connelly (P)2012 Hachette Audio
I've read or listened to every Harry Bosch book, some more than once. In fact I've read every book that Mr. Connelly has written. This is by far the slowest, least interesting of all. In fact, the only reason I finished this book was because I feel a sense of allegiance to both Harry and Mr. Connelly.
This narrator is not the most dynamic I've heard but I don't think he was nearly as bad as other reviews have portrayed. He simply had a boring story to work with.
Frankly, if this is where Harry is headed, maybe it's time for him to retire. I'm quite disappointed with this installment of the series.
Sure, a couple of years from now.
Yes, it was actually rather unpredictable. It was nice to have a Quality book that I didn't want to stop reading after all the other turkeys I have read recently.
I got a few laughs out of it.
Michael Connelly seems to be able to come up with fresh stories every book. I have been disappointed by several of my favorite authors recently (Tom Clancy, James Patterson, Nelson Demille) , but Connelly and and few others (John Sandford, Ken Follett, Vince Flynn) are still putting out 4 and 5 star books.
I've read and listened to every Harry Bosch novel and perhaps if you've never heard Len Cariou narrate a book you might enjoy this one. For those of us that are used to him and how he brings Harry and other characters alive, it was a chore to get through. I never thought I would say that about a Harry Bosh audio book or a Michael Connelly novel, and I looked forward to listening to this book for a long time. The narration is very, very lifeless....so much so that at some points I'm sure I fell asleep. On second thought, that is probably another group that might enjoy this version, insomniacs looking for some shut eye.
The plot was good, though it was easy one of the easier Bosch novels for the reader to solve.
Somnific, soporific, dull, droning...need I say more?
Put out an edition with Len Cariou as the narrator and I would buy it, I'm sure I missed many details of the story while dozing through McConnohie's version.
The best part about this book was, that it finally ended.
There was absolutely nothing to like about Michael McConnohie's performance. It was simply awful.
I'll not purchase another Michael Connelly book unless Len Cariou or Dick Hall are the performing artist.
I am addicted to Harry Bosch. I like his character, his style, his purpose, and his integrity. Connelly's work is pure escape artfully crafted and delivered - normally. Not so on this installment.
The story is okay, not one of Connelly's best but good never the less. The new characters lack depth but that can come with time. This listen suffers from one tragic flaw - the narration is horrid. Horrid! I cannot say that often or loud enough. Delivered in a flat monotone throughout with such poor character voices that I sometimes had to stop and ask which one was speaking, it is a chore to stick with it to the end. I'm not saying it is bad, I'm saying it is horrible. It absolutely sucks the life out of the story and the enjoyment out of the listening.
I've been listening to Audible books for five years and I've only put one book on the shelf before finishing it. If I wasn't so committed to Bosch this would have been number two.
I don't know where Len Cariou ran off to, but please find him quick. Send a plane, send a train, send a boat. Heck, send Harry to find him, but get him back!
I always enjoy Michael Connelly's books, especially with Harry Bosch as the main character. It's like being in a different world, a police world, where things are noticed differently; it makes me aware of things I normally don't see.
What I like least is that the main character's (Harry Bosch's) voice has changed! I've been listening to these for years and it felt "off" the whole time I was listening. Definitely made a difference in my enjoyment of the book.
Yes, because he's had me hooked in the past
It was an okay performance, it wasn't the narrator's fault that he didn't do the previous books.
Please, please get Len Cariou to do the voice of Harry Bosch again!
I just had to put my two cents in and agree with most of the reviewers here that the "reader" totally ruined the book. I could not even finish the book, in fact I'm about 1 hr. into the story and went on line just now to find another book.
McConnohie does not perform the book, he reads the book. His cadence and tone remind me of the old WWII recruitment movies. He has one voice for every character including the narration, its easy to just tune it out like background noise because his presentation is so annoying.
It was so difficult to follow the story that I'm not sure how to critique the book. Harry Bosch is my favorite character of any I have come to know and I have read/listened to all of his stories. I want to finish the book but it is just too painful. I honestly feel that to be fair to Michael Connelly and his fans, the publisher should re-record this book with either Len Carriou or maybe George Guidal performing the book, or actually anyone would be better than this guy.
I too missed Lou's narration, but got over it after a bit. But that is not why I gave it only 3 stars.
I have two primary impressions:
1) Connelly was filling pages. There is some redundancy, in the form of repeated sentences, rewording of previously stated things, and I got the notion that either he thought we were too dense to get his point or that he was filling space. I also think he is flying solo -- that is without an editor.
2) I feel as if Connelly decided on the motive for the murder while writing the story -- not in advance, not in a manner that would force him to write the story toward that particular kind of crime. He put out a few weak red herrings to make us think that the murder had a different possible background, but decided in the final third like a coin-toss, what the motive would be and then manipulated the already introduced characters into the logical circumstances. Until his visit with the female soldier, there was no information that would lead us to think of that particular motive for the death of a journalist.
I also had, and have had in the past, a problem with Harry's treatment of David Chu; it's like Chu is guilty of something or Harry has reason to not trust him. I had a hard time believing Harry's romance with Hannah, and his scenes with his daughter were only moderately convincing. Many of these books seem to be an opportunity to list the writer's reading, drinking, music and travel preferences.
The final scenes, when Harry is "rescued" from the impossible trap were not believable. It was illogical that this particular helper arrived out of nowhere -- unlikely, even given the explanation -- with no previous interest in Harry's well-being. The person is a detective but acted like an idiot.
Yet, it was readable, and it was decent to listen to. I would not have liked to be stuck in a chair with it because it wasn't so good that I would give up doing other things to read it.
Basically, my complaints come down to what I feel is Connelly's apparent indifference to including details of human behavior (something he once mastered) and his indifference to his readers. He's like a rock star who can f**t on stage and get a standing ovation.
Because it had the Bosch markings and carried the memories of better books, I would not discourage anyone from reading it. I would warn you to lower your expectations AND don't suggest it to someone for their first Bosch book.
The narrator was excellent, I was surprised to see negative comments about his performance. I guess some people find it hard to deal with change.
I don't write reviews often, but I do usually read them and let them influence some of my purchases. I love Bosch books, but they are not in my top 10. So if I am trying to decide between a few books, I read the reviews to try to choose. Everyone was so harsh and critical of the narrator that I skipped this book. I had one credit left and got to researching and found he read some of the Rain series and I loved him in those. I ordered the book and am almost finished with it and it was well worth the credit.
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