Harry Bosch is facing the end of the line. He's been put on the DROP - Deferred Retirement Option Plan - and given three years before his retirement is enforced. Seeing the end of the mission coming, he's anxious for cases. He doesn't have to wait long.
First a cold case gets a DNA hit for a rape and murder which points the finger at a 29-year-old convicted rapist who was only eight at the time of the murder. Then a city councilman's son is found dead - fallen or pushed from a hotel window - and he insists on Bosch taking the case despite the two men's history of enmity. The cases are unrelated, but they twist around each other like the double helix of a DNA strand. One leads to the discovery of a killer operating in the city for as many as three decades; the other to a deep political conspiracy that reached back into the dark history of the police department.
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I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
Another great Michael Connelly Book with lots of twists and turn that keep the listener interested. Don't miss it.
Connelly you can't go wrong!
I find myself pulling over to the side of the road just to hear a bit more.
The mix of Police proceedure, Bosch's personal life wrapped up in a mystery thriller is all you could want.
I am a Company Rep in Central Qld. I travel around 60,000klms a year and rely on my Audiobooks to keep me company on my Country Trips!
I have read most, if not all, of Michael Connelly's Books & I was quite interested to try one as an Audiobook. Unfortunately my excitement was instantly tempered when the Narrator started!
I found Len Cariou's gravelly voice difficult to get past. His speech was at times, quite slow and reminded me of a heavy smoker! His "breathy" style was not to my liking and although the story was interesting, I did not get the best out of it.
I most certainly would not recommend this Narrator and I will stay away from any other Titles where he is involved.
Am nearing 84, have 3 children, 5 grandchildren and 1 half Japanese great grandson all delightful. Enjoy listening & reading
My addiction to Michael Connelly's books has again been satiated. Mr Cariou's raspy narration at first irritated me but within a few chapters realised that he added to my enjoyment - a great combination.
A great tale
Harry Bosch's personal challenges in remaining true to his values
He manages to encapsulate and project the character of Harry Bosch which makes the whole "book" experience very entertaining
great story line
well written and thought out - true to form
when Harry tracked the real killer at his home
Not necessarily. Rankin's books tend to be complicated and sometimes referring back helps.
He does an excellent Rebus
Rankin writes books that feel real. In this one I really felt authenticity of the small towns around Edinburgh.
This is my first read from Audible, and i'm loving it! I'm hooked. Ive just checked other reads by this narrator, Len Cariou, as i love listening to him. He has the perfect pace, inflection, characterisation, and does an absolutely wonderful job. Thank you, Len.
Another great Harry Bosch story just when you think you have it sorted it takes another turn and holds your interest all the way to the end!
I've got to confess to being a Michael Connelly fan, but this is the best yet, unputdownable!
"Up to the usual standard"
It's extraordinary how Michael Connelly keeps up such a high standard. This Harry Bosch story is just as good as the others, with the usual twists and turns. The ending is rather downbeat - but this is a small complaint, set against the tight plotting and gritty realism of the rest of the book. Is Harry approaching the end of his career? Let's hope not.
It is well read - although there are a number of short and entirely superfluous musical interludes which do nothing of any value.
"Harry Bosch - Love him, BUT!"
I have listened to almost every Michael Connelly novel and really enjoy the Harry Bosch character.
But, I find the latest narrator, Len Cariou, has a voice which lacks subtlety and is way too gruff, especially when narrating female voices. No doubt the thinking of the commisioning company was that gruff is macho - it isn't necessarily! Fantastic writing, as usual, but the enjoyment of this book was spoilt for me. Dick Hill was a far better narrator for this series of books.
"Possibly the best detective series I've ever read/heard"
If you're new to Harry Bosch my advice would be, don't start here! I think the first book was The Black Echo (might be wrong) and whilst you could easily listen to The Drop without the full character history you'd be missing the icing from the cake.
Bosch is just about as realistic as it's possible to be regarding his hot headed and impulsive moments and his drive to get his work done. But the author manages to maintain an air of magic in all the authenticity and procedure.
The performance and post production is an absolute leap forward in audio books and whilst I don't really get jazz music the way Bosch connects to his music and the brief but effective musical interludes really help to highlight the drama in the books.
5 stars all round.
"great book narrator not so much"
great story couldn't turn it off
only down side that the narrator was a wee bit too gruff and inflexible in the voice side of things but I would recommend this book
Good story nearly destroyed by a very miscast actor. Too old and too much unnecessary emphasis.
"Terrible terrible narration"
I haven't finished this book and it is only the fast-paced story that has kept my interest. the narrations is quite simply the worst I have ever heard. He sounds like he is reading it for the first time verrrry verrry slowly!
I bought the book because I like Michael Connolly's books and harry Bosch, but I will check carefully for this narrator in the future as i would rather watch paint dry than listen to his painful renderings!
Story much the same. Narration worse
Where do I start?????
Faster, snappier, better pronunciation, sounding nterested
I am listeing in the car so not actually wating my time although I undoubtably have better narrated books to listen to
Someone should let Michael Connolly know how awful this narrator is!!
"Love Harry Bosch"
Ive read several of Michael Connelly's novels and Harry Bosch is my favourite character. I like Harry and Micky Haller together and I found the story well constructed. I enjoyed the characters and the story kept me engrossed to the end. I am already looking forward to next instalment. Recommended.
"Always a good read/listen!"
Can't wait for his next book to come out. I enjoy the way he writes and the plots are always very good.
Harry Bosch has a good interesting career!
This had two cases in one book - great listening.
"Bosch is back!"
After Nine Dragons which I thought was at times far fetched, Bosch is back with a vengeance. This book is much more in line with the old Bosch and Connelly is back at the top.
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