Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two.
DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer, or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? The latter possibility could compromise all of the lab's DNA cases currently in court.
Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics. Councilman Irvin Irving's son jumped or was pushed from a window at the Chateau Marmont. Irving, Bosch's longtime nemesis, has demanded that Harry handle the investigation.
Relentlessly pursuing both cases, Bosch makes two chilling discoveries: a killer operating unknown in the city for as many as three decades, and a political conspiracy that goes back into the dark history of the police department.
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Solid sparse writing. Fast moving plot. This is my favorite Connelly book with Harry Bosch. One of the best books in this genre I've listened to in a very long time. Cariou's performance is good, too. Five stars all around.
One of the two or three best Bosch books yet, which is saying a lot; and as always, Len Cariou is the perfect narrator for Bosch. You will really enjoy it.
This is the best of all of the Harry Bosch books. I've read every single one of them and this one I enjoyed ever word of the story and the narrator's performance.
I listened to this book on the way to and from work. It was such delicious listening. I highly recommend this one. It can stand on it's own but I would recommend listening to all of them.
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I have read and loved all Michael Connelly's books. I hated the narration in this book and it ruined the book for me. I will not buy any audio books at any time in the future where Len Cariou is the narrator. The best narrator for mysteries and thrillers is Dick Hill who narrates Lee Child's books.
I always like the story in Connelly's books. I like the hero Bosch and look forward to the next book.
I didn't like his performance at all and will not buy any audible books narrated by him. He doesn't have the personality to narrate audible tapes.
I would have bought the print copy had I known what a poor job the narrator would do.
I would try another book from Connelly. Len Cariou has all my respect, great actor, old voice. I would only listen to a narration by him if the characters in the story were over 70.
I nearly stopped listening after 10 minutes, but thought, 'wait, get into the story then I wont hear the slow, older voice'. That never happened. It bothered me the whole time. I thought Bosch (the main character) was around 65 because of this. Apparently he was much younger.
I have liked some of his other books much better.
It was worth listening to, however some of his other books were much better.
I don't think Len Cariou makes Harry Bosch sound old as a listener here experienced: cops get worn down daily from the job of dealing with the cesspool of society and Harry Bosch seems more exasperated but still committed to his job at the point as he contemplates retiring.I got to experience more insight into Harry Bosch's personality: he is a flawed man, though good at heart which shows as he tried to cope with various personal issues like Maddy, his daughter as she grows up. There is a relationship with a woman that develops and it parallels Harry's work at the LAPD perfectly. Where else would Harry meet another woman but through some aspect of his daily job of putting away criminals. Harry iremains a complex man and a good cop who uses his instincts to correctly pursue killers as only HB can do.
Typical Harry Bosch vehicle.Good detective work. I like how Michael Connelly focuses in onthe daily mundane routines and lives of people around him. MC has a way of weaving the various stories within the main story to keep the momentum going and that's what a good book is all about: momentum to the point where I could not could not turn off this book.
Are you kidding me? I thought Len Cariou WAS Harry Bosch! :>) I liked Dr. Hanna Stome and more of her character could have developed to involve her more emotionally with Bosch but maybe in a future book.
No extreme reactions. Just another great Michael Connelly
I would have liked to have seen a few of the characters fleshed out a little more. Can't say more without giving away parts of the story.
Harry and his partner are older: don't they have to stop and hit the loo every once in a while? you know, more realistic actions like this.
I am extremely please that Michael Connelly has Bosch taking Maddy to the gun range to train and compete with firearms. There is nothing better than giving someone the ability to protect themselves and others from harm.
Better character development
I don't see why not.
Don't worry, I won't give anything away in this review. How can I give the story 4 stars and the overall 2 stars. This is a great story with a great plot and twists. I was not wild about the reader Len Cariou ( I like Dick Hill better). Now I have read most of the Harry Bosch novels and Lee Child - etc. I am willing to finish a book and wonder what happened to the bad guy or did the good guy survive - wondering if there would be a followup. This book was a joke. The book ramps up towards the end exposing a new twist and plot and it ends. It is as if the author died (I hope not) or the publisher gave him 1 day to finish it. The absence of an ending made me want to rewind the end and listen again to make sure that I hadn't dozed off and missed the important points. I actually went to the book store to look at the end of the written book to see if Audible made a mistake. Anyway, I felt cheated.
I love Harry Bosch. He has a code of morality that won't be broken, is rough on the outside and hiding the teddy bear on the inside. Harry Bosch and Dave Robicheaux are my favorite characters. (Dave= James Lee Burke) I keep my eyes out for new books about both characters then inhale them! This book got my attention and sucked me in until the very end.
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