With the spare time a suspension brings, Harry opens up the 30-year-old file on the case and is irresistibly drawn into a past he has always avoided. It's clear that the case was fumbled and the smell of a cover-up is unmistakable. Someone powerful was able to divert justice and Harry vows to uncover the truth. As he relentlessly follows the broken pieces of the case, the stirred interest causes new murders and pushes Harry to the edge of his job...and his life.
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©2005 Michael Connelly; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio
"Grabs you and shakes you-and it feels great." (Kirkus Reviews)
"A powerful book." (Houston Chronicle)
I have read some of the series out of order but that doesn't really matter because the writing is all good. However, this book helped me to understand Harry's character better. As soon as I was finished with this book I had to download the next book in the series "Trunk Music" to find out what happens next with Harry.
This is a great series that never gets old! There are always twists and turns that keep you wondering "who done it". The character of Harry Bosch is complex and even though rather rough endearing.
That Bosch found out the details of why his mother was murdered.
Bosch of course, but also liked his therapist's character as well as the character who admitted to Bosch that he had loved his mother and wanted to marry her.
I liked the entire book and there were plenty of vivid scenes: when Bosch left the note on the politician's flyer and the bodyguard chasing Bosch down the sloped driveway.
Recommend this one!
I always read the reviews before I use my precious credit. There were so many raves about this Harry Bosch character that I threw my lot in and purchased the book. I think for a newcomer to this series, probably reading from introduction or 1st book would be best. It took me two months to complete, not because I am illiterate, but because you have to sort out who's who, etc., to the point that I lost interest, came back, lost interest. From the middle to the conclusion, it was not such a bad listen, but not creditworthy.
First of my audio book experiences I was interested right away and almost bummed when it ended. Great for work.
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!
With this story, the listener/reader really has the opportunity to get inside Bosch's head.
Connelly does a great job of spinning the personal side of the murder of Bosch's mother with a really good detective story.
Dick Hill is good as narrator.
This is not a good Bosch story. I have liked other Harry Bosch stories but I did not enjoy this one. He usually cuts through red tape and brushes aside the establishment but in this book he seemed spoiled and petulant. If you want a detective story that really deals with the higher ups and red tape in a very funny way, get A Killing Frost, by R.D. Wingfield. You will not regret it.
I have listened to almost all of the Bosch series and this is by a long shot my least favorite. I don't know why it didn't suck me in like harry usually does. It was something about the characters in the story, they just were not interesting to me like most of Connellys characters usually are. Although, dick hill was amazing as always. If you like hills works you may want give it a try.
Nice background on Bosch. Narrator does great as always. I'd recommend it for sure if you are planning to continue the series.
This is my favorite Harry Bosch novel out of the 8 I have read. This one gets into Harry's head a bit more, as he tracks down a cold, but extremely important, case. More twists and turns than most novels I have read, but it all fits together nicely. It kept me intrigued to the end. Harry isn't quite as funny as John Corey (Nelson DeMille), but his cases are a little more complex, and perhaps more compelling.
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