Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch is up to his neck in a case that has transfixed all of celebrity-mad Los Angeles: a movie director is charged with murdering an actress during sex, and then staging her death to make it look like a suicide. Bosch is both the arresting officer and the star witness in a trial that has brought the Hollywood media pack out in full-throated frenzy.
Meanwhile, Terry McCaleb is enjoying an idyllic retirement on Catalina Island when a visit from an old colleague brings his former world rushing back. It's a murder, the unreadable kind of murder he specialized in solving back in his FBI days. The investigation has stalled, and the sheriff's office is asking McCaleb to take a quick look at the murder book to see if he turns up something they've missed.
McCaleb's first reading of the crime scene leads him to look for a methodical killer with a taste for rituals and revenge. As his quick look accelerates into a full-sprint investigation, the two crimes - his murdered loner and Bosch's movie director - begin to overlap strangely. With one unsettling revelation after another, they merge, becoming one impossible, terrifying case, involving almost inconceivable calculation. McCaleb believes he has unmasked the most frightening killer ever to cross his sights. But his investigation tangles with Bosch's lines, and the two men find themselves at odds in the most dangerous investigation of their lives.
Don't miss Detective Harry Bosch on the case in these Michael Connelly crime fiction novels.
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"[This] novel is...flawless, cleverly conceived, superbly plotted, and morally complex..." (Publishers Weekly)
"Connelly allows Bosch and McCaleb to regard each other critically in ways that sharpen the reader's perception of them..." (New Yorker)
For fans of Michael Connelly this book was a delight. Terry McCaleb back in a new book and the main suspect is Harry Bosch. Connelly did a masterful job of combining his two stars into one novel. The story is well written and full of twists and suspence. Definitely a book that deserves to be called a page turner.
A classic well-drawn West Coast cop thriller. A minor criticism is that it takes a while (from the cop perspective) for the penny to drop, straining credibility a little. This is the third Harry Bosch book I’ve listened to, and Michael Connelly certainly has a gift for creating interesting characters, using a crisp and effective writing technique. The narrator, Richard Davidson, does a great job, not only with the obligatory “tough guy” stuff, but also with the full range of characters.
This isn't Connelly's best but it held my attention and was a good story overall. It was nice to have both heroes, Bosch and McCaleb in the same novel. Especially with the radical changes of events that surrounded them in this one. Narration was fantastic.
Looking forward to more Connelly downloads. He's got the modern burned-out hardcase detective genre down cold.
Wonderfully read. As dark a tale as the title would lead you to believe this story winds you through its plot at a deliciously heavy pace. A pace that has you yearning for the ending while hoping it never ends. Exceptionally well read the characters are well drawn and complex. What a great way to drive to and from work. I loved it!
Great book. I love having an entertaining and suspence-filled read/listen.......plus an art lesson as well. We learn the story behind Harry Bosch's infamous name.
While i initially thought that the characters were too smart to get drawn into the particular plot that was laid out, I really enjoyed the ride anyway. The narrator was excellent for the Bosch character and the twists and turns were a lot of fun. I turned 4 other people on to the book already and none have been disappointed.
The book content is good. But, the narrator completely ruins it. His voice is extremely annoying -- starts sentences loudly and ends sentences in a barely audible mumble.
As an avid "Bosh" fan, I found this novel unique as it put the usual hero in a different light. A few wild and tricky twists keep your attention and the narration is excellent. You can "see" Bosh on the stand, you can "see" McCaleb on his boat. And all TOO vividly can you "see" the murderer in the act. Quite good.
Harry Bosch & Terry McCaleb......a pretty solid combination. I rated this 3 out of 5 because I just felt like Connelly didn't quite capture me with the story. With Bosch in jeopardy, it should have...but fell a bit short. Good, just not excellent.
Semi retired magazine editor and part time university adjunct instructor who is often distracted by his 10-year-old daughter.
This book lost one star for its narration and one star for the ridiculous way that one of the suspects was profiled. I listened to the book primarily in my car and was constantly adjusting the volume to account for Davidson's screams and whispers. Maybe it wasn't the narrator's fault. Maybe the sound mixer should have done a better job. Either way, the frequent highs and lows were distracting and annoying. Pretend, if you will, that you're not an ex-president and you're name is Richard Nixon. If you were going to commit a crime would you leave a photograph of the Watergate Hotel at the crime scene? Or if you were trying to frame Mr. Nixon for a crime, would you leave a photo of the Watergate at the scene? Well the premise is similar in this book, although the connection is not as obvious. Even if you accept the premise then the more likely conclusion would be that someone was trying to frame Nixon. Not in the this book. If you can get past this and the narration, it was an otherwise enjoyable listen. This was my second Connelly book but my first McCaleb/Bosch listen. I'll try another with a different narrator.
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