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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2001 by Hieronymus, Inc., All Rights Reserved (P)2001 Time Warner AudioBooks, a Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing

Critic Reviews

"[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)

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  • Bill
  • Cullowhee, NC, United States
  • 06-04-16

A bad actor ruins an otherwise good movie - same is true for audio books

I don't understand what makes someone think every word in a crime.mystery novel has to sound like it was spoken by a character in a 1950's private detective movie. I heard the same worn out, overly dramatic, trailing off tone when Bosch said something like, "He opened the refrigerator door. Then he took out an apple", as I did when he said, "This man was dead and I know exactly who killed him". Some people simply should not be narrating this kind of novel, Sorry Richard!

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I didn't feel that the narrator's voice was the best fit for this book. There are other performers that I liked from this series.

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Didn't like this reader and the voice he gave Harry Bosch. Story great! I like how you add next book to end of story.

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Keeps you on the edge of your seat!

I love love Harry Bosch! I wish all of the books were made into movies...

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  • Bea
  • FREMONT, NE, United States
  • 03-11-16

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What would have made A Darkness More than Night: Harry Bosch Series, Book 7 better?

I would have like his previous narrator. I did not like this book because of this.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I started it but just couldn't get into it. When you have listen to the Harry Bosch books this narrator didn't do it justice

Would you be willing to try another one of Richard M. Davidson’s performances?

no

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Just didn't like it at all

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Not my favorite

Wanted to see Bosch work with a team again to give more of a human edge this didn't do it

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GREAT STORY...especially for a mid-series!

I absolutely LOVED the storyline of this book! Connelly mixed it up a little by weaving two plotlines together, resulting in an intricate, engaging novel with interesting, multi-faceted characters!

I would have rates it a strong 5, but the performance was not at all what I've come to expect from Audible. Characters were difficult to identify and ALL female characters' voices were very unnatural (think "Gone with the Wind") and overly dramatic. The performance reminded me of 1950s, Betty Davis-type diction read by an all male Shakesperian theater troup! The ONLY reason I was able to finish this book was the clever and engaging storytelling of Michael Connelly.

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Bosch and Mcalab ride again!!

2 stories in 1! the narrator did a good job with all the characters except Bosch. Beginning of the book Boschs voice was low and a little rough. By the middle to the it end souneed like he had rocks rolling around in his throat

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Love Harry Bosch, Dislike this book

I recently discovered Harry Bosch and have been making my way through the series with audible on my way to work. This is the only one I did not enjoy. I only completed it because I didn't want to waste my money. The story line was tolerable, but the performance was terrible. He did not get the sprit of Bosch. Every time Bosch spoke I cringed. It was hard to get through and my mind wondered a lot as it played.

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Favorite Bosh

What did you love best about A Darkness More than Night: Harry Bosch Series, Book 7?

Wow, addition of FBI profiler Terry McCaleb made Darkness my favorite Bosh yet and I'm on a mission from God to read 'em all. Was sorry Connelly cut of any chance for collaboration going forward and hope that rule can be broken. Great, gripping, suspenseful Bosh book.

What other book might you compare A Darkness More than Night: Harry Bosch Series, Book 7 to and why?

Darkness reminded me of Lee Child or even John D. McDonald (Travis McGee). Well done.

What about Richard M. Davidson’s performance did you like?

Davidson is no Dick Hill. His Bosh voice is too gruff almost making him sound over the top. Bosh is so dark already he doesn't need to be accentuated, but Davidson's performance wasn't distracting and he knew when to to faster or slower to heighten tension.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Gripped me by the seat of the pants a few times. The courtroom stuff went on a little long but was well balanced by Terry McCaleb and his living on The Following Sea.

Any additional comments?

I think the reason this book works is Bosh is doing something rare - working with someone else. I think the dynamic makes Bosh more Bosh not the reverse. Sometimes a protagonist is best understood by those around him. The on again and off again love affairs are becoming distracting. Hope Harry does more collaboration with smart cops / Feebs like this great book.