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A body has been found on the overlook near Mulholland Drive. The victim, identified as Dr. Stanley Kent, has two bullet holes in the back of his head, from what looks like an execution-style shooting. LAPD detective Harry Bosch is called out to investigate.

As soon as Bosch begins retracing Dr. Kent's steps, contradictions emerge. While Kent doesn't seem to have had ties to organized crime, he did have access to dangerous radioactive substances from just about every hospital in Los Angeles County. What begins as a routine homicide investigation opens up before Bosch into something much larger, more dangerous - and much more urgent.

©2007 Hieronymus, Inc.; (P)2007 Hachette Audio

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Good thriller

I hesitate to read books from the Hari Bosch series because some of them involve crimes that are quite gruesome. But this was a thrilling read which I enjoyed and it has more to do with chasing leads and criminals and less about forensics and gruesome crime scenes

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Supremely annoying

Not a bad Harry Bosch book --too short, not a proper ending, but still, one of the better ones. It's not the book itself that's the problem.

The first problem is that someone couldn't leave well enough alone. They had to augment the narration with blasts of music at seemingly random moments -- and not appropriate music, like in Olden Days when the music would clue you in to what you were supposed to be feeling, to help explain the action. No, here it's just random tunes at random moments, no connection to the words or the story apparent.

The second problem -- which exacerbates the first -- is a very strange narration. The narrator's voice is fine, but he speaks with a very odd cadence, sort of sing-songy, or maybe it's just that he's emphasizing every word, the way you'd do if you were trying to get a non-speaker of English to understand you. It's infuriating. You want to say, 'Get on with it!' But he's consistent, first word to the last. By all means, listen to a section before you buy.

Put the two together -- you're just starting to sway a little with the narrator, almost managing to forget his idiosyncrasies, when you get hit with a blast of music, and have to start again.

Very unpleasant. Toward the end, I found myself thinking that it was a darn good thing it was only six hours long. I would never have finished it, had it been longer.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Good book, but needs a final chapter

I've read or listened to all of this series, and the latest tale is a worthy addition. However, it was quite short, which is unfortunate, because it was such a fun read. Also, the book ends very abruptly, with several loose ends (personal and professional for Harry). It's as if the original final chapter of the book has been deleted. That is frustrating.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Helen
  • ProspectAustralia
  • 06-15-07

Good but not great!

Certainly not his best book. I was really eager when I heard this was due for release but left disappointed after only 6hours of listening. Was more like a short story..... still entertaining enough to give it 3 stars

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Not up to expectations

Must have had a deadline. Not a bad book but not up to his usual standards. I am a real fan and you have to listen or read this book but be prepared to be a little let down by the quickness of this read/listen.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Skip It

I have read most (if not all) of Connelly's books and this one seemed to rush to the conclusion. The normal setup of the facts and the deciphering of them seemed very very weak. Not a good effort.

32 of 38 people found this review helpful

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I agree with the above reviewer. I was disappointed -- this story line was weak. I have (almost) read all of the Bosch stories also and was anticipating this release, but it just isn't up to par.

Kudos to narrator....

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Dave
  • Riverhead, NY, USA
  • 07-30-07

The Overlook

I have read just about all of Michael Connelly's novels and this one just doesn't measure up. Harry Bosh's sarcastic character is always good for a few laughs, but the book just felt rushed. At 6 hours.... it just wasn't enough. It wasn't bad and was entertaining, but not as good as his usual books.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Disappointing rendition

Michael Connelly's plotting and storytelling remain excellent but in this reading, protagonist Harry Bosch is more annoying than usual. Reader seemed to need to clear his throat but didn't; also inconsistent in pronunciation of the name of Harry's new partner Iggy's last name, which was distracting. Good story but probably better in print.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Very short

This is by far the shortest book in the Bosch series so far, and it feels like a bit of a letdown given the prior books. The story isn't bad, it's just compressed, with only a few twists. Connelly has set the bar so high, the critique of this books is really him being a victim of his own success.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful