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The Black Box (Harry Bosch Book 16) Kindle Edition
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"Bosch employs highly unorthodox but extremely entertaining methods for getting results, making sneaky end-runs around the sclerotic bureaucracy of the LAPD . . . It's fun to watch an old war horse like Bosch navigating the new technology (or, more often than not, getting younger officers to do it for him)."--New York Times Book Review
"Connelly has added one more to the apparently inexhaustible supply of cases that challenge Detective Harry Bosch of the Los Angeles Police Department. This one is a tightly knit tale . . . It's classic Connelly, who has a gift for narrating criminal investigations from the inside and bringing them to life."--San Jose Mercury News
"Continues [Connelly's] streak of telling stellar crime stories . . . one of the top detectives in crime fiction."--Chicago Sun-Times
"Few crime writers are as prolific or as successful as Michael Connelly . . . Connelly has always excelled at building suspense while paying careful attention to police procedural detail . . . will tantalize fans of the series."--Los Angeles Times
"Four stars! Crime writer Michael Connelly is a reliably good storyteller and his novels' endings invariably pack a satisfying punch. Though I've said it before about some of his other novels, THE BLACK BOX [could] be the best yet . . . portrays Harry at his dogged, ingenious best."--USA Today
"How can Michael Connelly get better at his craft of writing! Just when you think he has reached the pinnacle of his career with a certain novel he comes along with a new one that is even better. Such is the case with THE BLACK BOX, a crime thriller that is pretty near perfection . . . Michael Connelly just keeps getting it right . . . He is at the top of the mountain . . . none exceed his abilities."--Huffington Post
"I decided several years ago that this is the finest crime series written by an American, and nothing in the new book changes my mind."--The Washington Post
"Oh well, just another superb, ambitious murder mystery from one of the best writers in the business, featuring perhaps the best fictional detective in crime fiction. It has been 20 years since Michael Connelly published his first novel, The Black Echo, and in all that time he hasn't put a foot wrong. THE BLACK BOX keeps his streak alive."--Toronto Globe and Mail
PRAISE FOR THE BLACK BOX "Connelly draws on all his resources-his thorough knowledge of police work, his ability to fashion a complex tapestry of plot, and his ever deepening characterization of Bosch-to craft a mystery thriller sure to enthrall fans and newcomers alike."--Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B00E4A830G
- Publisher : Allen & Unwin (24 July 2013)
- Language : English
- File size : 1140 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 343 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 17,717 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I found this story a little different from earlier books in the series in that there are no red herrings or twists and turns in this story. It is a more straight forward police procedural novel and the quality of the writing and storytelling is so good you feel as if you are a fly on the wall, watching every step that Harry Bosch takes in his hunt to solve the crime. From the very scant evidence available, Bosch's progress in trying to solve the crime is initially painstakingly slow (as one would probably expect in such circumstances). But progress is made and the pace of the book increases dramatically as the story reaches its dramatic climax.
In this novel, more so than in the earlier ones, there are clear signs that Bosch is ageing. This is brought into sharp focus in the passages that involve his home life; his constant struggle as an older single parent to connect and cope with his teenage daughter; his love of jazz music and the increasingly emotional impact it is having on him, etc. In addition, Harry is taking more risks and not necessarily following the new more politically correct way of conducting enquiries, which gets him into trouble with the powers that be. Harry is also acting more impulsively than in the past. This more personal and emotional side of Bosch's character is a more prominent feature in this novel compared with other recent books in the series, and for me made it all the richer.
Overall, I really enjoyed this novel. It may lack some of the complexity of the plots of some of the earlier books in the series, but personally I liked discovering how Bosch's character is maturing and, for a change, reading a more traditional and straightforward police procedural novel.