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A Darkness More Than Night (Harry Bosch Book 7) Kindle Edition
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A DARKNESS MORE THAN NIGHT ... has the authentic Connelly touches - crisp dialogue, masterly pacing and his familiar preoccupation with the battle against evil - and it makes gripping reading (DAILY TELEGRAPH)
Another gripping, well-written thriller. At times gut-wrenchingly scary, at times maddeningly cryptic, he keeps you enthralled to the last page (DAILY MAIL)
There's no doubt that when it comes to crime writing Connelly is right on top of the heap: impelled by a ferociously powerful narrative drive, his books grip with the prehensile strength of a mole wrench ... far better than its rivals, with a brilliantly organised plot and a genuinely exciting ending (EVENING STANDARD)
The plot rattles along in fifth gear, with upsets galore on every page. A thrilling, challenging read, as one has come to expect from Connelly (GUARDIAN)
A richly plotted and complex novel ... The resolution is brilliantly worked out ... and, as is usual with this author, there is a coda that brings more surprises. A rich and satisfying read, this, and one that throws light on the dark underbelly of human behaviour (IRISH TIMES)
Connelly writes with a controlled fury that jumps right off the page. This is sublime stuff (INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)
Connelly's many fans are in for a treat because his latest novel features his unorthodox streetwise cop Harry Bosch and brilliant psychological profiler Terry McCaleb ... Sharply original and unfailingly gripping (MAIL ON SUNDAY) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B006MPK9NA
- Publisher : Allen & Unwin (1 September 2009)
- Language : English
- File size : 1768 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 388 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 10,429 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Bosch is mainly on the sidelines throughout, just stepping into the action at the crucial moment to wrap a situation which was probably under control all along. The reveal shows he had prior knowledge of the active investigation in which he was being absurdly 'framed'.
Book 5 was rather over-the-top, book six was insane, but book seven is demeaning. Its like an episode of the Batman TV series. The victim was killed and the crime scene contained elements drawn from Hieronymus Bosch paintings. Oh! Hieronymus is "Harry" Bosch's real name! Bosch didn't like the victim. My gut tells me he is responsible! By Jove, Holmes, you've done it again! The evidence is overwhelming.
Look out though, in a stunning twist, Harry is being set up.
The real twist though, is that Harry knew about it all along, and let it happen. That is actually the only worthwhile aspect of this whole sorry episode.
Should have been a comic strip
Connelly has done this so well in the past, that when I visited Los Angeles, (now a number of times), and went to the places featured in his books, it was like I wasn't seeing it for the first time.
This Bosch tale also features profiler Terry McCaleb and reporter Jack Mcabe.I highly reccomend this book.
McCaleb and Jack Mcevoy
Not going to give the story line for those who love murder and cops read this one.
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The second thing noticeably different about this novel is that it appears to contain two different storylines that not only seem to be unconnected but also move at a different pace. The first story involves Terry McCaleb being asked by the LA police to help with the investigation of a gruesome murder while the second involves Harry Bosch’s participation in a court case where he plays a prominent role for the prosecution.
This novel draws upon events and characters that have appeared in some of the previous Harry Bosch books. While it is not necessary to have read the earlier Bosch stories to appreciate this one, I felt I had a greater appreciation of the characters and events in this story because I had read the earlier ones in the series.
The pace of the book picks up in the latter stages of the novel where there is a lot more ‘action’. The number of twists and turns that occur in the later stages of the book to both storylines were so engrossing that I just could not put it down until I had finished it. In this respect Michael Connelly shows what a master story-teller he is as both storylines, while told from very different perspectives, really held my interest.
Update: 14 November 2017.
Having just finished reading 'Blood Work' by Michael Connelly, I can confirm that it is definitely worth reading this book before reading 'A Darkness More Than Night'. Terry McCaleb is the central character in 'Blood Work' and knowing his back story from that novel now makes me a lot more more sympathetic towards his character in this book. In addition, Blood Work is also a terrific novel.
He also maintains a clear audit trail and timeline, which enables him to refer back to previous stories, and also to interlace different characters between the successive books. For instance, former FBI Special Agent Terry McCaleb, who was the lead protagonist of Blood Work and has his own sequence of books, plays a prominent part in this novel, as does reporter Jack McEvoy, who played a pivotal role in The Poet, which had previously constituted a standalone novel.
As the novel opens, Bosch is preparing to play a significant role in the trial of a film producer accused of the rape and murder of two actresses. The producer is a particularly odious character, and has hired a top-notch defence attorney who deftly counters each new facet of the prosecution case. Meanwhile, Sherriff’s Officer Jaye Winston calls on Terry McCaleb, seeking his advice on an unsolved murder that she has been investigating that displays the hallmarks of an unusual killing. McCaleb is initially reluctant to participate, knowing that his wife will object. He is, however, too deeply ingrained an investigator to be able to resist, and succumbs to temptation. His review of the papers leads him to some unexpected conclusions, all of which seem to suggest that Harry Bosch, with whom McCaleb once worked a case deep in the past might be involved.
Connelly manages the two strands of the story very adeptly, never compromising the plausibility or integrity of the plot. He also captures the relationships between McCaleb and Winston, and between Bosch and McCaleb realistically,
I have read all the books prior to this one and enjoyed some more than others. I didn't really like the format of this one, with the introduction of a new character and I also found that it was more than a little unbelievable. For example, a trained investigator jumping to conclusions based on somebody's name alone? There were other things too but I won't make any more spoilers.
I have enjoyed Bosch and having read a couple of other crime novels since this one, I can say that Michael Connelly writes more grippingly than many others. The next book in the series however, is the one that has been televised. Having watched it, I don't think I care to now read it. Which is peculiar for me as some films lead me on to read the book and vice-versa.
Time perhaps to give Bosch a break for a while, before deciding whether to read or skip the next one or not to return at all.