It would not seem possible, but Michael Connelly just gets better and better, from a very high base. He keeps revealing new facets of his characters’ personalities, and the plot-twists are amazing! Michael Connelly must be one of the most consistantly talented writers of our time, and obviously enjoys, and takes a pride in his work. I wish my previous other favourite author, Lee Child would have followed his model of pride and professionalism, instead of churning out increasingly poor, formulaic and frankly embarrassing books, with his main character, Jack Reacher becoming a 2D characature of that in earlier books. References in the Bosch books to current events help us to relate to him and his situation, and add to his relevance. I have pre-ordered the follow up, and can’t wait to read it. Keep them coming, Michael!
Michael Connelly is the master of the stories involving two kinds of truth. His books have the murder investigation and the accompanying story involves the background political wrangling intertwined. He is successful in solving both though the latter sometimes extends over several books. Both have surprising endings. Both cause injury to Bosch physically and ethically.
Here we have Bosch being interviewed by LAPD about a case from his past when he is interrupted by a double robbery homicide in San Fernando where he now does volunteer cold case work. The double murder is a straightforward investigation which soon lands Bosch in danger. The other becomes a menace that might cost Bosch his reputation and money. As well he takes on a cold case the disappearance of a mother that haunts his chief.
We soon have the involvement of his half brother lawyer Nicky Ballet and his old partner Jerry Edgar. The so we get all sorts of investigations and some courtroom drama.
As usual this is well researched and written. I had some little misgivings about the book bit it is still a top read. I took a little while to get into the story. It is also a little complicated sand busy. We also have Mickey Haller a a subset. There is also the com p location of joining his past and present. It seems that Michael is setting the scene for a further few books with Harry back in familiar ground.
Nonetheless another great Bosch novel. Maybe not the best but still way above other authors.
4.5 stars for a really enjoyable addition to this series. Harry's character, now in his 60s and semi-retired, remains true to his original character as developed many books ago. He still feels a burning need to fulfil his mission in life and seek justice for those who can't speak for themselves.
There are two plot lines in the book, both of them appearing right at the start. One involves a sleazy drug lord, with Harry doing a rare stint undercover. The other involves a cynical and horrible conspiracy, with Harry just collateral damage along the way. Harry's half-brother, the 'Lincoln lawyer' also plays a part in the story.
Even though Harry is now such a mature, older character, he is still fully switched on to what is happening around him. It's still fascinating to read his thought processes, and as always, the book is tightly plotted, with some (for me) unexpected twists and turns.
For me this is a classic Harry Bosch novel. Well-written and engaging all the way through.
For the first couple of chapters I was intrigued but not breathlessly turning the pages - that happened later. I loved the way that Michael Connelly seamlessly integrated the two main plot lines and then finished with a minor one, hopefully this will become part of the next novel in the series. I also loved the courtroom scenes and the assistance of Haller in Bosch's case, although I found his dialogue with all the 'Bros' slightly overdone and mildly annoying. In some ways we see a different side of Harry in this novel. The suspense was a slow burn at first and then built to a fever pitch and I could not put the book down. A very satisfying read.
They are coming for Bosch. A lifelong career record stands in the balance. Harry enlists stepbrother Haller to defend his legacy and get back his daughters trust. Add in the risk of being thrown from an aircraft in flight, whilst working undercover, and a new found sense of altruism and Harry is thriving. Honestly, like a good Stilton, he gets better with age.
Connelly is back. I've been reading about the stories of Harry Bosch since the beginning & I am always excited to see another Connelly story involving Harry. Harry Bosch is such an addictive character it's always great to see what happens to him next. What I love about these books is that they go deep into the cop stories and the investigation. There is no need for heavy action all through it & I love that it is completely entertaining just doing the interviews, leg work & deep investigations. This is a return for Bosch!
This is vintage Bosch and you can't go wrong with that. Harry's integrity is challenged and he is accused of planting evidence from a case thirty years ago. He's on the attack while he's mentoring his San Fernando team in a pharmacy double homicide. A real page turner.
An outstanding read. When some authors are churning out books several times a year Connelly seems content to produce quality Bosch. This book had Bosch solving two crimes at once - and one where he was able to clear his name. I would have given it 5 stars except for the poor language (it was overdone). Connelly seems to have introduced way more swearing since his books have appeared as a TV series. Disappointing. In conclusion I loved the ending ... leaving it open for his next novel no doubt.
A very satisfying read. I love the Harry Bosch series.It is so well written and researched. Harry's character is well established by now and does not bring anything new to the table but I enjoyed the interaction with Micky Haller his half brother and Cisko his offsider.