I will have to say that although I am a loyal reader of Michael Connelly, it did not seem that he wrote this book. Poor prose, choppy sentences, characters did not act true to nature, and Bosch's reckless and thoughtless actions are just not the norm. Did he farm this out to a ghostwriter? Say it isn't so!
His Mickey Haller books are still the real deal
It's great to be back with Harry Bosch! Harry starts out investigating the shooting of a Chinese liquor store owner in South LA. It appears gang-related, but Harry uncovers clues that show involvement of the triads. Then his daughter in Hong Kong is kidnapped, and Harry races across the globe in a desperate attempt to get her back.
Connelly still has quite a few tricks up his sleeve. He always manages to keep the reader in tune with his characters, and for most of the book the story proceeds as a straightforward thriller, with the reader agonizing with Harry all the way. It's only at the end that he throws in the unexpected twist, a surprise that throws a whole new light on the plot, and confirms once again why he is one of the top writers in the genre.
This was the first Harry Bosch book I have read, and I will read more.
Best book of this genre I have read in a long time. Not a real fan of international locations in books, but I could easily overlook that in this book.