I loved it, it's a lot like the Poet. But if you're waiting for a wiser, more patient Harry Bosch who has learned his life's lessons about getting along with people and his co-workers, you should keep waiting.
It's good but not great. There's an interesting plot twist near the end however this book was not as suspenseful as I'd hoped it would be. This is the first book in the Harry Bosch series that I've read, not sure if I will read another.
If you are a Harry Bosch fan already, you will love this one. If you aren't, and you like detective mysteries - this book will really grab you. An excellent author with another excellent book - one that will keep you up all night until you can figure out who did it!
Another in this author's well-received mystery series featuring Harry Bosch
This was my first Harry Bosch novel, and now I'm motivated to start at the beginning of the series. The reader in this audio version was excellent, and the story was well-paced and satisfyingly concluded.
This is the first time "Harry Bosch" story for me.. It certainly won't be the last.
There were lots of twists and turns, keeping me interested, and some surprises, too.
A really good narrator kept me wanting to keep alert, and not wanting to put
the story down..
Harry Bosch should be the poster boy for American police detectives. He works in LA and is the consummate professional. Every story (this is the 12th) reinforces the notion that Bosch was born to be a detective.
Thus, it is a shock to Bosch to find that he and his partner missed a clue in 1993 that allowed a serial killer to continue his awful murders. The serial killer murdered at least 9 more after 1993.
Midway through the book, the accused killer comments about feeding the dog. One of the things the perp learned while a ward of Los Angeles foster care system was that each of us has desires and limitations. Our character is determined by which of those competing limitations and desires we choose to feed. In other words, we all have choices; and the choices we make create our reality.
Connellys tightly constructed plot is amazing. It takes Harry Bosch time to get to the heart of the problem and he solves the case even though it costs him dearly.
My first story by Connelly was THE BLACK ICE; Ive been an avid fan ever since.
Harry Bosch Series
1. The Black Echo (1992)
2. The Black Ice (1993)
3. The Concrete Blonde (1994)
4. The Last Coyote (1995)
5. Trunk Music (1997)
6. Angels Flight (1998)
7. A Darkness More than Night (2000)
8. City Of Bones (2002)
9. Lost Light (2003)
10. The Narrows (2004)
11. The Closers (2005)
12. Echo Park (2006)
This story keeps the reader guessing! There are so many twists and suspense, when you think you know "who done it" something else comes up to trip up that theory!
Michael Connelly keeps you glued to the book - you find yourself looking for excuses to continue reading!
In this episode, Harry B. is in the LAPD unsolved cases unit, and there are developments related to a decades old case of a young woman's disappearance and the random capture of a serial killer. Good story; suspenseful in spots, and fast-moving action.
The Harry Bosch series is a winner, and this book is no exception. It quickly became one of my favorites - once I started it, I was awake way into the night because I could not put it down. You don't have to read this series in any order; every story can stand by itself.
Another well crafted Harry Bosch book. Just discovered this series this year and am trying to catch up. I recommend the whole series to anyone who likes police proceedurals with an on-going character and good plotting.
Great detective story. The long awaited end to a brutal murder mystery for Bosch. The twists and turns are interesting, keeps you wondering and pondering the who dun-nit and keeps your attention through out the whole book.
If you are listening to it, great reader just wished he didn't lower his voice to a whisper on certain characters.
This is the second time I've read this book and it's still just as good. Plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing, as well as action to keep the pace up. Harry Bosch is an excellent copy and doesn't back away from the bad aspects of his job...and doesn't hesitate to do what's needed to be done for real justice!
Working in the Open-Unsolved Unit gives Detective Harry Bosch a chance to look into an unsolved case where he was the lead investigator. Thirteen years ago, 22-year-old Marie Gest walked out of a grocery store and was never seen again. Her car was found in the garage of an apartment available for rent. The District Attorney has now contacted Harry about the case against Raynard Wait. Wait was found driving around Echo Park with two bodies in the back of his van. In hopes of not getting the death penalty, Wait has offered a deal to give up the whereabouts of several bodies, including Marie Gest. Harry doesn't like the idea of taking the death penalty off of the table, but wants to bring Marie's body back to her family.
I loved the idea of Harry working to solve one of his old cases. But I thought the first half of this book really dragged. It felt like Harry and his partner, Kiz, spent the first 200 pages reading the old files and deciding what questions they would ask Raynard Wait. Finally at the half way point this book got very interesting. I did end up figuring out the twist in this story, but still enjoyed it. My rating: 4 Stars.