A Michael Connelly book without Harry Bosch or Terry McCaleb? Yep, and guess what? It's possibly one of his best. Here we have a 'criminal' you'll find yourself rooting for. Cassie Black has a couple of agendas driving her and it won't take long for you to decide that even if both are 'criminal' they are at least 'the lesser of two evils'. Great procedural combined with gut-wrenching emotionality.
This novel veers off the familiar path - no appearances by the typical cast members - Terry McCaleb, Rachel Walling, Mickey Haller or Harry Bosch. And it's not about law enforcement or really even a detective mystery. Instead it's a thriller focused on a good bad guy and a bad bad guy.
As the plot moves forward in time, the reader is left with numerous gaps in the storytelling - those mysteries develop and get historical details filled in later in the story.
Although this is not a Bosch novel, it's still an exciting, yet introspective thriller. I have to warn you--if you're a mom, you'll bawl through the ending. Also, like Connelly's other books you might want to avoid it if you are very sensitive to violence and bad language