Is it the end of the line for Harry Bosch?
When evidence links a brutal murder in 1989 to a convicted rapist named Clayton Pell, the case should be watertight. Pell's DNA was found on the victim - but he was only eight years old at the time.
This is not the only mystery Harry Bosch has to solve. A man jumped - or was pushed - from a window. The victim's father is Councilman Irving, who's been intent on destroying Harry's career for years. Now Irving wants Harry to head up the investigation.
Harry uncovers traces of two of the city's deepest secrets: a killer operating for as many as three decades without being detected, and a conspiracy that goes back into the dark history of the police department . . .
In Connelly's latest, Los Angeles police detective Harry Bosch has to deal with two puzzling cases. The first involves DNA evidence from a 20-year-old unsolved rape and murder that matches up with a convict who would have been just eight years old at the time of the crime. The second sees Bosch investigating the death of an influential and overbearing councilman's son, while trying to avoid the police department's internal politics. Len Cariou, who has narrated most of Connelly's recent books, sounds more over-the-hill than appropriate for Bosch, despite the detective's looming age-based forced retirement. Nonetheless, Cariou's performance ably serves this compelling, fast-paced police procedural even if his croaking voice takes a little getting used to. A Little, Brown hardcover.