In his fierce search for a new case, Detective Harry Bosch discovers a killer hiding behind suspicious DNA evidence -- and a political conspiracy that could destroy the Los Angeles Police Department.
DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? The latter possibility could compromise all of the lab's DNA cases currently in court.
Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics. Councilman Irvin Irving's son jumped or was pushed from a window at the Chateau Marmont. Irving, Bosch's longtime nemesis, has demanded that Harry handle the investigation.
Relentlessly pursuing both cases, Bosch makes two chilling discoveries: a killer operating unknown in the city for as many as three decades, and a political 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.
A Case of High Jingo!
Having read all of MC's books, I was just a tad disappointed with the last couple of Bosch books. Just slightly. But, I felt this one was much more like the Bosch of Angel's Flight and Concrete Blonde. The way Connelly lays it out, all the pieces, with the one thing still missing that keeps gnawing at Harry. And, to combine two cases in one book, gave it a little bonus. I look forward to read about what happens next...until me meet again, Harry.
This is one of the best works to come from Connelly involving H. Bosch ever. It's well written with appropriate twists and the main character's emotions and thoughts are all correctly colored in reality in terms of how they are expressed in relation to the development of the plot. The ending is NOT expected but still seems to be the correct action in terms of the Plot's Exit Strategy. Kudos: Michael Connelly...
Another solid story
Connelly nailed another one!
Depth of characters, a great story, great buildup