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 Edgar-winner Connelly's compulsively readable and deeply satisfying 17th Harry Bosch novel (after 2010's The Reversal), Harry, still a member of the LAPD's "Open-Unsolved Unit," pursues two investigations. A recently unearthed DNA hit connects the 1989 murder of a young woman with Clayton Pell, a convicted sexual predator. But Pell couldn't have committed the crime because he was eight years old at the time. Meanwhile, Irv Irving, a city councilman and LAPD nemesis, wants Harry to look into the apparent suicide of his 46-year-old son, George, a well-connected lobbyist. The case smacks of politics ("high jingo," Harry calls it), but he and partner David Chu do a by-the-book investigation to determine whether George fell from the seventh floor of the Chateau Marmont or was pushed. All of Connelly's considerable strengths are on display: the keen eye for detail and police procedure, lots of local L.A. color, clever plotting, and most important the vibrant presence of Harry Bosch.
No one of his best.
Waiting for the final connect
Very good story and solid read. I kept waiting for the two storylines to come together better but it didn't happen. Otherwise a interesting read albeit grim at some places.
A real disappointment!
I am a big Michael Connelly fan and love the Harry Bosch series, but this definitely wasn't worth the time spent to read it or the money spent to buy it. Two separate stories run concurrently and one story proved to be particularly gruesome and graphic. I read the entire book waiting for the plots to intersect or interrelate somewhere along the line which never happened. To add insult to injury the book ended as though the last chapters had been literally torn out.....literally a rip off. Sorry Michael, this was definitely not one of you better efforts.