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1.0 out of 5 starsRead the other books first
Reviewed in Canada on January 1, 2020
I'm a Harry Bosch fan. That's the only Connelly series I read. I didn't realize this book was a sequel to not one, but two, previous Connelly books, with main characters other than Harry Bosch. There is no warning beforehand that there are at least two other books you should read first to make sense of the characters in this one. I had to research on line before I figured out which books I should have read first and I have the feeling there is yet at least one more. No sense in going back and reading them now as I know what's going to happen to the characters. The book spends way too much time making references to what happened in the previous books without enough elaboration. If this is a stand alone book, it should be written to stand alone; if it's not, there should be something, preferably on the cover, to warn you to read the other books first. I found reading this book to be very frustrating.
5.0 out of 5 starsIs Harry going to catch the Poet and has his happy end?
Reviewed in Canada on October 11, 2018
In this book, Harry Bosch is still retired and he decides to find the killer of his friend Terry McCaleb. When he starts investigating, ir leads him to hunt for the Poet who is alive and his crime spree is getting out of control. Harry also has a new love interest but is he going to catch the serial killer and also have his Happy end? I would recommend this book to all suspense novel lovers!
3.0 out of 5 starsNot the best Harry Bosch in my view.
Reviewed in Canada on July 15, 2014
Good crime story and I like Bosch but I felt too much time on his family matters and ending sort of ridiculous. Who keeps a spare tire not bolted down especially in a Mercedes SUV and on top of jumper cables?
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat story that brings together characters from a number of earlier Michael Connelly novels.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 17, 2018
To get the most enjoyment from this book one should read a couple of other books by Michael Connelly first, namely 'The Poet' and 'Blood Work'. This is not to say that one cannot enjoy this book as a stand alone novel, but this story brings together characters who appeared in these previous books: Terry McCaleb the ex FBI profiler and central character of 'Blood Work' and Rachel Walling, the FBI investigator in 'The Poet'. The story opens with a call from the FBI to Rachel Walling asking her for some help with their investigation into some murders they believe may be the work of The Poet who has supposedly died a few years earlier following Walling's investigation. In the meantime, Terry McCaleb's widow asks Bosch to investigate the death of her husband as she believes she has proof that he was murdered and that he did not die from natural causes. In the course of his investigation, Bosch, who is still a Private Investigator, uncovers evidence that suggests that the Poet may be involved. At this point Bosch gets entangled in the FBI investigation. Bosch's personal life also features in this novel and this time he is contemplating re-joining the Los Angeles Police Department. For a book of 428 pages, this is actually quite a quick read. While the pace of the story is a little slow to start, once Bosch starts to make progress with his investigation, the pace quickens considerably. There is a very dramatic and action-packed finale.
The all action H Bosch is back, he must have a brain the size of a planet to figure everything out inside a couple of days despite the FBI being involved, surely they cannot be as dim as portrayed? Still an enjoyable ride along to find The Poet another serial killer, how and why he killed about twenty people is not explored, perhaps it is irrelevant though what he did for income remains a mystery. Harry remains true to himself and in the end is joining LAPD again and is still a moralising prig.
I'm sort of addicted to Connelly novels, well the Bosch series. They seem to go on forever which is Ok as they are well written and always have an angle which maintains interest. After reading about eight books belief has to be suspended regarding the trouble that Bosch gets into yet always remains relatively physically unharmed. Psychologically I think he is deteriorating though which of course adds to his charisma. I thoroughly recommend this novel and all Connelly writings. Having said that, I recently watched the TV series, 'Bosch' and I just do not believe the casting . . that actor is not Bosch!
Enjoyed reading this book but then I enjoy the Harry Bosch series and also enjoyed the series on Amazon Prime. I have also read one or two of the Bosch books. So, if you are a fan of Harry Bosch you will enjoy this book. Look forward to reading another in the series.