Harry Bosch is up to his neck in a case that has transfixed all of celebrity-mad Los Angeles: a movie director is charged with murdering an actress during sex, and then staging her death to make it look like a suicide. Bosch is both the arresting officer and the star witness in a trial that has brought the Hollywood media pack out in full-throated frenzy.Meanwhile, Terry McCaleb is enjoying an idyllic retirement on Catalina Island when a visit from an old colleague brings his former world rushing back. It's a murder, the ...
Harry Bosch is up to his neck in a case that has transfixed all of celebrity-mad Los Angeles: a movie director is charged with murdering an actress during sex, and then staging her death to make it look like a suicide. Bosch is both the arresting officer and the star witness in a trial that has brought the Hollywood media pack out in full-throated frenzy.Meanwhile, Terry McCaleb is enjoying an idyllic retirement on Catalina Island when a visit from an old colleague brings his former world rushing back. It's a murder, the unreadable kind of murder he specialized in solving back in his FBI days. The investigation has stalled, and the sheriff's office is asking McCaleb to take a quick look at the murder book to see if he turns up something they've missed. McCaleb's first reading of the crime scene leads him to look for a methodical killer with a taste for rituals and revenge. As his quick look accelerates into a full-sprint investigation, the two crimes - his murdered loner and Bosch's movie director - begin to overlap strangely. With one unsettling revelation after another, they merge, becoming one impossible, terrifying case, involving almost inconceivable calculation. McCaleb believes he has unmasked the most frightening killer ever to cross his sights. But his investigation tangles with Bosch's lines, and the two men find themselves at odds in the most dangerous investigation of their lives.
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Michael Connelly is an exceptional writer and I've always looked forward to the next Harry Bosch book. The character is facinating, a bit of a rebel, unorthodox in his investigations and every episode is a teriffic read!
Feb 3, 2011
Once again Harry Bosch breaks open a hard nut murder mystery using both brains & brawn. This time he works in the context of art history and great paintings focused on his namesake - Hieronymus. Fascinating plot, very well written.
Jul 28, 2007
good book. just make sure you read his books in order.
Apr 1, 2007
connely writes crime thrillers that are best literature as well. this book combines two of his bestknown protagonists-Bosch and Macaleb - who by themselves are dark and complex persons. meeting together they put this book as one of the best in crime fiction as well as in drama.
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