In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but any other evidence is virtually nonexistent.
Now Bosch and his new partner, rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case. Starting with the bullet that's been lodged for years in the victim's spine, they must pull new leads from years-old information, which soon reveals that this shooting may have been anything but random.
Read by Titus Welliver, star of the Bosch TV series.
©2014 Hieronymous, Inc (P)2014 Hachette Audio
This is the first audio book I've ever listened to and it's been a difficult benchmark for others to beat.... the most recent book I downloaded was another Harry Bosch one with Titus Welliver as the narrator because I enjoyed this one so much!
Michael Connelly creates the perfect balance between character development and the storyline.
I would have though that I would only listen to audio books whilst on the go, but I listened to this one while I was in bed too because I couldn't wait for the next part!
love it. Love Harry' s new role. Love all the old characters that we have come to love ir hate, keep them coming Michael !
"Connolly does it again!"
I enjoyed this book from the moment I started to listen to it.
However, I am a great fan of Harry Bosch so this is not at all surprising.
The most memorable moment for me was right at the end when Harry leaves the squad room to applause led by Soto.
The narrator, who plays the part of Harry in the TV series Bosch,
Loved it. Looking forward to the next adventure. Harry is such an interesting character who develops through the series.
"A good reading, but Bosch stories are aging..."
I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, one can find the strengths of Connelly’s books (and of the Harry Bosh saga): a linear story, a very solid and credible plot, characters well depicted and a catchy Los Angeles providing as usual a great background to the action. However, somehow the book is not engaging as most of the Bosh stories used to be. May be is Bosh that has aged: from the passionate, intense, almost dark hero that used to be, Harry is now a grumpy, a bit cynical cop flirting with (and fighting) retirement. Glimpses into his private life –that should provide pauses and contrast to the thriller plot- are frankly boring: he is a worrying father to a teenage girl without really other interest or relationship. This is emblematic of the lost charisma of Bosh and a key to understand why this book is less engaging than the first ones of the series. I must however say that, in relative terms, is by far not the worse book that Connelly has recently written. In fact, in absolute terms, the book is overall a good experience and had no problems in keeping up through the (good) end.
Connelly seems to have forgotten some of his previous plot points. A couple of old story lines were mentioned however not as they happened in the books. He stated that Bosch had a partner who went rogue and he had to go find him, but that was in reference to the Drug squad character who faked his own death - never Harry's partner. There were a couple of others I caught but can't remember them now. At the time though, it was disappointing to realise Connelly stuffed up on the recall of his own books.
Boring, mumbling, boring
I love all the Harry Bosch books and have them all as well as the Mickey Haller audios. Some of the readers voices have annoyed me over time but this one was by far the worst. Welliver sounded bored by the story and the character, often not bothering to change his voice at all so the characters were barely distingusihable from each other. He mumbled regularly and there was one sectioned I played back 3 times and still have no idea what he said!!
"Welliver sparks the fire"
This is not the best of the Bosch books and that would be more apparent but for the exemplary reading of the text by Titus Welliver. He could hardly have been better. Despite meticulous detailing in the writing and the arrival of a new, young, female work partner for Bosch, there is a thin quality that pervades the narrative. The reason is that two unrelated investigations are taking place simultaneously and they both seem like they would struggle to stand alone. Put together they might just do, but it is Welliver who delivers the blaze.
"A let down"
No , Titus Welliver delivered it in a monotone boring voice - it would put you to sleep
I returned the book before the end , Ill buy the paper version and finish it rather than listen to Titus
I love this series. I have listened to them all over and over. I don't think I'll listen to this one again. The narrator puts me to sleep. He doesn't make the story interesting at all. As an actor great as a narrator rubbish. I found the flat tone very difficult to listen too. Why wasn't this narrated by the usual people. Big mistake. It should be re done!
I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who loves the previous narrators. I would recommend reading rather than listening.
I wouldn't be willing to listen to this narrator again. His voice is to flat and doesn't get me interested in the story just puts me to sleep.
This book left me disappointed. No even sure if I enjoyed the story or even if I heard all of it I kept falling asleep.
Please release this book again with one of the narrators you used for Harry before.
"Harry's getting old!"
As the years have gone by, Harry's mellowed a tiny amount. The story lines are just as good, but not so forceful or violent, in keeping with the age thing. Whilst I enjoyed Titus Welliver, who will make a fine on screen Harry, he doesn't 'do' other character voice changes, which makes some of the dialogue difficult to follow.
Different character voices rather than the same for all.
Having listened to 16 chapters I'm giving up. If it wasn't for the awesome narrator, I wouldn't have made it past the first 5 chapters. I have read much better Bosch stories, this one is dull, the characters are uninteresting the story boring. Thumbs down for this one!
"Bosch on form"
Taking on the leadership never gets old for this guy, sometimes however, I wish he'd catch a break with the ladies.
It's Bosch, need I say more?
"Another first rate production"
Great story from start to finish, sometimes authors can wear out a character quickly and the books become all too similar, not so with Bosch.
Wonderful to have Titus read this latest novel, easy to place him as the voice of Bosch with his portrayal in the TV series.
"Not his best but"
... Connelly is a very consistent writer - amazingly so considering his prodigious output. I do like Welliver as Bosch on TV, but his narration here can be one-note. Connelly's prose is lean, but a definitely more nuanced than Welliver allows. The former narrator did the books more proud.
"Just as good as always"
I discovered this series when audible had a sale on the 4th audio book in the series. I've been hooked ever since. Well worth the cost but better listened/read in order. Can't wait till the next instalment Nov 16.
I am a Bosch junky and this had best not be the end. Loved it, as always
I didn't enjoy this book as much as the others in the Harry Bosch series, mainly due to the poor narration.
I'd be hard pressed to recommend this book.
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