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!
"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.
"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.
"Procedural of procedurals"
A book by the numbers and delivered in the same way, minutia of details and a sterile environment makes this book cold and almost sad, Boch as untrusting teacher, and a willing pupil. Is this Boch legacy? Is this his last case? No redemption among angels?
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.
"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
The narration was disappointing. The one star for the performance rating I gave is for the fact that the narrator spoke the words. The four stars I didn't give would be for passion, character definition, Reading the book before narrating it and steering the plot for the listener.
Wont get to the end unfortunately unless the book is narrated by other.
Monotone narration to a book by one of the most respected crime authors. Now just want my money back so I can buy the hardback and read it myself.
"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.
From the outset it was apparent that Mr Connelly has lost his way. The choice of narrator " Titus Welliver" a voice so monotone and dull I fell asleep within 10 minutes, come back Dick Hill / Len Cariou!!!!. This is a story that just doesn't grip you in anyway. we are used to Bosch being a lone wolf and consumed by his calling. sadly in this story he is passive and just not driven like before. Connelly seems to have run out of ideas, he even drags up old characters and story lines to fill space and to no effect. Bosch is dead in the water baby! time to bow out Mr C or get some nuts!!
I would read another Michael Connelly book but would not listen to Titus Welliver reading it.
The dull, flat monotone of Titus Welliver's voice makes him very difficult to listen to for more than a few minutes. He gives the impression that he's bored with the story.
This is not a classic Harry Bosch story but the narration is very disappointing.
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.
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