I loved the Michael Connelly books about his LA detective Hieronymous Bosch and didn't really want to watch Bosch the TV show starring Titus Welliver in the title role, but then my son asked us to get Amazon Prime and finding myself with nothing to watch I stuck this on. Two days later I had watched both seasons and a couple of weeks later I re-watched them. It is such a fantastic series. LA is as much a character as any of the actors and Welliver is Bosch. Anyone else watched it?
This is the latest Bosch and I thought it was a cracker.
I felt so involved with Bosch and his efforts to carry out a dying plutocrat's instructions meanwhile assisting in hunting down a serial rapist. I'm always gunning for him - he's intelligent, qick-thinking, has 'values' and is effective.
Former FBI agent Rachel Walling is working a dead-end stint in South Dakota when she gets the call she's been dreading for four years. The Poet is back. And he has not forgotten Rachel. He has a special present for her.
Harry Bosch is adjusting to life in Las Vegas as a private investigator and a new father. He gets a call, too, from the widow of a friend who died recently. Previously in his FBI career, the friend worked on the famous case tracking the killer known as the Poet. This fact alone makes some of the elements of his death doubly suspicious.
And Harry Bosch is heading straight into the path of the most ruthless and inventive murderer he has ever encountered . . .
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By Royal Rother
The latest in the Harry Bosch series. It first appeared as a 16 part piece-work in the New York Times apparently.
Much shorter than Connelly's normal output it is a very quick read but nonetheless satisfaying at that, particularly for those familiar with the series.
From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Bestseller Connelly's dazzling 13th Harry Bosch novel (after 2006's Echo Park) reunites Bosch with his former flame, FBI agent Rachel Walling. Bosch must break in a new partner, rookie Iggy Ferras, when they're called to look into the execution of physicist Stanley Kent on a Mulholland Drive overlook. When a special FBI unit, headed by Walling, arrives and tries to usurp his case, claiming it's a matter of national security, Bosch refuses to back down. Walling's focus on the potential theft of radioactive material from the hospital where Kent was lending his expertise to cancer treatment and her unwillingness to share information only make Bosch more determined to solve the case. This is a quick read, almost half the length of Connelly's previous novels, but he spares no punches when it comes to complexity and suspense. The scramble to investigate threats to national security, justified or otherwise, is a timely subject and one on which Connelly puts a brilliant new spin.
Very enjoyable, fast paced with the usual plausible and clever plot twists that, with Connelly, are never too contrived or deliberately hidden during the story.
(Some authors' twists leave me with a vague feeling of being cheated....)