Always love Bosch! Our hero is getting old, maybe to old to be the hero he's been in the past. I think Connelly realized even Indiana Jones has to hang up his hat at some point, but instead he decided to create Rene Ballard to counteract Harry's age related deficiencies. You still get what I think makes Bosch such a long term bankable character, his ever endearing drive to make sure everyone counts. Every step in his process, whether personal, case related or both, continues to show the characters compassion and high understanding of the human condition, flawed or otherwise. He still has his instincts and his years of wisdom benefit and balance out the new Ballard character. The back and forth narration between Ballard and Bosch is orchestrated perfectly in the stories timeline. Harry does come off as reduced, not in print but more in role. I think going forward with future B&B projects he'll make up more of the ink, but for this novel, in introducing Rene Ballard Connelly is right in putting most of the meat on her bone. Does the character justice by delving into her past, present and gives the reader all the information needed to see exactly who she is by fully developing her all around in all aspects. The plot, not the most intricate of Connellys but I fault him not as character history/development is more important on the Ballard side in this new series. The story is as always, entertaining, there is always an aspect of depression and darkness in the overall tone of any Bosch related novel, but Connelly flashes his Michael Bay esque fun and fireworks to infiltrate that madness at times throughout. He keeps things interesting and to me, much faster paced with the subplots inside the main. I look forward to reading the next in the series, or should say listening, as the Welliver narration is perfect, as per usual. If your looking to see Harry Bosch as he was 20 years ago, he's not that man anymore, in almost all ways, he's ever changing, ever pondering his past and finding new ways to continue his craft. As for Ballard, she is not even close to being as interesting or complex as Harry, but Connelly has pens or keys that can get her there, hopefully he does.
Until the next one, hold fast.
good, kept my attention
Entertaining easy read
I would have preferred that Tutweiller was the reader throughout
Loved the book—compelling to the end! Excellent narration but would have preferred the male narrator for all of Bosch’s voice and the female for Renee Ballard’s. Looking forward to another.
I liked the book very much. The story was well-crafted there was one slight mistake, One of the antagonists used a suppressor while shooting into a wall. The bullets recovered were 38 caliber, one would assume 38 special since 38 super is a unusual caliber. I don’t know of any popular auto pistol that uses 38 special and a revolver that will accept.a suppressor hasn’t been made in almost 100 years. it’s a small thing I know. I enjoy both narrators of coarse Titus Welliver is Harry Bosch. I do think that it could be improved by having each narrator read different parts instead of Ms. Laken reading Harry’s Part in various places.
Connelly Great as always. Especially the end weaving multiple crimes to the two detectives.
On the narration I liked the two readers but would have liked them reading each other's parts like at the very end. It was weird listening to conversations when only one reader was talking. I know it was written like that from each perspective but it just seemed odd to me.
TItus Welliver IS the voice of Harry and that lends enormous ‘cred’ to this reading. Christine Lakin imparts a similar personal edge to Ballard and gets into the character’s psyche and character very well. I’m a Bosch junkie and think the book and presentation are both worth considering!
The book kept you thinking and the narration was awesome!!
Excellent balance of the various themes. Both narrators melded well
A brilliant multi-plot book. Everything you want out of a Harry Bosch novel. So well narrated too.
Me gusto, definitivamente si se que hay secuela la escuchare tambien