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Rebecca Verloren, 16, was discovered missing from her Chatsworth home on a July morning in 1988. Her corpse and the gun that ended her life were later found on a hill behind the house. An autopsy revealed that she'd recently undergone an abortion, and a piece of skin tissue--presumably the killer's--was found trapped inside the murder weapon. Only now, though, has DNA science matched that tissue to Roland Mackey, a dyslexic 35-year-old tow-truck operator with no obvious connection to the deceased. It's up to Bosch, once more partnered with Kizmin Rider, to determine whether Mackey offed Becky Verloren, or was at least an accessory to that tragedy. But the more Bosch and Rider dig into this dusty crime, trying in part to determine whether racial animosity might have been involved, the more pain and resistance they encounter. Becky's white mother maintains the teen's old bedroom as a shrine, while her shattered father, an African-American chef, has vanished into LA's homeless community. Of the two original investigators on the case, one has since committed suicide, and Bosch suspects that the other--now a police commander--is helping to keep the lid tight on some old departmental secrets, perhaps linked to our hero's nemesis, Deputy Chief Irvin S. Irving.
Understandably rusty after three years sans shield, Bosch makes his share of personal and professional mistakes here--including one that supplies The Closers with a lethal, plot-turning climax. But the greater problem is that Connelly exhausts so much time and effort following his protagonist through the tedium of modern police procedures, that he neglects what readers have liked more about this series in the past: its persistently deft exploration of Bosch's lonely, haunted soul (which remains mostly out of sight in this tale), and the author's frequent flights of lyrical prose (also not much in evidence). Would-be novelists wanting an example of a solidly constructed cop tale need look no further than The Closers. But readers hoping to learn why Connelly is so well-respected in this genre should turn, instead, to previous Bosch titles such as The Concrete Blonde, Angel's Flight, or City of Bones. --J. Kingston Pierce --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This was a more subdued read for a Detective Bosch novel, but rates 5 Stars with me. Now re-reading the series from start to finish and having a fantastic time. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Steven Wagg
Pretty good procedural until the end stages then predictable. The AAA reference & no follow thru was bad police workPublished 13 days ago by dufu
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is very much up to Connoly's standards.Published 19 days ago by Clyde D. Martin Jr.
John Connelly keeps on writing great books. Full of suspense and Bosh was great as usual. I cannot get enough of Bosh and his detective skills. John Connelly never disappoins!Published 21 days ago by Peggy K.
Another great book by Michael Connelly. I am never disappointed when I read one of his books.Published 21 days ago by firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Connelly gets better and better with each book in the series.Published 22 days ago by Consumerist