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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.
Great book.. Love this series.. Start from book one and you'll be hooked .Published 1 day ago by Bill Shackford
L.A. Detective Harry Bosch comes out of retirement to investigate the 17-year old cold-case murder of a high-school girl. Good story; writing is weak.Published 2 days ago by Joe Da Rold
The details as they unfilled were written in a way that made you feel like you were there and part of the in estimation. CONNELLY IS A MASTER.Published 6 days ago by Joan E. Scherer
Connelly is an exceptional storyteller. I'm rereading the series but not in order and am enjoying the re-read even more than the first time. Read morePublished 6 days ago by laniea
Better than any cold case tv stuff. Harry is well worth following. Amazon picked the right guy to create a series about.Published 7 days ago by Garry J. Thall
This was an interesting book which explained in detail the extent of work necessary to close cold cases. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Loretta Rankins