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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.
Harry Bosch returns to the LAPD after a three-year retirement and he's assigned to the Open and Unsolved unit. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Barry Sparks
Boring! no action. way to much talking. I read all the Bosch stories and this is the only one that, in view, bad,Published 2 days ago by dave cox
As usual this book was a great read. Michael Connelly's 'Harry Bosch' novels usually keep me reading well past bedtime, and this one was no exception.Published 7 days ago by Robin L Ahern
Not the strongest Harry Bosch but still an extremely good read and thoroughly enjoyable. My absolute favorite series to date! bogiePublished 9 days ago by Bogie
Harry Bosch is back on the LAPD after 3 years of retirement. He and former partner Kiz Rider are now working on Open/Unsolved cases and DNA evidence has turned up in the murder of... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Elizabeth
It is hard to put down once you start! So make sure you have the time. Excellent reading, hope you enjoy it too.Published 14 days ago by bcnap
Very good book. I really like the Harry Bosch series. You keep wondering how him and his partner will figure things outPublished 14 days ago by Linda Gallagher