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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.
Michael Connelly is an excellent story teller. His stories are well written, nicely plotted, entertaining. Read morePublished 20 hours ago by Susan
Another excellent Bosch novel. Couldn't put it down and can't wait to start the next one. Way to go Michael ConnellyPublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
Have loved all of the Bosch stories....long before it went to TV. Can't wait to get the next one!Published 4 days ago by R. M. Thrall
Never boring, keeps you enthralled as the investigation of a 17 year old murder is re investigated. Would recommend itPublished 8 days ago by Nancy C Smith
Great read and still enjoy Harry Bosch after 11 novels. One of his best and look for ward to the next one!Published 9 days ago by broadband
This excellent crime novel has already been well reviewed, so I don't have much to add. I found it to be one of the best in the Harry Bosch series. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Blue in Washington