- Series: Harry Bosch (Book 3)
- Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (February 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 044661758X
- ISBN-13: 978-0446617581
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.4 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 1,330 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The story takes place in 1994 Los Angeles when the 1991 Rodney King beating by police and the ensuing 1992 riots are still fresh in the city's minds. Police conduct is being held under a constant microscope. It was a time when plenty of people smoked and driving while drunk didn't seem to be that big a deal. Bosch has been a loner most of his life but, in this story, finds himself in an intimate relationship with a woman whose husband was murdered in the previous Harry Bosch mystery entitled 'The Black Ice'. Struggling with multiple murder suspects, the porno industry, a complex romantic relationship, police politics and a gripping court room drama delivers a hard-to-put-down novel. Also, Mr. Connelly's cynical presentation of the legal system would've made Charles Dickens proud. There were times when I thought some of the situations wouldn't have been so stressful in the story if everyone back then had cell phones like we do today.
It is not necessary to have read the two previous works entitled 'The Black Echo' and 'The Black Ice' but would help you in getting a better understanding of what makes Harry Bosch tick. The ex-reporter turned author does an excellent job of keeping the reader guessing and on the edge of their seats until the very end. Being a recent reader of the Harry Bosch series, I can see why Mr. Connelly's protagonist is so popular.
The third in the Bosch series finds Bosch on trial for wrongfully killing The Dollmaker, a serial killler who preyed on prostitutes and porn actresses in Los Angeles. During his trial (four years after the kill), a new victim is discovered that casts doubt on whether Bosch killed the wrong man. From there, the plot twists and turns as the trial continues and a concurrent investigation tries to figure out the truth about The Dollmaker.
To say more would be a spoiler, but I can say that this is one of the very best in an excellent body of work from Michael Connelly--the best crime fiction writer ever.
We have Harry on trial for overstepping police procedure regarding a possible serial killer. As the trial goes on, Harry sets about trying to find if there was one or more killers running around committing the same type of crime.
When Harry figures he has the bad guys and crimes figured out, circumstances change more than once.
Harry’s an entertaining main character to begin with. He’s also a bit of an enigma when it comes to his girlfriend; she creates personal problems for him in addition to his professional problems. Harry’s getting hit from all sides with problems and prejudices. He also needs to deal with a nice share of twists provided by Mr. Connelly.
Its an entertaining, well written read from start to finish and wastes no time becoming bogged down with unnecessary fluff.