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Gunn was a small-time criminal who had been questioned repeatedly by LAPD Detective Harry Bosch in the unsolved murder of a prostitute, most recently on the night he was killed. McCaleb knows the tense, cranky Bosch (Michael Connelly's series star--see The Black Echo, The Black Ice, et al.) and decides to start by talking to him. But Bosch has time only for a brief chat. He's a prosecution witness in the high-profile trial of David Storey, a film director accused of killing a young actress during rough sex. By chance, however, McCaleb discovers an abstruse but concrete link between the scene of Gunn's murder and Harry Bosch's name:
"This last guy's work is supposedly replete with owls all over the place. I can't pronounce his first name. It's spelled H-I-E-R-O-N-Y-M-U-S. He was Netherlandish, part of the northern renaissance. I guess owls were big up there."Bosch fits McCaleb's profile of the killer, and McCaleb is both thunderstruck and afraid--thunderstruck that a cop he respects might have committed a horrendous murder and afraid that Bosch may just be good enough to get away with it. And when Bosch finds out (via a mysterious leak to tabloid reporter Jack McEvoy, late of Connelly's The Poet) that he's being investigated for murder, he's furious, knowing that Storey's defense attorney may use the information to help get his extravagantly guilty client off scot-free.
McCaleb looked at the paper in front of him. The name she had just spelled seemed familiar to him.
"You forgot his last name. What's his last name?"
"Oh, sorry. It's Bosch. Like the spark plugs."
It's the kind of plot that used to make great Westerns: two old gunslingers circling each other warily, each of them wondering if the other's gone bad. But there's more than one black hat in them thar hills, and Connelly masterfully joins the plot lines in a climax and denouement that will leave readers gasping but satisfied. --Barrie Trinkle --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- Publication Date : January 23, 2001
- File Size : 2856 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 443 pages
- Publisher : Little, Brown and Company; 1st Edition (January 23, 2001)
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- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
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- Language: : English
- ASIN : B000S1LBMW
- Best Sellers Rank: #10,763 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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He becomes both the hardened cop solving a case, as well as the accused in a case. There are some lesser characters in the book I didn’t feel were developed well. Mr. Connelly does keep the book moving at a steady pace and inserts some very nice twists. Some of the better twists have Harry and another “friend” taking a long searching inventory of themselves toward the end; which makes for an interesting, thought provoking read. The last couple pages left me thinking about Harry’s one-time friend’s fate.
This may not have been my favorite Bosch read. But, its well thought out, well written and really should not be missed, Its far from disappointing.
okay, but having seen the "Bosch" series on Amazon Prime, I had certain
preconceptions about the series that the books failed to live up to.
Finally I decided to try one more, and am now glad I did. From number
four onwards, these have gotten progressively better and better. So why
not five stars? The story sometimes bogs down in police procedure. I'm
sure it's all true-to-life, but the stories suffer a bit from endless trivial
detail. Still, I can recommend the series without reservation.
Much of the action is courtroom drama, but the denouement is action with blood gore and guns. Some of the criminal activity ties in with the tortured masterpieces of Hieronymus Bosch, the artist not the detective. This is fascinating.
I’m enjoying this series immensely. Harry Bosch is a great character — clever, heroic, idealistic, yet rather dark..
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The second thing noticeably different about this novel is that it appears to contain two different storylines that not only seem to be unconnected but also move at a different pace. The first story involves Terry McCaleb being asked by the LA police to help with the investigation of a gruesome murder while the second involves Harry Bosch’s participation in a court case where he plays a prominent role for the prosecution.
This novel draws upon events and characters that have appeared in some of the previous Harry Bosch books. While it is not necessary to have read the earlier Bosch stories to appreciate this one, I felt I had a greater appreciation of the characters and events in this story because I had read the earlier ones in the series.
The pace of the book picks up in the latter stages of the novel where there is a lot more ‘action’. The number of twists and turns that occur in the later stages of the book to both storylines were so engrossing that I just could not put it down until I had finished it. In this respect Michael Connelly shows what a master story-teller he is as both storylines, while told from very different perspectives, really held my interest.
Update: 14 November 2017.
Having just finished reading 'Blood Work' by Michael Connelly, I can confirm that it is definitely worth reading this book before reading 'A Darkness More Than Night'. Terry McCaleb is the central character in 'Blood Work' and knowing his back story from that novel now makes me a lot more more sympathetic towards his character in this book. In addition, Blood Work is also a terrific novel.
He also maintains a clear audit trail and timeline, which enables him to refer back to previous stories, and also to interlace different characters between the successive books. For instance, former FBI Special Agent Terry McCaleb, who was the lead protagonist of Blood Work and has his own sequence of books, plays a prominent part in this novel, as does reporter Jack McEvoy, who played a pivotal role in The Poet, which had previously constituted a standalone novel.
As the novel opens, Bosch is preparing to play a significant role in the trial of a film producer accused of the rape and murder of two actresses. The producer is a particularly odious character, and has hired a top-notch defence attorney who deftly counters each new facet of the prosecution case. Meanwhile, Sherriff’s Officer Jaye Winston calls on Terry McCaleb, seeking his advice on an unsolved murder that she has been investigating that displays the hallmarks of an unusual killing. McCaleb is initially reluctant to participate, knowing that his wife will object. He is, however, too deeply ingrained an investigator to be able to resist, and succumbs to temptation. His review of the papers leads him to some unexpected conclusions, all of which seem to suggest that Harry Bosch, with whom McCaleb once worked a case deep in the past might be involved.
Connelly manages the two strands of the story very adeptly, never compromising the plausibility or integrity of the plot. He also captures the relationships between McCaleb and Winston, and between Bosch and McCaleb realistically,
I have read all the books prior to this one and enjoyed some more than others. I didn't really like the format of this one, with the introduction of a new character and I also found that it was more than a little unbelievable. For example, a trained investigator jumping to conclusions based on somebody's name alone? There were other things too but I won't make any more spoilers.
I have enjoyed Bosch and having read a couple of other crime novels since this one, I can say that Michael Connelly writes more grippingly than many others. The next book in the series however, is the one that has been televised. Having watched it, I don't think I care to now read it. Which is peculiar for me as some films lead me on to read the book and vice-versa.
Time perhaps to give Bosch a break for a while, before deciding whether to read or skip the next one or not to return at all.
The one thing that made me scratch my head had to do with a major plot factor involving the work of painter Hieronymus Bosch-- Harry's namesake. Several intelligent and well-educated characters express total ignorance at the mention of the artist, and even admit they have no idea how to pronounce his first name ( are phonics totally dead?). This did not ring true to me, especially given that in several earlier books, when Harry has mentioned his full name to tangential characters of less cultured backgrounds, they have consistently made remarks along the line of: "You mean, like that guy who painted the weird pictures?" A small point, but something that jogged my capacity to believe.