I have not read a detective story for over a year so was glad to see this one written by Michael Connelly. The chapters alternate between Harry Bosch and LAPD Detective Ballard. Detective Ballard shows that she is one bad a** detective and can also hold her own in the male dominated world of police work.
An unsolved murder case was given to Harry Bosch when his mentor, John Jack Thompson passed away. This case was at least 30 years old when Harry received it...So, the investigation is on with both Bosch and Ballard on board. And, yes the plot does indeed thcken.
Toss in an arson case of a homeless man and also the murder of a Superior Court Judge...just in case you need a little more excitement and mystery!
The entire novel is outstanding as it is full of good old 'pounding the pavement' detective work.. Toss in the Black Widow for that extra adrenaline rush.
Excellent character development, solid plot and a strong female lead character. Doesn't get any better than that for me when reading a novel.