Edward Hahn, June 13, 2011 (view all comments by Edward Hahn)
This story was originally serialized in the New York Times Sunday Magazine. There is an interesting interview of Connelly at the back of the Mass Market paperback that addresses the differences between the two versions.
I enjoyed this 13th novel in the Hieronymous (Harry) Bosch series. He re-connects with Rachel Walling, the FBI agent, when a murder, he is called on to solve, appears to involve a terrorist threat.
As usual, all Harry wants to do is solve the murder but when The FBI gets involved he is blocked from interviewing potential witnesses and is met with all the FBI/local's competition that often appears in Connelly's stories.
By breaking a number of rules, Harry solves the crime and dilutes the terrorist threat. The ending is a bit of a surprise.
All the elements of a good detective novel are here making reading "The Overlook" a worthwhile use of your time.
There is an added "Bonus Chapter" that adds nothing to the story but sets the scene for the next book in the series.
redrockbookworm, July 22, 2008 (view all comments by redrockbookworm)
The Overlook is classic Michael Connelly. Featuring Detective Harry Bosch, late of the LAPD's Homicide Special Squad, and his new partner Ignacio (Call me Iggy) Ferras it offers a mystery that contains all the excellent police procedural murder investigation elements that bears Connelly's signature coupled with an in depth look at the nasty little war that goes on between local and Federal government agencies when they are involved in the same case.
It seems that the murder victim in this case is tied to the disappearance of radioactive material suitable for making a dirty bomb, so of course the FBI and Department of Homeland Security come into the picture and proceed to play a nasty little game of hide and seek with a couple of witnesses thereby reeking havoc on Harry's investigation and thwarting him at every turn.
Harry, of course, is not to be deterred in this cat and mouse game and author Connelly succeeds in providing his readers with yet another story that is intricately plotted, filled with clever clues and misdirection and offers a read that is satisfying down to the very last page. 3 1/2 stars for this one
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sadiellen, January 20, 2008 (view all comments by sadiellen)
I love to read Michael Connelly's books because I know I will have a suspenseful " can't put down, wonder what's going to happen next kind" of books. This book doesn't disappoint with charcater Harry Bosch knocking heads with not only the FBI but also Homeland Security in an effort to secure Americans from terroristic activity.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Bestseller Connelly's dazzling 13th Harry Bosch novel (after 2006's Echo Park) reunites Bosch with his former flame, FBI agent Rachel Walling. Bosch must break in a new partner, rookie Iggy Ferras, when they're called to look into the execution of physicist Stanley Kent on a Mulholland Drive overlook. When a special FBI unit, headed by Walling, arrives and tries to usurp his case, claiming it's a matter of national security, Bosch refuses to back down. Walling's focus on the potential theft of radioactive material from the hospital where Kent was lending his expertise to cancer treatment and her unwillingness to share information only make Bosch more determined to solve the case. This is a quick read, almost half the length of Connelly's previous novels, but he spares no punches when it comes to complexity and suspense. The scramble to investigate threats to national security, justified or otherwise, is a timely subject and one on which Connelly puts a brilliant new spin." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by Kirkus Reviews,
"A beautifully stripped-down case that makes up in tension and velocity what it lacks in amplitude. Serialization hasn't hurt Connelly any more than it did Charles Dickens, who's cited at several key points."
"[U]nfolds like an episode of 24, pounding its way relentlessly to a surprising conclusion. Treat The Overlook like a tasty hors d'oeuvre: down it in one quick gulp, and look forward to the next Bosch entree."
"[Connelly's] an economic writer with an arch sense of humor, a quick-sketch master, and his eye is on the plot all the way, making this a fast read and a hard book to put down if you're a murder-mystery fan."
by Denver Post,
"Connelly, once again, has hit a home run. He does it quietly and without any pyrotechnics. He makes it look deceptively easy."
by San Antonio Express-News,
"Connelly, a descendant of Raymond Chandler...is not just a police procedurist. He's a writer's writer who has created one of the most interesting, respected characters in modern fiction in Bosch....The Overlook will keep you on the edge of the precipice to the last page."
by Chicago Sun-Times,
"The plotline doesn't keep the mystery suspended, and worse, by page 92, I had figured out one of the criminals and the murderer's motivation. This has never happened to me before with a Connelly book."
by Los Angeles Times,
"If Bosch is our detective, Connelly is our laureate, proving again that popular fiction at its best, as in a crafty little entertainment like The Overlook, is also literature."
by South Florida Sun-Sentinel,
"[M]aintains the author's trademarks of superior plotting, solid story telling and fascinating character studies....The Overlook moves at a brisk pace as Connelly puts the main emphasis on plot."
"[A] maze wrapped in a mystery, a paradigm of a conundrum, of possible apocalyptic attack. This is Connelly at his best, and readers will find this book entertaining and perfect for summer reading."
On his first case since he left the LAPD's Open Unsolved Unit for the Homicide Special Squad, Harry Bosch is called out to investigate a murder that may have chilling consequences for national security, in Connellys latest New York Times bestseller.
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