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The Closers (Harry Bosch)by Michael Connelly
"Bosch, after two years of retirement, finds himself rusty in certain areas; his lack of finesse with the cell phone more than once threatens to blow his cover. But he proves his detective skills are still sharp, pursuing the Verloren case with a dogged, moral purpose. Connelly, too, is at the top of his game, and the latest installment of the Bosch saga comes with thrills, twists to spare, and a deeply satisfying conclusion." Anna Godbersen, Esquire (read the entire Esquire review)
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He walked away from the job three years ago. But Harry Bosch cannot resist the call to join the elite Open/Unsolved Unit. His mission: solve murders whose investigations were flawed, stalled, or abandoned to L.A.'s tides of crime. With some people openly rooting for his failure, Harry catches the case of a teenager dragged off to her death on Oat Mountain, and traces the DNA on the murder weapon to a small-time criminal.
But something bigger and darker beckons, and Harry must battle to fit all the pieces together. Shaking cages and rattling ghosts, he will push the rules to the limit — and expose the kind of truth that shatters lives, ends careers, and keeps the dead whispering in the night...
"LAPD detective Harry Bosch, hero of last year's The Narrows and other Connelly thrillers, is back on the force after a two-year retirement. Assigned to the Open Unsolved (cold cases) unit and teamed with former partner Kiz Rider, Harry's first case back involves the killing of a high school girl 17 years before, reopened because of a DNA match to blood found on the murder gun. That premise could be a formula for a routine outing, but not with Connelly. Nor does the author rely on violent action to propel his story; there's next to none. In Connelly/Bosch's world, character, context and procedure are what count, and once again the author proves a master at all. The blood on the gun belongs to a local lowlife white supremacist, Roland Mackey; the victim had a black father and a white mother. But the blood indicates only that Mackey had possession of the gun, so how to pin him to the crime? Connelly meticulously leads the reader along with Bosch and Rider as they explore the links to Mackey and along the way connect the initial investigation of the crime to a police conspiracy. Most striking of all, in developments that give this novel astonishing moral force, the pair explore the 'ripples' of the long ago crime, how it has destroyed the young girl's family — leaving the mother trapped in the past and plunging the father into a nightmare of homelessness and drink — and how it drives Rider, and especially Bosch, into deeper understanding of their own purposes in life. Connelly comes as close as anyone to being today's Dostoyevsky of crime literature, and this is one of his finest novels to date, a likely candidate not only for book award nominations but for major bestsellerdom. Agent, Phillip Spitzer. Major ad/promo; 11-city author tour." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Fans and newcomers alike will love seeing Bosch back in uniform, stirring up trouble." Library Journal
"Connelly sets up a great premise here...and he makes the most of it....Give Connelly credit for having the courage to tinker with one of the richest characters in the genre." Booklist (Starred Review)
"Connelly is one of the most consistently excellent authors in current-day crime fiction: his characters, particularly the world-weary Bosch, are complex and appealing; his stories fast-paced, edgy and believable." BookPage
"Connelly...is the real thing: an immensely skilled entertainer who has mastered the requirements and expectations of his genre but also from time to time rises above them....Connelly writes grown-up novels that...remind us that the place to look for serious American fiction is not in the schools of creative writing but out there in the real world." Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post
"Like James Ellroy and John Fante, both of whose work is referred to here, Mr. Connelly continues to make his doomy, secretive Los Angeles a living, breathing character in his stories." Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"The Closers finds both Bosch and Connelly on the top of their game." CrimeSpree Magazine
"The Closers is a worthy if not especially noteworthy entry in the Bosch saga. Average Connelly is far better than average." Houston Chronicle
"[I]n the absence of a feral Poet-like serial killer to keep things exciting, this plodding expedition never really takes off. (Grade: B-)" Entertainment Weekly
In Los Angeles in 1988, a 16-year-old girl was found dead with a single gunshot wound to the chest. Although detectives on the case found clues that pointed toward murder, no one was ever charged. Detective Harry Bosch, newly returned to the LAPD with the job of closing unsolved cases, gets the report of a new DNA match that makes the case very much alive again. A white supremacist with close ties to the LAPD becomes a suspect — but Bosch and his partner, Kizmin Rider, can't take a step without threatening higher-ups in the department. And the case turns out to be anything but cold. Everywhere he probes, Bosch finds hot grief, hot rage, and a bottomless well of treachery and danger.
The death of a teenage girl almost two decades ago comes back to haunt all of L.A. — and detective Harry Bosch — in this spellbinding new thriller from New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly.
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