Synopses & Reviews
On New Year's Day, Detective Harry Bosch fields a call that a dog has found a bone a bone that the dog's owner, a doctor, feels certain is a human bone.
Bosch investigates, and that chance discovery leads him to a shallow grave in the Hollywood hills, evidence of a murder committed more than twenty years earlier. It's a cold case, but it stirs up Bosch's memories of his own childhood as an orphan in the city. He can't let it go. Digging through police reports and hospital records, tracking down street kids and runaways from the 1970s, Bosch finds a family ripped apart by an absence and a trail, ever more tenuous, into a violent, terrifying world.
As the case takes Bosch deeper into the past, a rookie cop named Julia Brasher brings him alive in the present in a way no one has in years. Bosch has been warned about the trouble that comes with dating a rookie, but no warning could withstand the heat between them or prepare Bosch for the explosions when the case takes a hard turn. A suspect bolts, a cop is shot, and suddenly Bosch's cold case has all of L.A. in an uproar and Bosch fighting to keep control in a lawless and brutal showdown.
Drawing on the "precision-tooled twists" and "wellspring of authentically lurid detail" (Los Angeles magazine) that have made him one of the fastest-selling novelists at work today, Michael Connelly has written a riveting, hard-edged, and unforgettable thriller, proof that he is among "the most talented of crime writers" (The New Yorker).
"High-voltage adventure....Connelly is a whiz at both cophouse politics and investigatory technique...thoughtful, knowing...spellbinding." Washington Post Book World
"Recalls no one so much as Raymond Chandler...ambitious, skillful, moving, intricate, and clever....Connelly puts his foot on the gas and doesn't let up."
Los Angeles Times
"Michael Connelly is one of those masters...who can keep driving the story forward in runaway locomotive style." USA Today
"Harry wanders deeper into that abyss this time than ever before, and it drives him to a shocking decision that will leave series fans reeling. Hard-boiled cop fiction at its most gripping." Bill Ott, Booklist *Starred Review*
"This riveting thriller finds Harry even more introspective than usual, and while the tight prose of the plot swirls around the mystery of the bones, Harry's turbulent life and career are changed forever in a stunning conclusion. Another thrilling winner for Connelly's many fans." Library Journal
"Harry Bosch is at the top of his form which is great news for Connelly fans....His latest adventure is as dark and angst-ridden as any of Bosch's past outings, but it also crackles with energy especially in the details of police procedure and internal politics that animate virtually every page." Publishers Weekly (starred review)
On New Year's Day, a dog finds a bone in the Hollywood Hills--and unearths a murder committed more than twenty years earlier. It's a cold case, but for Detective Harry Bosch, it stirs up memories of his childhood as an orphan. He can't let it go. As the investigation takes Bosch deeper into the past, a beautiful rookie cop brings him alive in the present. No official warning can break them apart--or prepare Bosch for the explosions when the case takes a few hard turns. Suddenly all of L.A. is in an uproar, and Bosch, fighting to keep control, is driven to the brink of an unimaginable decision.
About the Author
Michael Connelly is a former journalist and author of the bestselling series of Harry Bosch novels including, most recently, A Darkness More Than Night, and the bestselling novels Void Moon, Angels Flight, Blood Work, and The Poet. Connelly has won numerous awards for his journalism and novels, including an Edgar Award.