I was lucky enough to be sent this book published by Orian by my kind freinds at Newbooks magazine (http://www.newbooksmag.com/).
This is my first Michael Connelly read, and I was enthralled at the plot and twists that reminded me somewhat of a 1980’s US cop show. It flows well and the story is written in joined up writing, without bad language and it seems that the main protagonist Harry Bosch, is the most organised detective, as demonstrated when we are told about his habit of starting a new notebook for each case. However, because of the references to a previous case in several parts of the story I did wonder if I was missing out by not having read the previous books in the series. Without giving away any spoilers, I question if the references to the previous cases were totally necessary as they did not seem to have any relevance to the case in hand and the did make me question if it was worth continuing reading the book.
The last third of the book does have many twists and we are taken down dead end leads, but I did correctly work out who the guilty party was well before the last chapter’s got going, this I found disappointing that I was not kept on tender hooks for a little longer. Connelly however is a bestselling author and this is well deserved. I would definitely read another, especially if I was going on a long train journey and wanted a book to keep me entertained for the whole journey.
Personal read 4*
Bookgroup read 3*
The Commuting Bookworm 09/06/13