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  • Mass Market Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Vision; Reprint edition (31 Oct. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446667900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446667906
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3.2 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,045,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A former police reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Michael Connelly is the author of Harry Bosch thriller series as well as several stand-alone bestsellers, including the highly acclaimed legal thriller, The Lincoln Lawyer, selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club.
Michael Connelly has been President of the Mystery Writers of America. His books have been translated into 31 languages and have won awards all over the world, including the Edgar and Anthony Awards. BOSCH, the TV series based on Michael's novels, is the most watched original series on Amazon Prime Instant Video and has just been commissioned for a second series. He lives in Tampa, Florida, with his family.

Here are the Harry Bosch novels in series order:

The Black Echo
The Black Ice
The Concrete Blonde
The Last Coyote
Trunk Music
Angels Flight
A Darkness More Than Night
City of Bones
Lost Light
The Narrows
The Closers
Echo Park
The Overlook
The Brass Verdict
Nine Dragons
The Reversal
The Drop
The Black Box
The Burning Room

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In A Darkness More than Night, Michael Connelly brings together in a clash of values Terry McCaleb, the semi-retired profiler of Blood Work and Harry Bosch, the burned-out LAPD veteran who most recently appeared in Angels Flight. McCaleb is called in unofficially when someone hog-ties acquitted rapist and murderer Gunn and leaves him to strangle himself, and he soon finds everything from the way Gunn died to the plastic owl left watching the corpse pointing him solidly in one direction. Meanwhile Bosch is orchestrating a high-profile case against a Hollywood producer with a taste for strangling his mistresses and a security adviser whose dislike of Bosch goes back a very long way... This is an ingenious thriller which is also a powerful parable about justice and just how far it is possible to go in pursuit of it; Connelly is as intelligent about human motivation and the misunderstandings that destroy friendship as he is about forensics, art history and the mechanics of prosecution. By bringing together two series characters, he ensures that we care passionately about the outcome of his puzzle and his argument; we have a lot invested in who is right, and who is innocent. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Michael Connelly has created a range of memorable cops and robbers, any one who could sustain a series ... This book is ingenious, original and - with every beat of its procedural heart - authentic (LITERARY REVIEW)

A DARKNESS MORE THAN NIGHT ... has the authentic Connelly touches - crisp dialogue, masterly pacing and his familiar preoccupation with the battle against evil - and it makes gripping reading (DAILY TELEGRAPH)

Another gripping, well-written thriller. At times gut-wrenchingly scary, at times maddeningly cryptic, he keeps you enthralled to the last page (DAILY MAIL)

There's no doubt that when it comes to crime writing Connelly is right on top of the heap: impelled by a ferociously powerful narrative drive, his books grip with the prehensile strength of a mole wrench ... far better than its rivals, with a brilliantly organised plot and a genuinely exciting ending (EVENING STANDARD)

The plot rattles along in fifth gear, with upsets galore on every page. A thrilling, challenging read, as one has come to expect from Connelly (GUARDIAN)

A richly plotted and complex novel ... The resolution is brilliantly worked out ... and, as is usual with this author, there is a coda that brings more surprises. A rich and satisfying read, this, and one that throws light on the dark underbelly of human behaviour (IRISH TIMES)

Connelly writes with a controlled fury that jumps right off the page. This is sublime stuff (INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)

Connelly's many fans are in for a treat because his latest novel features his unorthodox streetwise cop Harry Bosch and brilliant psychological profiler Terry McCaleb ... Sharply original and unfailingly gripping (MAIL ON SUNDAY) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Untouchable on 13 Dec. 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a celebration of Connelly's work so far. He has managed to tie in characters from all his other books. Terry McCaleb from Blood Work, Harry Bosch, the protagonist of 6 other books and Jack McEvoy from The Poet. He makes mention of the incident from which he was serving a suspension in The Last Coyote. Not only that, the assistant prosecuting attorney in the ongoing court case makes a reappearance after being introduced in Angel's Flight. Just for fun, see if you can spot the passing reference to a character in Connelly's other stand alone book, Void Moon.
On top of everything else, Michael Connelly delivers yet another powerful thriller, combining McCaleb's profiling skills with the dark figure of Harry Bosch. Two stories are intertwined as Bosch is involved with a high profile court case, and McCaleb investigates a murder. I feel we're treated to the best of all worlds through the combination of all of Connelly's main protagonists.
If you're a dyed-in-the-wool Michael Connelly fan, this book will bring back fond memories of his previous works. If it's the first Michael Connelly book you've read, I think you'll find your curiosity sufficiently aroused to go back and read the earlier stuff.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By CJ VINE VOICE on 2 Feb. 2003
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Michael Connelly brings together Terry McCaleb and Harry Bosch in A Darkness More Than Night and it works really well.
McCaleb, now retired on a small island with his wife and family, still finds it difficult to leave his FBI profilign days behind and becomes embroiled in a murder case in which Detective Harry Bosch of the LAPD quickly becomes a prime suspect. Hard though this is to believe for McCaleb, the evidence begins to mount up, and McCaleb and Sheriff's Deputy Jaye Winston (another returning character) begin to close in on Bosch.
Bosch, meanwhile, is the chief witness in a high profile murder case against a top Hollywood director. As McCaleb begins to intrude into this, Bosch has to juggle trying to prove his innocence with ensuring that the accused in his own case is put away.
Connelly carries off the coming together of his two chief characters well, making their mutual respect obvious whilst keeping them detached enough that their is friction there. As well as McCaleb and Bosch there is also a cameo for Jack McEvoy, a reporter who was the central character in Connelly's The Poet (a brilliant serial killer novel, by the way).
So, A Darkness More Than Night is an intriguing and beguiling read that uses the characters well to draw the reader in. However, it suffers from two serious problems that cost it the fifth star: the circumstances in which Bosch becomes a suspect are horribly contrived and unbelievable, and the twists are not as huge as you would hope. It can be fairly predictable, but nonetheless entertaining, stuff.
Naturally, if you love Connelly's work, this is a must.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Jan. 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
How cleverly Michael Connelly has brought together his 2 most memorable heroes - Harry Bosch and Terry McCaleb, in this exciting thriller.
Although the plot is uncovered fairly early on, the tense court-room action and the brilliant characterisation of the central characters make this another 'page-turner' right up until the very end.
I would definitely recommend this book to all fans of Connelly.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Ross TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Jan. 2003
Format: Paperback
The only book I'd read in the Harry Bosch series before this was City of Bones, and I have to say this is a fair amount better. At first, I didn't even realize it was a Harry Bosch book. It starts with the bizarro ritualistic murder of a sad case loner, which brings an ex-FBI profiler Terry McCaleb into the picture. Just as I was about to sigh and groan at yet another FBI profiler vs. serial killer story (ever since Red Dragon/Manhunter and Silence of the Lambs, why does anyone bother?), the case starts bumping into LAPD Det. Harry Bosch.
Bosch is the key witness in the murder trial of a big-time Hollywood director, who is accused of having strangled a nobody actress while having sex. While the sensationalist aspect of the case and trial are pretty cliché, the details of the courtroom ebb and flow of the trial are quite interesting and well done. Intermingled with the court case, and its various last minute complications, is Terry McCaleb's off-the-record investigation of the ritual killing. His personal life gets a little cheezy as well, as he's started a new life with a younger wife and tiny daughter on a transplanted heart, but can't resist the lure of an interesting case.
Saying any more about how McCaleb's case and Bosch's trial are connected might tip the plot away, but suffice to say there's a good twist or two and some deep dark secrets that come to light. I don't know if some of them relate to previous books in the series, but one might want to read them in order to avoid spoiling anything.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 April 2001
Format: Hardcover
Michael Connelly succeeds in his ambitious goal of putting Terry McCaleb (from "Blood Work") alongside Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch (the normal hero). There are also (unnecessary?) cameo appearances from Jack McEvoy (from "The Poet") and Thelma Kibble (from "Void Moon"). There were occasions early in the story when I wondered if Connelly had hired a ghost writer, but thereafter the narrative flowed smoothly and the plot developed well. Not Connelly's best - he has set himself very high standards! - but thorougly enjoyable nonetheless.
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