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The Overlook (Harry Bosch Book 13) [Kindle Edition]

Michael Connelly
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)

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Book Description

An execution on the overlook above the Mulholland Dam entangles Bosch with FBI Agent Rachel Walling and Homeland Security. The brilliant 13th Harry Bosch novel from the award-winning No.1 bestselling author. BOSCH TV STARTS FEBRUARY 2015!

When a physicist is murdered in LA it seems the killer has no fear of publicity, leaving the body on The Mulholland overlook, a site with a stunning view over the city. And when it's discovered that the victim turned over a quantity of a lethal chemical to his killer before he died, Harry knows he has more than just a single death to worry about.

Alongside the forces of Homeland Security, Harry realises he must solve the murder or face unimaginable consequences.


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    '...by then I was hooked, as is so often the way with Connelly, and as the pace quickened it slowly became clear that this was another classic by the best crime writer in America today.' (Henry Sutton THE MIRROR )

    'The final chapters contain chases and twists galore - even so, there is time for some of that hard-nosed poetry which makes Connelly a cut above his competitors.' (Mark Sanderson EVENING STANDARD )

    'When you pick up one of Connelly's novels, be resigned to losing the rest of the day. He is one of those get-you-on-the edge-of-your seat, can't-put-it-down storytellers - and he can write.' (GLASGOW EVENING TIMES )

    '[Bosch is] still a brililant detective, and the only one to solve Connelly's well-constructed puzzle.' (Susanna Yager SUNDAY TELEGRAPH )

    'Some people get very excited about the propect of a new Harry Bosch book ... But its' not suprising. Fifteen years and umpteen books on, Connelly is still pulling in the crowds ... Thrilling rollercoaster? Take it as read.' (DAILY SPORT )

    'Connelly has established himself as one of crime's most satisfying reads.' (METRO )

    'This gripping Harry Bosch mystery starts with a terrorist-style execution ... this is an increasingly cynical and dyspeptic Harry's first case in his new job' (IRISH INDEPENDENT )

    Mark Sanderson, EVENING STANDARD

    'The final chapters contain chases and twists galore - even so, there is time for some of that hard-nosed poetry which makes Connelly a cut above his competitors.'

    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 543 KB
    • Print Length: 241 pages
    • Publisher: Orion (12 Mar. 2009)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B002U3CB7A
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    • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,243 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    More About the Author

    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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    19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars A small piece of Bosch magic 15 July 2007
    By Ray Blake VINE VOICE
    Format:Hardcover
    There's less of this book than there ought to be, and it's by far the shortest of the excellent Bosch novels. But actually, there's just enough plot to fill it and to give us the charateristic Bosch investigative brilliance.

    But if Bosch really existed, if he had a full filing cabinet full of cases that could be written up to entertain the public, you wouldn't have chosen this one.
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    59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars What a let down 16 Jun. 2007
    Format:Hardcover
    Michael Connelly is one of the few authors that I automatically buy in hardcover whenever a new book is first released. Whether I do so again is now debatable. As a story "the Overlook" is O.K. Not great, but acceptable. The real problem is that it isn't a proper novel: at 260 pages of fairly large font text its a pumped up short story, that while highly topical (it refers to the poisoning by Polonium of Alexander Litvenenko in London last year) just doesn't have enough substance to satisfy. It was first published in serial form in the New York times and doesn't it just show! Even the style of writing seems somewhat simpler than normal and Bosch is possibly getting old because "the overlook" could be refering to the clues he missed rather than the crime scene. Lines like "Bosch couldn't possibly understand why the FBI would take cigarrette ash as evidence" just defy belief.

    I'll stop now before I do a real hatchet job on this book, but hopefully Connelly will read this and take note: next time you have a good idea for a short story copy Ian Rankin and release a collection of short stories. Don't dissapoint your fans with semi-novels like this.
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    47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
    By Andy Edwards VINE VOICE
    Format:Paperback
    Michael, what have you done. OK, the deal to write a serial for a newspaper sounded good, but when you agreed to work it up into a book, it all went wrong, and you have alienated many Bosch addicts, like myself.

    This book recycles too many aspects of previous books, and there is a procession of the characters from Harry's past, all intended to add some of legitimacy to this cynical cash-in. Add the fact that it will take you no time to read and I defy anyone, other than new readers, to find anything to recommend in this.

    If you are considering buying this and you have yet to experience a Connolly book, can I recommend "The Lincoln Lawyer", "Echo Park" or "The Poet" as far superior to this - or better still start at the beginning of the Harry Bosch series with "The Black Echo", and work from there.
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    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear... 18 July 2007
    By GPJ
    Format:Hardcover
    Oh dear, seems like a cheap attempt at a Robert Crais "novel". Not very good. Superficial, one-act pulp. Reads more like a screenplay than a novel. We can await the mediocre film with dread. The worst Bosch book - by a mile - yet.
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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Like a sloppy episode of 24 hours 9 July 2007
    Format:Hardcover
    I am a great Bosch fan, this book does not work, it was it seems a serial in sixteen episodes for a magazine, and I heard Connelly interviewed on radio and he seemed to have lots of problems with the format.

    My advice, read Echo Park which is well up to standard and forget the Overlook unless you have an afternoon to spare.
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    26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Not Connolly's finest hour 15 Jan. 2008
    By Andy Edwards VINE VOICE
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    Michael, what have you done. OK, the deal to write a serial for a newspaper sounded good, but when you agreed to work it up into a book, it all went wrong, and you have alienated many Bosch addicts, like myself.

    This book recycles too many aspects of previous books, and there is a procession of the characters from Harry's past, all intended to add some of legitimacy to this cynical cash-in. Add the fact that it will take you no time to read and I defy anyone, other than new readers, to find anything to recommend in this.

    If you are considering buying this and you have yet to experience a Connolly book, can I recommend "The Lincoln Lawyer", "Echo Park" or "The Poet" as far superior to this - or better still start at the beginning of the Harry Bosch series with "The Black Echo", and work from there.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible 1 Oct. 2007
    Format:Hardcover
    Even though many of the other reviews reflect my own thoughts I feel so disappointed in this book I wanted to add my own review.
    As other reviewers have noted the plot and the chracters (especially 'Harry') are one dimensional and I too thought this book had actually been written by someone else. I agree though that this book looks like it has been written to fulfill a contractual obligation but it may well have done terminal damage to Harry and Michael's careers.
    I hope that the author sees this feedback and responds by never doing this again!
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Short, streamlined - built for speed. 13 Jun. 2011
    By Straightforward TOP 500 REVIEWER
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    One of the FBI agents in this book spends a lot of his time maintaining 'investigative velocity', and at times this book reads like that was the raison d'etre of the author's, too; this book is all about pace. It's interesting to note that this was written as a serialisation for a newspaper - it feels very much that it is written to draw the reader in very quickly. The book version has been expanded somewhat, apparently.

    The only problem is that the plot twists and turns are for the main part too predictable - there's very little other alternatives with the racing speed weight that the cast list keeps itself to, so the pleasure is not so much in trying to work out who did what, but in watching Bosch track the perpetrator down.

    Nevertheless, a satisfying - if somewhat undeveloped - read. Steven King used to put manuscripts of books that hadn't quite worked out right into a trunk, where they would be unearthed and worked on at a later date, or if a contract needed fulfilling quickly, and this feels a bit like one of those 'Bachman' books. I enjoyed this - it's far superior to most crime fiction out there - but Connelly has set himself a high bar to jump over; he is judged by his own high standards.

    Don't expect to work too hard reading this book - enjoy it for what it is - a quick checking-in on Bosch as he encounters a relatively simple (but stressful) case. Quick and light. And enjoyable!
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