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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (15 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752883003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752883007
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 722,644 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.
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

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one of Connelly's most ingenious plots (Scotsman)

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A brilliant Harry Bosch novel from the No.1 bestselling author of ECHO PARK

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ray Blake VINE VOICE on 15 July 2007
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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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Peter Symonds on 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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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Andy Edwards VINE VOICE on 14 Nov. 2007
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Jan. 2008
Format: Paperback
Unless you are devoted to reading every word that Michael Connelly ever wrote, you can skip this book.

The story that The Overlook is based on was serialized in the New York Times. If you have read that serialization, I doubt if you will feel rewarded by reading this padded out version.

Harry Bosch is in a new unit and has a new partner. But catching a murder in a rich neighborhood in the middle of the night soon attracts the attention of the FBI and more alphabet agencies than you know the names of. Why are they interested? It seems like some terrorists could be about to make a nuclear bomb. Harry soon is spending more time fighting off the Feds than he is on investigating. As a result, he's soon missing obvious clues by not having checked out what's going on thoroughly enough.

The whole set-up is dropped on you in the first few pages as a serial will do to get you hooked into wanting to continue. Missing radioactive materials will grip anyone in New York. You may not find the threat to be so chilling if you live outside the Big Apple and the paranoia that grips the government in Washington.

The plot seems to develop much too fast throughout. I like authors to tease me along until much later in the book than The Outlook does.

I was also disappointed that the plot clearly points to what the ultimate conclusion is. Those clues when buried in a serial don't stick out so much because you forget them by the next day. Sit down and read them at one time (as I did on a plane flight), and they point irresistibly away from what the main investigation is presuming. As a result, the book's ending was totally predictable.

I found another problem with the book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 Jun. 2010
Format: Paperback
Widely, deservedly popular author Michael Connelly (The Poet; Blood Work];[[ASIN:1409116832 Echo Park) has given us more than a dozen Los Angeles-set police procedurals starring Hieronymous (Harry) Bosch, Los Angeles detective named after a well-known 16th century Dutch painter of horror scenes. The author has penned quite a few best-selling standalones, too. He wrote "The Overlook" to be serialized in The Sunday New York Times: we have it now between book covers.

"Overlook" brings us Bosch on a new assignment, Homicide Special, with a new, Hispanic partner Ignacio Ferras. The cop's called out on a new case, his first in this assignment. A body has been found on the overlook near Mulholland Drive. The victim, Dr. Stanley Kent, appears to have been dispatched execution style, with two bullet holes in the back of his head. Kent is swiftly discovered to have access to dangerous radioactive substances from most Los Angeles County hospitals. This brings in the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who tromp all over Bosch's case: the FBI comes bringing Agent Rachel Walling, Bosch's former lover, whom we've met earlier in the series; she recently reappeared (as many of Connelly's characters do) in his last Bosch, "Echo Park." The writer gives his detective a meet with LA's current Police Commissioner William Bratton, formerly successful in New York and Boston; he handles it in quite an interesting way.

The book opens fast, like a hot-wired car, and is 0-60 in no time.
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