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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best of All Worlds
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not Great
'A Darkness More Than Night' is a good read but not one of Connelly's best novels. The darkness metaphors are a little thick (count the number of times the title pops up and the many moody jukebox songs in the background) and the decision to throw in characters and references from nearly all of his past books felt a little gimmicky. (Hello, Jack McEvoy! Hello, Thelma...
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best of All Worlds, 13 Dec. 2003
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Untouchable (Sydney, NSW Australia) - See all my reviews
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable if unsurprising thriller, 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Another best-seller from Michael Connelly, 15 Jan. 2002
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Twist on the Serial Killer Genre, 13 Jan. 2003
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars McCaleb meets Bosch again, 16 April 2001
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A THRILLER TO MAKE THE BLOOD RUN COLD ..., 4 Oct. 2001
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Even after the brilliant novels THE POET, ANGEL'S FLIGHT and BLOOD WORK, this new thriller is likely to be considered Michael Connelly's masterpiece.
The premise in "Darkness" is bold: hook up two of your previous heroes in the same novel. It could have backfired - instead, it triumphs superbly. The idea that ex-Fed profiler Terry McCaleb (hero of Blood Work) has to go after Harry Bosch (hero of Black Ice etc.) when tough-as-hell Harry seems to be implicated in a murder is one that will leave all true Connelly fans baying for more.
One of the best three thrillers I've read all year, along with "Mystic River" by Dennis Lehane and "Power of Attorney" by Dexter Dias. Ranking them is almost impossible since they have different strengths, but here goes:
Most thought-provoking thriller: Mystic River
Best page-turner: Power of Attorney
Best premise: A Darkness More Than Night
I very highly rate all three.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Connelly - the master crime-fiction story teller, 25 July 2008
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Of the eighteen fictional novels written by Connelly to date, this is only my seventh so I have the considerable pleasure of having eleven more to look forward to. Connelly is right up there at the top alongside the best in crime fiction writing, of that I have no doubt. This particular tale borders on the narcissistic, focusing as it does on contemporary L.A. homicide detective Hieronymus `Harry' Bosch and the 500-year-old works of Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch who doubtless inspired Connelly to choose this unusual name for his erstwhile hero. Actually this isn't really another in the Bosch series, because the leading character here is former FBI profiler Terry McCaleb, he with the heart of a woman, a woman whose sister he is now married to and who agrees to help out an LAPD cop in profiling the killer of a man who, several years ago, killed a woman but never faced charges. It's a case that quickly brings McCaleb around to thinking that Bosch might be number one suspect, partly because Bosch was always frustrated at his inability to nail the now dead killer in the intervening years. Meanwhile Bosch is working at the prosecutor's desk at another murder trial, and as his testimony is likely to determine the outcome, it is paramount that the defence team hear nothing of this potentially devastating scandal or else the defendant will surely walk free.

There's an inevitability from the start that the two murders are connected, but I for one could not imagine how or why so I thoroughly enjoyed the setting out of the story and the thrills it provided at several stages along the way to its superbly constructed ending. Connelly is a natural, a writer with a genuine gift for story-telling who utilises (mostly) plausible plotlines and has no need for sensationalism. It's intelligent thriller-writing of the highest order, with an acknowledged doffing of the cap to Chandler's classics of the 1950s. Taught, gripping and intriguing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not Great, 13 Feb. 2001
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'A Darkness More Than Night' is a good read but not one of Connelly's best novels. The darkness metaphors are a little thick (count the number of times the title pops up and the many moody jukebox songs in the background) and the decision to throw in characters and references from nearly all of his past books felt a little gimmicky. (Hello, Jack McEvoy! Hello, Thelma Kibble!) The writing and procedural is detail is crackerjack, as always, but the solution to the mystery is a little flat by Connelly standards. I have one thriller recomendation: "A Tourist in the Yucatan" a little rough in places but a fun ride!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A dark and mysterious thriller, 25 Sept. 2001
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Connelly brings former FBI agent McCaleb and Harry Bosch together for this dark and mysterious thriller. The writer keeps you turning the pages and questioning your beliefs as to the guilt or innocence of Bosch. This is a remarkable thriller that works extemely well putting two of Connelly's previous hero's together and questioning their darker sides.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truth hidden in The Dark, 2 Nov. 2001
By A Customer
"A Darkness More Than Night" was worth waiting for. Truly enjoyed this book that combined two cases in one. Bosch & McCaleb both very strong personalities and it was great seeing them together. The storyline was very good and I had to keep reading it. It was very difficult to put the book down, as usual.
Halfway through the book, you just want to jump in to make sure that Bosch will not dissappear out off the books. And the end is really a big surprise. I would like to know where his ideas come from.
Already looking forward to the next book!
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