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on 7 February 2018
Once again Michael Connelly has produced an intelligent, thought-provoking story featuring the veteran homicide police detective, Harry Bosch. While one can read this book as a stand-alone story, one will enjoy it even more if one has read the ten earlier books featuring Harry Bosch.
This story opens with Harry Bosch returning to the Los Angeles police force following a three year spell as a private investigator. However, he is assigned to the 'Open - Unsolved' unit - a small team of seasoned police officers who take a second look at unsolved crimes of the past. Also on the team is former colleague Kizmin Rider. In addition, Harry is soon reacquainted with a number of other former colleagues, including his nemesis, Irving Irving.
The first case that Harry is given concerns the murder of a biracial 16 year old, Rebecca Verloren. Now, seventeen years later, thanks to advances in technology, a DNA match links an illiterate white supremacist with this old case. However, Bosch discovers that while the 'murder book' of the crime still exists, the box containing other physical supporting evidence collected at the time has disappeared. Could this new DNA connection be the break that brings this case to closure?
While this is a traditional police procedural story where you follow Harry Bosch and his colleagues as they conduct their investigation, and experience through them the highs and lows of a number of different 'avenues of investigation', I think the real strength and impact of this novel lies in how Michael Connelly skilfully, and devastatingly, portrays the impact that a long-standing unsolved murder has on family, friends, and others involved in such cases (the 'ripples' as Harry refers to them). In this novel there is far less emphasis on Bosch's personal life and a greater focus on his personality - particularly his dogged determination to seek justice, closure and to 'speak for the dead'. For me, this is the most poignant of the Harry Bosch novels I have read to date.
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on 22 August 2014
Bosch is back in the LAPD, where he belongs. And while that's good news it gives me a problem with this both: it's simply ridiculous to try to make us believe that any police dept will take back on board a cop that retired three years earlier. When you add in the fact that the cop is Harry Bosch, who has enemies at every level of the LAPD hierarchy, who is a maverick who never even tried to fit in...well, I'm sorry but it's just so stupid that it ruined this book. And yet I sympathise with Connelly: without LA and the LAPD Bosch just doesn't work: after all, he has always been his mission. So he had to bring him back. Aside from this the book was ordinary, with a simple story twisted into a big, rather unlikely mystery. And yes, police corruption at high levels features heavily. Yawn. Been there 10 times before with Harry and it's getting old. Readable enough but a little dull and plodding and, as I said, based on a ludicrous premise like so many of Connelly's novels.
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on 26 February 2018
How Michael Connelly can keep writing such varied books about LAPD is beyond me. I feel as if I've spent lots of time in the City as his descriptive prose is informative and interesting. Also as a former police officer in the UK I find the similarities between their relationships wit heir supervisors so parallel to things here. Keep them coming Michael
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on 20 February 2015
What a nice change from the last book. I love this author and I think I’m in love with Harry Bosch. This book was signed “Harry is back on the beat and all is right in the world” by Michael Connelly when I met him at his book signing in Greensboro. Harry IS back in the Open Unsolved department. He is back with his partner Kit. Their first case is 17 years old. It’s recently been reopened because they have DNA and found a match. It doesn’t take long for Harry to get back into his investigative mode. This was one of those books I couldn’t put down until I finished. There is a cameo appearance of old chief Irving and an interesting link to this case. Great one as always by one of my favorites
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on 3 November 2014
I've read only a few Connelly novels and have become a big fan. I like the Harry Bosch character. The reader sympathises with him immediately; the detective with a heart, driven to do the right thing. Here, he's back with the LAPD, out of retirement and with the Open-Unsolved section of the Homicide Division. Bosch and his partner are investigating an old case, the murder of a lovely young girl. The family are broken, there are internal police politics and shenanigans to contend with and twists and turns along the way.

The story has nice pace, is really well told and I would be surprised if the reader doesn't finish it within 2 or 3 days as it is difficult to put down. Great book.
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on 8 May 2017
Another great Harry Bosch book from Michael Connelly. There are moments toward the end that make you think, "how could he not see that", but then you realise that the central premise is that Bosch is ring rusty from having been retired for several years. The title refers to the Open Unsolved department that Bosch gets recruited back into the LAPD to work for.
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on 26 March 2018
Another slick, smooth investigation from Harry which he solves whilst others flounder of course. As always, just as the plaudits arrive so does the sour note that he did not foresee another murder; he must have a cross to bear. The production line continues.
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on 31 January 2016
Remarkable & quite frankly, very Michael Connelly! Not many writers can make you fall in love with criminals in the way Connelly does. One minute I was laughing at the prospect of an illiterate white supremacist who can't even graffiti right(spelled JEW as WEJ), the next I am crying as he has now been craftily lured to his horrible death by some wolf clothed in sheep skin. Thoroughly entertaining as well as moving!
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on 8 February 2015
Another good book following the career of Detective harry Bosch. I have read all the previous 10 books and not found an "unputable down" one yet. Excellent writing by Michael Connelly, and the books really need to be read in order, as they follow the career of Detective Bosch in chronological order, and all contain different cases, but quite often refer back to previous cases, as in this book, and previous characters. All these books I highly recommend as a good read.
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on 1 June 2005
We always have to wait a year for a new Bosch novel and that is my only complaint about Mr Connelly. Detective Bosch has always been one of my favorites (along with Jack Reacher) and in this novel he is back with LAPD and his partner Kiz Ryder.
The pace is fast, maybe too fast as i finished the book in three days and again i have to wait another year for the next novel. If you have not discovered Bosch then you have a lot of reading to do as there are now thirteen novels available and they are all as good as you can get. The plot unfolds beautifully and Connelly succeeds again in twisting you around his little finger.
I liked the introduction of a new commander, and he definately adds colour to this new novel.
So, in conclusion, go for it ! you will not be disappointed !
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