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on 20 July 2017
Always well-written but not a great plot.
Won't put a spoiler here, but the basis of the killer's motivation and 'modus operandae' is almost comical and stretches the reader's 'suspension of disbelief' to breaking point. In other words, it's too silly to be taken seriously, despite the gruesome methods employed by the killer.
As usual, Mr Connelly puts his background as a crime reporter to good use by including an excessive amount of detail on police, crime scene and legal procedures (unnecessary in my view, but you may enjoy pages of procedural stuff). This time he also brings in the day-to-day minutiae of a reporter's life in a major newspaper: the office politics, the jargon, the little tricks and deceptions of the trade to get a story, etc..
However - for me - Jack McEvoy isn't a particularly interesting or likeable character himself, and nor are the supporting cast: no memorable policemen, reporters, lawyers... no 'family' of characters you can buy into.
There isn't the same depth or entertainment value in McEvoy as there is in other Connelly characters like Bosch and Micky Haller, but maybe that's just me.
So... this wasn't a bad read but it was a bit of a chore to stick with it to the end.
I think I'll stick to Bosch and Haller in future...