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Short, streamlined - built for speed.
on 13 June 2011
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!