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Great story that brings together characters from a number of earlier Michael Connelly novels.
on 17 January 2018
To get the most enjoyment from this book one should read a couple of other books by Michael Connelly first, namely 'The Poet' and 'Blood Work'. This is not to say that one cannot enjoy this book as a stand alone novel, but this story brings together characters who appeared in these previous books: Terry McCaleb the ex FBI profiler and central character of 'Blood Work' and Rachel Walling, the FBI investigator in 'The Poet'.
The story opens with a call from the FBI to Rachel Walling asking her for some help with their investigation into some murders they believe may be the work of The Poet who has supposedly died a few years earlier following Walling's investigation.
In the meantime, Terry McCaleb's widow asks Bosch to investigate the death of her husband as she believes she has proof that he was murdered and that he did not die from natural causes. In the course of his investigation, Bosch, who is still a Private Investigator, uncovers evidence that suggests that the Poet may be involved. At this point Bosch gets entangled in the FBI investigation. Bosch's personal life also features in this novel and this time he is contemplating re-joining the Los Angeles Police Department.
For a book of 428 pages, this is actually quite a quick read. While the pace of the story is a little slow to start, once Bosch starts to make progress with his investigation, the pace quickens considerably. There is a very dramatic and action-packed finale.