counter create hit A Darkness More Than Night - Download Free eBook
Ads Banner
Hot Best Seller

A Darkness More Than Night

Availability: Ready to download

Terry McCaleb, the retired FBI agent who starred in the bestseller "Blood Work," is asked by the LAPD to help them investigate aseries of murders that have them baffled. They are the kind of ritualized killings McCaleb specialized in solving with the FBI, and he is reluctantly drawn from his peaceful new life back into the horror and excitement of tracking down a terrifyin Terry McCaleb, the retired FBI agent who starred in the bestseller "Blood Work," is asked by the LAPD to help them investigate aseries of murders that have them baffled. They are the kind of ritualized killings McCaleb specialized in solving with the FBI, and he is reluctantly drawn from his peaceful new life back into the horror and excitement of tracking down a terrifying homicidal maniac. More horrifying still, the suspect who seems to fit the profile that McCaleb develops is someone he has known and worked with in the past: LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch.


Compare
Ads Banner

Terry McCaleb, the retired FBI agent who starred in the bestseller "Blood Work," is asked by the LAPD to help them investigate aseries of murders that have them baffled. They are the kind of ritualized killings McCaleb specialized in solving with the FBI, and he is reluctantly drawn from his peaceful new life back into the horror and excitement of tracking down a terrifyin Terry McCaleb, the retired FBI agent who starred in the bestseller "Blood Work," is asked by the LAPD to help them investigate aseries of murders that have them baffled. They are the kind of ritualized killings McCaleb specialized in solving with the FBI, and he is reluctantly drawn from his peaceful new life back into the horror and excitement of tracking down a terrifying homicidal maniac. More horrifying still, the suspect who seems to fit the profile that McCaleb develops is someone he has known and worked with in the past: LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch.

30 review for A Darkness More Than Night

  1. 5 out of 5

    James Thane

    In this book, published in 2001, Michael Connelly brings together three of the characters he had previously used as lead protagonists: former FBI agent, Terry McCaleb from Blood Work, journalist Jack McEvoy from The Poet, and L.A. Homicide Detective Harry Bosch, whom Connelly had featured in several novels up to that point. McEvoy plays a relatively minor role here, while Bosch and McCaleb are center stage. As the book opens, Bosch is assisting the prosecution in a high-profile Hollywood murder t In this book, published in 2001, Michael Connelly brings together three of the characters he had previously used as lead protagonists: former FBI agent, Terry McCaleb from Blood Work, journalist Jack McEvoy from The Poet, and L.A. Homicide Detective Harry Bosch, whom Connelly had featured in several novels up to that point. McEvoy plays a relatively minor role here, while Bosch and McCaleb are center stage. As the book opens, Bosch is assisting the prosecution in a high-profile Hollywood murder trial. A movie director is charged with murdering a young actress and then attempting to make the killing look like an accidental death. Bosch was the lead detective on the case and made the arrest. As the case unfolds in court, L. A. County Sheriff's detective Jaye Winston seeks out Terry McCaleb, looking for help on a case that has dead-ended. McCaleb, who was forced to retire after having a heart transplant, is now living quietly, running a charter fishing boat, and carving out a life with his new wife, their daughter, and his adopted son. But he hasn't lost the drive and the curiosity that once made him a leading FBI profiler. Winston's case involves a scumbag named Edward Gunn who was once arrested by Harry Bosch for the murder of a prostitute. Gunn managed to beat the charge and has now been found murdered in a ritualistic fashion. Winston's case is going nowhere and she fears that this may be a serial killer who will be targeting victims after Gunn. She appeals to McCaleb who had worked with her previously, to look at the evidence and offer an opinion. Well, in for a penny.... The reader understands immediately, even if Winston doesn't, that once this case gets its hooks into McCaleb, it's not going to let go. Civilian or not, and whether anyone wants him to or not, McCaleb will wind up in the middle of it. And the deeper McCaleb digs into the case, the more the evidence leads him in the direction of a startling suspect. Meanwhile, the trial in which Bosch is involved is having its ups and downs. Just when it appears that the prosecution team has pretty much nailed the case against the cocky director, things seems to take a bad turn. And as the case seems to be hanging by a thread, McCaleb's investigation intrudes into it, with potentially dire consequences for everyone involved. This is another very good novel from Michael Connelly. Caleb and Bosch make a very interesting pairing and the plot takes one surprising twist after another. One might argue that the ending is a little forced, but that's a small complaint, and this is another story from Connelly that kept me turning the pages well into the night. An easy four stars.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Phrynne

    I started this knowing that it was Harry Bosch #7 but not knowing it was also Terry McCaleb #2. So not having read Terry McCaleb #1 I may have missed some of the overall goodness of the book. However I got enough to give it four easy stars. I have to admit I did not like McCaleb at all and this may be because I did not already know him. He drew his outrageous assumptions about people based on ridiculously tiny facts and generally just pottered around being a nuisance. Harry on the other hand dea I started this knowing that it was Harry Bosch #7 but not knowing it was also Terry McCaleb #2. So not having read Terry McCaleb #1 I may have missed some of the overall goodness of the book. However I got enough to give it four easy stars. I have to admit I did not like McCaleb at all and this may be because I did not already know him. He drew his outrageous assumptions about people based on ridiculously tiny facts and generally just pottered around being a nuisance. Harry on the other hand dealt with his issues head on and I loved the way he kept popping up mysteriously just when he was needed. This was an easy book to read. I finished it in one day and am now looking forward to the next one/

  3. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    This 9th book in the 'Bosch Universe' pairs two popular Michael Connelly characters: Harry Bosch and Terry McCaleb. The book can be read as a standalone. ***** Harry Bosch is a detective in the Los Angeles Police Department who almost always closes his cases, but is usually on the wrong side of his superiors. Terry McCaleb is a former FBI profiler who - after a heart transplant - moved to Catalina Island with his wife, stepson, and baby girl. Terry now runs a charter fishing business and tries to a This 9th book in the 'Bosch Universe' pairs two popular Michael Connelly characters: Harry Bosch and Terry McCaleb. The book can be read as a standalone. ***** Harry Bosch is a detective in the Los Angeles Police Department who almost always closes his cases, but is usually on the wrong side of his superiors. Terry McCaleb is a former FBI profiler who - after a heart transplant - moved to Catalina Island with his wife, stepson, and baby girl. Terry now runs a charter fishing business and tries to avoid stress. As the story opens Terry is contacted by Sheriff's Deputy Jaye Winston, who asks him to have a quick look at the file of a puzzling murder case. The victim is an alleged killer named Edward Gunn, who was trussed up and murdered in a horrific fashion. Terry is reluctant to get involved - and strongly discouraged by his wife - but is drawn into the investigation anyway. In the meantime, Harry Bosch is the main witness at the murder trial of David Storey, a Hollywood director accused of murdering a young woman. In court Harry describes the evidence against Storey AND says that - when no one else was around - Storey admitted he killed the girl and boasted he'd get away with it. A scandal involving Harry would negate his testimony against Storey, and it looks like one is about to break thanks to Terry McCaleb. When Terry studies the scene-of-crime photos in the Edward Gunn murder file he observes deliberate symbols that remind him of a painting by 17th century Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch, called 'The Garden of Earthly Delights.' The Garden of Earthly Delights As it happens Hieronymus Bosch happens to be Harry's given name, and Terry puts two and two together to make five. He tells Deputy Winston he thinks Bosch killed the trussed up victim. Oh no.....say it ain't so!! 😕 As things play out Harry's old partner Kizmin Rider is tricked into talking about him; information is leaked to reporter Jack McAvoy; Terry's life is endangered; and surprising secrets come to light. A good deal of the novel is composed of courtroom scenes, with witnesses being questioned and cross-examined, lawyers maneuvering to influence the jury, and so on. Courtroom drama is one of Connelly's favorite tropes, and I always enjoy it, but he goes a bit overboard in this book.....and it slows down the story. Still, I'd recommend the book to mystery readers, especially Harry Bosch fans. You can follow my reviews at https://reviewsbybarbsaffer.blogspot....

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jonetta

    You get two character focuses in one in this story. It really serves you well to have read Blood Work first to get a good sense of Terry McCaleb. I believe it made a difference in my enjoyment. While this is the 7th book in the Harry Bosch series, it's the 8th in that universe and the second in the Terry McCaleb series. For a large part of the story, McCaleb and Bosch are operating independently until their worlds connect. Terry believes Harry is behind the murder of Edward Gunn because aspects You get two character focuses in one in this story. It really serves you well to have read Blood Work first to get a good sense of Terry McCaleb. I believe it made a difference in my enjoyment. While this is the 7th book in the Harry Bosch series, it's the 8th in that universe and the second in the Terry McCaleb series. For a large part of the story, McCaleb and Bosch are operating independently until their worlds connect. Terry believes Harry is behind the murder of Edward Gunn because aspects of the crime scene seem to provide a connection. What makes this story compelling are the contrasts of the investigative styles of these two men. Both have really good instincts but their approaches couldn't be more different. I wasn't all that happy with the narrator of the story, particularly his interpretation of Harry. In all fairness, I'm an ingrained Dick Hill fan so he had a steep hill to climb. Otherwise it was okay but I'm glad to see a change with the next book. This is another fascinating chapter of the Harry Bosch world with the added bonus of Terry McCaleb. While the ending left me a bit adrift, it seemed fitting for both men.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    I have not read the first (and only other) Terry McCaleb book, Blood Work, and honestly, I probably never will. He is the reason I am annoyed with this dud of a book tainting what is otherwise a rock solid series. This cross-over book features characters from three of Connelly's series (serieses? serii?): Obviously Harry Bosch, Jack McEvoy from The Poet and The Scarecrow, and Terry McLame-o. Jack had a walk-on role with a few lines, but really was just there as a "Oh, hey! That's that guy from t I have not read the first (and only other) Terry McCaleb book, Blood Work, and honestly, I probably never will. He is the reason I am annoyed with this dud of a book tainting what is otherwise a rock solid series. This cross-over book features characters from three of Connelly's series (serieses? serii?): Obviously Harry Bosch, Jack McEvoy from The Poet and The Scarecrow, and Terry McLame-o. Jack had a walk-on role with a few lines, but really was just there as a "Oh, hey! That's that guy from that other book!" name recognition Easter egg. He could be replaced by literally anyone else and the story would be unchanged. Unfortunately, Terry McBlah has a starring role, and this book is more of his story than a Bosch story. Which is... fine. It's fine. If I ever do a re-read of this series, I'll just skip this dud. Anyway, let's get to the point here. Terry McWhatever is SUPPOSEDLY a professional, prestigious, retired FBI profiler recovering from a heart transplant and apparently a lobotomy and personalityectomy, and he's looped into a case that has the lead not-Bosch detective stumped, and as soon as I saw that the lead detective was not Bosch, I knew where this was going, and was not wrong. Mr. Expert Profiler Man is led precisely by the nose to the conclusion that veteran detective Bosch is the killer, because the crime scene was staged with imagery and symbolism literally taken from Hieronymus Bosch's (the painter) artwork. FYI: My cat makes a better profiler than Terry McDerpface. The guy is so unimportant, such a non-entity in his own book that even the Goodreads book description of some editions can't bother getting his name right. It lists his first name as "Terrence", but he's actually a "Terrell". I find this amusing. (As a GR Librarian, I did attempt to edit it but I'm not sure if it took, and honestly, don't care that much. Let him be Terrence or whatever if the GR gods will it.) Anyway, Terrence McClam doesn't even make a good investigator, let alone a trained profiler. His style is more of a "I got a square piece of evidence here, how do I cram it into the triangular hole of the 'gut instinct' theory I literally was fed by the killer's misdirection?" method than "Let's look at the evidence and see where it actually takes us" method. Literally as soon as the painter Bosch was mentioned, Tryhard McFailure stopped investigating the case and started fitting the investigation around Bosch the detective. Obviously Bosch is a flawed and imperfect man, and that is why he is compelling and interesting and his series didn't stop at a duology, Twobook McWho. But a sadistic killer he is not. There's never a single doubt in my mind on this point, no matter how hard TERRENCE tried to force it all to fit. And it was so frustrating that he tried so hard to make it fit. Being forced to watch him "work" this case was exhausting to my eyes because they kept trying to roll out of my skull every 2 minutes or so as the logical leaps and fallacies abounded. I'm going to do you all a favor and copy Turdy McGee's profile of Bosch (which should be a red flag, because he's shouldn't be profiling a PERSON in the first place), in its entirety, so you can understand how expert he is at this: SUSPECT: Bosch Institutional - youth hall, Vietnam, LAPD Outsider - Alienation Obsessive-compulsive Eyes - lost, loss Mission man - avenging angel the big wheel always turning - nobody walks away what goes around comes around alcohol divorce - wife? why? alienation/obsession mother cases justice system - "bullshit" carriers of the plague guilt? Harry = Hieronymus owl = evil evil = Gunn death of evil = release stressors paintings - demons - devils - evil darkness and light - the edge punishment mother - justice - Gunn God's hand - police - Bosch punishment = God's work A darkness more than night - Bosch This, friends, is not a profile. I'm no expert, but I've seen many seasons of Criminal Minds, and therefore I am an expert, and a profile should be formed around the traits that a killer may likely possess to have committed the crime at hand, and should be used to help narrow down a suspect pool. It should NOT be a bunch of disparate thoughts and observations and out-of-context comments centered on and used against a single person who all-too-conveniently fits the theory that you're trying to square-peg-round-hole together. Damn this was... not great. Profiling is hard. I say this as an expert. WRITING a compelling story about profiling is probably just as hard, because not only do you have to get into the killer's head and understand motivations that may be incomprehensible (not that this was, at ALL. Sheesh, so transparent.), but then you have to weave that into a compelling and suspenseful narrative with believable characters and plot and pacing and dialogue and everything. And it just didn't hit the mark for me on most of those points. I felt like the whole plot was too convenient, too try-hard. It felt forced and stilted. Every scene Terry was in felt awkward to me. His dialogue was so formal, he was so... boringly wholesome, with his "I see God in my baby daughter's eyes" shit. Gag. His relationship with his wife was eye-rollingly pathetic. Oh, tell me more about how she was totally fine with you coming out of retirement to investigate a murder that mattered to HER - and even more recently after heart surgery... but NOW that she's your wife and the mother of your god-eyed baby, she's gone all mother hen about you working THIS case, clucking about how dangerous it is, and how scared she is, and blah blah blah. Stereotypical "concerned wife" bullshit, and irritating as hell. And ugh - Tweedle McDee correcting his 10? 12? year old step-son Raymond when he said "yeah" with "You mean 'yes'?" every time made me want to stab him in the face. Dude, don't be a dick. He's a kid, and you're a fucking stick in the mud. Get over yourself. Ugh... so much to dislike in this book. I sincerely hope this is the last I ever see of Troopy McCrawdad. The ONLY saving grace to this book was that Bosch was in it. In all the ways that Typo McSnooze failed as a character, Bosch doesn't. He's got a supporting role in this book, but his sections were the highlight of the story for me. I love his nuance, I feel like I get his jadedness, and identify with his disgust with a system that fails in its duty to carry out fair and blind justice more often than not. I understand him, I think. And I root for him. Even when he fucks up, badly, I still feel like he's on the right side of things, and I can understand why he does what he does, even if I can't condone it. So, Bosch is why this is getting 2 stars instead of an otherwise well-earned 1 star. And now, back to our regularly scheduled Bosch series... Please? :D

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    I'm close to giving this 5 stars. It was a perfect storm in so many ways & it makes me very glad that I read the books in published order, not by series. Not only does Connelly bring many of his characters together, but he does it in such a perfect, real way. We start off following Terry McCaleb & see a lot of Harry Bosch. Jack McEvoy has a small, but good part. Cassie Black doesn't make an appearance, but there is a nod to her as well. The plot was as twisty as ever, but the end... wow. Just wow I'm close to giving this 5 stars. It was a perfect storm in so many ways & it makes me very glad that I read the books in published order, not by series. Not only does Connelly bring many of his characters together, but he does it in such a perfect, real way. We start off following Terry McCaleb & see a lot of Harry Bosch. Jack McEvoy has a small, but good part. Cassie Black doesn't make an appearance, but there is a nod to her as well. The plot was as twisty as ever, but the end... wow. Just wow. I like Bosch even better now. He's a miserable SOB in a lot of ways, but he's a smart one.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    8.5/10 Surprise, surprise, another top notch book by Michael Connolly. Man, is this guy predictable. I bet he sits there thinking about writing a terrible book and then just laughs it off as it’s easier to come up with a stonking effort. No change with this one. There was a slim hope for me at the start though with a split narrative and one of the leads being from the only Connolly book I have disliked (“Blood Work”). Then Connolly ramps things up to 11 and pushes what could have been a tedious r 8.5/10 Surprise, surprise, another top notch book by Michael Connolly. Man, is this guy predictable. I bet he sits there thinking about writing a terrible book and then just laughs it off as it’s easier to come up with a stonking effort. No change with this one. There was a slim hope for me at the start though with a split narrative and one of the leads being from the only Connolly book I have disliked (“Blood Work”). Then Connolly ramps things up to 11 and pushes what could have been a tedious read into the usual top notch affair. As this is a Bosch novel things don’t really get going until Bosch turns up, but do they get turned up! In quite a role reversal to the usual Bosch novels, Bosch is on the back foot and not the lead investigator. He’s a star witness at a trial and is actually being investigated by an ex-FBI agent after some murders point suspiciously towards Harry Bosch and a hidden vigilante. Connolly has to be the best writer of courtroom scenes (I’d be happy for any other recommendations)? Whenever Bosch or Haller are in the courtroom I could literally read from start to finish. The tension and excitement are really ramped up and that is exactly what happens here. All the courtroom scenes make up for the slow start in this one. Not one to start the series off with but definitely one to advance it. I’m glad I read the standalone “Blood Work” before reading this (even if I disliked it) as the main characters from that are in this one and there are some things that happen in that which influence this book. Not essentially, but advisory. Yet again though, Connolly reminds me why he is one of my top “go to” authors with a great novel. Looking forward to the next one. If you like this try: “Lincoln Lawyer” by Michael Connolly

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    “The monster goes back into the darkness from which it came.” This novel brings together three of Connelly's protagonists. Harry Bosch, Terry McCaleb (Blood Work),and Jack McEvoy (The Poet). McEvoy only has a few brief appearances in the story. The story opens with Bosch visiting a lowlife named Edward Gunn in jail. Bosch has a standing request in with all of the watch commanders ... whenever Gunn is picked up they are to call Bosch. He once arrested Gunn for the murder of a prostitute but Gunn w “The monster goes back into the darkness from which it came.” This novel brings together three of Connelly's protagonists. Harry Bosch, Terry McCaleb (Blood Work),and Jack McEvoy (The Poet). McEvoy only has a few brief appearances in the story. The story opens with Bosch visiting a lowlife named Edward Gunn in jail. Bosch has a standing request in with all of the watch commanders ... whenever Gunn is picked up they are to call Bosch. He once arrested Gunn for the murder of a prostitute but Gunn was released on a technicality. Bosch hasn't forgotten it and can't let it go. It is New Year's Eve and Gunn is too drunk to even talk to. This encounter sets the stage for the interaction between Terry McCaleb and Harry Bosch that is the basis for the story to follow. Harry is assisting the prosecution in a high-profile Hollywood murder trial. A movie director, David Storey, is charged with murdering a young actress and trying to make it look like an accident. Harry was the lead detective and made the arrest. Storey boasted to Harry that he was God and couldn't be touched. While Harry is involved with the latest celebrity trial L. A. County Sheriff detective Jaye Winston visits Terry McCaleb, the former FBI profiler who retired after a heart transplant. Edward Gunn was found dead in his apartment on New Year's Day. A ritualistic murder. The case has hit a dead end but Winston is afraid she may have a serial killer on her hand and Gunn's murder is only the first. McCaleb is now living quietly, running a charter fishing boat with his new wife, adopted son and daughter. Winston had worked with McCaleb previously and she wants his help in putting together a profile of Gunn's killer. Just look at the case documentation and give her a profile. McCaleb may be retired but as he starts working on a profile he becomes hooked and can't let it go. As McCaleb works on his profile he learns of the connection between Edward Gunn and Harry Bosch. He also discovers that the ritualistic murder scene resembles a painting by Hieronymous Bosch. McCaleb soon realizes that the profile points to Harry Bosch. How far would Harry go to see that Edward Gunn did not get away with murdering the prostitute? As the story unfolds the reader will find a connection between the murder of Edward Gunn and the David Storey trial. What is the connection? Bosch and McCaleb may be the good guys but they deal with monsters. They are human and they have flaws. How does working with the worst humanity has to offer affect them? "You don’t go into the darkness without the darkness going into you."

  9. 4 out of 5

    kartik narayanan

    I loved A Darkness More Than Night. First off, it is narrated mostly from Terry McCaleb's perspective. This change in perspective did a lot to shake the slightly monotonous feeling I was getting from binge reading Harry Bosch. Secondly, Harry Bosch comes across as the antagonist for the majority of the story. This, again, helped in making the story much more interesting, especially seeing Bosch from a different perspective. In fact, I think this might be the first story where the book is actually I loved A Darkness More Than Night. First off, it is narrated mostly from Terry McCaleb's perspective. This change in perspective did a lot to shake the slightly monotonous feeling I was getting from binge reading Harry Bosch. Secondly, Harry Bosch comes across as the antagonist for the majority of the story. This, again, helped in making the story much more interesting, especially seeing Bosch from a different perspective. In fact, I think this might be the first story where the book is actually way better than the prime video series. The video series shows us what Bosch is up to right from the beginning while the book keeps this as a mystery right till the end. But, on the flip side, this is more of a Terry McCaleb novel than it is a Harry Bosch. At best, it is equal billing.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Obsidian

    Ehh. This one I did not feel at all. The book went back and forth between Terry McCaleb's POV (way too much of him) and then Harry Bosch. Since the book is set up as Terry trying to tie Bosch into a murder of a man that was Bosch's suspect in a prior case, I just couldn't work up the energy to it. The flow was bad in this one too since it kept jumping back and forth. One of my friend's told me that I should have read "Blood Work" first to get a better sense of Terry, but since I had a ton of boo Ehh. This one I did not feel at all. The book went back and forth between Terry McCaleb's POV (way too much of him) and then Harry Bosch. Since the book is set up as Terry trying to tie Bosch into a murder of a man that was Bosch's suspect in a prior case, I just couldn't work up the energy to it. The flow was bad in this one too since it kept jumping back and forth. One of my friend's told me that I should have read "Blood Work" first to get a better sense of Terry, but since I had a ton of books I went through like candy this weekend, I was not going to circle back to figure out a character who I found to be a big pain the butt through almost the entire book. Terry is called in to investigate a possible connection between Harry Bosch and the murder of Edward Gunn. Terry is called in by an old friend, Jaye Winston. She wants Terry's help in figuring out who could have murdered Gunn in a scene that calls upon a famous painting by an artist many readers will know from reading this series. At this point, I would have said this was some straight up obvious set-up, but we have to muddle through things with Terry as he realizes that maybe Bosch has turned a corner into being a murderer. Bosch is up as a witness for the prosecution in the trial of David Storey. Storey is charged with murdering his lover and making it look like a suicide. According to Bosch, Storey confesses, but also says Bosch won't be able to prove it. So the book flip flops between Terry's investigation of Bosch, and Bosch's testimony in court. The book only improves when we have Bosch's POV chapters. Connelly has Bosch locked down. And now we get why most of his chapters it felt like Bosch was holding a little back here and there. We don't get to see until the end what our Bosch has up his sleeves. And when we see how these two men's current cases tie together, I may have said "oh come on" out loud. I really thought that Terry's supposed insight into Bosch was weak as anything. Also I didn't like the whole thing really being about Bosch going into the judge and jury. The POV of Terry of Bosch had Bosch just being really close to going around the bend. And also these guys (Bosch and McCaleb) has to be freaking clairvoyant to be able to figure out how the criminal trial case was tied up into the murder of Gunn. There was way too many plot holes with the whole book. Secondary characters don't really get developed in this one. I assume some of these people popped up in "Blood Work." We have Terry's disapproving wife who just, no. I didn't like her or get her at all. She was just kind of there weeping and being negative all of the time since she doesn't want Terry to be involved in profiling anymore. The dialogue during all of the courtroom scenes was great. I wish more of that was included in the Bosch series. We get to see how Bosch is on a stand and how his notes are crucial to key evidence during a murder trial. The flow didn't work very well in this one. All in all, this felt like two books smashed together. I wish Connelly had kept McCaleb investigating Bosch with no back and forths between the two men, or just had Bosch being the main POV with no POV of McCaleb. The setting of the book felt a bit disjointed. We have McCaleb away on an island and coming back and forth to LA to analyze Bosch. Bosch in court. And then McCaleb on his boat. I think those were the major settings besides a bar or two. This really didn't feel much like a Bosch book. The ending was definitely a what the heck just happened moment. I still don't get everything that went down in this case.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jane Stewart

    3 ½ stars. I had a few complaints, but the series is so good that I’m glad I read it, and I’m on to the next. STORY BRIEF: Two stories are being told interspersed. Gunn was found murdered in his home in an elaborate method patterned after a scene from a painting. Detective Jaye Winston is in charge of the investigation which has stalled. She asks retired FBI profiler McCaleb to help her. The second story is a murder trial. A wealthy movie director Storey is charged with murdering an actress and mak 3 ½ stars. I had a few complaints, but the series is so good that I’m glad I read it, and I’m on to the next. STORY BRIEF: Two stories are being told interspersed. Gunn was found murdered in his home in an elaborate method patterned after a scene from a painting. Detective Jaye Winston is in charge of the investigation which has stalled. She asks retired FBI profiler McCaleb to help her. The second story is a murder trial. A wealthy movie director Storey is charged with murdering an actress and making it appear as a suicide. Bosch is the arresting officer and star witness in the trial. Storey bragged to Bosch that he killed her and that he would get away with it. The confession was not on tape so it’s Storey’s word against Bosch’s. REVIEWER’S OPINION: As I’ve said before, I’m enjoying this series. This is book 7 in the Harry Bosch series. As I finish one, I go right on to the next one. I’m doing them all as audiobooks, which might mean something. This one is not typical Bosch because the main detective work is being done by McCaleb, not Bosch. We are in McCaleb’s mind through most of the story. It was good, but I prefer Bosch as the main investigator, not McCaleb. This book is also listed as book 2 in the Terry McCaleb series. This could be read as a stand-alone, but I recommend reading it after McCaleb’s first book “Blood Work.” Things I did not like: The murder trial story was mostly being done through trial testimony. This resulted in a “telling” feel rather than “showing.” So it wasn’t the best way to hear a story, but it was ok. I viewed this as a supporting story to the McCabe investigation. I wish the author had spelled out things more clearly at the end. McCaleb accuses Bosch of knowing something and doing things without telling McCaleb. Bosch subtly acknowledged this, but as the reader I wanted more specifics. I wanted to know exactly what Bosch knew, how he knew it, and what he did. The overall story and resolution were good, but I didn’t like having to make assumptions. To avoid a spoiler I’m going to be vague here. I didn’t see the logic of why McCaleb thought Gunn’s murderer was X. The murder scene was made to look like a painting that many people owned copies of or had seen. So why did he suspect one of these people as a murderer? My immediate reaction was this could be a set up or a frame, but McCaleb didn’t consider that. The reason I like this series is because McCaleb and Bosch are smarter than I am, but that wasn’t happening here. McCaleb’s conclusion as to X being a suspect should have been better justified. NARRATORS: I did not like the narrator Richard M. Davidson. His interpretation of some characters came out too arrogant and negative somehow. McCaleb and Bosch weren’t as enjoyable because of this interpretation. It made me realize how wonderful Dick Hill was who did the first six books. My biggest problem with Dick Hill was his effeminate gay guy voice for some of the female characters. He did that in the early books, but not in the later books. So he improved. In this book, Richard Davidson used a deep super-gravely bass voice for Bosch which didn’t feel right to me. In another scene Buddy was saying something in a “pleading whining voice” (author’s words), but the narrator used an almost arrogant tone for that phrase. DATA: Unabridged audiobook length: 12 hrs and 33 mins. Narrator: Richard M. Davidson. Swearing language: strong but not frequently used. Sexual content: none. Setting: 2000 mostly Los Angeles, California, plus nearby Catalina Island. Book Copyright: 2001. Genre: crime mystery. Ending: The bad guys lose.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    ** Continuing my read and review of Michael Connelly’s Detective Bosch series ** Connelly’s 10th book and 7th outing with Bosch - “A Darkness More than Light” - was published back in 2001 before cell-phones and social media played a key role in police work. Detective Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch is a Vietnam war veteran and a twenty-year police officer serving in the Los Angeles, California police department. Harry was previously a star in the Robbery/Homicide division, working out of the LA city hea ** Continuing my read and review of Michael Connelly’s Detective Bosch series ** Connelly’s 10th book and 7th outing with Bosch - “A Darkness More than Light” - was published back in 2001 before cell-phones and social media played a key role in police work. Detective Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch is a Vietnam war veteran and a twenty-year police officer serving in the Los Angeles, California police department. Harry was previously a star in the Robbery/Homicide division, working out of the LA city headquarters. However, Harry’s bad habit of fighting the formal structure of the police department and especially those in leadership positions has had him demoted to the Hollywood detective squad. Although this book is labeled a “Bosch” book, that is not completely true. It has dual protagonists. This time out Harry shares the stage with Terry McCaleb, ex-FBI profiler, and the lead character in Connelly’s previous book, “Blood Work”. Terry and Graciela Rivers, whose sister provided him with his heart replacement, have married. They have a baby daughter, Cielo, and Terry runs a fishing charter off Catalina island. The book begins with sheriff's deputy, Jaye Winston, bringing Terry a current murder case file that scares her deeply. It involves a gruesome murder with bizarre and dark artistic elements that makes her think a serial killer may be at work. Jaye asks Terry to look over the case file and let her know his thoughts because the police are getting nowhere on it. However, the trouble begins after Terry performs his analysis and the clues point him towards a certain police officer that he knows from a previous investigation before retiring – LAPD’s own Harry Bosch. As for Harry, he is in the middle of a criminal trial involving an arrogant movie director charged with murdering an actress during sex, and then staging her death afterwards to make it look like a suicide. While Terry investigates Bosch for murder, Harry is busy testifying in court as the investigation team’s leading officer in a highly public case that includes the full frenzy of the Hollywood media following his every move. One of those media members includes, Jack McEvoy, the primary character from another prior Connelly novel, “The Poet.” Jack spends time with both Harry and Terry trying to get the inside scoop on a criminal story. As Terry’s investigation into Bosch builds into an elaborate situation using historical art and ritualistic murder, uncovered clues seem to mysteriously overlap in strange ways with Bosch’s own movie director court case. As another surprising revelation unfolds, the two cases begin to pull McCaleb and Bosch into each other’s crosshairs in a dangerous game of cat and mouse and life and death. Like most of Connelly’s previous books, this one takes place over a period of about a week or so. The two primary plotlines – McCaleb’s murder investigation and Bosch’s court trial – are both told in a fast-paced, rhythmic style that grabs you from the beginning and demands no less than your full attention. Connelly’s prior experience as a journalist feeds into his straight-forward cadence and style. There are no wasted words and his descriptions are crisp and fresh. Connelly moves back and forth between the two plots smoothly and effortlessly, making you feel like you are standing there right next to Harry and Terry each step of the way. You can smell Harry’s menthol cigarettes and taste Terry’s 27 pills being swallowed twice a day. I especially enjoyed the interactions between Harry Bosch and Terry McCaleb. It would have been easy for Connelly to make them a super-team, working together like Batman and Superman to rid Los Angeles of evil psycho serial killers. They could have been the best of partners. However, Connelly truly understands what drives and motivates these two characters, including the inner-strengths that drive them to deal with the darkness of chasing killers and weaknesses that keep them from being real team players. Bosch and McCaleb are independent spirits, who by nature, must work alone to do what they do best. It is what creates great conflict between them and Connelly knows just how best to bring them together, using their differing personal philosophies to drive conflict between their methodologies and approaches. As I continually describe in my Connelly related reviews, there are so many strengths that he displays as a writer. He is a master of plotting, characters, and setting – mixing each one together in a winning synergistic style of his own. Connelly’s plotting is tighter than a steel drum. He unfolds McCaleb’s investigation and Bosh’s court case in a methodical, no-nonsense, just the facts Mam, focus that demands and keeps our full attention, and catches us off-guard with well-placed twists and turns along the way. In addition, he uses the greater Los Angeles setting and locations to breathe vibrant life and energy into his story, adding an extra depth to the story. Overall, Connelly delivers another splendid winner. He uses this book to bring together several returning characters in a creative and conflict filled thriller that consistently delivers an exceptional reading experience. It is incredible to me that somehow each of his novels (even without Bosch) continue to get better and raise the bar of the mystery / detective / crime fiction genre. For me, it is really beginning to be hard to pick one of his books over another. They are all really that good. I cannot wait to open the cover of the next one and start reading again…

  13. 5 out of 5

    Harry

    Time saver tip: if you've read my review of any Harry Bosch book, you've read 'em all. Since I don't reveal plots and reserve my comments to the overall book/author, characterization, style, etc...I just don't feel the need to repeat myself as in most cases series books if any good at all do remain consistent. The star ratings might change, but not my opinion of the series as a whole. Michael Connelly is a well know and very popular author in the mystery/detective and police procedural genres. E Time saver tip: if you've read my review of any Harry Bosch book, you've read 'em all. Since I don't reveal plots and reserve my comments to the overall book/author, characterization, style, etc...I just don't feel the need to repeat myself as in most cases series books if any good at all do remain consistent. The star ratings might change, but not my opinion of the series as a whole. Michael Connelly is a well know and very popular author in the mystery/detective and police procedural genres. Exploding onto the scene in the early nineties with his first six novels, and topping it off just recently with his 18th Bosch novel (The Black Box), Connelly has garnered most awards worth getting. Let's face it, the awards are well deserved, especially for those first novels (more on that later). Having emerged onto the fictional world after a career as a journalist, culminating with his job as crime reporter for the LA times, and admitting to becoming interested in writing fiction as a result of reading Raymond Chandler early on in his journalistic career, Michael Connelly has since involved himself in several collaborations: notable the television series Level 9, and as co-writer with Val McDermid's Wire In the Blood series (and that spawned the wildly popular grim, noir BBC television series of the same name). If you're into Noir than this TV series is a must see. Connelly has a knack for writing suspenseful tales that take quite a few twists and turns before being resolved with a stellar Who-Done-It that has most readers guessing till the very end (at least in his earlier books). Heironymous (Harry) Bosch, the hero in this series, is named after a Renaissance painter who specialized in earthly sins, debauchery, fanciful and gruesome visions of hell, violent consequences from high above if not detailed looks at the tortures reserved for earthly residents. Score 1 for Connelly in choosing a very apropos name for our own tortured detective Harry Bosch. Bosch is a complicated and conflicted character, a character that slowly develops across this series but whose emotive origin lies in the Viet Cong tunnels where Harry got his education in fear: underground, claustrophic, dark, drenched with blood, gruesome deaths, peopled with a savage enemy crawling within the absence of all light, hunting for the American soldiers like bloodthirsty rats. From these dark tunnels emerges Harry Bosch, LAPD detective, bent on setting the world right. From this darkness where pacific military command has sent Bosch to discover the inevitable conflict between a military order and the reality of carrying out that order, we find a detective in perpetual defiance of LAPD authority. The Harry Bosch series, for me, are divided into two sets: the first 4 books, and the rest that follow. As mentioned earlier, the classic early 90's novels were better for me. Books starting with The Black Echo on through The Last Coyote all inherit the tortuous origins of Harry's artistic namesake. Reading these books I could actually feel my heart begin to race as I sped towards the inevitable ending, ones that actually kept you guessing to the very end. One reviewer (sorry, can't remember who it was) says the following of these earlier book titles: [...]Even the titles of the books used to be cleverer. Compare The Drop (a simple reference to Deferred Retirement Option Plan) to The Concrete Blonde (a reference to both lady justice statue on the courthouse and the body of a blonde entombed in concrete. [...] Compare that to the later books in the series where we find a Harry Bosch notably mellower in his older age, where we find endings easily guessed at, where procedure begins to trump a superb plot. Bosch no longer smokes, doesn't drink and drive, doesn't slap people around anymore, where his defiance of LAPD authority is tempered by retirement, and let's face it, where my heart just doesn't race as often anymore. Let's say that his later novels are beginning to show an author's haste (is it me, or are the novels shorter and shorter?) Don't get me wrong, I still love reading the latest Bosch novel. Where the earlier novels have a few things that can be improved on (dialogue could have been better) the later novels are polished, almost a little too much so. After 18 Bosch novels, is Connelly tiring? Maybe. Beginning with the last 90's novel (Angels Flight) in which we are introduced to Bosch's latest romantic interest, Eleanor Wish, with whom Bosch is to have a daughter this mellowing process takes root. Connelly is absolutely right to introduce this notable character shift in Bosch from this book forward because as I can attest to in my own personal life: when you see your child born, a fundamental shift takes place in a man. For me, I was reborn from a devilish bachelor into a man who now bore the responsibility of an innocent life. It completely turned around my life for the better. And so it is with Harry Bosch. It is the presence of his daughter that transforms him from Heironymous to Harry. Overall, I highly recommend this series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    One of the best in the series of 18 about LA Police Detective Harry Bosch. In this 7th installment from 2001, former FBI profiler Terry McCaleb, recovering from a heart transplant covered in Connelly's excellent "Blood Work", is brought in on a brutal ritualistic murder case. His work ends up making Bosch a suspect and threatens to undermine his ongoing efforts in a murder trial of a prominent Hollywood director in an apparent case of rough sex that got out of hand. Thus we get the interplay of One of the best in the series of 18 about LA Police Detective Harry Bosch. In this 7th installment from 2001, former FBI profiler Terry McCaleb, recovering from a heart transplant covered in Connelly's excellent "Blood Work", is brought in on a brutal ritualistic murder case. His work ends up making Bosch a suspect and threatens to undermine his ongoing efforts in a murder trial of a prominent Hollywood director in an apparent case of rough sex that got out of hand. Thus we get the interplay of a thrilling investigation and an exciting courtroom scenario. Excellent development of the main characters and their motivations and pathways to insight. In the process we get some nice elucidation of noir themes developed by Chandler (the source of the book title). A quote on the corruption process: "When you look into the abyss, the abyss looks into you. You don't go into the darkness without it going onto you and taking its piece. Bosch may have gone in too many times. He's lost his way." A quote on the power of Hollywood to illustrate the dialog of darkness and light: "The lights of Hollywood glimmered in the cut. A mirror reflection of all the stars of all the galaxies everywhere. A place where the earth could open up beneath you and such you into the blackness. A city of lost light. His city. It was all of that and still, always still, a place to begin again. His city, a city of the second chance."

  15. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    Former Criminal Profiler Terry McCaleb is asked by the Sheriff's Department to look into a case that has grown cold. As Terry reads the file, he builds a profile of the perpetrator. As the picture in his mind becomes clearer, his suspect is none other than Los Angeles Homicide Detective Harry Bosch. Bosch knew the murder victim and had actually spoke to him the night of the murder. Did he follow the victim home? Would a decorated policeman stoop to cold-blooded murder? Or is Harry being set up? T Former Criminal Profiler Terry McCaleb is asked by the Sheriff's Department to look into a case that has grown cold. As Terry reads the file, he builds a profile of the perpetrator. As the picture in his mind becomes clearer, his suspect is none other than Los Angeles Homicide Detective Harry Bosch. Bosch knew the murder victim and had actually spoke to him the night of the murder. Did he follow the victim home? Would a decorated policeman stoop to cold-blooded murder? Or is Harry being set up? This is an interesting merger of two of Michael Connelly's heroes. Terry McCaleb was introduced to us in "Blood Work". Harry Bosch has had six previous books in his series. I thought the story was interesting, but there seemed to be a lot of filler in this book. It began to drag a bit in the middle. I did like the ending, though it was rather obvious who was behind the murder. My rating: 4 Stars.

  16. 4 out of 5

    William

    I really, really disliked this book. The pacing was bad, the rhythm of the writing did not seem like Connelly at all. The plot was poorly constructed and abusive to the reader's intelligence. In short, a mess. After reading about 40% of the book, becoming more and more frustrated and irritated - especially the court scenes, and scenes between McCaleb and Winston - I finally decided I had had enough. Ugh. I skipped to the last three chapters and started from there. The gory details are, of course, I really, really disliked this book. The pacing was bad, the rhythm of the writing did not seem like Connelly at all. The plot was poorly constructed and abusive to the reader's intelligence. In short, a mess. After reading about 40% of the book, becoming more and more frustrated and irritated - especially the court scenes, and scenes between McCaleb and Winston - I finally decided I had had enough. Ugh. I skipped to the last three chapters and started from there. The gory details are, of course, recounted even though "you would have read them" in such a way that I did not feel I had really missed much. And finally, the end scenes between McCaleb and Bosch were crap. Sorry, but I hated this book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    Interesting concept. A Harry Bosch book where Harry isn’t the main character. Still, a solid mystery and great crime procedural. Unfortunately for me, this one was super close to the third season of Amazon’s Bosch series. Not nearly as suspenseful or fun to read when you know how it will end. I did feel toward the end that Harry is heading to a cross roads. Maybe that’s why Connelly gives a view of him through the lens of another (albeit retired) cop.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    All of Michael Connelly's books are five stars for me. Terry McCaleb is the main character in this one. It's an older book. I don't know how I missed it. Terry is a former FBI agent who lives on Catalina Island. He's recovering from a heart transplant when a police officer from LA asks him to help solve a murder. All the clues point to someone he knows. Good story.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Fred

    The book is great showing how Bosch’s investigations are handled. He takes difficult questions from a murder criminal report of strong “sexual” attacks found, physically they need to be solved by evidence found by him. His expertise & professional investigator abilities for truths are attacked. He’s questioned on the court stand by lawyers & of the evidence found. Bosch & Jerry Edgar The book is great showing how Bosch’s investigations are handled. He takes difficult questions from a murder criminal report of strong “sexual” attacks found, physically they need to be solved by evidence found by him. His expertise & professional investigator abilities for truths are attacked. He’s questioned on the court stand by lawyers & of the evidence found. Bosch & Jerry Edgar

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mark Harrison

    Such a good story. Harry Bosch is the arresting officer in a high profile trial of a Hollywood producer accused of murder. Elsewhere Terry McCaleb is asked out of retirement to look over a murder stumping old colleagues. Nice complex twists follow, lots of favourite characters are involved and there are plenty of shocks. Wonderfully written and really clever. No faults here.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Geri

    Always enjoy a Harry Bosch although this one did not have much Bosch but did have an ex-profiler named Terry McCaleb.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    A highly interesting mix, where Bosch relinquishes the driver's seat in one of the novels co-attributed to his series. While he may not be front and centre, Bosch's person and history are certainly up for ananlysis and display. Connelly has an excellent way of glazing over something in a book, usually at the beginning, that has happened between the previous book and the current one; a partner leaving, an incident that led Bosch into a pot of hot water, or a death. Connelly will not dwell on it, b A highly interesting mix, where Bosch relinquishes the driver's seat in one of the novels co-attributed to his series. While he may not be front and centre, Bosch's person and history are certainly up for ananlysis and display. Connelly has an excellent way of glazing over something in a book, usually at the beginning, that has happened between the previous book and the current one; a partner leaving, an incident that led Bosch into a pot of hot water, or a death. Connelly will not dwell on it, but the reader (at least any like me) will take tha splinter and not forget about it. It nags at you and leads you to wonder what happened and how it unfolded. We saw that with the Dollmaker case, Bosch's mother's murder, and now, with the previously hinted at issue of Bosch tossing his commander through a window and being suspended (which came up in THE LAST COYOTE). Here, we get a little more about what happened and why. We also get to learn a great deal more about the painter for whom Harry Bosch was named, and how that connection puts Bosch on the suspect list for some recent killings. As Connelly does so well, he brings some of his characters together from other series (McCaleb, McEvoy) and blends them into the storyline. So much so, this book is actually considered the second in the McCaleb series, for good reason, as the former FBI agent takes centre stage. A great book with some courtroom drama, gumshoeing, and the blame game, as well as some very detailed analysis of Hieronymous Bosch, the artist. Well done, Mr. C. And now on to devour the next book!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jaksen

    Giving this a four for very good, interesting and complex read, and yet... I felt it was contrived in a few places, where things came together too neatly, like fitting Lego pieces together and 'snap' there it is, the answer! I think I prefer books where the majors stumble more and make HUGE errors and then fix them and make more HUGE errors. You know, like in real life? On the other hand, I read only this book while reading this book. (I usually read 3-4 at same time.) Harry Bosch takes a sort of Giving this a four for very good, interesting and complex read, and yet... I felt it was contrived in a few places, where things came together too neatly, like fitting Lego pieces together and 'snap' there it is, the answer! I think I prefer books where the majors stumble more and make HUGE errors and then fix them and make more HUGE errors. You know, like in real life? On the other hand, I read only this book while reading this book. (I usually read 3-4 at same time.) Harry Bosch takes a sort of back seat in this one, with Terry McCaleb in the lead (at first.) Terry wants NO PART OF POLICE WORK ANYMORE. He worked for the FBI and now is leading a simple life on Catalina Island with a lovely wife and little daughter. He's also recovering from a recent heart transplant. However, when another acquaintance brings him a strange murder and wants only his opinion - come on, you can see this coming from a mile away, can't you? Even from my crummy review it's altogether TOO obvious. Terry wants to get in on this one; he craves it's his f---ing cross to bear isn't it? Plus he likes it, too. This is the oldest trope in the police procedural/crime drama/suspense and mystery writing world. I watch a 'new' detective series on TV and thereitisagain. Cop is dour, sour on life, needs a change, retreats with wife or girlfriend and said wife or girlfriend HATES his cop-type attitude and work life. (Yes, it's true; divorce rate is higher among those who work as police officers, investigators, etc. etc.) But the cop/former cop/retired cop/PI, or whoever he or she is, just HAS to keep going on. It's in their blood or genes or DNA or something. But I personally know a few in police work who are NOT like that. Back to story, trope-laden as it was: someone killed a guy and it looks to Terry like the murderer might be his old acquaintance, the other major, Detective Harry Bosch. Yep, Harry's gone bad - or is someone trying to make it look that way? The 'real killer' has left clues a'plenty pointing to Harry, who's real name is Hieronymus Bosch. (Get it?) The thing is, it's too easy and the cops get help too easily about art and hidden clues in paintings and all that jazz. That part of the book was interesting but I kept saying - to myself - yep, sure every cop or detective has a thousand convenient connections in his or her back pocket. Another trope! I won't spoil the fun of reading the book and telling who is who and how they catch him and all of that, but for once I'd like to read about a wife (or husband or partner) who doesn't whine and pout about their law enforcement husband (or wife or partner) when they're just DOING THEIR JOB! Four stars.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    This book was not as much about Harry Bosch as I expected when I bought it, it is also about Terry McCaleb former FBI profiler. And he is also directly responisble for Harry's involvement in the main story which is a unsolved ritualistic murder on a person that had killed someone but was allowed to walk free. After having had heart surgery and having started a new life complete with wife and bay daughter he gets called upon by an old friend from the force with the question if he can look into a This book was not as much about Harry Bosch as I expected when I bought it, it is also about Terry McCaleb former FBI profiler. And he is also directly responisble for Harry's involvement in the main story which is a unsolved ritualistic murder on a person that had killed someone but was allowed to walk free. After having had heart surgery and having started a new life complete with wife and bay daughter he gets called upon by an old friend from the force with the question if he can look into a case just as a service for old times sake. However Terry becomes involved into the search of a killer. And as his investigation continues to signs start to point to a certain LA detective. The second storyline is about a courtcase against a bigshot Hollywood producer who had the guts to admit to Bosch he had killed somebody but would get away with it. The courtcase's star-witness is Harry Bosch. In a sense this book has 2 storylines both are about Harry Bosch, and you get to know more about him, his history as quite a few books together. And Harry remains a fascinating character. Connelly does write very good and kind of pulls his readers into the tales he weaves. My wife concluded that the book must be a good one as I would grab any break in my responsibilities as a moment to read, even if she does not share my taste in literature. Once again a well worth visit in the universe of Bosch and friends.

  25. 4 out of 5

    J.A. Kahn

    Very clever plot. A lot slower than Blood Work but once it gets going this is a far better, more complicated story. Without giving away any spoilers, I have to say I loved the part about the missing book on the suspect's shelf. I wondered how this was relevant but loved the way the book is tied in later - genius. A good twist. Well worth a read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine

    At first I found this book slow moving, as the lead character was Terry McCaleb rather than Bosch. Terry is a retired FBI profiler who has recently had a heart transplant. He and his new wife have a four month old baby girl, and he's making a modest living with his fishing charter yacht off the coast of Catalina island. But when a homicide detective comes to him with a case she's stuck on, he's eager to get back into the game. A man named Gunn was found murdered in a ritual style, bound with rop At first I found this book slow moving, as the lead character was Terry McCaleb rather than Bosch. Terry is a retired FBI profiler who has recently had a heart transplant. He and his new wife have a four month old baby girl, and he's making a modest living with his fishing charter yacht off the coast of Catalina island. But when a homicide detective comes to him with a case she's stuck on, he's eager to get back into the game. A man named Gunn was found murdered in a ritual style, bound with ropes around his neck and his legs pulled up behind him, and with a bucket on his head. Terry is surprised to find a plastic owl in the room, and searches for their significance on the web. This leads him to the art work of Hieronymus Bosch, five hundred years old, where owls represent evil. Terry begins to suspect that Harry Bosch was the killer. Meanwhile, Harry Bosch is in court for the murder trial of a Hollywood director. He had taken a young actress to a premiere, then to his home for sex, and strangled her and took her back to her place, where her body is arranged as if she indulged in autoerotic asphyxiation. Harry is the investigator on the case, and he knows the director killed the girl because he admitted it to Harry. He's an arrogant man who thinks his fame will keep him out of jail. The story moves from Terry to Harry, and they meet up several times to discuss both cases. Eventually the story picks up and the last few chapters are very exciting.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kurt

    I chose this book because it's billed as the next in the Harry Bosch series, and I was surprised to see a more complex structure than just "our hero has another adventure." This novel has two major stories, and Bosch isn't the protagonist until the secondary one, in which he's a key witness in a high-profile murder that seems about to go off the rails. The primary tale stars Terry McCaleb (I gather from context clues that this former FBI profiler has starred in an earlier novel, maybe more than I chose this book because it's billed as the next in the Harry Bosch series, and I was surprised to see a more complex structure than just "our hero has another adventure." This novel has two major stories, and Bosch isn't the protagonist until the secondary one, in which he's a key witness in a high-profile murder that seems about to go off the rails. The primary tale stars Terry McCaleb (I gather from context clues that this former FBI profiler has starred in an earlier novel, maybe more than one?) as the heart transplant recipient maintains his fragile health and insecure marriage after a chance to work just one more case. The book description tells us that Bosch becomes McCaleb's prime suspect, so most of the first 2/3 isn't so much about a surprise whodunit as it is about the fascinating deductions and surprises for the investigators themselves. I had the thought a few times that Bosch as the main suspect was an obvious misdirection. There are at least five Bosch novels printed after this one, and it's unlikely that the hero would be the villain for one book, then keep going. One of the things I like about Connelly, though, is that he writes in a truly noir world, where good and evil are powerful but not simple concepts. A minor thing like the torture and murder of a formerly-unpunished murderer would probably just add a layer of moral complexity to the future tales. I was still pretty sure (as most readers will be) that Bosch wasn't the killer, but I appreciated that the door was a lot more open in a Connelly book than in most others. Connelly does a good job of fleshing out his main characters, so fans of McCaleb and Bosch from their earlier adventures will surely enjoy spending time with them again here. The minor characters are a little more problematic - I'm thinking particularly of Graciela, Terry's wife, who spends the whole book tearful and distant because she's so upset that her husband wants to spend a few hours reading through some police reports and telling the detectives what he thinks the killer is like. I'm guessing there must have been serious trauma in an earlier McCaleb novel to explain her response, but as my first encounter with her, she just comes across as impossible to like, even after the inevitable action-packed climax of the book that proves her right. I own the next few Bosch books in the series, so between finishing this novel and starting my review, I did peek ahead to see that she reappears in The Narrows - I hope that she will have a redemptive story there. I like the idea of someone just wanting to escape and build a quiet life with her family, but in the context of the rest of this book, she's one of the antagonists. My last thought to wrap up the review is that I love a well-written courtroom scene. I love all of Connelly's Lincoln Lawyer books, no matter how implausible they are, because he has such a great ear for what good dialogue sounds like within the boundaries of actual trial advocacy. Bosch's whole story takes place in the context of a huge murder trial, so I was thrilled. I don't know if any of it is accurate for California criminal law in early 2001, but it's all internally consistent and tonally resonant with Massachusetts criminal law today, so I loved it. I like when Bosch goes out to do his ethically-compromising police work, but it's a real treat for me to put him in a courtroom for most of a novel.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Scott Rhee

    "A Darkness More Than Night" is Michael Connelly at the top of his game. It's his most suspenseful, entertaining, and philosophical book yet that I have read, and it pits Connelly's beloved police detective, Harry Bosch, in a fascinating new predicament: murder suspect. Reprising his role from Connelly's previous novel "Blood Work" (one that I haven't read yet but saw the Clint Eastwood film adaptation), retired FBI profiler Terry McCaleb is asked to "consult" on the ghastly murder of an L.A. low "A Darkness More Than Night" is Michael Connelly at the top of his game. It's his most suspenseful, entertaining, and philosophical book yet that I have read, and it pits Connelly's beloved police detective, Harry Bosch, in a fascinating new predicament: murder suspect. Reprising his role from Connelly's previous novel "Blood Work" (one that I haven't read yet but saw the Clint Eastwood film adaptation), retired FBI profiler Terry McCaleb is asked to "consult" on the ghastly murder of an L.A. low-life, someone the world won't miss and that many people were glad to see dead. Unfortunately, the homicide detectives working the scene felt that the level of atrocity of the murder screams serial killer, and they want to stop the unsub from doing it again. Jaye Winston, the Sheriff's detective working the case, has a history with McCaleb and knows that he could offer some valuable insight. Almost immediately, McCaleb strikes upon a clue that links one of his old friends from the L.A.P.D., Harry Bosch, who is busy playing witness for the prosecution against David Storey, a rich filmmaker accused of killing a young actress. During a candid and unrecorded conversation, Storey admitted to Bosch that he did it and that he was going to get away with it. What follows is typical Connelly: a plot that is suspense-driven and full of twists and turns. Along with the pulse-pounding police procedural and action, there is the philosophical aspect, as McCaleb examines the dark psyche of his friend Bosch. Everyone knows Bosch has a dark side---they've all encountered it at least once---but could the very thing that drives Bosch to being an exceptional cop also turn him into an "avenging angel"-style serial murderer? Readers will also enjoy the extended cameo of Jack McEvoy, Connelly's protagonist from his novel "The Poet", whose presence plays a significant role in this story.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Strömquist

    Connelly brings together Harry Bosch and Terry McCaleb from previously (unrelated) stories and it works really well. Regarded as a 'Bosch'-series book it provides some needed variation to the theme. Suspenseful, hard to put down.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    Michael Connelly has several characters he writes about, and they interact at times in a novel that is mostly about a different protagonist. This book is listed as one featuring Detective Harry Bosch, but most of the action is about Terrence McCaleb, a former FBI profiler. I’ve never seen this character before, and I want to read BLOOD WORK, the first book in which McCaleb appears. What more can be said about Connelly; he is such a master writer. How he involves Bosch in the case McCaleb is aske Michael Connelly has several characters he writes about, and they interact at times in a novel that is mostly about a different protagonist. This book is listed as one featuring Detective Harry Bosch, but most of the action is about Terrence McCaleb, a former FBI profiler. I’ve never seen this character before, and I want to read BLOOD WORK, the first book in which McCaleb appears. What more can be said about Connelly; he is such a master writer. How he involves Bosch in the case McCaleb is asked to review and the ultimate resolution is not simple, but fascinating. A great read!

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.