A former police reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Michael Connelly is the author of the acclaimed Harry Bosch thriller series and several other bestselling novels. He lives in Tampa, Florida, with his family.
In Connelly's latest, Los Angeles police detective Harry Bosch has to deal with two puzzling cases. The first involves DNA evidence from a 20-year-old unsolved rape and murder that matches up with a convict who would have been just eight years old at the time of the crime. The second sees Bosch investigating the death of an influential and overbearing councilman's son, while trying to avoid the police department's internal politics. Len Cariou, who has narrated most of Connelly's recent books, sounds more over-the-hill than appropriate for Bosch, despite the detective's looming age-based forced retirement. Nonetheless, Cariou's performance ably serves this compelling, fast-paced police procedural-even if his croaking voice takes a little getting used to. A Little, Brown hardcover. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
In Connelly's 17th Harry Bosch procedural, the Los Angeles police detective has been placed on the Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP). Although facing retirement in three years, Bosch seeks challenging cases to test his mental, physical, and moral strength. Good for Harry, he gets two: the DNA match of an eight-year-old boy associated with the rape of a teenage girl in 1989 and the surprising death of a city councilman's son, who was pushed or had fallen from a hotel window. Connelly tightly twists the two cases with conflicting power grabs, plausible procedural barriers, and unexpected snafus to support his credible plot. Furthering his noble cause to root out evil, Bosch exhibits an unshakable and highly respected integrity that will not be swayed from the truth. Verdict If Connelly's engaging plot doesn't hit you between the eyes, Bosch's insights and integrity will. Mystery fans as well as general readers will appreciate this engrossing novel. Order multiple copies. [See Prepub Alert, 5/16/11.]-Jerry Miller, GSLIS, Simmons Coll., Boston (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.