In "Suicide Run", the apparent suicide of a beautiful young starlet turns out to be much more sinister than it seems. In "Cielo Azul", Bosch is haunted by a long-ago closed case - the murder of a teenage girl who was never identified. As her killer sits on death row, Bosch tries one last time to get the answers he has sought for years. In "One Dollar Jackpot", Bosch works the murder of a professional poker player whose skills have made her more than one enemy.
Whether investigating a cold case or fresh blood, Bosch relentlessly pursues his quarry, always on the lookout for the "tell". In this first collection of Harry Bosch stories, Michael Connelly once again demonstrates that he is 'the greatest living American crime writer' (Mirror).
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This book contains three short stories involving LA homicide detective Harry Bosch. I am a Michael Connelly fan and I have enjoyed many of his full length Harry Bosch novels, which I have reviewed on Audible.com and recommended. However, in this case, I would not recommend this audible book. The reason is that the style is exactly the same as his full length stories and so it is rather like a heavily edited version of one of Connelly’s longer books, meaning there are some jumps, fewer characters and less complexity than normal. If you are a real Harry Bosch fan and have read everything else then you will probably enjoy these new tales. What I learnt from this book is that (unlike Arthur Conan Doyle) short stories are not Connelly’s forte.
I Listened to all 3 short story collections back to back to back. Im normally a fan of the long story, where the small side plots eventually feed into the bigger narrative. This collection isnt like that and feels like a group of stories that couldnt be developed into a bigger or more dynamic story. Each short is enjoyable enough but I didnt feel as fullfilled as I do with the longer Bosch stories. Very much worth a listen and Im glad I did as a Bosch fan. Some seriels change narators or use a good performer regardless of context but for me Len Cariou is Bosch, I dont know what Bosch looks like (I have an image in my head) but I know what he sounds like and its len Cariou is performance isnt the most textured but its perfect for the old time detective.
Michael Connelly is my favourite author in the crime genre. However, it would have been better if 'The Poet' was included, as it is a prequel to 'The Narrows' and should be read first.
All three books have well-crafted plots. They are real page-turners. Kept me riveted.
Michael Connelly has well-rounded characters. He has a real skill in portraying the human condition. I didn't laugh or cry; I just felt empathy with the characters.
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