May 1992, and after four LAPD officers were acquitted after the savage beating of Rodney King, Los Angeles is ablaze. As looting and burning take over the city, law and order are swept away in a tidal wave of violence. But under threat of their lives, homicide detectives like Harry Bosch are still stubbornly trying to do their job. With no effective police presence on the streets, murder just got a whole lot easier - and investigating them got a whole lot harder.
Escorted by National Guard soldiers from murder scene to murder scene, Harry and his colleagues are only able to do the bare minimum in terms of collecting evidence. And for Harry that's not enough. When he finds the body of a female journalist executed in an alley, he cannot accept that he will never be able to bring her killer to justice, and her tragedy starts to eat into his soul. But then, 20 years later, Harry finds himself working in the Open Unsolved Unit, and suddenly the past comes back to haunt him once again, in a way he could never have imagined.
Read by Michael McConnohie. Michael McConnohie has had a long career as both an on-camera and voiceover actor. He was two of the original Transformers as well as a GI Joe in the cartoon series which is still airing today, and has lent his voice to countless TV shows and motion pictures. He has been an audiobook presence for decades. From true crime to fiction to self-help, he's read just about every kind of audiobook there is. He's an AudioFile Earphones award winner for Stuart M. Kaminsky's Always Say Goodbye, and was part of the Grammy-nominated Lincoln-Douglas Debates with David Straithairn and Richard Dreyfuss. Michael makes his home in Southern California.
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"Not classic Bosch but still very good"
This isnt an absolutely class Harry Bosch tale but it is still very well written, plotted and read. The plot has a gratifying number of red herrings leading you off in one direction before doubling back. I cant say more for fear of spoilers! So recommended but not the right story to start with if youre a Bosch newcomer.
"As fresh as ever!"
Another Harry Bosch, as he nears retirement. The story was gripping and the narration added to the experience, which is not always the case.
"Not bad, but..."
I have always enjoyed Michael Connelly's books, and the story of this book isn't bad, but not the best. The narrator however I found extremely irritating. The way he read the book was like a sixties american newsreader at times - especially early on n the book. So either he gets better or I got used to it!
I was disappointed in this Harry B book. The pace was very slow and over a 10 hour read it wasn't until the last hour and a half that it picked up and caught my attention. Up untiI then I never had difficulty in putting it down. Generally I like Micheal Connolly and the Harry B books but this wasn't one of his better ones.
"Bosch is at it again"
Harry Bosch continues to do what he does best. Relentlessly pursuing justice whilst rebelling against conformity. Once again the powers that be are against him. Connelly again keeps the story flowing whilst being extremely insightful , it's difficult to stop listening. If you like Bosch you won't be disappointed.
"A great Bosch Story"
I love the intricacies of the Bosch stories and this one is full of him following tiny little clues that become very important. Even if you have never read a Harry Bosch book, this is a great one.
"More Classic Bosch!"
20 years after the event Harry sets out to solve the murder of a female photojournalist during the 1992 L.A. riots that followed the verdicts in the Rodney King case. Harry had originally investigated the case but it was subsequently passed over to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved.
A new narrator for the Bosch franchise – Michael McConnohie seems well up to the task.
Another excellent outing for Connelly's irascible detective that certainly won’t disappoint
This story kept me listening to the end. I stated to listen on a journey by myself and the 12 hours disappeared .if you have never read or listened to any of the Harry Bosch storys this isa good one to keep you guessing.Thank you Mr Connelly
"Not his Best :("
I'm very sad to write this review as I'm such a massive Michael Connelly fan. I've read all his books up to now and have to say the last couple of years they've slowly been going downhill. His peak was at the end of the 90s early 2000s but this last book for example, The Black Box, only properly kicked when there was only a few chapters to go whereas in his other books this would've happened much earlier.
HOWEVER I still think Harry Bosch is an absolute legend.
"The Black Box"
Sadly this was not on par with any of the other Harry B books. The story was predictable and lacked the pace of the other stories in this series. Come on Michael you can do better!
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