Harry Bosch is back as a volunteer working cold cases for the San Fernando Police Department and is called out to a local drug store where a young pharmacist has been murdered. Bosch and the town’s 3-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous, big business world of pill mills and prescription drug abuse.
Meanwhile, an old case from Bosch’s LAPD days comes back to haunt him when a long-imprisoned killer claims Harry framed him, and seems to have new evidence to prove it. Bosch left the LAPD on bad terms, so his former colleagues aren’t keen to protect his reputation. He must fend for himself in clearing his name and keeping a clever killer in prison.
The two unrelated cases wind around each other like strands of barbed wire. Along the way Bosch discovers that there are two kinds of truth: the kind that sets you free and the kind that leaves you buried in darkness.
Harry is back and he sure has his hands full! This is another great installment to a terrific series.
Harry Bosch retired from the LAPD three years ago. When retirement comes around most take up golf, go on vacation, and so on – but not Harry. He is a “closer” and needs to work, he is the job. When Chief Anthony Valdez gave him an opportunity to volunteer at the San Fernando Police Department working on the endless number of cold cases he has stored away in the old jail across the street, he jumped at the opportunity.
When an unexpected shooting happens at a local pharmacy it is all hands on deck. It’s been three years since Bosch has been on active duty and he jumps right in like he never left.
There are two mysteries that Harry Bosch desperately wants to solve in this book. The first is the current day shooting at the local pharmacy and the other is a case from his past that he thought was solved. The case from Bosch’s past has the potential to ruin his good name and everything he stands for.
There are quite a few characters from Michael Connelly’s previous books that have active roles in this book. I found it quite fun to catch up with so many people from Bosch’s past and to see where life has taken them. One of the more predominant is Harry Bosch’s half-brother, Mickey Haller. I love when Michael Connelly includes the two main characters of both of his series in one book. It’s a win win, as they are both fantastic!
The first half of this book was a bit slow. It took quite awhile to build the two storylines and introduce all of the characters. During the second half things really picked up, with some very exciting moments and a more active storyline.
As I was reading this book I was struck by how much heart Harry Bosch has. I found it quite touching to see the softer side of his personality and that he is more than “just the job”.
Reading a Harry Bosch novel is like visiting an old friend. I have read every book in this series and always look forward to what Bosch will be up to next. If you are interested in jumping into this series and would rather not start at the beginning, it is getting quite long, I can assure you that each book can be read as a standalone. He does a good job of catching the reader up on anything that is pertinent to the story.
My Rating: 4/5
Genre: Crime Thriller
Series: Harry Bosch, #22
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: 10/31/2017
Pages: 417 (eBook)
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