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A Darkness More Than Night (Harry Bosch #7)

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  30,733 Ratings  ·  1,133 Reviews
McCaleb is asked to profile the killer of an unsolved murder. The victim was previously arrested for murder by Harry Bosch but released uncharged. McCaleb picks up a clue that makes Harry a suspect and now they must work together to clear Harry's name.
Paperback, 448 pages
Published 2001 by Orion (first published November 8th 2000)
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Ross Rawnsley I agree with you....I started the Bosch series from the beginning, so I have a ways to go but this is my favorite so far!
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There are a lot of interpretations of Bosch's symbolism. For a more middle of the road interpretation, see:
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Dec 01, 2015 Phrynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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
May 17, 2016 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 31, 2015 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, crime

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
Jane Stewart
Sep 06, 2011 Jane Stewart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
3 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.

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 maki
Dec 01, 2012 Harry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 ...more
Aug 19, 2016 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, 2016, 500-series
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?

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 ...more
J.A. Kahn
Apr 13, 2017 J.A. Kahn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 21, 2013 Kurt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Scott Rhee
Nov 26, 2014 Scott Rhee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
Sep 30, 2016 Ms.pegasus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the Harry Bosch series
The structure of this Harry Bosch Universe thriller teeters between the possibility of redemption (a second chance, a clean slate) and retribution (punishment, as depicted in the explicitly horrendous images of the artist Hieronymus Bosch who died in 1516). The interplay of dichotomies is reinforced by a narrative that alternates between two characters. Terry McCaleb is a former FBI profiler forced into early retirement by a heart transplant. He is on a regimen of 27 pills taken twice daily and ...more
Tony Gleeson
May 22, 2011 Tony Gleeson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This struck me as one of the tautest and best-constructed of Connelly's novels that I've so far encountered. The story positively flows along, subplots weaving and interacting, revealing details in a gradual, methodical manner that's almost maddening. This one concerns ex-FBI agent Terry McCaleb and Connelly's mainstay Harry Bosch, each working on a separate murder investigation that -- you just know this-- will each inexorably connect with the other. My experience has been that when Bosch has b ...more
Kenyon Harbison
Jul 18, 2012 Kenyon Harbison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, ladies and gentlemen, I'm sad to say I have now completed all of the Harry Bosch mystery/detective novels written by Mr. Connelly, as far as I know. (Oh, yes, I'll be double-checking.) I have also spelled Mr. Connelly's name correctly in this review, which my long-suffering wife informs me I have been consistently failing to do. (I also re-read three of the books I had already read -- Concrete Blonde, Black Echo, and Echo Park.) There are still a couple of non-Bosch Connelly novels I haven ...more
Jul 28, 2011 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Strawberry Fields
Jul 13, 2015 Strawberry Fields rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Michael Connelly book I have read. Again, as usual, I pick up a book at the library and realize I've come in at the middle of some series of books! However, I did not at any time feel lost. I am adding the books I skipped over on my "to read" list, as this book just made me want more of the same!

This is a mystery/suspense/thriller book that deals with a man who is one trial for murder and a murderer on the loose that they are trying to catch. I love the way the author flips bet
Sep 22, 2015 Anastasia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A darkness more than night by Michael Connelly is the 7th book in the Harry Bosch series , but is also the second in the Terry McCaleb series. Ex FBI profiler, Terry McCaleb is asked to give his opinion on a homicide and finds multiple clues that lead him to Harry Bosch as the main suspect. Harry is assisting in the prosecution of a prominant film director who is accused of murder. A few characters from previous Michael Connelly books come together here with McCaleb playing the main role. Report ...more
May 07, 2016 Klodovik2 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3. 5/5
Malo slabija od prethodnih knjiga serijala ali i dalje jako dobro štivo
Jul 04, 2010 Jerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terrific dual plot sustains suspense right till dramatic ending!

Having discovered the fine mysteries by author Connelly about a year ago, we're catching up on his (lengthening) booklist. While "Darkness" is another entry in the LAPD Homicide Detective Harry Bosch series, it really features as protagonist ex-FBI agent Terry MaCaleb, leading man from the earlier tale "Blood Work", later turned into the Clint Eastwood movie. Terry has started life anew as a heart transplant survivor, and is happily
A Darkness More Than Night
4 Stars

Retired FBI profiler, Terry McCaleb finds himself embroiled in another case when he is approached to review an unsolved murder with disturbingly ritualistic elements. Terry is soon horrified by the realization that his profile points to one suspect - a fellow law enforcement officer and friend - LAPD Detective Harry Bosch.

Series note: This is book #2 in the Terry McCaleb series. It also slots in after book #7 of the Harry Bosch series. Numerous references are ma
Cathy DuPont
Sep 23, 2013 Cathy DuPont rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing...maybe I should bump it up a star to coincide with the first word of this review...ok, I am, giving it 4 1/2 stars and I always round up.

Have no idea how I missed this one because I have made a concerted effort to read this series in order. I missed a good one, obviously.

The first ever Connelly book I read was Mickey Haller and read them back to back if I recall. Loved Mickey. Makes me want to sing the song, "Mickey, Mickey, you're so fine, you blow my mind, hey Mickey, hey Mickey!" W
Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 Joyce Lagow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Harry Bosch/Terry McCaleb police procedural.[return][return]McCaleb, in retirement from the FBI as a profiler in serial killer cases and an enthralled new father, is living on Catalina Island with his family, working a charter sports fishing business. He receives a surprise visit from LA County Sheriff s detective Jayne Winston, with whom he has worked previously. She asks him to look over the files of what may be a serial killer and to just do a brief profile on the murderer. Despite his wife ...more
Freda Malone
May 24, 2014 Freda Malone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Harry Bosch is in the middle of a trial as a witness for the Prosecutor’s side. A horrific crime of a woman who was posed in her bed having performed a possible autoerotic asphyxia, killing herself. The defendant, a well known producer who had a date with her and was the last to see her.

Terry McCaleb, a former FBI agent who recently received a heart transplant and is quietly recovering with his wife and baby, has been requested to look over a recent crime book by LAPD officer Jaye Winston. Edwa
Dec 15, 2012 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Harry Bosch
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 ...more
Nov 25, 2015 Eadie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was not your typical Harry Bosch novel as Terry McCaleb was the retired FBI agent and Harry Bosch was the main suspect. It was a little slow to take off but one it did, it was a page-turner to the very end. Connelly is very good at developing characters, both good and bad, that are very intriguing and ones you'll feel are very real. I need to go back and read Blood Work as that's the book that introduces Terry McCaleb, a character which I like very much. This plot was very enjoyable an ...more
Harry Bosch is back! Oh wait, so is Terry McCaleb and... so is Jack McEvoy!

Nice going Mr Connelly. Why not just throw all your characters in one book? Add a little amount of psychopath, some misdirection, a whole court case (finely sliced) and sprinkle liberally with murder. Mix it well. Bring to the boil, pour it out and... presto... another best-seller.

Ok, I admit, I love these books. I truly do. They're not all as good as 'The Concrete Blonde', 'The Poet' or 'Lincoln Lawyer' but boy do they s
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.
Jul 05, 2017 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Michael Connelly tries something dangerous with A Darkness More Than Night: He has two heroes -- Harry Bosch and Terry McCaleb (of Blood Work) -- and several crimes involving erotic self-strangulation, one of men and the other of women. He performs something of a miracle tying all the disparate strings together.

Featured is a high profile trial in which a Hollywood director attempts to get away with murder by impugning the motives and behavior of the LAPD. Fortunately, it all comes together with
Dick Reynolds
This book was published in 2002 but I just became aware of it recently as a paperback. The cover bills it as a Harry Bosch Novel but Harry doesn’t appear until page 72. More on that in a moment.
The story begins with Terry McCaleb, a former FBI agent, who lives on Avalon Island with his wife and two children. Terry gets a call from a female LAPD detective, Jaye Winston, who is asking for Terry’s help in profiling a murderer. The deceased is one Edward Gunn who was found naked and strangled by a
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Harry Bosch (1 - 10 of 23 books)
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  • The Black Ice (Harry Bosch, #2; Harry Bosch Universe, #2)
  • The Concrete Blonde (Harry Bosch, #3; Harry Bosch Universe, #3)
  • The Last Coyote (Harry Bosch, #4; Harry Bosch Universe, #4)
  • Trunk Music (Harry Bosch, #5; Harry Bosch Universe, #6)
  • Angels Flight (Harry Bosch, #6; Harry Bosch Universe, #7)
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“Slowly, his eyes came up and he looked through the kitchen window and out through the Cahuenga Pass. The lights of Hollywood glimmered in the cut, a mirror reflection of the stars of all galaxies everywhere. He thought about all that was bad out there. A city with more things wrong than right. A place where the earth could open up beneath you and suck 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. The city of the second chance.
Bosch nodded and bent down. He closed his eyes, put his hands under the water and brought them up to his face. The water was cold and bracing, as he thought any baptism, the start of any second chance, should be.”
“There was polite laughter in the courtroom. Bosch noticed that the attorneys -- prosecution and defense -- dutifully joined in, a couple of them overdoing it. It had been his experience that while in open court a judge could not possibly tell a joke that the lawyers did not laugh at.” 4 likes
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