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A Darkness More Than Night (Harry Bosch #7)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  20,739 ratings  ·  716 reviews
Terry McCaleb, the retired FBI agent who starred in the bestseller "Blood Work," is asked by the LAPD to help them investigate aseries of murders that have them baffled. They are the kind of ritualized killings McCaleb specialized in solving with the FBI, and he is reluctantly drawn from his peaceful new life back into the horror and excitement of tracking down a terrifyin ...more
Paperback, 470 pages
Published March 1st 2002 by Vision (first published November 8th 2000)
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Jane Stewart
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
Scott Rhee
"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
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
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
Domino Finn
I gotta say, this book didn't really do it for me.

After 6 Bosch books, I understand if Connelly wanted to stray from the formula a bit. His first three were solid books with only minor flaws. The second three really showed his skill at plotting shine through. After that progression, this one felt a little plain.

First off, it's more a Terry McCaleb novel than a Harry Bosch one. The titular protagonist is only in about 15% of the book until the last third. The entire plot, with the exception of a
Tony Gleeson
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
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
Kenyon Harbison
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
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.
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
Cathy DuPont
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
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
As with the first 6 books in the Harry Bosch series, this one was very compelling and thoroughly enjoyable. It held up well in comparison – definitely as good as the others. Michael Connelly does not disappoint.

The only problem I had with this book is the ending. In fact, in almost every Harry Bosch book there seems to be some type of twist RIGHT at the very end. I think that in most cases, these twists would be better left out. At least for the twists I remember, they seem to be added on at th
Ron Lavery
To my way of thinking this is a typical Michael Connelly book. A great page turning read. I first read his Lincoln Lawyer books and loved them. Then discovered a Harry Bosch book. Characters are completely different but the books had the same great pace etc. I read his books randomly (not in order) taking them as individual works rather than a series. It sounds counter intuitive but I like the was he reveals the characters a little at the time and when you know something about him from a "future ...more
I just scanned down a random list of Michael Connelly books and the ratings look pretty consistent, ranging from about 3.95-4.10. I wonder what I am missing, or why/how other people are missing what I am seeing. This guy's style drives me up the wall. There must be a name for it, but until I discover what it is, I'm just going to call it Dan Brownishness. I can hear all the Dan Brown fans grinding their teeth and cracking their knuckles over their keyboards But that's alright. I am sure that Dan ...more
Connelly, still one of the best mystery writers out there, has combined two of his characters in this novel. Terry McCaleb, an ex-FBI profiler, now retired and living on Catalina Island following a heart transplant — he has to take over one hundred pills a day — has been asked by an old friend in the sheriff’s department to review some material about the murder of Edward Gunn, a man who had “walked” away from a murder charge several years previously. Harry Bosch, Connelly’s other character, and ...more
Jan 27, 2014 Carly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: hardcore Connelly fans
Recommended to Carly by: curiosity. It also kills cats.
**edited 01/27/14

The gang's all here: during a highly publicised case in which Harry Bosch, troubled detective of the LAPD, is a primary witness, Terry McCaleb starts uncovering some disconcerting facts and Jack McEvoy lurks around in the background, digging up dirt and stirring the mud. Long story short: Terry McCaleb, Harry Bosch and Jack McEvoy all compete to see who's the biggest bastard. I'm not really sure who won.

The plot is entertaining, if improbable, and it was interesting seeing each
I read Blood Work some time ago, and really enjoyed FBI agent Terry McCaleb and was wanting to read the next one. With another of my favourite characters, Harry Bosch, entering the fray with McCaleb, this book exceeded all my expectations. It was brilliant!

Terry McCaleb had had a heart transplant 3 years previously, and had to retire for health reasons. He met his wife, Graciela and her son Raymond, on his previous case (Blood Work), and they had been married for a year, with a beautiful daughte
Cross-over publications where characters from one series appear in another are always a little risky. The Harry Bosch books are my favourite Michael Connelly books with the Mickey Haller and Terry McCaleb series being slow seconds. I think that the author would be better off keeping each series separate from the others except for the fact that all three are set in the same city. So...?

So this is why I think that A Darkness More Than Night is not as good as it could have been if it was a story to
Nick Mann
Michael Connelly features two of his central characters from other books, Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch (a crass LA cop) and Terry McCaleb (a retired FBI agent and profiler). In this novel protagonist Bosch still irritates me because he seems self-destructive like a bull in a china shop. Connelly’s Harry Bosch novels like “Echo Park” and “The Drop” always seem to work out in the end, but the ride is consistently bumpy for the reader. The other protagonist, McCaleb (from Connelly’s novel “Bloodwork”) ...more
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 Connellys 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 a t ...more
I am addicted to Connelly's murder mysteries that center around investigative and courtroom procedural practice. This story brings back Terrell McCaleb, from the novel Blood Work. An old friend from a Sheriff's office asks McCaleb to help on an unsolved case in which Harry Bosch was lead detective. Ex-FBI working with local loose cannon detective. I expected a good ride and got one. The first twist was McCaleb's suspicion that Bosch was the killer, having become a self-appointed executioner of m ...more
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Michael Connelly
Harry Bosch, the worn, pragmatic Los Angeles police detective, protagonist of a number of Connelly's earlier books, is joined by Terry McCaleb, former FBI crime-scene profiler, introduced in Blood Work (Little, Brown, 1998). Harry is immersed in testifying at the murder trial of a Hollywood film director, Jack Storey. When McCaleb, retired and living a quiet life with a new wife and two young children, is asked by a former colleague to look at the i
Not a bad bit of crime procedural--if that's the right word. I've loved Harry Bosch novels for a while now, and probably have read them out of order it would seem now. This one is different as it mostly concerns a character I may have read about, Terry McCaleb, but leaves out Harry as a secondary character. Of course all the regular Harry is in effect--brash, chain smoking, and those lost eyes, plus a host of other characters from Connelly's novels--including characters from the Poet storyline. ...more
I really enjoy this author and his flawed, tortured-soul lead characters. In this book, Connelly wrote a story that included two such men, McCaleb and Bosch, characters that have separate series of their own, usually.

What begins as two separate cases pursued by different law enforcement agencies turns into a fairly complicated plot twist that almost reminds one of a very adult version of "It's a Small World After All."
Teresa Mills-clark
Wouldn't you know it but I had gone to a book store with a friend was delighted to discover another Connelly book that I hadn't read and bought it. Only to discover it the very next day in a pile of second hand books for free! Oh well ... Connelly hasn't disappointed me yet and didn't in this case, either. Plus, he wove three characters in this book so I consider that 3 for the price of one :)
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
This one was actually very good, Terry McCaleb is a retired profiler
called upon to take a look at a puzzling murder, which puts Harry Bosch in the frame. It relates back to a case Harry was involved in sereral years before. Terry is still suffering from the effects of a previous case which almost left him dead and he is still suffering the consequences. His wife isn't too happy about him getting involved either. This was a book I read out of sequence, so I wasn't familiar with Terry, but I did
What's interesting about the Bosch novels is that every one has a slightly different twist. The twist in Darkness is the grudging collaboration between two old pros, Bosch and McCaleb. Neither one is a sweetheart - you don't want to cross these guys, and even when they are forced to cooperate, they can't quite become friends. McCaleb strongly suspects that Bosch has slipped over the edge, morphing from avenging detective to vengeful murderer. Bosch is stunned and insulted, and, when he discovers ...more
i found this book a bit of a disappointment, especially after the fantastic "The Poet", Connelly's previous novel.

There were two main problems with this book.

1. Too predictable. Usually, Connelly throws in a lot of red herrings in his plots, then has a big surprise at the end. Alas, not in this one. i guessed the outcome VERY early in the book, and it never changed. No twists, no surprises.

2. The author manages to make all three of his heroes (Bosch, McCaleb, and Jack McEvoy) quite unlikeable in
This was an interesting book because it combined main characters from 3 different Michael Connelly series'. Terry McCaleb - ex FBI profiler, Harry Bosch - LA homicide detective and Jack McEvoy - reporter. I also enjoy the crossovers on TV and I certainly enjoyed it in this book. Really interesting to see how the different characters that are the "stars" in their own books interact with each other. It kind of made me forget that these are all fictional characters from the mind of Michael Connelly ...more
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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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