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The Overlook (Harry Bosch #13)

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Near Mulholland Drive, Dr. Stanley Kent is found shot twice in the back of the head. It's the case LAPD detective Harry Bosch has been waiting for, his first since being recruited to the Homicide Special Squad. When he discovers that Kent had access to dangerous radioactive substances, what begins as a routine investigation becomes something darker, more deadly, and fright...more
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Published May 22nd 2007 by Little, Brown and Company (first published January 1st 2000)
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Brent
Jun 04, 2007 Brent rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Connelly Fans
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The Overlook is Connelly's latest Harry Bosch detective novel. The book was written as a 16 part serial novel for the New York Times Magazine and it shows. I'm a big Bosch fan and I always enjoy reading about him but I am a little disappointed in this book. As one might expect with a serial novel, many chapters are disjointed and Connelly does not focus on character development. Rachel Walling is again back in Bosch's life and while Connelly mentions the relationship, he doesn't do much to devel...more
Checkman
Aug 24, 2011 Checkman rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Harry Bosch fans
Three and a half stars.

I like the Harry Bosch books. I don't read them all the time. It's been my experience that if I read novels featuring the same character back to back I become bored. It's like watching a long running series on television. It gets comfortable, but predictable.

About once a year I'll read one or two of the Bosch novels. As I wrote in my review of The Black Echo I was around when the series began in 92 and I like it.

So last Saturday a local library was having it's annual boo...more
Adrian
I'm always hopeful that there's a mainstream, bestselling author out there who you can really get your teeth into, and from reading this Michael Connelly is a pretty good option. If you're interested in police procedural - or like me US cop shows - then you'll know this terrain. I wanted to investigate Connelly after seeing the film of his 'Lincoln Lawyer', but there's far more to the movie than there is to his writing, which shows it goes both ways in terms of movies and books. The style is alm...more
Mike
This was shaping up as a 2 Star rating but nabbed an extra star at the end. Great plot with radioactive materiel stolen, all the alphabet soup of national security agencies horning in on the action and confusion reigns. Harry Bosch and his new partner are in at the beginning, investigating the homicide that starts this one off. Rachel Walling from the FBI shows up again but she really isn't Bosch's buddy in this one. You can read this is a couple of hours (turns out it was a serial magazine stor...more
Maddy
PROTAGONIST: Harry Bosch
SETTING: Los Angeles
SERIES: #13 of 18
RATING: 4.25
WHY: Harry Bosch has moved on to yet another assignment, this time to the Homicide Special Squad, and a new partner, Ignatio "Iggy"" Ferras. Ferras is also relatively inexperienced and quite uncomfortable with Harry's way of doing things. The case they are handling is the murder of Dr. Stanley Kent, found shot on an overlook near Mulholland Drive. It is of great interest to the FBI, since Kent had access to large amounts of...more
Noran Miss Pumkin
While bumming around Chicago-saw a church book sale. SWEET!!!!!! Huge bag of goodies for $20-actually 16, but it is a church-so donated the change. I even bought a vintage Russian novel-though I cannot read it-i so adore the dust cover art, and the color plates of the story.
Rex Fuller
Outstanding book. Very hard-driving, relentless pace. The best of the 16 Bosch books I've read.
Jane Stewart
It’s short but still worth reading. I wouldn’t want to miss it. And it has the unexpected which is hard to do.

REVIEWER’S OPINION:
This isn’t the best in the series, but I’m starting to think I may have been too harsh with some of my 3 ½ stars for previous books in the series. I was tempted to give this 3 ½ stars, but I upped it to 4 because it kept my interest, and because it’s part of a great series. I love Bosch’s instincts and actions. Again he makes other cops and the FBI look not-so-good.

One...more
Josh
While being the 13th book to feature Harry Bosch, THE OVERLOOK is a great way to introduce new readers to the series long running character. THE OVERLOOK resumes Harry’s career in law enforcement tracking down murderers whilst working homicide. He’s got a new partner and a new case which looks very LA Noire on the surface, yet looks can be deceiving.

An execution style murder on the Mulholland overlook becomes much more when a link with a radioactive chemical is established and a plot involving t...more
Linda J
Jan 16, 2010 Linda J rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Rabid Connelly fans only - newbies stay away.
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I couldn't understand why this book lacked the depth of previous Harry Bosch novels until I learned it had been serialized in a magazine and then published as a book. The book read like someone held a gun to Connelly's head and demanded triple-time story development and resolution.

I don't know why Connelly even gave Bosch a LAPD partner but I guess LAPD protocol required it. Iggy, the partner in this book, was a new one and essentially ignored - Bosch generally had him running errands, offscreen...more
Mark Soone
I would probably call this a 3.5 read, but that option is not available on goodreads.

This is by far my favorite ongoing crime/thriller series, and would highly recommend this to any who have not tried it. I am not sure that some of the series particularly this book would work well as standalone reads, so start at the beginning and it should give you a solid 3-6 month addition to your current reading.

Bosch is back in action with a new assignment and partner (I really miss Kiz), and of course back...more
Toni Osborne
A doctor with access to a dangerous radioactive substance is found murdered on the overlook above the Mulholland Dam. LAPD detective Harry Bosch is sent on what appears to be a routine investigation. On site, things escalate when it is discovered that vials of cerium are missing and now are in unknown hands. When the murder is suspected to be part of a terrorist plot to poison a major American city, Special FBI Agent Walling declares the matter to be of National Security. Bosch thinks otherwise...more
Marleen
Michael Connelly must’ve been in a hurry to finish this book, or he was experimenting, because this was the most rushed and sudden ending to a Harry Bosch book I’ve come across so far.
On his first day in the Homicide Special division, still part of the prestigious RHD, Harry gets a call out to what appears at first like an execution. A man is found on the Mulholland overlook, shot twice in the back of the head. Quickly the FBI is on the scene, because the murder of this man, a physicist, is lin...more
David
Ok, I figured this one out without a lot of difficulty. That being said, I read on to the end and enjoyed the book nonetheless.

When I first encountered the plot element of missing radioactive material, I got a sinking feeling. Another author I really enjoy, Steve Martini, used to write great courtroom fiction. Then, he got the idea to turn his lawyer main character into James Bond. It doesn't work. Read the reviews of Martini's trilogy. Hopefully, he will get the message from his fans to go bac...more
Tony
Michael Connelly- The Overlook (Vision Books 2008) 3.75 Stars

Dr. Stanley Kent has just been discovered on the overlook with two bullets in the back of his head. Now Harry Bosch must try to find the killer, but he isn’t the only one interested in this case. Agent Walling of the FBI has been handed the case as it has taken a terrorist angle. Bumping heads as Bosch fights to keep his case; they must try to solve this case before things escalate out of their control.

The introduction to this book was...more
Denniger Bolton
I'm a big fan of Michael Connelly's novels and do believe I've read all the Harry Bosch thrillers. The phone rings at midnight. Harry is awake. He's waiting. I like way Connelly puts us on the case immediately. Not a lot of messing around. The writing is bare bones, spare, with no unnecessary scenery or dialog. As a reader I get the feeling that Connelly knows the ins and outs of the LAPD. He's got the Police Procedural down. He's the best at that, but what I really love is the writer's characte...more
Jeanette
I enjoy Michael Connelly's novels but this was not my favorite. All of the action takes place in about 48 hours, maybe less. It was hard to follow at times. Los Angeles Police Detective Harry Bosch, recently assigned to Homicide, is called in the middle of the night to investigate what looks like an assassination of a doctor in an area of Los Angeles called the "overlook", because it overlooks the city. The doctor's wife has been left hogtied in her bedroom. In order to save her life, the doctor...more
Harv Griffin
If it's a Harry Bosch novel I want to read it. Actually, I've probably already read it.

pic of my copy of Overlook

3.5 Stars?

For a new writer I'd give this a 4-star, or if I really liked the new writer, maybe even a 5. The writing and plotting is very clean. But for Connelly? I'm sorry, IMHO he was slacking-off in this one. I only read OVERLOOK once, and I'm not going back for a re-read. (view spoiler)

Plot-wise & Action-wise this pup...more
Matt
A much shorter book than I am used to by Connelly, with an interesting concept. The entire book takes place in a 12 hour time window as Bosch tries to resolve what is surely his most 'volatile' case put to paper yet. Connelly looks into the world of nuclear devices and terrorism and ties it all together with some Fed-LAPD resentment, while also adding to Bosch's romantic (or lack thereof) issues.

Sped through it and so there was less time to enjoy the story, but it was a nice change to the longer...more
Dana
Bosch is called to the murder of Dr. Stanley Kent found on a overlook near Mulholland Drive. He has been shot in the back of the head and now some dangerous radioactive substances are missing. Bosch is soon in conflict with his superiors, Homeland Security and the FBI in the form of his former lover Rachel Walling.

Bosch, our nitty gritty cop has a new partner Iggy who really does not get much 'page time' but is in disagreement from the get go. Bosch follows his own instincts and tracks down the...more
Rasmus
Sep 03, 2008 Rasmus rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: hardcore Harry Bosch fans only.
I didn't care for this book too much. Having had a break from Harry Bosch for a while, I found it hard to find his maverick ways believable. He does everything his own way, not giving a damn about his partner, his superiors or anyone else. Nothing unusual there, but he does it to such an extent that it becomes almost funny. And not in a good way.

The biggest let down is the plot. There's a huge build-up and when it all comes down, it ends quickly and too easy. It felt like Michael Connelly didn't...more
Michael Redd
As with most Michael Connelly books, once the pace quickens, you can't put it down! Same with this book. I had just finished a Vince Flynn novel and wanted to get back to Connelly and Bosch.

My edition had a couple of interesting extras, 1 23rd chapter...Discussion Questions (thought that was interesting in itself, an interview with Connelly and a short story. Like the first 270 or so pages weren't thrilling enough!
Scott Preece
Three stars only because it's a pretty thin book. This appeared first as a serial in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, where I read it. I finally got around to rereading it in book form (you get a different impression than when you spread it over a couple of months). It would be interesting to know what, if anything, differed between the publications.

Nice twists in this book. Connelly is good at introducing and elaborating on details that end up having no importance at all, but keep you wonde...more
GS Nathan
An excellent police story, Micael Connelly becomes better with Harry Bosch. This time a murder catches Bosch at midnight and it soon looks like it there are a bunch of terrorists on the loose in LA. Bosch relentlessly pursues the clues to where it leads stepping on multiple toes and feet, doing what is needed to solve it. And by the dint of good police work, intuition and sheer desire to crack it, he does in a little over 12 frenetic hours. And it turns out that the story is not what it seems af...more
Debby
What can I say....I thoroughly enjoy reading Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch Detective series. The Overlook was Harry Bosch at his grumpy, feisty, diligent detective best and up against the FBI who were trying to take his case away from him because of possible terrorist involvemtn. Very good police detective/mystery read! I'll be starting to read the next book in the series while I'm on the plane heading for my vacation at the end of this month. Can't wait!!
Eric
Jan 17, 2012 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Fans of Harry Bosch books
Although I really enjoyed the plot and the quick pace of this Harry Bosch detective paint-by-numbers, I missed the character development of the full-length novels (this was originally serialized in the New York Times Sunday Magazine). The interaction between Bosch and Walling was not nearly as compelling as in the two previous cases they shared, and his new partner was a one-dimensional shadow of Bosch's previous partners.
Pat
I can't believe Connelly wrote this book. Bosch asks "what is a person of interest." That's just one of a dozen annoying instances where Bosch is clueless as to what's going on. Then his antagonism with the FBI is childish. He, of course, turns out to be right and the FBI wrong. This is just not up to Connelly's usual great writing. I really do suspect it was ghosted.
Nate Hendrix
I think this is my favorite Harry Bosch novel. I have enjoyed them all, but this may be the best. Harry is in a new division and is again chasing a killer. I don't want to give anything away. If you like Connelly you will like this book. If this is the first Bosch novel you read, you will want to read the rest of the series.
D.R.
Harry Bosch and Rachael Walling return in #13 of Connelly's Bosch series. Common conflicts develop quickly as Bosch takes on the murder case of Dr. Stanley Kent, a victim of a mob-style shooting up on Mulholland Drive. Once again, it's Bosch versus his LAPD superiors, Bosch versus the FBI, and Bosch versus the killers. In the end, it is Bosch's instincts that persist in solving a case that is being pursued down the wrong path by the FBI and others.

I felt Connelly gave some premature insight to...more
Jesse Whitehead
There’s one thing to be understood about a Micael Connelly book. If you start it you are going to be entertained. The mysteries are always intriguing, the characters are always realistic and fascinating and the situations vary between heart thumping, contemplative and shocking.

When the Michael Connelly book is also a Harry Bosch book then you know you’re in for some focused mystery solving that will lead you to the craziest places.

What’s really great about Harry Bosch is that he jumps to conclus...more
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