A Darkness More Than Night (Terry McCaleb #2)
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 mak...more
Michael Connelly is a well know and very popular author in the mystery/detective and police procedural genres. E...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
SERIES: #7 of 18
WHY: Terry McCaleb retired as an FBI profiler after he had a heart transplant. Now a detective has asked him to look over a case for her; it soon pulls him right back into the game. The victim, who was badly tortured, is a man who has long been in the sights of LA police detective Harry Bosch. McCaleb comes to believe that Harry Bosch is the killer. As usual, Connelly's writing is solid but one of my pet peeves is ha...more
Connelly is prone to putting Bosch in court and in "A Darkness..." Harry spends a lot of time in court. Anyone who's ever served on jury duty knows that actual trials are seldom dramatic and are usually quite tedious processes. I find that when Connelly puts Bo...more
McCaleb and Bosch are a good combination of characters. They are almost as good together as individually, because they have a similar fiber—being good at the work they love. Driven in the way they do the work they love, even in the dislike involved in the work they love.
They mirror each other, and sometimes the sparks will fly until one or the other catches himself in the mirror—it is as if the darkness more than night produces a reflection, violating the laws of physics, but true t...more
I was initially surprised because it starts out very differently from prior Harry Bosch novels. It’s more of a narrative and nothing to do with Bosch. It’s like reading a different author. (I later determined that C...more
Michael Connelly decided to become a writer after discovering the books of Raymond Chandler while attending the University of Florida. Once he decided on this direction he chose a major in journalism and a minor in creative writing — a curriculum in which one of his teache...more
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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.”