REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JUNE 2, 2015 Narrator: Dick Hill 4.5 stars
This didn't hook me as early as The Concrete Blonde did but it started to pick up at theREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JUNE 2, 2015 Narrator: Dick Hill 4.5 stars
This didn't hook me as early as The Concrete Blonde did but it started to pick up at the halfway mark. The last 25% was five stars at every minute. Each time I thought the book had come to an end, Bosch thinks of something else. Excellent.
I'm happy for Bosch, that he's found his true love, though I'm not holding my breath that this one will last through the series.
I like Dick Hill's Bosch very much and he does Edgar, Bosch's partner, very well, too. But...Hill's other male characters all sound like Hill's females. I don't know why he gives them a higher register and the same tone he gives his women. This is the fifth book and I still get pulled out of the story every time. ...more
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK, MAY 30, 2015 Narrator: Dick Hill
This was excellent from start to finish. This the kind of serial killer stories I like - where theREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK, MAY 30, 2015 Narrator: Dick Hill
This was excellent from start to finish. This the kind of serial killer stories I like - where the author doesn't have to resort to the insane perp's internal monologues. I'm not interested in the serial killer. He's just window dressing, not the MC. This book uses the serial killer, not the other way around so Bosch and his colleagues are front, center, and back all the way.
Bosch's courtroom face-offs with Honey Chandler, the lawyer, kept my ears glued to story. Not just Chandler, but the judge, too.
I thought, at one point, this-character-who-shall-not-named was the killer and was disappointed at Connelly's choice. But I was wrong. It was not this person.
I got to know Harry Bosch here. He has a strong moral compass, not just in his professional capacity, but in his personal relationships. I did not detect any personal friend here but Harry did have a love interest. This was the only part I did not care for as, despite Sylvia's patient, understanding attitude, I found her intrusive. Towards the later part of the book, I wished her gone and hated seeing Bosch so needy.
The only weak spot was in the prologue where Harry does not call for backup before entering the house where the Dollmaker was supposed to be in. Bosch was on the taskforce and he was at the station when the hooker's tip-off came in. I can't see a homicide detective not calling in his taskforce colleagues before heading out on such a tip-off, or driving a car without a car phone. His explanation that there weren't enough rovers was not plausible. He wasn't a beat cop. He was the supervisor of the task force the night the call came in and if his car was not equipped with a phone and there weren't enough portable phones to go round, how did he communicate with his task force colleagues whenever he was out?
For a smart man, the author had him do this incredibly stupid thing without giving his MC a plausible excuse. If Harry had not gone in alone, there wouldn't be a story. Something as pivotal as this should have been better executed.
The rest of the book (except the Sylvia-Bosch scenes) was unequivocally 5 stars.
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK, MAY 31, 2015 Narrator: Dick Hill
It was a struggle to finish this. I found the department shrink sessions tedious. I prefer to findREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK, MAY 31, 2015 Narrator: Dick Hill
It was a struggle to finish this. I found the department shrink sessions tedious. I prefer to find out about my MC in other ways but that's a personal thing.
I did not like the interlude with Jasmine. I like Bosch on his own, pursuing his cases and could do without all these side romances, or find one that will stay the course so that we can push her gently to the background and get on with the cases.
I like that Bosch found out what his mother was planning to do when she died.
Despite filling in a huge gap in Bosch's past, and that every other reviewer loved this installment, I did not care for it and found it plodding and myopic even if it's Bosch whom I am coming to like very much....more
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; MAY 29, 2015 Narrator: Dick Hill
Not enough focus on the main plot, or murder investigation to keep my interest and it was frustratREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; MAY 29, 2015 Narrator: Dick Hill
Not enough focus on the main plot, or murder investigation to keep my interest and it was frustrating because I was interested in Harry, the characters, and the murder mystery. There was too much writing. Too many words and time given to telling me things that weren't pertinent. The book would have been a 5-star one for me if the 112,000 words had been cut down to 95-100k.
However, I did like getting to know Harry's background (I did not finish Book 1) and the border towns of Mexico. I don't know if Harry had a lovesex interest in Book 1, but I didn't like his interest in Moore's widow and was glad when Teresa, the ME, and Harry's on-off fuck buddy, ended their on-off relationship. Since Sylvia, the vic's widow, pops up again in Book 3, The Concrete Blonde, I hope I take to her.
This was just an average listen for me because there was too much of Harry chasing down everything everywhere for me to follow. However, much of that could be my fault, rather than the author's because there was more external distractions going on around me than usual. I still like Harry's character though not as much as Siger's Greek detective, Andreas Kaldis and plan to continue with the series, as much as I can.
I do not care for Dick Hill, generally, but found I didn't mind him here. He doesn't sound like an old geezer the way I find he does when narrating romances. However, I'm perplexed as to why he gave Pounds, the bureau commander, a woman's voice. It threw me off as I, naturally, thought it was a female character being introduced, until I heard the 'he' pronoun for Pound. It was annoying as it pulled me from the story - I ended up listening for confirmation that Pound was not a woman and was just Hill's odd choice of character voice.
The story (action, mystery, suspense) sagged a lot until the last few chapters when things started to get truly riveting. I'm curious to know if there are better books after this and hope so because while I love the thought of following a male-oriented series (means I get a male narrator and no whiny, nasal-voiced females), this installment of the Harry Bosch series could easily have better with a bit of editing for length.
PS: it's made me want to find a male detective series written by a female (but not Agatha Christie's Poroit) and I don't think there are any.