Aug 08, 11
Read in August, 2011
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 must steal cesium, a highly radioactive substance used to treat cancer patients. The transfer of the cesium, to what appear to be terrorists, takes place at the overlook. The doctor complies but is killed anyway. Bosch is suspicious from the beginning, and his ideas are thwarted at every turn by the FBI, called in due to the terrorist aspect of the case. An old flame, FBI agent Rachel Walling is also on the scene to complicate matters. Against all odds, and with clues that seem obvious only to Harry, he solves the case. The FBI agents come off looking like the Keystone cops, while Harry breaks most of the rules in the police manual in order to find the killers. The book ends with the possibility that Rachel and Harry will get back together. Who cares?