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The Overlook

(Harry Bosch #13)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  30,583 ratings  ·  1,593 reviews
Kindle Edition, 241 pages
Published (first published May 22nd 2007)
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James Thane
I first read this story when it was serialized in the New York Times Magazine. Following that, Connelly expanded the story and published it as a novel. I remember enjoying the serialized version, but, as one would expect, the novel winds up being a fuller and richer experience.

As the story opens, Detective Harry Bosch has just been reassigned to the L.A.P.D.'s prestigious Homicide Special Squad. He's sitting up at midnight, waiting for his first call out. When it comes, he's directed to a homici
Jan 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Michael Connelly has made a name for himself by creating the characters Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller.

In The Overlook, Connelly’s 2007 entry into the Harry Bosch files, the mystery writer takes on a case where Bosch must work with the FBI in a suspected terrorist case.

This is the 13th Harry Bosch novel (Connelly began the series with The Black Echo in 1992) and the LAPD detective again demonstrates his Holmes-esque attention to detail and also his inability to follow bureaucratic rules. Connelly
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, fiction
2 stars – It was neither good not bad. As my younger friends say meh!

The most exciting thing that happened in this Harry Bosch novel was learning a bit about the radioactive material cesium and what could happen if it were used in a terrorist plot. All seemed too familiar, like the same old. A short story that seemed rushed. What saved The Overlook from becoming a DNF was the continued fine performance by Len Cariou in narration.
Harry Bosch now works in the Robbery-Homicide Division in the Homicide Special unit follow the events of Echo Park. He's got a new partner, Ignacio Ferras, and their first case is the murder of a medical physicist. Because the case also involves the theft of some radioactive materials, the FBI and other alphabet agencies want to control the case that Harry first sees as a homicide.

This is Connelly's most nimbly-written story to date and that made a big difference in my enjoyment. I finished lis
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Connelly
Shelves: male-lead, thriller, meh
I don't often read from the fiction bestseller list and I periodically wonder what I'm missing. When a Connelly (oops, not John Connolly) book came my way, I was looking for a light headache distraction and thought it might do the trick. To absolutely no one's surprise, I discovered I'm not really missing anything that would cater to my own palate. This is the Arby's of the fast food world: seemingly meaty but rather bland (unlike Nihilist Arby's).

Harry is apparently back in action with LAPD wi
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the better detective story
Michael Connelly does his token terrorism story. And it would not be true to him to make it a political mess and power struggle among the various organisations that want to show the world and their constituency how great they are at the wheel of a real threat. Among them Harry Bosch with a new partner that just wants to solve a the murder that starts of the whole story. And Harry gets mighty annoyed when the murder is considered less important than the threat of some terrorism.

As always Connelly
Jun 04, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Connelly Fans
Shelves: crimefiction
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
Eh. This was not my favorite Bosch. After a couple of home-runs with this series, this was definitely a disappointment. About half the length of his usual books, Connelly uses this to just show readers excerpts from his other books. I hit the finish line with this book at 74 percent I think. The remaining was just excerpts.

This felt and reads more like a short story. We have so many plot holes I don't even know which to begin with in "The Overlook." It's been a year since the events in "Echo Par
Book Addict Shaun
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Overlook is a much shorter Harry Bosch novel than the others I have read, in fact it felt a bit like a novella and it missed some of the characterisation we are used to from Michael Connelly. That said, it was all story and happened in real time so it had a bit of a different feel to the stories that take place across a week or so.

Harry Bosch is a fantastic character and for those who are yet to meet him, this wouldn’t be a terrible place to start. In The Overlook we see him battling for co
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serial-thrillers
Number 13 in the Bosch series.
This book was short but sweet.
Harry back with the LAPD and a new partner.
Harry and his partner get called to a homicide on the Overlook at Mulholland Drive. Turns out that this is not just a homicide but could also be terrorist related. Because of the terrorist threat the FBI and OHS, OHS stands for Office of Homeland Security. The FBI and OHS take the case and leave Harry and his partner out in the cold. No way is Harry going to let this happen. Harry finds a witn
Aug 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bosch is at his irascible best, hunting for murders of a nuclear scientist. Add in Homeland Security, the FBI, including former love interest Rachel, and possibly evil Arab terrorists, and it's a fun ride.
Alex Cantone
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-challenge, crime
Ferras put the Blackberry down and turned back to his computer. Like many detectives he preferred to use his own laptop because the computers provided by the department were old and slow and most of them carried more viruses than a Hollywood Boulevard hooker.

The novella length The Overlook finds seasoned Detective Harry Bosch back in the Robbery/Homicide Division of LAPD, mentoring a young partner, Cuban-American Ignacio Ferras. Bosch is called out towards midnight to an execution-style murder
kartik narayanan
Overlook is disappointing.

For one, the plot sucks. It does not scan like a homicide mystery but rather an action-thriller. I mean in the end it is about murder but that noirish, hard boiled feeling is missing.

The second reason is that it feels manufactured. I mean take a standard homicide, wrap it up in a terrorist plot (really?), add an element of tension and voila - you have a story that feels like the movie Peacemaker.

Yes. I hated it. It is the worst in the Bosch series so far. And it is sh
Kevin Dowson
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another outing for Harry Bosch, shorter than most (even shorter than I expected, as the Kindle version ended at about 88%, the rest of it filled with the first half dozen chapters of Two Kinds Of Truth, which I personally find irritating, but oh well).

The Overlook is fairly typical Bosch stuff. Back in homicide, Harry gets called out to an apparent execution style murder, then things get complicated. Harry, as usual, does his best to get in his own way and everyone else's way too, especially the
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, mystery
Harry Bosch is called out on his first case since being recruited to the Homicide Special Squad. The body of Dr. Stanley Kent has been found on the Overlook near Mulholland Drive. He was killed execution style. Harry and his new partner Ignacio Ferras are just starting to put the pieces of the murder together when FBI Agent Rachel Walling shows up. She wants information about the murder, but doesn't want to give up anything in return. As Harry fights to keep jurisdiction over the murder, he disc ...more
Apr 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 13th book in the Harry Bosch series.
Another great page turner that keeps you gripped to the very end.
This book was slightly different to the usual Michael Connelly recipe but this fast paced action packed novel certainly hits the spot. A little shorter than usual but nevertheless outstanding. Bring on number 14.
A quick read but not my favourite Bosch - too short and the closest I’ve come to guessing the outcome of a Bosch book. Read from other reviews on here that it is adapted from a short story and it does feel like that. Onwards to the next one and hopefully a return to form....
Aug 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  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
Mar 07, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, audiobook
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.
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: connelly-michael
Fabulous read! The details and possible ramifications of the case were fascinating. For the first third or so of the book, it wasn't a frantic read for me and I was able to sit back and enjoy Connelly's highly readable style and expert plotting. Then it became frantic.
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.
4-4.5 stars.

In this shorter Bosch Novel (#13, #18 in Bosch Universe), it picks up right on the heels of Echo Park (I want to say 5-6 months apart storyline wise). We are exposed to Harry in a new division, the exclusive Homicide Special. It was originally written in serial form for the NYT Magazine, but expanded for the novel form. It was great to read about Rachel Walling so rapidly following Echo Park, and we get to meet Harry's new young partner Ignacio/Iggy Ferras. Kiz Rider makes a brief te
Mar 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, own, read_2013
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
Freda Malone
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a super quick read of Bosch and FBI agent Rachel Walling, involving cesium, a murder, and a ton of red herrings. This could have been the perfect murder but when you have a detective like Harry Bosch, the perfect murder isn't so perfect.

I have a few mixed feelings about this book and series now. I love Bosch as a main character. His uncanny way of solving crimes is terrific. However, he is being bounced to different departments in the district every time I pick up the next Bosch novel.
Mar 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime

Possibly the weakest Bosch I've read to date, easily in the worst 3. The reason for this is twofold; it's a short novel coming in about half as long as his others and doesn't let Bosch get his teeth sunk into the case. It's also like a token take on terrorism, maybe his agent/editor suggested it and he thought why not. Bosch is best at plain old murder.

There are flaws in this novel and it didn't grab me like a normal Bosch novel would but it's still got some good parts and recurring charact
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harry is back on the murder squad & butting heads with the FBI. Pretty typical, yet a whole new interesting story. Well written & read. Nothing too far out of the ordinary, so there's not much sense in going on.

Note that I list this as 17th in the Harry Bosch Universe, not the 15th as listed below. Next up are 3 short stories. I've found they're important to read in order, if possible.

16 - Echo Park (Harry Bosch #12), 2006
17 - The Overlook (Harry Bosch #13), 2007
17.4 - Father’s Day (200
Linda J
Jan 16, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Rabid Connelly fans only - newbies stay away.
Shelves: michael-connelly
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
Jenifer Mohammed
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hard-boiled
Connelly is a master of misdirection in this thrilling mystery where nothing can be taken at face value. Bosch is called out to a murder scene and the FBI quickly becomes involved when terrorists are suspected of stealing cesium to mount an attack. There are a lot of lies and backstabbing between Bosch and the FBI but Bosch ultimately solves the murder. Extremely well-written!
Rob Twinem
Harry Bosch is called to the scene of a murder on the "Overlook" a high location in LA which offers stunning views of the city of angels. It soon becomes apparent that renowned physicist Dr. Stanley Kent was shot twice in the back of the head, all the marks of a professional killing. Very quickly the FBI are involved  in the form of Bosch's on/off lover Rachel Walling. It would appear that not only is this a murder scene but a hazardous  radioactive element "cesium" remains unaccounted for presu ...more
Joe Santoro
I've seen this series alot with various people on goodreads and elsewhere, so I thought I'd give one a shot. Connelly seems a pretty good writer, as this is definitely a page turning mystery that a can very clearly see as being an entertaining episode of a CSI-ish TV show.

I didn't find Bosch to be particularly engaging though, he seems grumpy for the sake of it, and his intuitive leaps seem to be kinda out of nowhere in some cases, and blind luck in others. There didn't seem to be much of a supp
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