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A Darkness More Than Night

(Harry Bosch #7)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  49,888 ratings  ·  1,889 reviews
Terry McCaleb, the retired FBI agent who starred in the bestseller "Blood Work," is asked by the LAPD to help them investigate aseries of murders that have them baffled. They are the kind of ritualized killings McCaleb specialized in solving with the FBI, and he is reluctantly drawn from his peaceful new life back into the horror and excitement of tracking down a terrifyin ...more
Paperback, 470 pages
Published March 1st 2002 by Warner Books (first published November 8th 2000)
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Ross Rawnsley I agree with you....I started the Bosch series from the beginning, so I have a ways to go but this is my favorite so far!

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James Thane
Mar 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
In this book, published in 2001, Michael Connelly brings together three of the characters he had previously used as lead protagonists: former FBI agent, Terry McCaleb from Blood Work, journalist Jack McEvoy from The Poet, and L.A. Homicide Detective Harry Bosch, whom Connelly had featured in several novels up to that point. McEvoy plays a relatively minor role here, while Bosch and McCaleb are center stage.

As the book opens, Bosch is assisting the prosecution in a high-profile Hollywood murder t
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I started this knowing that it was Harry Bosch #7 but not knowing it was also Terry McCaleb #2. So not having read Terry McCaleb #1 I may have missed some of the overall goodness of the book. However I got enough to give it four easy stars. I have to admit I did not like McCaleb at all and this may be because I did not already know him. He drew his outrageous assumptions about people based on ridiculously tiny facts and generally just pottered around being a nuisance. Harry on the other hand dea ...more
Oct 02, 2012 rated it liked it

This 9th book in the 'Bosch Universe' pairs two popular Michael Connelly characters: Harry Bosch and Terry McCaleb. The book can be read as a standalone.


Harry Bosch is a detective in the Los Angeles Police Department who almost always closes his cases, but is usually on the wrong side of his superiors.

Terry McCaleb is a former FBI profiler who - after a heart transplant - moved to Catalina Island with his wife, stepson, and baby girl. Terry now runs a charter fishing business and tries to a
You get two character focuses in one in this story. It really serves you well to have read Blood Work first to get a good sense of Terry McCaleb. I believe it made a difference in my enjoyment. While this is the 7th book in the Harry Bosch series, it's the 8th in that universe and the second in the Terry McCaleb series.

For a large part of the story, McCaleb and Bosch are operating independently until their worlds connect. Terry believes Harry is behind the murder of Edward Gunn because aspects
I have not read the first (and only other) Terry McCaleb book, Blood Work, and honestly, I probably never will. He is the reason I am annoyed with this dud of a book tainting what is otherwise a rock solid series. This cross-over book features characters from three of Connelly's series (serieses? serii?): Obviously Harry Bosch, Jack McEvoy from The Poet and The Scarecrow, and Terry McLame-o.

Jack had a walk-on role with a few lines, but really was just there as a "Oh, hey! That's that guy from t
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm close to giving this 5 stars. It was a perfect storm in so many ways & it makes me very glad that I read the books in published order, not by series. Not only does Connelly bring many of his characters together, but he does it in such a perfect, real way. We start off following Terry McCaleb & see a lot of Harry Bosch. Jack McEvoy has a small, but good part. Cassie Black doesn't make an appearance, but there is a nod to her as well.

The plot was as twisty as ever, but the end... wow. Just wow
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, crime

Surprise, surprise, another top notch book by Michael Connolly. Man, is this guy predictable. I bet he sits there thinking about writing a terrible book and then just laughs it off as it’s easier to come up with a stonking effort. No change with this one. There was a slim hope for me at the start though with a split narrative and one of the leads being from the only Connolly book I have disliked (“Blood Work”). Then Connolly ramps things up to 11 and pushes what could have been a tedious r
“The monster goes back into the darkness from which it came.”

This novel brings together three of Connelly's protagonists. Harry Bosch, Terry McCaleb (Blood Work),and Jack McEvoy (The Poet). McEvoy only has a few brief appearances in the story. The story opens with Bosch visiting a lowlife named Edward Gunn in jail. Bosch has a standing request in with all of the watch commanders ... whenever Gunn is picked up they are to call Bosch. He once arrested Gunn for the murder of a prostitute but Gunn w
Ehh. This one I did not feel at all. The book went back and forth between Terry McCaleb's POV (way too much of him) and then Harry Bosch. Since the book is set up as Terry trying to tie Bosch into a murder of a man that was Bosch's suspect in a prior case, I just couldn't work up the energy to it. The flow was bad in this one too since it kept jumping back and forth. One of my friend's told me that I should have read "Blood Work" first to get a better sense of Terry, but since I had a ton of boo ...more
kartik narayanan
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved A Darkness More Than Night.

First off, it is narrated mostly from Terry McCaleb's perspective. This change in perspective did a lot to shake the slightly monotonous feeling I was getting from binge reading Harry Bosch.

Secondly, Harry Bosch comes across as the antagonist for the majority of the story. This, again, helped in making the story much more interesting, especially seeing Bosch from a different perspective. In fact, I think this might be the first story where the book is actually
Jane Stewart
Sep 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
3 ½ stars. I had a few complaints, but the series is so good that I’m glad I read it, and I’m on to the next.

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
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really, really disliked this book. The pacing was bad, the rhythm of the writing did not seem like Connelly at all. The plot was poorly constructed and abusive to the reader's intelligence. In short, a mess.

After reading about 40% of the book, becoming more and more frustrated and irritated - especially the court scenes, and scenes between McCaleb and Winston - I finally decided I had had enough. Ugh.

I skipped to the last three chapters and started from there. The gory details are, of course,
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
** Continuing my read and review of Michael Connelly’s Detective Bosch series **

Connelly’s 10th book and 7th outing with Bosch - “A Darkness More than Light” - was published back in 2001 before cell-phones and social media played a key role in police work. Detective Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch is a Vietnam war veteran and a twenty-year police officer serving in the Los Angeles, California police department. Harry was previously a star in the Robbery/Homicide division, working out of the LA city hea
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Time saver tip: if you've read my review of any Harry Bosch book, you've read 'em all. Since I don't reveal plots and reserve my comments to the overall book/author, characterization, style, etc...I just don't feel the need to repeat myself as in most cases series books if any good at all do remain consistent. The star ratings might change, but not my opinion of the series as a whole.

Michael Connelly is a well know and very popular author in the mystery/detective and police procedural genres. E
Jul 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A highly interesting mix, where Bosch relinquishes the driver's seat in one of the novels co-attributed to his series. While he may not be front and centre, Bosch's person and history are certainly up for ananlysis and display.

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
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-goal, mysteries
Interesting concept. A Harry Bosch book where Harry isn’t the main character. Still, a solid mystery and great crime procedural.

Unfortunately for me, this one was super close to the third season of Amazon’s Bosch series. Not nearly as suspenseful or fun to read when you know how it will end.

I did feel toward the end that Harry is heading to a cross roads. Maybe that’s why Connelly gives a view of him through the lens of another (albeit retired) cop.
Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
One of the best in the series of 18 about LA Police Detective Harry Bosch. In this 7th installment from 2001, former FBI profiler Terry McCaleb, recovering from a heart transplant covered in Connelly's excellent "Blood Work", is brought in on a brutal ritualistic murder case. His work ends up making Bosch a suspect and threatens to undermine his ongoing efforts in a murder trial of a prominent Hollywood director in an apparent case of rough sex that got out of hand. Thus we get the interplay of ...more
Aug 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, 500-series, suspense
Former Criminal Profiler Terry McCaleb is asked by the Sheriff's Department to look into a case that has grown cold. As Terry reads the file, he builds a profile of the perpetrator. As the picture in his mind becomes clearer, his suspect is none other than Los Angeles Homicide Detective Harry Bosch. Bosch knew the murder victim and had actually spoke to him the night of the murder. Did he follow the victim home? Would a decorated policeman stoop to cold-blooded murder? Or is Harry being set up?

May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
All of Michael Connelly's books are five stars for me. Terry McCaleb is the main character in this one. It's an older book. I don't know how I missed it. Terry is a former FBI agent who lives on Catalina Island. He's recovering from a heart transplant when a police officer from LA asks him to help solve a murder. All the clues point to someone he knows. Good story. ...more
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book is great showing how Bosch’s investigations are handled.

He takes difficult questions from a murder criminal report of strong “sexual” attacks found, physically they need to be solved by evidence found by him.

His expertise & professional investigator abilities for truths are attacked.

He’s questioned on the court stand by lawyers & of the evidence found.

Bosch & Jerry Edgar
Mark Harrison
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a good story. Harry Bosch is the arresting officer in a high profile trial of a Hollywood producer accused of murder. Elsewhere Terry McCaleb is asked out of retirement to look over a murder stumping old colleagues. Nice complex twists follow, lots of favourite characters are involved and there are plenty of shocks. Wonderfully written and really clever. No faults here.
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Geri by:
Always enjoy a Harry Bosch although this one
did not have much Bosch but did have an ex-profiler
named Terry McCaleb.
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-series
Giving this a four for very good, interesting and complex read, and yet...

I felt it was contrived in a few places, where things came together too neatly, like fitting Lego pieces together and 'snap' there it is, the answer! I think I prefer books where the majors stumble more and make HUGE errors and then fix them and make more HUGE errors. You know, like in real life?

On the other hand, I read only this book while reading this book. (I usually read 3-4 at same time.) Harry Bosch takes a sort of
Dec 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Harry Bosch
This book was not as much about Harry Bosch as I expected when I bought it, it is also about Terry McCaleb former FBI profiler. And he is also directly responisble for Harry's involvement in the main story which is a unsolved ritualistic murder on a person that had killed someone but was allowed to walk free. After having had heart surgery and having started a new life complete with wife and bay daughter he gets called upon by an old friend from the force with the question if he can look into a ...more
J.A. Kahn
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very clever plot. A lot slower than Blood Work but once it gets going this is a far better, more complicated story. Without giving away any spoilers, I have to say I loved the part about the missing book on the suspect's shelf. I wondered how this was relevant but loved the way the book is tied in later - genius. A good twist. Well worth a read. ...more
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
At first I found this book slow moving, as the lead character was Terry McCaleb rather than Bosch. Terry is a retired FBI profiler who has recently had a heart transplant. He and his new wife have a four month old baby girl, and he's making a modest living with his fishing charter yacht off the coast of Catalina island. But when a homicide detective comes to him with a case she's stuck on, he's eager to get back into the game. A man named Gunn was found murdered in a ritual style, bound with rop ...more
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I chose this book because it's billed as the next in the Harry Bosch series, and I was surprised to see a more complex structure than just "our hero has another adventure." This novel has two major stories, and Bosch isn't the protagonist until the secondary one, in which he's a key witness in a high-profile murder that seems about to go off the rails. The primary tale stars Terry McCaleb (I gather from context clues that this former FBI profiler has starred in an earlier novel, maybe more than ...more
Scott Rhee
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"A Darkness More Than Night" is Michael Connelly at the top of his game. It's his most suspenseful, entertaining, and philosophical book yet that I have read, and it pits Connelly's beloved police detective, Harry Bosch, in a fascinating new predicament: murder suspect.

Reprising his role from Connelly's previous novel "Blood Work" (one that I haven't read yet but saw the Clint Eastwood film adaptation), retired FBI profiler Terry McCaleb is asked to "consult" on the ghastly murder of an L.A. low
Cathy DuPont
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing...maybe I should bump it up a star to coincide with the first word of this review...ok, I am, giving it 4 1/2 stars and I always round up.

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
Strawberry Fields
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Michael Connelly book I have read. Again, as usual, I pick up a book at the library and realize I've come in at the middle of some series of books! However, I did not at any time feel lost. I am adding the books I skipped over on my "to read" list, as this book just made me want more of the same!

This is a mystery/suspense/thriller book that deals with a man who is one trial for murder and a murderer on the loose that they are trying to catch. I love the way the author flips bet
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