May 1992, and after four LAPD officers are acquitted following the savage beating of Rodney King, Los Angeles is ablaze. As looting and burning take over the city, law and order are swept away in a tidal wave of violence. But under threat of their lives, homicide detectives like Harry Bosch are still stubbornly trying to do their job. With no effective police presence on the streets, murder just got a whole lot easier – and investigating them a whole lot harder.
When Harry finds the body of a female journalist in an alley, he is forced to hand over the case to the Riot Crimes Task Force, knowing that it will never be solved.
Twenty years later, new evidence confirms her death was not a case of random violence but something much more personal. This time Harry is determined that the killer isn’t going to escape – even if it means stepping back into the darkest days of the city he loves . . .
Review From Other
“Each of his books is so much more than the sum of its parts….Connelly writes true-to-life fiction about true crime. What makes his crme stories ring true is that they’re never really over.” (Janet Maslin, New York Times)
“Thank God for Michael Connelly….Connelly retains his journalistic gifts; his eye for detail is spot on….Taken together, his 22 novels form an indispensible, compelling chronicle of L.A.” (Jonathan Shapiro, Los Angeles Times)
“Mr. Connelly, a former journalist, is a master of mixing realistic details of police work and courtroom procedure with the private feelings and personal lives of his protagonists, and of building suspense even as he evokes the somber poetry inherent in battling the dark side.” (Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal)
“Another of Connelly’s brilliant Los Angeles crime novels.” (Les Roberts, Cleveland Plain Dealer)
“Connelly’s prose is so smooth that it looks easy….The product of a master fully in command of his craft.” (Robin Vidimos, Denver Post)
“Connelly knows his way around a police investigation, and he knows his way around a courtroom. This knowledge makes his stories believable while his writing skills make them come alive….An exciting writer and one we love to read.” (Jackie K. Cooper, Huffington Post)
Review From Amazon
Amazon Best Books of the Month, December 2011: With his retirement looming, LAPD’s Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch takes on two seemingly unrelated cases. The first is a botched DNA test from a 1989 rape and murder, which has been pinned on a convicted rapist who was only eight years old at the time of the crime. Harry’s pursuit of that case is interrupted by the apparent suicide of a councilman’s son. A former police chief and no fan of Harry’s, the councilman insists that Harry investigate his son’s death. In pursuit of the truth, and an elusive killer, Bosch and his partner uncover secrets and a political conspiracy deep within the police department. Connelly’s aging hero is a flawed, haunted, and unforgettable character; his creator is a master craftsman. –Neal Thompson