I love this new pairing, and can't wait to see where this partnership leads. Harry Bosch is on of the best characters in fiction and now he has a new partner in Ballard that matches his determination to ensure no victim is forgotten and everyone matters.
SS in VA
I this book, Bosch works with a woman Detective, Ballard. The back and forth of his action then hers makes for very interesting reading. I really enjoyed it. Keep them coming!
I’ve read all the Bosch books and this one just was not the read of the past. It wasn’t until well past mid-way that things got interesting and even then often derailed by the pointless addition of a ‘roommate’. Connelly, unfortunately, is joining Follett, DeMille, Burke, Deaver, Grisham, Kellerman.... in churning out steadily declining books.
Just the usual terrific Bosch story! Great link in story line to story line.
Once again Michael Connelly has written a five star. The main characters played their roles well and it read like pages from a sad current events story. But the end result......well that’s for the reader to discover. Well done Michael and we look forward to the next great installment.
My measure for a really fantastic book is whether I’m so involved with the characters and the tension is so high that I have to bookmark where I’m at so I can skip forward to read the last chapter. This one... I did the bookmark but resisted flipping to the last chapter.
I finished it in a day. Not a page-burner at first, but it built steadily and by 3/4 of the way through, I couldn’t put it down.
So, the Bosch - Ballard saga begins. I'm confident we'll all enjoy this "partnership" for years to come! I ran into Titus recently in an LA health food store. It was so fun and interesting to meet and chat with him. I hope the powers to be decide to include Ballard in the Bosch TV series. I'd like to "meet" her someday too!
I’m a huge Bosch fan. I’ve read every book, but I found this latest wanting. The beauty of Bosch is the complexity of his character. In this book it was lost. It appears that in the attempt to also give us Rene Ballard the depth of both characters was sacrificed. I also felt that the story arcs were too convenient. The case was not interesting. Any Jeopardy was forced and not fully realized. When I read a Bosch book I can’t put it down. That was not the case this time. I hopeful for the next one.
As the Bosch series is starting to run its course Michael Connelly has found the perfect way for it to continue in Ballard, by combining the new and the old he has created a masterpiece and a great way to eventually make Ballard the star of the show. How Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan series merged with Jack Jr., Ballard is the new face of the franchise.
Titus Welliver does a female voice A LOT better than the female narrator does a male voice. HORRIBLE! I quit after an hour.
Michael Connelly is a brilliant writer and I have read all his books over the past twenty years. Inevitably, I am always saddened as I near the end of each book because I so enjoy his skill and his superb storytelling ability.This book however is different… It appears if Connelly is moving away from Bosch in print and is now more interested in his Amazon Prime Bosch series. And that’s all right! He has given so much pleasure to so many of us for so many years and now as he reaches his mid 60s let’s all give him a break and reflect on his brilliance, his insightful efforts and let him know that whatever he chooses to do going forward is fine! I for one, honor his creativity, his diligence and his years of giving us all extraordinary pleasure.