Michael Connelly's latest addition to his best-selling Harry Bosch series, The Closers, finds the somewhat shopworn detective with a new lease on life, albeit not an idyllic one. After a couple of years of trying his hand at private investigation, LAPD detective Bosch is back on the force, this time with the mission of reopening and solving cases which have been on the back burner for decades. His first task is the 1988 murder of a 16-year-old girl, initially treated as a suicide. By the time the investigating officers found conflicting evidence indicating that she was actually murdered, the trail of the killer had grown cold. Although there was some DNA evidence collected at the time, DNA "fingerprinting" was in its infancy in 1988, and nobody was ever charged with the crime. That said, if a present-day suspect can be identified, the DNA is eminently usable today. There is, after all, no statute of limitations on murder. Connelly is one of the most consistently excellent authors in current-day crime fiction: his characters, particularly the world-weary Bosch, are complex and appealing; his stories fast-paced, edgy and believable. It helps (but is by no means de rigeur) to have read the earlier Bosch books in order to appreciate Connelly's ever-increasing skills as a writer, and Bosch's evolution as a human being. Copyright 2005 BookPage Reviews.
Library Journal Reviews 2005 April #2
Harry Bosch returns to his old homestead-the Los Angeles Police Department-in Connelly's latest novel (after The Narrows). Assigned with his former partner to the unsolved case squad, Bosch immerses himself in his old habits to solve their first case: the kidnapping-murder of a young woman 17 years ago. New DNA evidence leads the detectives to an ex-con with no obvious connection to the girl. But when Bosch and his partner start asking the right questions of the wrong people, a hornet's nest erupts. After having Bosch narrate in Lost Light and The Narrows, Connelly switches back to the third person here, and his compelling style makes even the most mundane details fascinating. Fans and newcomers alike will love seeing Bosch back in uniform, stirring up trouble. For all crime fiction collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 1/05.]-Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal Reviews 2005 January #1
Poor Harry Bosch. The new suspect in the long-ago murder of a teenaged girl is a white supremacist with ties to Bosch's very own LAPD. With an 11-city tour. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2005 April #1
LAPD detective Harry Bosch, hero of last year's The Narrows and other Connelly thrillers, is back on the force after a two-year retirement. Assigned to the Open Unsolved (cold cases) unit and teamed with former partner Kiz Rider, Harry's first case back involves the killing of a high school girl 17 years before, reopened because of a DNA match to blood found on the murder gun. That premise could be a formula for a routine outing, but not with Connelly. Nor does the author rely on violent action to propel his story; there's next to none. In Connelly/Bosch's world, character, context and procedure are what count, and once again the author proves a master at all. The blood on the gun belongs to a local lowlife white supremacist, Roland Mackey; the victim had a black father and a white mother. But the blood indicates only that Mackey had possession of the gun, so how to pin him to the crime? Connelly meticulously leads the reader along with Bosch and Rider as they explore the links to Mackey and along the way connect the initial investigation of the crime to a police conspiracy. Most striking of all, in developments that give this novel astonishing moral force, the pair explore the "ripples" of the long ago crime, how it has destroyed the young girl's family-leaving the mother trapped in the past and plunging the father into a nightmare of homelessness and drink-and how it drives Rider, and especially Bosch, into deeper understanding of their own purposes in life. Connelly comes as close as anyone to being today's Dostoyevsky of crime literature, and this is one of his finest novels to date, a likely candidate not only for book award nominations but for major bestsellerdom. Agent, Phillip Spitzer. Major ad/promo; 11-city author tour. (May 16) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.