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Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch is up to his neck in a case that has transfixed all of celebrity-mad Los Angeles: a movie director is charged with murdering an actress during sex, and then staging her death to make it look like a suicide. Bosch is both the arresting officer and the star witness in a trial that has brought the Hollywood media pack out in full-throated frenzy.
Meanwhile, Terry McCaleb is enjoying an idyllic retirement on Catalina Island when a visit from an old colleague brings his former world rushing back. It's a murder, the unreadable kind of murder he specialized in solving back in his FBI days. The investigation has stalled, and the sheriff's office is asking McCaleb to take a quick look at the murder book to see if he turns up something they've missed.
McCaleb's first reading of the crime scene leads him to look for a methodical killer with a taste for rituals and revenge. As his quick look accelerates into a full-sprint investigation, the two crimes - his murdered loner and Bosch's movie director - begin to overlap strangely. With one unsettling revelation after another, they merge, becoming one impossible, terrifying case, involving almost inconceivable calculation. McCaleb believes he has unmasked the most frightening killer ever to cross his sights. But his investigation tangles with Bosch's lines, and the two men find themselves at odds in the most dangerous investigation of their lives.
©2001 by Hieronymus, Inc., All Rights Reserved (P)2001 Time Warner AudioBooks, a Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing
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Critic Reviews

"[This] novel is...flawless, cleverly conceived, superbly plotted, and morally complex..." (Publishers Weekly)"Connelly allows Bosch and McCaleb to regard each other critically in ways that sharpen the reader's perception of them..." (New Yorker)
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By Keith on 11-23-05

Narrator is the worst ever

The book content is good. But, the narrator completely ruins it. His voice is extremely annoying -- starts sentences loudly and ends sentences in a barely audible mumble.

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By Aaron on 03-06-03

Terrific Pairing of Connelly's best Detectives.

For fans of Michael Connelly this book was a delight. Terry McCaleb back in a new book and the main suspect is Harry Bosch. Connelly did a masterful job of combining his two stars into one novel. The story is well written and full of twists and suspence. Definitely a book that deserves to be called a page turner.

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By Anthony Smith on 07-07-06

Excellent listen

After a slightly sluggish beginning I soon found myself totally hooked (making longer journeys in the car than necessary, offering to do the washing up, listening on runs). This is a really compelling listen - highly recommended.

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By chris on 10-01-08

Another great Harry Bosch thriller

Although this is a later title, it draws together a number of Connelly's characters from his other novels and fills in some of their back-stories. I like the way Connelly rounds-out the characters and it starts with two separate plots and two different detective genres - the private eye and the psychological profiler - both of which unfold in a very entertaining way and are eventually drawn together in a satisfying conclusion. Plenty of plot twists and turns and, as the title suggests, some dark secrets. Highly recommended.

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