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Harry Bosch is back as a volunteer working cold cases for the San Fernando Police Department and is called out to a local drugstore where a young pharmacist has been murdered. Bosch and the town's three-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous, big business world of pill mills and prescription drug abuse.
Meanwhile, an old case from Bosch's LAPD days comes back to haunt him when a long-imprisoned killer claims Harry framed him and seems to have new evidence to prove it. Bosch left the LAPD on bad terms, so his former colleagues aren't keen to protect his reputation. He must fend for himself in clearing his name and keeping a clever killer in prison.
The two unrelated cases wind around each other like strands of barbed wire. Along the way Bosch discovers that there are two kinds of truth: the kind that sets you free and the kind that leaves you buried in darkness.
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By Russell on 11-20-17
Bosch Survives Two Career Ending Threats
This time Harry Bosch goes undercover as an addict hooked on painkillers to catch a couple of murderers. At the same time he is trying to fend off an insinuation of planting evidence in order to convict someone many years ago. The case against him is so good that his old partner and even his daughter wonder if the accusations are true. It looks like the man he sent to death row is going to be released and exonerated after many years languishing in prison.
This is the first time Connelly has put Bosch on an extremely dangerous mission. In this engaging listen the two unrelated cases intersect and Harry almost loses his life over it. As always mysteries get solved, but while Harry is good, he needs help from other characters to see clues and resolve the cases. For all the Lincoln Lawyer fans, Harry gets some help from his half brother in defending himself on his old collar of a murderer.
Someone heavily criticized the narrator of this book and I don't see it - for me Titus does a superb job.
I guess there are two kinds of truth for all of us.
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By J. Paxton on 11-01-17
Harry, Mickey and Jerry=bases loaded!
You don’t have to be a long-time fan of Bosch to get into this double story line.
The back stories blend well enough into the current story lines that new fans can get into the groove of being a Harry fan. What is so great about this book is there are characters fans have enjoyed over the years and all fleshed out in a way new fans will get it. Longtime fans will get to know them all a little better.
My one disappointment in the story line is how little Maddie was flashed out as her character grows into a young woman who has been shaped by a father who isn’t always perfect and owns it, isn’t ashamed to admit his faults to his daughter. Maddie has always brought a more mellow edge to Harry and I missed that in depth interaction in this story line.
That said, the story lines over all are home runs all the way.
Social current events addressed ---the devastating nightmare of opioid addiction---- without being overly preachy gave the story line a more realistic feel and I hope it gets into a story line in the Amazon series!
The love/hate --working from both sides of the law-- struggle of the half siblings is evident in a deeper fashion in this story line than ever before. I am sucker for Harry and Mickey in the same story line, always.
Titus Weller --as always-- nails the narration and his narration of Mickey, slays me in the way he has seemed to find a way to convey a the -airtight-alright-alright-laid back easy going feeling to Mickey that Mathew brought to him in the movie adaption of the Lincoln Lawyer. Both characters being voiced by Weller….makes it feel even more familial, gives more depth to both characters over all.
Maybe soon someone will see fit to put Titus and Mathew together in the Amazon series!
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