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4.17 out of 54.17 out of 54.17 out of 54.17 out of 54.17 out of 5 4.17 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Connelly Narrator: Len Cario Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Harry Bosch Series Release Date:
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After three years out of the LAPD, Harry Bosch returns to find the department a different place from the one he left. A new police chief has been brought in from New York to give the place a thorough clean up from top to bottom. Working with his former partner, Kiz Rider, Harry is assigned to the department’s Open-Unsolved Unit, working on the thousands of cold cases that haunt the LAPD’s files. These detectives are the Closers. They put a shovel in the dirt and turn over the past. By applying new techniques to old evidence they aim to unearth some hidden killers and bring them to justice, for “a city that forgets its murder victims is a city lost.”

Harry and Kiz are given a politically sensitive case when a DNA match connects a white supremacist to the 1988 murder of Rebecca Verloren, a sixteen-year-old girl. Becky was of mixed race, and the case appears to have a racial angle. This was LA before the riots and Rodney King, when the city was a powder keg waiting for a match. The detectives who worked the case all those years ago seem to have done a decent job, but something doesn’t fit.

Meanwhile Harry’s nemesis, Deputy Chief Irving, is watching him. In the new “clean” LAPD Irving has been sidelined to a meaningless job. Compelled by vengeance, he hopes Harry will make a slip.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This book is a prime example of just how brilliant the mystery genre has become. Characters here are vividly brought to life. The descriptions provide true-to-life portrayals of Los Angeles and its often-troubled police department. The internal political battles ring true, and the suspense keeps readers turning pages.”


  • “Like James Ellroy and John Fante, both of whose work is referred to here, Mr. Connelly continues to make his doomy, secretive Los Angeles a living, breathing character in his stories.”

    New York Times

  • “Connelly…is the real thing: an immensely skilled entertainer who has mastered the requirements and expectations of his genre but also from time to time rises above them.”

    Washington Post
  • “A solidly constructed cop tale.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Connelly sets up a great premise here—the cop determined to reinvent himself in the face of a thoroughly recalcitrant world…Give Connelly credit for having the courage to tinker with one of the richest characters in the genre.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “The return of Detective Harry Bosch to the Los Angeles Police Department is nothing less than outstanding. The unique mix of eloquent, almost poetic dialog mixed with the smart banter of a murder investigation makes this novel seem like the welcome return of an old friend…Insert the usual departmental politics and the clever plot twists and you have a top-notch detective story. Len Cariou’s narration is solid, especially his use of accents. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal (audio review)

  • “Cariou effectively enacts a large, carefully crafted cast of suspects, victims, and cops, maneuvering easily past ethnic and sexist vocal land mines. Judiciously placed blues and jazz riffs add the finishing touches to this solid audio production.”

    Publishers Weekly (audio review)

  • “Harry Bosch fans will be delighted to learn that neither the author nor the narrator has lost his touch. Both keep getting better and better..[Cariou] punctuates each character differently, so there’s never any confusion about who is speaking. His sometimes gravelly voice, reminiscent of the late Rod Serling, makes Bosch’s persona come to life. The plotting in this fifteenth Connelly thriller is so tight you won’t figure out whodunit until Bosch does.”


  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marti | 5/15/2011

    " I put my review in the comments section. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Pete | 5/15/2011

    " very good- listened to it as book ontape "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Beth | 5/13/2011

    " Even though I had figured out "whodunit" early in the book, it was still a good read to see how we got there. I love the Harry Bosch series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amy | 4/28/2011

    " Another great Connelly book. Harry Bosch never disappoints but it's nice to see his sensitive side in this book. You will be anxious to get to the end of this one to see how justice is served. "

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