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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