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3.0002 out of 53.0002 out of 53.0002 out of 53.0002 out of 53.0002 out of 5 3.00 (10,000 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Connelly Narrator: Len Cariou Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Harry Bosch Series Release Date: May 2007 ISBN: 9781600240010
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In his first case since he left the LAPD’s Open-Unsolved Unit for the prestigious Homicide Special squad, Harry Bosch is called out to investigate a murder that may have chilling consequences for national security.

A doctor with access to a dangerous radioactive substance is found murdered on the overlook above the Mulholland Dam. Retracing his steps, Harry learns that a large quantity of radioactive cesium was stolen shortly before the doctor’s death. With the cesium in unknown hands, Harry fears the murder could be part of a terrorist plot to poison a major American city.

Soon Bosch is in a race against time, not only against the culprits, but also against the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI (in the form of Harry’s one-time lover Rachel Walling), who are convinced that this case is too important for the likes of the LAPD. It is Bosch’s job to prove them all wrong.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Even though this book started as a serial—originally appearing in sixteen installments in the New York Times Magazine—Connelly has molded it into a crisply written, smooth-flowing, and gripping mystery.”

    Forbes

  • “A short and sweet crime novel.”

    Independent (London)

  • “Connelly, once again, has hit a home run. He does it quietly and without any pyrotechnics. He makes it look deceptively easy.” 

    Denver Post

  • “The novel succeeds in maintaining Connelly’s trademark fast-paced action, plot twists, suspense, and spare, humorous writing…For followers of Harry Bosch, The Overlook is a worthy addition.”

    Bookmarks Magazine

  • “The scramble to investigate threats to national security, justified or otherwise, is a timely subject and one on which Connelly puts a brilliant new spin.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Cariou catches all the strength and sadness behind Bosch’s minimal dialogue and is also perfect as Harry’s LAPD colleagues, female and male…All praise to [audio publisher] Hachette for getting Cariou…The production boasts original music by Frank Morgan.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred audio review)

  • “By now, most listeners will agree that Len Cariou is Harry Bosch…Cariou handles all his characters with aplomb, and Bosch with the gruff preciseness listeners have come to expect. An AudioFile Best Audiobook of 2007.”

    AudioFile

  • “Connelly delivers a masterly piece of cotemporary fiction that goes beyond the average police procedural. Connelly’s novels are quite simply only getting better with age; the banter of the murder investigation is smart and the action taut. This sixth narraton of a Bosch mystery by Len Cariou is excellent and brings the characters to life. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal (audio review)

  • “Harry Bosch finally catches a fresh case after years of resurrecting old ones, and it’s a honey…A beautifully stripped-down case that makes up in tension and velocity what it lacks in amplitude. Serialization hasn’t hurt Connelly any more than it did Charles Dickens, who’s cited at several key points.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • An AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year in 2007

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 2/19/2014

    " Not the best Bosh book out there but still entertaining. Only three to go! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bruce | 2/18/2014

    " A Doctor with access to radioactive materials is blackmailed to trade Cesium for his wife, who has apparently been kidnapped. Bosch picks up the case in conjunction with the FBI, since terrorists are involved. Everything is not as it seems. Fairly interesting, quick read. Some language. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee | 2/18/2014

    " would like to give this one 3 1/2 stars. It definitely kept my interest but was such a quick read that part of me wished the author had more fully developed the storyline to make it into a true novel. But then, I've read some really lengthy books recently and maybe that's why this one almost feels like a short story on steroids!? Worth a look. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christianne | 2/17/2014

    " I'm only part way through this book and I'm going to stop. Harry just handcuffed an FBI agent because he doesn't want to be excluded from a case that the FBI wants to take over. This just got too unbelievable for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marshall Thornton | 2/15/2014

    " Shorter than the others... and very easy to figure out what was going on... still, he's so readable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Beck | 2/9/2014

    " As usual a fantastic story from Michael Connelly. Bosch is back to his normal "me against the world" mode in this story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 2/3/2014

    " I would have given it more stars if it had been a bit more believeable. It kept my interest and it took enough turns and twists to remain unpredictable, but the tie up of the loose ends happened too quickly and I think made it seem even more far fetched. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew Pinney | 1/28/2014

    " Pretty Good. Slow start..strong finish. I like Haller better than Bosch so far - this was my first Bosch book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joyce McKune | 1/19/2014

    " Bosch sticks to his guns or someone would have gotten away with the perfect murder. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 1/16/2014

    " My second connelly book. I really loved the Lincoln Lawyer so picked this up in the airport. A quick one flight read, still enough plot twists to keep you interested. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heidi | 1/12/2014

    " The quality of Connelly's books has really declined over the last 6 years or so. Reading him is more a habit than anything at this point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alfredo | 12/30/2013

    " Based originally on a short story, this brings the Harry Bosch character back in all its texture. This is the closest to a traditional noir that I've ready in recent times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shruts | 12/28/2013

    " Quick read- a decent detective novel. The main character Hieronymous (Harry) Bosch is not well developed here, but it seems this is a novel midway through a series. I hope he is completely painted in earlier episodes "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Monica | 12/25/2013

    " My first Michael Connelly book. It's an ok book, nothing to get excited about. Good bedside reading before you turn in for the night. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea Desherbinin | 6/19/2013

    " I absolutely love this series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sisiely | 6/18/2013

    " This was such a short read, I nearly forgot I read it as I breezed through it. It was ok - not one of Connelly's best "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ken | 4/30/2013

    " I like his jazz loving detective. I would have given it 4stars, but his love life or lack of it rather annoys me!!!. Also the story was a bit disjointed and have just discovered it was originally a serial. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 2/10/2013

    " Excellent, very quick read and story. Connelly kept it moving from point one and didn't stop until it was over and didn't add a bunch of red herrings or other baloney. That said, the ending might surprise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julaine | 6/29/2012

    " One of the Bosch series. Had a surprising turn. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sylvia | 6/3/2012

    " This was a good murder mystery. Some twists at the end that I did not see coming and I am glad they did or I would of thought the book wasn't any good. Not Connelly's best work...I liked The Poet and Blood Work better. Never read the Lincoln Lawyer but heard it was good.....on my list to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 G | 5/4/2012

    " I can give this book only three stars. It was an easy and fast read (about three hours). The beginning reminded me of his short story "Hulholland Dive". My next read is "The Poet". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ramon Dearmas | 12/6/2011

    " Great book and it was good to get back to Mike Connely I have read better from him! But this was a good twist on a topic that got me thinking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peg | 10/25/2011

    " Okay book, but not one of my favorite Bosch's. I guess I prefer his earlier ones. I kind of miss his partnership with Kiz and Jerry Edgar. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nanosynergy | 9/21/2011

    " Short book. Not one of the best in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyllei | 8/13/2011

    " For once the ending really caught me by surprise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 7/31/2011

    " Typical Harry Bosch novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shu | 7/27/2011

    " Typically Connelly. Like his mysterys, especially the LA setting. Thought the romance angle--albeit a very small part of the plot-was hokey. Seems like it was added as an after thought to appeal to women readers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mr.B | 5/21/2011

    " How could I resist another dose of Harry Bosch? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby | 5/4/2011

    " Read this mainly because I previously had Michael Connelly and John Connolly confused with each other. Having read a crime/thriller from each, I can now tell them apart. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 5/1/2011

    " Pretty Good. Slow start..strong finish. I like Haller better than Bosch so far - this was my first Bosch book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 4/29/2011

    " Not the best Harry Bosch adventure but certainly a great way to pass a few spare hours.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 4/21/2011

    " 3 1/2, great read, exciting, harry at his best! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cactuskid2 | 4/9/2011

    " This was in a Reader's Digest Select Editions. Vol 1, 2008 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marge | 4/9/2011

    " The ending got to be pretty exciting, but I wish I had read some of the other Harry Bosch so I could understand some of the background of the relationships. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beverlee | 4/8/2011

    " Good book to listen to while driving. Murder mystery with quirky hero. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dee | 4/2/2011

    " Good book, but very short. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 3/28/2011

    " Good solid book, much shorter than most of his novels as this was originally serialized for a magazine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jarkko | 3/24/2011

    " I like Harry Bosch. "

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About the Author
Author Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly, author of suspense thriller and detective mysteries, has written several #1 New York Times bestsellers and numerous titles that made the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. He has won most every award given in the mystery and thriller genres, including the Anthony Award for Best Novel and the Barry Award for Best Novel. He is a former newspaper reporter who also won numerous awards for his journalism.

About the Narrator

Len Cariou is a distinguished stage, television, film actor, and award-winning audiobook narrator. His narrations have won three AudioFile Earphones Awards and the distinction of an AudioFile Best Audiobook of 2007, as well as the prestigious Audie Award in 2007 for Best Mystery Narration. He is a three-time Tony Award nominee, winning a Tony for his performance in Sweeney Todd. His film credits include About Schmidt, Shall We Dance, and Secret Window. He appeared in the TV series The West Wing, The Practice, and Law & Order, among many others.