Book: Michael Connelly “The Poet”

September 27, 2015

I have become somewhat obsessed with Michael Connelly this year, marching may way through the Harry Bosch series.  However I’ve now decided to read his books in published order after discovering in “A Darkness More Than Night” that other characters have guest experiences.  So I’ve gone back to read “The Poet” where we first meet crime reporter Jack McEvoy.

bookMcEvoy’s twin brother, a homicide detective, has apparently committed suicide. In a complex plot McEvoy works out it was homicide, there are links to other apparent cop-suicides and eventually a serial killer is discovered.  McEvoy (a reporter remember) manages to get inside the FBI investigation of this killer, mainly because he discovered what was going on.  He falls for an FBI agent he is assigned to.  They get close to the killer – but then in the closing chapters of the book there are more twists than a twisty thing has on a twisty day!!

OK, so there are too many perfect murders in this story and falling for the only non-incidental female character was predictable but little else was.  The story is also written from two points of view, Jack McEvoy and ‘the killer’ which adds a nice pace and insight to what is going on.

Book: Michael Connelly “A Darkness More Than Night”

September 14, 2015

Things just got confusing in the world of Harry Bosch.  Earlier this year I stumbled across the Harry Bosch TV series, enjoyed it so downloaded the Kindle version of the first Harry Bosch book, and debut novel from Michael Connelly “The Black Echo“.  Since then I’ve worked my way through “The Black Ice“, “The Concrete Blond“, “The Last Coyote“, “Trunk Music” & “Angels Flight”  Which brings me to this book, “A Darkness More Thank Night”, only to discover that Michael Connelly has written books about other characters in the Harry Bosch version of LA and this book seems to involve at least two of them (as well as Harry).

book2The plot opens with retired FBI profiler Terry McCaleb (from a previous Connelly book “Blood Work” that I’ve not read) is pulled back from retirement by an unusual case.  Terry knows Harry and goes to talk to him about this case, even though Harry is at the start of a very high profile trial.  So in this book we have the ‘who done it’ of the original case and an insight into the case that is on trial each written from a slightly different point of view.  This starts to get even more interesting when it turns out (spoiler alert) that Harry is the perfect and therefore prime suspect in the original murder Terry is looking into!

Has Harry lost it enough to start killing bad guys rather than putting them away?  Once Terry has convinced everyone that the only possible person to carry out this killing is Harry Bosch, he is then approached by Bosch to prove someone else did it.  Harder to explain than read, this is a fantastic story where two well rounded and well written.  Made me immediately go back and fill in the gaps I had in Michael Connelly’s work by only reading the Bosch series.

Book: Michael Connelly “Angels Flight”

September 13, 2015

Another Harry Bosch book, I’m flying through these!  I really enjoyed the ongoing politics in this one.  A high profile lawyer is found murdered on the Angels Flight funicular railway.  Since he specializes in lawsuits against the police every LAPD cop as potential suspects and if it looks like the police are dragging their heals the city will light up with riots (again).  The case is passed to Harry Bosch and his team, and has to work with his adversary John ‘Sustain’ Chastain from Internal Affairs. It soon becomes apparent that getting this cleared up quickly, to avoid unrest, is more important than really solving the case.

Angels Flight coverAgain this is incredibly fast paced, with all the action taking place in a three day period, and very little sleep taken by the main players.  There are the twists and turns expected from a good crime thriller and well executed by Connelly.  A great read and possibly best in this series so far.