I first met the Harry Bosch character when Amazon made the first season of ‘Bosch’ in 2014. Being a reader I quickly read the entire back catalogue of Michael Connelly’s work from The Black Echo (1994) through to The Crossing (2016) which took me a little over a year (May 2015-2016). So this is the first time since then that I have returned to this character, and it’s good to be back with an old friend.
Harry is now a private investigator and volunteers with San Fernando PD to clear their cold cases. The book opens with a classic PI plot of a dying billionaire, full of regrest, asking Bosch to find any possible heir to his fortune. As a young man he had an affair with a Mexican girl who then disappeared (possibly paid off by his father to do so). Did she have a child from their affair, and if so what happened to the child?
Meanwhile in his work for the small San Fernando PD, Bosch has uncovered a link between several rape cases and is looking for more evidence to trace this before the man strikes again. These two stories develop in parallel through the book with the usual detail that Connelly excels at, bringing to life the slow pace of investigation even when it is simply looking up records in archives.
Really good to be reading about Bosch again and a fascinating story.