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A Darkness More Than Night (A Harry Bosch Novel) (original 2001; edition 2012)

by Michael Connelly

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Title:A Darkness More Than Night (A Harry Bosch Novel)
Authors:Michael Connelly
Info:Grand Central Publishing (2012), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 496 pages
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This book was not your typical Harry Bosch novel as Terry McCaleb was the retired FBI agent and Harry Bosch was the main suspect. It was a little slow to take off but one it did, it was a page-turner to the very end. Connelly is very good at developing characters, both good and bad, that are very intriguing and ones you'll feel are very real. I need to go back and read Blood Work as that's the book that introduces Terry McCaleb, a character which I like very much. This plot was very enjoyable and not too complicated. A pretty easy, straight forward read which I'm sure you'll enjoy if you're a Harry Bosch fan. ( )
  eadieburke | Jan 19, 2016 |
Good escape reading. ( )
  becka11y2 | Jan 19, 2016 |
Retired FBI agent Terry McCaleb is approached by a LAPD detective to consult on a murder case that has overtones of a serial killer. The victim was a criminal named Gunn who had previously been questioned by McCaleb's old friend, Detective Harry Bosch, about the death of a prostitute. After viewing the videotape of the murder scene and reading through the police reports McCaleb gets a terrible feeling that Bosch may have meted out his own justice to Gunn who had beaten the rap of murder in the prostitue case. Bosch, meanwhile, is a witness in a high profile case involving a wealthy movie producer who has been accused of killing a young starlet during a night of passion. McCaleb secretely investigates Bosch but when his query is leaked to a reporter Bosch and McCaleb find themselves on opposite sides of the case. The criminal investigation into Bosch could also cause problems with the case in which he is a witness. Did Harry commit the crime?

This was an interesting story of how two old friends become antagonists although they both want the same end result. There was so much going on at times and so many characters to keep straight that I had a hard time following the plot line at times. Being a steadfast lover of Harry Bosch stories it was a bit strange to think he might be a bad guy for a change!
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  Ellen_R | Jan 15, 2016 |
Bosch was great as always, McCaleb is a self-righteous ass. ( )
  kenzen | Feb 23, 2015 |
This book was selected for me by my Secret Santa as part of the SantaThing 2014 created by LibraryThing!

I have previously really enjoyed novels with the character detective Harry Bosch and this novel is no exception. I was riveted! In fact, due to the storyline the reader is also introduced to Jaye Winston, a FBI agent who asks retired FBI agent Terry McCaleb for his help. This is apparently the 2nd appearance of Terry McCaleb so I will look forward to reading the first book in his series in the future.

This novel has twists and turns that my anticipation would imagine are very similar to the twists and turns in true investigations. I was also enthralled with the courtroom scenes as in some legal thrillers the courtroom scenes become dull and actually provide more cloud cover than addition to the novel. Michael Connelly's courtroom scenes are dramatic, enlightening, and definitely add nuances to the storyline that are subtle and deftly written.

I also felt that in light of all of the violence across our country that this novel is also a poignant reminder of how much everyone in law enforcement sacrifices of themselves and to their families in trying to keep their families safe, protected from their ups and downs during investigations, and the daily struggle to "do it all" and "be all" to everyone in their professional and personal lives. I have always had the utmost respect for everyone in law enforcement but this book renewed my respect for their dedication "to the job" and a most sincere wish that we could all appreciate the safety and peace they bring to our daily lives. Perhaps in 2015, we could all give back to them whenever an opportunity presents itself and perhaps to create those opportunities of appreciation. ( )
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It was a case some cops could live with: the torture killing of a man who spread horrors of his own. Yet one investigator believes the unknown assailant will strike again, and she persuades former criminal profiler Terry McCaleb to leave his quiet life to help her out. In a horrific morass of crime scene details, McCaleb deciphers and finds a suspect: a Los Angeles detective named Harry Bosch who has spent too many years looking at too much darkness. But while Bosch may have had a good reason to murder a man in a west Hollywood apartment, he has an even better one for staying alive -  and finding a suspect of his won.
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When a sheriff's detective shows up on former FBI man Terry McCaleb's Catalina Island doorstep and requests his help in analyzing photographs of a crime scene, McCaleb at first demurs. He's newly married (to Graciela, who herself dragged him from retirement into a case in Blood Work), has a new baby daughter, and is finally strong again after a heart transplant. But once a bloodhound, always a bloodhound. One look at the video of Edward Gunn's trussed and strangled body puts McCaleb back on the investigative trail, hooked by two details: the small statue of an owl that watches over the murder scene and the Latin words "Cave Cave Dus Videt," meaning "Beware, beware, God sees," on the tape binding the victim's mouth.

Gunn was a small-time criminal who had been questioned repeatedly by LAPD Detective Harry Bosch in the unsolved murder of a prostitute, most recently on the night he was killed. McCaleb knows the tense, cranky Bosch (Michael Connelly's series star--see The Black Echo, The Black Ice, et al.) and decides to start by talking to him. But Bosch has time only for a brief chat. He's a prosecution witness in the high-profile trial of David Storey, a film director accused of killing a young actress during rough sex. By chance, however, McCaleb discovers an abstruse but concrete link between the scene of Gunn's murder and Harry Bosch's name:

"This last guy's work is supposedly replete with owls all over the place. I can't pronounce his first name. It's spelled H-I-E-R-O-N-Y-M-U-S. He was Netherlandish, part of the northern renaissance. I guess owls were big up there."

McCaleb looked at the paper in front of him. The name she had just spelled seemed familiar to him.

"You forgot his last name. What's his last name?"

"Oh, sorry. It's Bosch. Like the spark plugs."

Bosch fits McCaleb's profile of the killer, and McCaleb is both thunderstruck and afraid--thunderstruck that a cop he respects might have committed a horrendous murder and afraid that Bosch may just be good enough to get away with it. And when Bosch finds out (via a mysterious leak to tabloid reporter Jack McEvoy, late of Connelly's The Poet) that he's being investigated for murder, he's furious, knowing that Storey's defense attorney may use the information to help get his extravagantly guilty client off scot-free.

It's the kind of plot that used to make great Westerns: two old gunslingers circling each other warily, each of them wondering if the other's gone bad. But there's more than one black hat in them thar hills, and Connelly masterfully joins the plot lines in a climax and denouement that will leave readers gasping but satisfied. --Barrie Trinkle

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Former FBI agent Terry McCaleb is asked by an old LAPD pal to help on a baffling murder case, the ritualistic details of which suggest a serial killer, and where the prime suspect turns out to be an LAPD detective. Harry Bosch is up to his neck in a high profile case: a movie director is charged with murdering an actress. His investigation tangles with McCaleb's.… (more)

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