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The Overlook (Harry Bosch Series) by Michael…

The Overlook (Harry Bosch Series) (original 2007; edition 2015)

by Michael Connelly (Author)

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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 in the trunk of his car. 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 all of them wrong.… (more)
Title:The Overlook (Harry Bosch Series)
Authors:Michael Connelly (Author)
Info:Orion (2015), 336 pages
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The Overlook by Michael Connelly (2007)

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good, not great. still a page-turner though. ( )
  VashonJim | Apr 19, 2019 |
Just a quick snack of a book. Different but the same for Bosch. ( )
  brakketh | Oct 18, 2018 |
This is my least liked book in the Bosch series.

I am getting tired seeing the bad guy being part of the FBI or the LA Police for that matter. At least there is a few good guys in the LAPD but there are a bunch of incompetents at best and outright criminals in the FBI. Connelly has them looking like Keystone Cops, acting tough, running from clue to clue, always late and usually provided by Bosch

I learned nothing new from this novel and some of the information was actually untrue. The bad guys steal a lead container containing 12 bullets of radioactive cesium... cesium encased in stainless steel, used to fight ovarian cancer apparently. Now these bullets would be inserted into a woman's vagina for a period of time then removed... No contamination would result or the woman would have a heck of time getting decontaminated. The danger comes from the Gamma/x-rays coming from the steel.

Well, Bosch seems to get contamination on his clothes... He may have a decent exposure but it would not be on his skin or clothing as is suggested in the book.

A very formula book with a Rachel Walling again doing nothing but waiting for Bosch to solve the problem. Thank god it was a fast read.... Connelly has run out of ideas for the Bosch character it seems to me and I wish he would get off this vendetta against the FBI and crooked cops... you would think there were no real bad guys anymore. ( )
  Lynxear | Aug 19, 2018 |
Veteran Homicide Detective, Hieronymus ‘Harry’ Bosch, finds himself enmeshed in the war against terror in this novel. Unable to sleep, he is wide awake at home when a call comes through from LAPD’s Homicide Division, directing him to attend the scene of a murder on the Mulholland Overlook, which affords a glorious view (especially spectacular at night) across the whole city. Arriving there, Bosch finds the aftermath of what seems to have been a professional assassination. The victim is a medical physicist who has been killed by a close-range shot to the back of his head.

While reviewing the scene and garnering whatever clues might be available, Bosch is approached by two FBI Special Agents, one of whom is Rachel Walling. Bosch and Walling have a lot of history, having worked on various investigations before, and had briefly been lovers. It emerges that the victim’s name had been flagged as being of interest to the FBI.

After the usual Mexican stand-off between Bosch and anyone from any other law enforcement organisation, Walling explains that through his work, the victim had had access to various chemicals which might be of interest to a terrorist group that wanted to make (or at least be considered to represent a plausible risk of having made) a ‘dirty bomb’. Once his name had been put forward as the possible identity of the victim, the Bureau had become involved.

Bosch and Walling go to check out the victim’s house where they discover that his wife had been the victim of a serious assault earlier that evening. Two masked assailants had entered the house, stripped her, and then bound her to her bed. They had then taken photographs which they emailed to her husband to ensure his cooperation. Further investigation shows that, shortly after receiving that email, he had gone to one of the hospitals where he supported radiation therapy work, and had removed a sizeable supply of caesium pellets in a quantity which could cause considerable mayhem in the wrong hands.

As always, Connelly’s writing is immensely gripping, and he offers the reader a powerful blend of sharp dialogue, watertight plotting and immensely plausible characters. In this novel there is also a deftly-nuanced political subplot, with complicated trade-offs between the various law enforcement bodies, further complicated by deep power plays within LAPD itself.

This book is up there with Connelly’s best work – I am impressed at how he manages to sustain the quality of this series, of which this is the fourteenth instalment. ( )
  Eyejaybee | Aug 11, 2018 |
I've read several books in the Harry Bosch series and while this was certainly enjoyable, it lacked the introspective depth that usually marks Bosch's character. A bit of Bosch's humanity is glimpsed in an outtake scene from his war days and at the very end of the book. But, if this was the first of these that I had read, I would have considered these segues out of place. Connelly does manage to put an interesting twist in what seems to be a predictable plot.
  Thebrownbookloft | Jun 29, 2018 |
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A body has been found on the overlook near Mulholland Drive. The victim, Dr. Stanley Kent, was shot twice - execution style - in the back of the head. LAPD detective Harry Bosch is called out to investigate, in his first case since joining the city's Homicide Special squad.

Bosch quickly learns that Dr. Kent had access to dangerous radioactive substances from almost every hospital in Los Angeles County. What began as a routine homicide investigation opens up before Bosch into something much larger and more dangerous - and much more urgent.

Chasing his first fresh case in years, Bosch is soon in conflict not just with the LAPD brass but also with the FBI (including Harry's onetime lover Rachel Walling). As he relentlessly follows his own instincts, Bosch hopes they are still true enough to solve the crime - and to save all of Los Angeles from a deadly hazard.
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