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#21 in Harry Bosch
Category: Modern Detective Mystery
Average Rating: 5.0
HOW DO YOU SAVE SOMEONE WHO DOESN'T WANT TO BE FOUND?
Harry Bosch is California's newest private investigator. He doesn't advertise, he doesn't have an office, and he's picky about who he works for, but it doesn't matter. His chops from thirty years with the LAPD speak for themselves.
Soon one of Southern California's biggest moguls comes calling. The reclusive billionaire is nearing the end of his life and is haunted by one regret. When he was young, he had a relationship with a Mexican girl, his great love. But soon after becoming pregnant, she disappeared. Did she have the baby? And if so, what happened to it?
Desperate to know whether he has an heir, the dying magnate hires Bosch, the only person he can trust. With such a vast fortune at stake, Harry realizes that his mission could be risky not only for himself but for the one he's seeking. But as he begins to uncover the haunting story--and finds uncanny links to his own past--he knows he cannot rest until he finds the truth.
At the same time, unable to leave cop work behind completely, he volunteers as an investigator for a tiny cash-strapped police department and finds himself tracking a serial rapist who is one of the most baffling and dangerous foes he has ever faced.
This is one of my favorites in this series. Working two unrelated cases makes this story feel so much more realistic. Connelly blends these two cases and paces them perfectly. We get two complete mysteries in this story.
Bosch is aging and Connelly acknowledges this by focusing more on Bosch's experience and depending less on fast-paced action. I like it.
Titus Welliver's performance is quite satisfactory. He does make a distinction between characters, although there is one section of dialog where he gets the characters turned around. It's pretty glaring and confused me at first until I realized he definitely got it backwards.
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