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#3 in Renee Ballard
#24 in Harry Bosch
Category: Modern Detective Mystery
Average Rating: 5.0
Harry Bosch and LAPD Detective Renee Ballard come together again on the murder case that obsessed Bosch's mentor, the man who trained him.
Back when Harry Bosch was just a rookie homicide detective, he had an inspiring mentor who taught him to take the work personally and light the fire of relentlessness for every case. Now that mentor, John Jack Thompson, is dead, but after his funeral his widow hands Bosch a murder book that Thompson took with him when he left the LAPD 20 years before -- the unsolved killing of a troubled young man in an alley used for drug deals.
Bosch brings the murder book to RenŠe Ballard and asks her to help him find what about the case lit Thompson's fire all those years ago. That will be their starting point.
The bond between Bosch and Ballard tightens as they become a formidable investigation team. And they soon arrive at a worrying question: Did Thompson steal the murder book to work the case in retirement, or to make sure it never got solved?
I really like both Bosch and Ballard as characters. Together, they make a marvelous duo. Titus Welliver narrates Bosch and Christine Lakin narratesBallard. Both deliver absolutely outstanding performances.
This is a superbly plotted, multithreaded, intensely suspenseful story that is sure to keep you listening right through the satisfactory ending. No cliffhanger, although there is setup for the next book in the series.
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