In Connelly’s 19th Harry Bosch crime novel (after The Drop, 2011) the approaching 20th anniversary of the 1992 LA riots finds Harry Bosch assigned to a task force taking a fresh look at unsolved cases from that time. Harry was at the scene of the murder of a female photojournalist from Denmark back then and has carried the guilt that the woman’s murder investigation was slighted, buried in the chaos of the uprising. Now he has a second chance to make things right. Harry’s brilliance for intuitive thinking and doggedness for pursuing his hunch leads him to follow the lead of a single bullet found at the murder scene. What looks like a back alley killing has a much deeper story that leads Bosch to a cover up involving the US Navy. Balancing his personal life, dodging an antagonistic lieutenant and pursuing the case challenges Harry and engages the reader.
VERDICT: Recommended for readers who enjoy consistently strong character development and police procedurals with tough, ethical detectives fighting crime. Ridley Pearson’s novels also offer a similar experience.