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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Book Review: The Black Box by Michael Connelly

Posted by Susan C.

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.

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