Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. Double the cases ... double the danger.
Harry Bosch is facing the end of the line. He's been put on the DROP - Deferred Retirement Option Plan - and given three years before his retirement is enforced. Seeing the end of the mission coming, he's anxious for cases. He doesn't have to wait long.
First a cold case gets a DNA hit for a rape and murder which points the finger at a 29-year-old convicted rapist who was only eight at the time of the murder. Then a city councilman's son is found dead - fallen or pushed from a hotel window - and he insists on Bosch taking the case despite the two men's history of enmity. The cases are unrelated but they twist around each other like the double helix of a DNA strand. One leads to the discovery of a killer operating in the city for as many as three decades; the other to a deep political conspiracy that reached back into the dark history of the police department.
About the Author
A former police reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Michael Connelly is the author of the acclaimed Harry Bosch thriller series and several other bestselling novels. He lives in Tampa, Florida, with his family.
Everyone's favourite crime writer is back with everyone's favourite detective.
In the open-unsolved unit, where Harry Bosch is one of the detectives investigating cases going back fifty years, what you pray for is a cold hit - when new technology matches old DNA evidence to someone who thought they'd got away with murder. For Harry, the thrill of that knock on the door, when justice finally catches up with a killer, is what he lives for.
But this time, when the lab result links the brutal rape-murder of a teenage girl in 1989 to a convicted rapist named Arthur Pell, it's anything but the slam-dunk it seems. Arthur Pell's DNA was found on the victim - but impossibly, he was only eight years old at the time. Harry needs to solve the mystery fast - or the validity of DNA evidence in dozens of other cases could be challenged alongside this one.
Intrigued? You should be.
In Edgar-winner Connelly’s compulsively readable and deeply satisfying 17th Harry Bosch novel (after 2010’s The Reversal), Harry, still a member of the LAPD’s “Open-Unsolved Unit,” pursues two investigations. A recently unearthed DNA hit connects the 1989 murder of a young woman with Clayton Pell, a convicted sexual predator. But Pell couldn’t have committed the crime because he was eight years old at the time. Meanwhile, Irv Irving, a city councilman and LAPD nemesis, wants Harry to look into the apparent suicide of his 46-year-old son, George, a well-connected lobbyist. The case smacks of politics (“high jingo,” Harry calls it), but he and partner David Chu do a by-the-book investigation to determine whether George fell from the seventh floor of the Chateau Marmont or was pushed. All of Connelly’s considerable strengths are on display: the keen eye for detail and police procedure, lots of local L.A. color, clever plotting, and—most important—the vibrant presence of Harry Bosch. (Nov.)
Series: Harry Bosch Ser.
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st November 2011
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.3 x 2.900
Weight (kg): 0.497