Despite Bosch working in the Open Unsolved Department for older cases at the request of a leading politician, one of the cases I found disappointing as the original case Bosch was dealing with was of much more interest to me and a lot less political. Also, where as I found the original case moved at a fast pace and had a slightly unpredictable ending, the second case dragged a little and was somewhat of a damp squib.
However, Bosch is a firm favourite of mine and if/when he does retire from the force I would like to see him return in some other capacity, possibly as a private detective, as I think he is too good a character to lose. Maybe too sanctimonious and judgemental at times, and he is not one to forgive easily.
Connelly has a good split between the stories and the personal elements give enough information to get to know the characters without detracting from the plot itself. As always this was a well written novel but I would have preferred less of the political influence.