Michael Connelly

The Overlook

"…for all the legions of Connolly/Bosch fans it will be an essential read."


In his first case since he left the LAPD's Open Unsolved Unit for the prestigious Homicide Special squad, Harry Bosch is called out to investigate a murder that may have chilling consequences for national security.

A doctor with access to a dangerous radioactive substance is found murdered on the overlook above the Mulholland Dam. Retracing his steps, Harry learns that a large quantity of radioactive cesium was stolen shortly before the doctor's death. With the cesium in unknown hands, Harry fears the murder could be part of a terrorist plot to poison a major American city.

Soon, Bosch is in a race against time, not only against the culprits, but also against the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI (in the form of Harry's one-time lover Rachel Walling), who are convinced that this case is too important for the likes of the LAPD. It is Bosch's job to prove them all wrong…

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Harry Bosch returns, once again, with a new partner. He is still out of retirement and actively working for the Police Department. Connolly has a very easy-reading style and his main character, Bosch, is your classic maverick detective, working outside of the rules to get the cases solved, regardless of who he upsets in the process. The Outlook was shorter than average at approximately 270 pages and offers some fairly obvious clues as to who some of the guilty parties are quite early on in the book (though the actual reason for the initial murder is not revealed until the end) and there is, of course, also a nice little 'twist' to surprise the reader. Aside from the unusual and disappointing brevity of the story, this was still an enjoyable book, though maybe lacking some of the bite evident in Connolly's previous novels. However, for all the legions of Connolly/Bosch fans it will be an essential read.

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