Detective Harry Bosch seems to have taken down the wrong serial killer instead of the evil Dollmaker four years ago. The accidentally shot serial killer’s broken and grieving family sues Harry in a jiffy, who acted with fundamentally good intentions. And, wouldn’t you know it, a new victim emerges. UNLUCKY.
From this point, events unfold on two fronts. The lawyer of the grief-stricken family puts the squeeze on Harry’s balls in the courtroom. (She’s evil. A driven bitch!*), while the other thread involves the police investigation into the case of the new victim, the concrete blonde. (The term “concrete” refers to both the victim’s final resting place and, in trucking slang, his profession.)
Connelly, who was a crime reporter for the Los Angeles TIMES for years, doesn’t disappoint. BOTH storylines are exciting and full of twists. For instance, I only figured out who the killer was on page 209, a few pages before Harry does, and, UNLUCKY for both of us, we were wrong. 🙁
What somewhat mars the overall picture is the last 50 pages: the process of how Harry reaches the perpetrator doesn’t organically follow the investigation. Furthermore, luring the killer into a trap bears a resemblance to “The Mentalist” TV series – generally not the most elegant solution. However, despite this, it’s still one of the best crime series you can read lately (considering that the Jack Reacher and Harry Hole series are gently descending).
The author has been my absolute favorite crime writer for about 15 years. Pieces of Connelly’s Bosch series belong to the few books that are genuinely IMPOSSIBLE to stop reading.
And in this installment, there’s even a very nice romantic thread that carries over from the previous book.
The Concrete Blonde (Harry Bosch #3) by Michael Connelly
448 pages, Paperback
Published January 1, 2014 by Orion
*an elegant reference to the game Jagged Alliance 2