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A Darkness More Than Night

A book by Michael Connelly

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A Darkness of the soul

  • May 5, 2003
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In the long series involving his signature character Harry Bosch, Mr. Connelly writes of the darkness found in good men everywhere. Police officers who deal with the worst that society has to offer while trying not to lose their own decency. This novel is no exception and another pleasurable read. If this is your first exposure to Mr. Connellys prose, you are in for a real treat.

Harry Bosch is a LAPD detective and is currently involved in an O. J. style celebrity court case. An actress is dead, and a movie director who was last seen with her is on trial for her murder. Bosch knows the defendant did it, but proving it in a court of law under the watchful eye of the media is becoming increasingly difficult.

Separately, Terry McCaleb, three years after his life saving heart transplant in the earlier novel Blood Work is dragged into reviewing the death of Edward Gunn. McCaleb isnt an F. B. I. Profiler anymore, having given it up to start a new family and move on in to a less stressful life by doing fishing charters. But when contacted, he reluctantly agrees to review the case and becomes drawn in realizing that there is nothing that he would rather do than find and stop the psychos that walk among us.

As surprising links are formed between the case and the court trial, Mr. Connelly examines the fine line between good and evil. He poses the moral question that if a killer was going to be killed by another killer, and it could be stopped, should it? By knowing it would happen, are you responsible? After looking into the abyss so long, when do you become part of it?

Like his other excellent novels, Mr. Connelly once again mixes the elements of a strong plot, tough dialogue, and strong characters in his own very distinctive style. While these characters are the ones that we know and love, they are in no way static, but constantly changing and evolving. Each new novel brings about new shadings of the Harry Bosch character as well as others in the ensemble cast. A Darkness More Than Night is no exception to the rule and it will be interesting to see if what is hinted at in the ending is true.

If you are new to Mr. Connellys gritty work, I strongly encourage you to begin at the beginning of his series with the novel Black Echo. Like all his books, his first is filled with the trademark items that make his work so enjoyable.

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Quick Tip by . June 20, 2010
Harry Bosch & Terry McCaleb together in a Michael Connelly thriller. Taut and fast-paced, this is a real page turner. You won't be disappointed!
review by . January 19, 2010
When the LAPD run into a brick wall solving a bizarre murder, sheriff's detective, Jay Winston, asks her friend Terry McCaleb, a retired FBI agent recently recovered from a heart transplant, to help them out by polishing up his psychological profiling skills and putting them back to work on their stalled case. Edward Gunn, a small-time LA hood involved with the murder of a prostitute was himself found tied, gagged and strangled. McCaleb is convinced that the key to finding Gunn's murderer rests …
review by . November 14, 2007
What's interesting about the Bosch novels is that every one has a slightly different twist. The twist in Darkness is the grudging collaboration between two old pros, Bosch and McCaleb. Neither one is a sweetheart - you don't want to cross these guys, and even when they are forced to cooperate, they can't quite become friends. McCaleb strongly suspects that Bosch has slipped over the edge, morphing from avenging detective to vengeful murderer. Bosch is stunned and insulted, and, when he discovers …
review by . January 30, 2001
A bizarre torture killing brings together two series detectives, retired FBI serial-killer profiler Terry McCaleb ("Blood Work") and the brooding LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch.Ritualistic elements in the murder of a sadistic drunk, trussed up so as to slowly strangle himself, prompt LAPD detective Jaye Winston to consult McCaleb, whose heart transplant forced his retirement. McCaleb's immediate and intense focus on the case threatens his tranquil Catalina Island idyll as new father and husband. …
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When a sheriff's detective shows up on former FBI man Terry McCaleb's Catalina Island doorstep and requests his help in analyzing photographs of a crime scene, McCaleb at first demurs. He's newly married (to Graciela, who herself dragged him from retirement into a case inBlood Work), has a new baby daughter, and is finally strong again after a heart transplant. But once a bloodhound, always a bloodhound. One look at the video of Edward Gunn's trussed and strangled body puts McCaleb back on the investigative trail, hooked by two details: the small statue of an owl that watches over the murder scene and the Latin words "Cave Cave Dus Videt," meaning "Beware, beware, God sees," on the tape binding the victim's mouth.

Gunn was a small-time criminal who had been questioned repeatedly by LAPD Detective Harry Bosch in the unsolved murder of a prostitute, most recently on the night he was killed. McCaleb knows the tense, cranky Bosch (Michael Connelly's series star--see The Black Echo, The Black Ice, et al.) and decides to start by talking to him. But Bosch has time only for a brief chat. He's a prosecution witness in the high-profile trial of David Storey, a film director accused of killing a young actress during rough sex. By chance, however, McCaleb discovers an abstruse but concrete link between the scene of Gunn's murder and Harry Bosch's name:

"This last guy's work is supposedly replete with owls all over the ...
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ISBN-10: 0316154075
ISBN-13: 978-0316154079
Author: Michael Connelly
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
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