Michael Connelly is back with his eleventh book in the Harry Bosch series. In this installment, Bosch returns to the L.A.P.D. working for the Open-Unsolved unit (Connelly's renaming of the Cold Case Division) after a three year retirement. The 1988 murder of bi-racial sixteen-year-old Rebecca Verloren is the case he is working on. Through straight, untainted police work Bosch comes up with a possible perpertrator in Roland Mackey. With Mackey as the primary suspect, Connelly -- through his deftly crafted tale -- makes you believe that anyone could have a motive to do the murder.
Everyone from the former boyfriend, to high school girlfriends, to the parents and other peripheral people all get Bosch's brain working. Eventually Bosch and his partner Rider start working the Mackey angle hard as the other suspects seem to be weaker or dead ends. This leads to Bosch getting Mackey's phone tapped and infiltrating his job through some clever undercover work. But Mackey's reaction to the info Bosch supplied through his undercover ploy leads to chase between him and the police that ultimately changes the direction of the story.
This report prepared by Bobby Blades