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Detective Harry Bosch is out of retirement and back into the thick of things in the LAPD's open/unsolved unit, AKA Cold Case squad. And his first assignment is resolving a seventeen-year-old murder of a racially mixed teenager. It's only now with new technology that DNA evidence leads to a possible suspect - a white supremacist name Roland Mackey. The more Harry digs into this dusty crime, the more pain and resistance he encounters. Faced with unlikely suspects, departmental politics and corruption, Bosch remembers all too well why he quit in the first place.

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Barry Hammond
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I've read all of the Harry Bosch novels, and I think Michael Connelly is a great writer. He was a crime reporter for years and I think that really shows.

I like Bosch. I think he needs to be a cop because he needs to bring people to justice for crimes that send all these ripples out into the community. They don't just affect the one victim, they destroy a lot of lives, and I think he sees himself as the guy that sets that right.

Everything is light or darkness in Connelly's books, they're major themes. One of my favourite lines in The Closers is: "Bosch knew the dawn had nothing on the dusk. Dawn always came up ugly as if the sun was clumsy and in a hurry. The dusk was smoother, the moon more graceful. Maybe it was because the moon was more patient. In life and in nature, Bosch thought, darkness always waits." I think that's evident in all the Bosch books, even in the titles, The Darkness More than Night, Lost Light. The light and dark of L.A. is always there as one of the major metaphors.

From here I'd like to see Bosch go off to Hong Kong, which is set up by his daughter being there. I'd like to see what he does because he'd have no authority or anything, he'd just be a fish out of water as he has been on other occasions. That would be an interesting way to go.

Other reviews by Barry Hammond:
Blackfly Season
The Maltese Falcon
Grave Tattoo