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A Darkness More Than Night [Mass Market Paperback]

Michael Connelly
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March 1 2002 A Harry Bosch Novel
Terry McCaleb, the retired FBI agent who starred in the bestseller "Blood Work," is asked by the LAPD to help them investigate aseries of murders that have them baffled. They are the kind of ritualized killings McCaleb specialized in solving with the FBI, and he is reluctantly drawn from his peaceful new life back into the horror and excitement of tracking down a terrifying homicidal maniac. More horrifying still, the suspect who seems to fit the profile that McCaleb develops is someone he has known and worked with in the past: LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch.

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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 in Blood 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 place. I can't pronounce his first name. It's spelled H-I-E-R-O-N-Y-M-U-S. He was Netherlandish, part of the northern renaissance. I guess owls were big up there."

McCaleb looked at the paper in front of him. The name she had just spelled seemed familiar to him.

"You forgot his last name. What's his last name?"

"Oh, sorry. It's Bosch. Like the spark plugs."

Bosch fits McCaleb's profile of the killer, and McCaleb is both thunderstruck and afraid--thunderstruck that a cop he respects might have committed a horrendous murder and afraid that Bosch may just be good enough to get away with it. And when Bosch finds out (via a mysterious leak to tabloid reporter Jack McEvoy, late of Connelly's The Poet) that he's being investigated for murder, he's furious, knowing that Storey's defense attorney may use the information to help get his extravagantly guilty client off scot-free.

It's the kind of plot that used to make great Westerns: two old gunslingers circling each other warily, each of them wondering if the other's gone bad. But there's more than one black hat in them thar hills, and Connelly masterfully joins the plot lines in a climax and denouement that will leave readers gasping but satisfied. --Barrie Trinkle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Adult/High School-Harry Bosch, the worn, pragmatic Los Angeles police detective, protagonist of a number of Connelly's earlier books, is joined by Terry McCaleb, former FBI crime-scene profiler, introduced in Blood Work (Little, Brown, 1998). Harry is immersed in testifying at the murder trial of a Hollywood film director, Jack Storey. When McCaleb, retired and living a quiet life with a new wife and two young children, is asked by a former colleague to look at the investigation materials of a recent gruesome homicide, he realizes just how much he misses his vocation. Terry alone has noticed some clues from the crime-scene video that point toward the influence of Renaissance painter Hieronymus Bosch. Despite pleas from his wife, Terry is drawn into the investigation and finds, to his dismay, that pointers lead straight to acquaintance Harry Bosch, whose real name is Hieronymus. Certain details in Harry's life fit in well with the profile Terry is developing of a ritualistic killer. The clues stemming from Bosch's paintings may lead readers straight to the Internet to view some of Bosch's well-known works to see the clues for themselves. The plot is intricate, and the twists and turns keep coming, but it is so well done, and the characters are so vivid, that confusion isn't a problem. Despite its length, this involving book is a fast read with "can't put it down" appeal.

Carol DeAngelo, Kings Park Library, Burke, VA

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Writer better than most.... July 12 2004
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It is always a difficult thing to do - to bring 2 of your major characters together in a novel. Connelly pulls it off with a flourish.
What makes Connelly tick?
He does not write poetic paragraphs but his writing is crisp and clear.
His characterisation is brilliant. There are no always do-good, super-American heroes in his books
His plotting is almost always brilliant with just about enough twists and turns. I go crazy with plots that twist and turn like a hairpin bend road - it just seems so contrived. This plot would have been perfect except for the last bit with Harry and Terry
There is always a problem with great writers running out of steam - Connelly seems to have not lost it so far (Looks like Narrows passed the test)
The Owl, Paintings and title add to the psyche of the setting
There is something about novels set in LA that has a great feel (like a Western) - from Chandler, McDonald and Connelly continues that tradition with aplomb
Michael Connelly is without doubt the best crime fiction writer alive today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The colliding of two great characters March 8 2004
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In A Darkness More than Night Michael Connelly combines two of his greatest characters, Harry Bosch and Terry McCaleb. In this book, you're not sure who you like more.
In an ironic twist of fate, Bosch is the main suspect in a murder that McCaleb is investigating as a favor for an old friend. And if that weren't enough, Bosch is in the middle of an important trial, where his testimony could make or break the case and puts the responsibility of a killer punished or set free on his shoulders. With two suspenseful stories playing out, with characters we know and love, this book proves yet again Connelly's talent for writing. As of yet, I haven't been able to guess an ending yet- he keeps you on your toes!
I enjoyed this book, as I've enjoyed all that came before it from Connelly. The only thing that was a little strange, was that it seemed Connelly had a hard time juggling the two characters and giving them equal time in the book. In a book that is considered part of the "Harry Bosch" series, it really was more about McCaleb and that left a little of a bad taste in my mouth. Even though I enjoy both characters, Bosch is still my favorite and I was looking forward to a book that again, focuses more on him and I didn't quite feel I got that. However, that's the only let down, BUT surprisingly, I did begin enjoy getting to know McCaleb more and more through out this book. I do hope Connelly writes another one featuring him, I just think it might be better though to keep the two characters separate and give them each their own stage.
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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 with two bizarre clues - the statue of an owl found in the room with Gunn and the inscription on the tape binding his mouth, "Cave Cave Dus Videt" or "Beware, Beware, God Sees" translated from a version of Latin spoken around the time of the Renaissance.

McCaleb started his search for details on Gunn's murder with an interview of detective Harry Bosch. Bosch, who had been assigned the case of the prostitute's murder and was certain that Gunn had been the killer, was apparently one of the last people to see Gunn alive. But Bosch can only find time to give McCaleb the most cursory of interviews. His time and his mind are fully occupied as the star witness in the very high profile prosecution of David Storey. Storey, a fabulously wealthy Hollywood producer, is on trial for the sex slaying of a young actress. He's alleged to have strangled her during a bout of rough sex and then staged the scene to make her death look like a case of accidental auto-erotic asphyxia.

It's that bizarre owl that's the centerpiece of McCaleb's investigative efforts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cleaning Out the Monsters, Anyway He Can July 8 2008
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Modern noir doesn't get any better than A Darkness More Than Night, as Michael Connelly delicately creates a full literary development of the personality of his avenging detective character, Harry Bosch, while accurately portraying ordinary peace officers as the frail humans that they really are. Those who realize that FBI profiling of serial killers is more pseudo-science than science will be amused by Terry McCaleb's misreading of the clues he's given to inspect.

Those who like a novel's progress to be very opaque won't like this book. You'll see where it's headed pretty early on. The pleasure in this plot is to see if the good guys can outmaneuver some very obnoxious bad guys.

I was impressed the way the plot's design cross-cut between police investigations and a trial. I did find that Mr. Connelly's portrayal of what prosecutors do to be more than a little stilted. Janis Langwiser, co-prosecutor, is more incompetent than any first year law student I can imagine.

Those who are familiar with Mr. Connelly's earlier works will be impressed by how smoothly he combines characters and references from several books. Robert Parker could take a lesson from Mr. Connelly in this area. If you don't know the earlier books, you'll still have a fine time with the story . . . the references are well explained before the book's end.

If you like this book, you'll want to be sure to read The Narrows (Harry Bosch).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very interesting ending.
Published 9 days ago by joeyrou
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
As usual with the Harry Bosch novels a gripping story with lots of twists
Published 12 days ago by Raymond
4.0 out of 5 stars ... only recently "discovered" Michael Connelly and find that I enjoy...
I have only recently "discovered" Michael Connelly and find that I enjoy his writing very much.
Published 1 month ago by Jack Purvis
5.0 out of 5 stars Harry Bosch does it again!
I have read many of the Harry Bosch books. Another of my favourite characters!
Published 1 month ago by bernice
4.0 out of 5 stars That's All, Fowkkes !
"A Darkness More Than Night" is Michael Connelly's tenth book, his second to feature Terry McCaleb and was first published in 1999. Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2007 by Craobh Rua
A Darkness More than Night draws you in on the first page and doesn't let you go until the last. You are drawn deep into the soul of Harry Bosch to view the good, the bad, and the... Read more
Published on March 27 2004 by CC
3.0 out of 5 stars a bit too clever and tidy
Connelly is a good writer but, as in THE POET, the plot is a little too contrived/clever for its own good. Read more
Published on Oct. 25 2003 by David Group
4.0 out of 5 stars Just a good book to read
This book is not the best of Michael Connelly but is a good read, but if you want you can skip the last three chapters and you will miss nothing, the part of McCaleb's... Read more
Published on Sept. 11 2003 by Jorge Frid
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific story!
I really enjoyed this! I'll definitely being reading more of Connelly's books- this was my first one.
Published on July 11 2003 by JStauffer
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