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The Overlook [Mass Market Paperback]

Michael Connelly
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Jan. 1 2008 A Harry Bosch Novel
In his first case since he left the LAPD's Open Unsolved Unit for the prestigious Homicide Special squad, Harry Bosch is called out to investigate a murder that may have chilling consequences for national security. A doctor with access to a dangerous radioactive substance is found murdered in the trunk of his car. Retracing his steps, Harry learns that a large quantity of radioactive cesium was stolen shortly before the doctor's death. With the cesium in unknown hands, Harry fears the murder could be part of a terrorist plot to poison a major American city.
Soon, Bosch is in a race against time, not only against the culprits, but also against the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI (in the form of Harry's one-time lover Rachel Walling), who are convinced that this case is too important for the likes of the LAPD. It is Bosch's job to prove all of them wrong.

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Starred Review. Reviewers were somewhat abrupt about perennial bestseller Connelly's 13th Harry Bosch novel: a quick read, almost half the length of Connelly's previous novels, said one; a tasty hors d'oeuvre quipped another. How smart and fortunate for listeners that Hachette Audio has turned to veteran Connelly reader Len Cariou for some added weight. Cariou catches all the strength and sadness behind Bosch's minimal dialogue and is also perfect as Harry's LAPD colleagues, female and male. He is especially good at bringing to frightening life the real villains: the federal investigators, headed by a former Bosch lover, FBI agent Rachel Walling. The Feds are trying to take over the case of a body found on an overlook near Mulholland Drive—a doctor who turns out to have had access to radioactive materials stored at hospitals throughout L.A. All praise to Hachette for getting Cariou to help us through it. The production boasts original music by Frank Morgan.
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This short novel began life as a 16-part serial in the New York Times. Despite being expanded somewhat for book publication, the story's roots as a plot-driven serial remain visible: readers familiar with Connelly's celebrated Harry Bosch series--And what hard-boiled fiction fan isn't?--will notice less character development and less psychological texture here than in any of the full-length Bosch novels, but that isn't to say the story doesn't pack a wallop. In the wake of the controversial events at the conclusion of Echo Park (2006), Bosch has a new assignment, with LAPD's Homicide Special Unit. He lands his first case when a body is found on the overlook near Mulholland Drive. The victim, Dr. Stanley Kent, turns out to have had access to radioactive materials stored at hospitals throughout L.A. As the clues point toward a terrorist plot, Bosch must contend with various crime-fighting bureaucracies, including the FBI and Homeland Security. Bosch reacts to bureaucratic interference (even from former lover and FBI agent Rachel Walling) like the body reacts to radiation, so the sparks begin to fly immediately. Unlike other Bosch novels, which effortlessly mix action with the hero's inner struggles, this one unfolds like an episode of 24, pounding its way relentlessly to a surprising conclusion. Treat The Overlook like a tasty hors d'oeuvre: down it in one quick gulp, and look forward to the next Bosch entree. Bill Ott
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3.0 out of 5 stars Same old Harry Bosch April 13 2008
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A doctor with access to a dangerous radioactive substance is found murdered on the overlook above the Mulholland Dam. LAPD detective Harry Bosch is sent on what appears to be a routine investigation. Onsite, things escalate when it is discovered that vials of cerium are missing and now are in unknown hands. When the murder is suspected to be part of a terrorist plot to poison a major American city, Special FBI Agent Walling declares the matter to be of National Security. Bosch thinks otherwise and refuses to take a back seat to the investigation. Finding himself in a race against time and the FBI, he draws on his own instincts and experience to find a rapid conclusion.

This novel is short you can finish reading it in a few hours. Connelly races through the 24 hour plot quickly, leading to a predictable ending, giving the reader lots of twists and surprises along the way. The author exploits Bosch's depth of character, LAPD procedures and local flavour that he carefully created in previous novels. The writing felt a bit rushed, predictable but engaging and entertaining, leaving me a little disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Overlook March 29 2014
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It wasn't one of his best but having said that, it was still a really good read. He told the story well and even though I had figured out the ending, it held my interest all the way through.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent weekend reader Nov. 29 2013
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An excellent weekend reader. This is shorter than most other Harry Bosch stories. The well-paced plot will let you finish this in one sitting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Harry Bosch #13 April 1 2012
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Bosch is called to the murder of Dr. Stanley Kent found on a overlook near Mulholland Drive. He has been shot in the back of the head and now some dangerous radioactive substances are missing. Bosch is soon in conflict with his superiors, Homeland Security and the FBI in the form of his former lover Rachel Walling.

Bosch, our nitty gritty cop has a new partner Iggy who really does not get much 'page time' but is in disagreement from the get go. Bosch follows his own instincts and tracks down the killer before he can destroy a whole city.

I love Bosch and even though this was written in the form of 16 serial stories for a newspaper it is still a good story. Yes, some of the character development is missing namely of Bosch's new partner but the grittiness of Bosch shines through. On to the next in the series
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