The Overlook Mass Market Paperback – Jan 1 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
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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Dr Stanley Kent, a medical bio-physicist who had access to radioactive materials used in the treatment of cancers at hospitals throughout LA, has been found murdered - executed, in fact, with two bullets in the back of the head - on a Mulholland Drive overlook. Bosch, assigned to the murder with his new partner, Iggy Ferras, immediately begins to bump heads with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security, called in on the case as a result of the potential terrorist involvement with the assassination. The case is mere minutes old and Kent's body has barely begun to cool when Bosch discovers that the crime also involves the theft of a case of potentially deadly radioactive Cesium-137. That the FBI agent assigned to the case is Rachel Walling, Bosch's love interest who we met in Connelly's last novel "Echo Park" complicates matters immensely but certainly doesn't prevent the inevitable inter-organizational war over case jurisdiction.
Bosch, true to the mantra "Everybody counts or nobody counts" which we first heard in "The Last Coyote", focuses on people and is intent on finding Kent's murderers.Read more ›
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.
The story that The Overlook is based on was serialized in the New York Times. If you have read that serialization, I doubt if you will feel rewarded by reading this padded out version.
Harry Bosch is in a new unit and has a new partner. But catching a murder in a rich neighborhood in the middle of the night soon attracts the attention of the FBI and more alphabet agencies than you know the names of. Why are they interested? It seems like some terrorists could be about to make a nuclear bomb. Harry soon is spending more time fighting off the Feds than he is on investigating. As a result, he's soon missing obvious clues by not having checked out what's going on thoroughly enough.
The whole set-up is dropped on you in the first few pages as a serial will do to get you hooked into wanting to continue. Missing radioactive materials will grip anyone in New York. You may not find the threat to be so chilling if you live outside the Big Apple and the paranoia that grips the government in Washington.
The plot seems to develop much too fast throughout. I like authors to tease me along until much later in the book than The Outlook does.
I was also disappointed that the plot clearly points to what the ultimate conclusion is. Those clues when buried in a serial don't stick out so much because you forget them by the next day. Sit down and read them at one time (as I did on a plane flight), and they point irresistibly away from what the main investigation is presuming. As a result, the book's ending was totally predictable.
I found another problem with the book.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Very good murder mystery with surprise twists read in a few hours so functions like a short story good interplay of past chractersPublished 10 months ago by Fred
Love all Harry Bosch novels his persitance to solve crimes his passion for his job I recomend reading the bookPublished 15 months ago by Siran Hambarsom
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... Read morePublished 22 months ago by carol anne woods
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.Published on Nov. 29 2013 by elginblatherford
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... Read morePublished on April 1 2012 by AceofHearts