Thursday, July 12, 2007

H. Bosch

I currently have a cold, and between my sneezes and coughs I have been enjoying the new Michael Connelly novel The Overlook.
I've talked about Connelly before on this blog but it is fun to come back to an author that you have enjoyed before to see what his characters are up to now.
I was always going to like Connelly's book, I've liked his previous books and I like the character of Bosch, but that doesn't mean I didn't have some problems with this book. The main one is terrorism. While Bosch is drawn into this investigation which seems to involve swarthy middle eastern types doing nasty things with radioactive material, it seems contrived.
Bosch is a homicide detective in Los Angeles not a Homeland Security guy. There are surely enough things going on in a city the size of Los Angeles that doesn't involve terrorism.
This is a minor gripe though, as I do like this book, and as always Connelly's tight writing style. A good book to curl up in front of the fire with.


  1. I felt the same way about this book - that it was a bit contrived and lightweight. I learned that the book was first serialized in the New York Times magazine, don't know if that made a difference. Have you read novels by Martin Cruz Smith - he's even better.

  2. Martin Cruz Smith is good, though I have not read him for some time. Maybe I need to get back into him.