The Overlook by Michael Connelly

The Overlook started life as an interesting experiment by Connelly; he originally published the tale weekly in the New York Times Magazine and then expanded the story to the form that we have on the bookstore shelves. The result of this exercise is mixed. While a new Harry Bosch tale is always welcome, this story comes off as Bosch Lite. Harry seems to be simply going to the motions of breaking in his new partner, antagonizing his superiors, and nursing one more broken heart as he runs into Rachel Walling as the FBI steps all over his case. The trouble is, none of these things are fleshed out, they simply happen and rarely affect the story in any meaningful way. Perhaps the worst thing is, the killer is identified correctly and the story ends. Not typical Connelly style.

Connelly gives us a quick summer read at barely over 200 pages and, although it tastes good, it is less than satisfying when it ends. There are way too many characters who appear, most of whom Bosch is pissed off with, and the alphabet soup that he bemoans as all of the agencies involved appear confuse the reader who must remember whether they belong to the LAPD, the OHS, or the FBI. Maybe I should have made notes inside the back cover. The Bosch series of books is one of my favorite indulgences but, while this was enjoyable, it is not the best.

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