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Mystery Books - Michael Connelly - The Overlook

Michael Connelly
The Overlook
Little, Brown and Company 2007
224 pages

TO BE RELEASED MAY 2007. Every time Michael Connelly puts out a new Harry Bosch mystery novel I end up hitting the sack at four or five in the morning because I made the mistake of starting it late in the day. It's enough to almost hate the guy. The Overlook is a book you want to start first thing in the morning with a pot of coffee already brewed, lunch already made, and the local pizza joint's number on your speed dial on the phone you have to remember to plug back in before you dial for supper. If Michael Connelly had any consideration for his readers he would end a chapter with "This is where Harry Bosch decided to get a good night's sleep to start the investigation refreshed the next day and so should you."

At least The Overlook is a short Harry Bosch mystery by Connelly standards. It was originally serialized in The New York Times Magazine but the blurb on the jacket says the book version has been expanded and revised. This time, Bosch is with the Homicide Special division of the LAPD -it seems they can't find the right place to keep the trouble out of the detective-and has a new partner. When a prominent doctor is killed execution style and lots cesium is missing (no, not the vitamin, the radioactive stuff used for cancer treatment) everybody from the FBI and agent Rachel Walling to the LAPD's Homeland Security style task force gets in the way of the investigation.

The Overlook is another great Michael Connelly mystery. This time around the detective's new partner Ignacio, Iggy Ferras allows the prolific (thank God!) author to poke a bit of fun at his favorite detective's lack of technological savvy and age. It also allows Bosch / Connelly to slip in an old war story as he teaches his new partner some of the old tricks.

The Overlook is not as dark and soul searching as the other Bosch mysteries. I found this to be a bit refreshing as this detective is certainly not the life of the party. Less interesting is the usual passage about the cop's time in Vietnam.

Connelly is in top form here and this mystery, with its many surprising but warranted twists and turns, will more than please his many fans.

Other Michael Connelly Reviews

Crime Beat: An interesting read for true crime fans.

The Lincoln Lawyer Audio Book Version: An excellent departure for mystery writer Michael Connelly

Echo Park: The best Michael Connelly mystery to date and that is saying a lot.

The Concrete Blonde: This third Harry Bosch mystery is solid.

The Overlook - Another Review: The usual solid and captivating mystery by a master.

The Brass Verdict - October 2008: A lawyer s murder brings Harry Bosch and Lincoln lawyer Mickey Haller together.

The Brass Verdict - A Mickey Haller / Harry Bosch Mystery: 20th Connelly mystery brings Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch together with a bang (from a revolver)

The Black Ice - A Harry Bosch Mystery: Second in the series. Brilliant, of course.

The Scarecrow: Jack McEvoy of The Poet is back in yet another excellent Connelly mystery.

Nine Dragons - A Harry Bosch Mystery: The lesser Harry Bosch mystery.

The Reversal - October 2010: Detective Harry Bosh, Mickey Haller, and their exes on the same case.

The Fifth Witness - April 2011: A solid (of course) Mickey Haller mystery

The Fifth Witness - J. Curran Review - April 2011: Third Mickey Haller mystery. This reviewer was not as impressed as the other one was.

The Drop - J. Curran review: Although not one of Connelly’s mind blowers from start to finish, The Drop is definitely a good solid read.

The Drop - A Harry Bosch Mystery: Decent enough Connelly but not up to usual standards

Blood Work Blu-ray: Excellent movie adaptation of Connelly novel

The Black Box - A Harry Bosch mystery: This time Bosch investigates a case dating back to the L.A. riots. Good but not great.

The Gods of Guilt - Mickey Haller Novel: The Lincoln Lawyer takes a case that propels him along a journey to face the demons of his past and present.

The Burning Room: You simply cannot put it down.

The Crossing - A Harry Bosch Novel: The Crossing, the twenty-second Harry Bosch, represents a major change in the life of Connelly s foremost character.

The Wrong Side of Goodbye - A Harry Bosch Novel: Harry Bosch is hired by a billionaire to find out if he has an heir and also works for the San Fernandino PD and discovers there is a serial rapist on the loose. This being a Michael Connelly mystery it is of course excellent.

The Late Show - A Renee Ballard Mystery: There is a new kid in town. Dog lover, and surfer by day, Detective Renee Ballard is a tough, tenacious, no-nonsense loner who works the late shift in Hollywood. Due to unsubstantiated accusations thrown at a superior officer, she is not exactly on the warm and fuzzy list of her fellow officers. With limited trust running both ways, her investigations are often solo.

Two Kinds of Truth - A Harry Bosch Mystery: It is a Connelly, of course it is great

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