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The Black Echo
The novel centers around Harry
Bosch, a Vietnam veteran who
served as a "tunnel
rat" (nicknamed Hari
Kari Bosch), with the 1st
Infantry Division — a
specialized soldier whose job it was to go into the maze of tunnels used
as barracks, hospitals, and on some occasions, morgues, by the Vietcong and North
Vietnamese Army. After
the war Bosch became an L.
A. police detective
advancing to the Robbery-Homicide Division. However, after killing the
main suspect in the "Dollmaker" serial killings, Bosch is demoted to
"Hollywood Division" homicide, where he partners with Jerry Edgar. The
death of Billy Meadows, a friend and fellow "tunnel rat" from the war,
attracts Bosch's interest, especially when he determines that it may
have been connected to a spectacular bank
subterranean tunnels. Bosch suspects that the robbers were after more
than money and he then partners with the FBI, in particular agent
Eleanor Wish, in an attempt to foil their next attack.
Bosch and Wish end up connecting the robberies to a group of Vietnamese living
County, as well as some Americans that
may have been involved with them. In the end, he discovers that a
coworker from the FBI is the killer and Eleanor Wish knew all about it
the whole time.
The Black Ice
In the book, narcotics officer Calexico Moore's body is discovered
Christmas night in a seedy Hollywood motel,
from an apparent suicide. As the L.A. police
higher-ups converge on the scene to protect the department from scandal,
Harry Bosch inserts himself into the investigation. The trail he follows
leads to Mexican drug gangs operating across the border.
The Concrete Blonde
Detective Harry Bosch is pursuing "The Dollmaker", a serial
killer who uses makeup to
paint his victims. He gets a tip from a prostitute that
a recent customer of hers, Norman Church, had a large amount of women's
makeup in his bathroom.
Bosch goes to Church's garage, identifies himself as police, breaks in
the door. Church is naked and shaved. Bosch tells him to not move, but
Church starts to pull something from under his pillow, and Bosch shoots
him. Church had been reaching not for a gun, but his toupee. Bosch is
investigated by internal
affairs and cleared in
the shooting; but, since he did not follow police procedure, he is
transferred from the elite Robbery-Homicide Division (RHD) back to the Hollywood table.
The makeup is found to match those of nine of the Dollmaker's victims.
Four years later, Bosch is sued by Church's widow. Her attorney portrays
Bosch as a cowboy and
seeking revenge for the unsolved murder of his mother when he was a
During the trial, the police receive a note, purportedly from the
Dollmaker, which leads to the discovery of a new victim with the same modus
operandi. This victim was encased in concrete,
unlike the original eleven victims, but all other aspects of the killing
are the same, including the signature cross painted on a toenail. The
concrete blonde victim, along with two other of the original victims,
fit a different pattern: large-breasted blondes in the local adult
entertainment industry who
also advertise as high-class prostitutes in the local sex rags. Bosch
and his task force suspect that "the Follower" is Detective Mora from
Ad-Vice. Mora has ties to the adult video industry, had insider
knowledge of the Dollmaker case, and was not at work during the killings
not attributed to Norman Church. The task force put Mora under
surveillance and Bosch breaks into Mora's house looking for evidence
that he is the Follower. Instead he finds that Mora has been making pornographic
movies with underage
children. Mora returns to his house, finds Bosch and threatens to kill
him. The rest of the task force arrive; they search Mora's house and
determine that he is not the Follower. Mora does have information on who
he believes is the Follower, and makes a deal: he provides the name of
Professor Locke, agrees to quit the police force, and all of his crimes
will be ignored. Mora got information that Locke had been seen on the
set of adult movies where the slain women were cast members.
When Bosch returns to his office he finds another note from the Follower,
saying that he will be taking 'his blonde'. Bosch assumes that he means
his girlfriend Sylvia; when she does not answer her phone, he sends the
police to her house. He arrives to an empty house, when a real estate
agent shows up to show the house. Bosch finds Sylvia at his house and
takes her to a hotel to protect her. Sylvia tells Bosch that they must
have some time apart for her to decide if she can live with him and his
The next day Bosch returns to court as the jury is
to restart their deliberations.
Honey Chandler, the widow's attorney,
does not appear. Bosch sends the police to her house as she is also a
blonde. The jury reaches a verdict for the plaintiff and
damages of one dollar and
punitive damages of one dollar to Church's widow. When Bosch finally
arrives at Chandler's house she has been dead 48 hours, killed in the
same manner as the other Dollmaker killings, except that she also has
burn and bite marks all over her body. Locke, who had been missing for
several days, shows up at the crime scene. Bosch and Edgar interrogate
him but discover that he has a solid alibi and
dismiss him as a suspect. Bosch follows Bremmer from the crime scene to
his house. He asks Bremmer if he can come in for a drink to discuss his
court case. When Bremmer returns with two beers Bosch confronts him as
being the Follower. Bremmer fights Bosch and gets control of his gun.
Bosch, playing on Bremmer's pride, gets him to confess. Bosch had found
a note that the Follower had mailed to Chandler, which mentioned an
article in the Los
Angeles Times. Bosch had noticed that it had been mailed before
that article was published, which led him to suspect Bremmer. Bremmer
had tortured Chandler to find out where she had hidden the note and
envelope. Bremmer attempts to shoot Bosch but the gun is empty; Bosch
grabs the magazine he had hidden in his sock, hits Bremmer with it and
arrests him. Bosch had hidden a recording device in the room while
Bremmer was getting the beer.
The next day Bosch forces the district
attorney's office to charge Bremmer with first
degree murder, as the filing attorney is not satisfied with the
amount of evidence. The police then obtain a warrant to obtain blood,
hair and teeth molds of Bremmer; and they match his bite marks on the
body of Chandler, as well as his pubic
hair to those found on
two of the original Dollmaker victims. A woman who owns a storage locker
company recognizes Bremmer as having rented a locker under a false name
and the police find video tapes of Bremmer's killings. Bremmer makes a
deal for life
without parole in
exchange for leading police to the bodies of his other victims. Harry
takes two weeks off work to make some home improvements. Eventually
Sylvia returns and they re-unite and head off for a weekend together.
The Last Coyote
Bosch is involved in an incident at work and has been put on involuntary
stress leave. He must go through therapy sessions to be able to return
to work. This involves talking about the incident and himself with
Carmen Hinojos, a police psychologist. Three months ago, Bosch broke up
with his girlfriend, Sylvia Moore. Carmen asks Harry to verbalize his
mission in life. Harry decides that his mission is to investigate his
mother's murder. She had been a prostitute and was strangled when Harry
was twelve. He gets the murder
book from the police
archives and reviews the case. He first goes to visit Meredith Roman,
another prostitute who was his mother's best friend at the time. The one
real piece of information that Bosch gets from her is something that she
did not tell the police: his mother was going to meet Arno Conklin at Hancock
Park on the night of the
murder. Bosch, with the help of the new cop beat/LA Times reporter,
investigates Fox, Conklin, and Conklin's close associate Mittel. He
discovers that Fox was killed in a hit
and run while
distributing campaign literature for Conklin. Conklin had been running
Attorney. He also learns from an old cop friend that Mittel is now a
very successful lawyer and campaign fund raiser. He is currently helping
Robert Shepard, a computer tycoon, run for the Senate. On a whim, Harry
drives to Mittel's house and ends up attending a fund-raising party. He
meets Mittel and, using the name of his boss Pounds, asks a waitress at
the party to deliver an envelope to Mittel. In the envelope, Harry puts
a copy of a newspaper article about Fox's death and circles the names
Conklin, Mittel, and Fox. He writes under the article, "What prior work
experience got Johnny his job?" Harry checks with the city offices and
finds out that only one of the original investigating officers is still
alive and that his retirement checks are mailed to a post office box in Florida.
So he takes a plane to Florida to
speak with the retired detective, Jake McKittrick. He learns from him
that at the beginning of the investigation, his senior partner, Eno, was
called into the Assistant DA's office and told that Fox was not involved
with the murder and he should not be investigated by the department. The
only way they could interview him was in Conklin's office. After that
interview, the investigation went nowhere and was left as an unsolved
In order to gain entrance to the gated community where McKittrick lives,
Bosch pretends he is interested in a house for sale in the community and
tours the house briefly. He goes back to the house after leaving
McKittrick and eventually has a romantic encounter with the woman who
owns the house, Jasmine Corian. He spends an extra day in Florida with
Jasmine, and they reveal many personal secrets to each other in bed. On
his way back to Los Angeles, he stops in Las
Vegas to visit the widow
of the other detective, Eno. He intimidates the widow's sister, who is
taking care of the ninety-year-old invalid, into letting him take some
of Eno's old files. From the files, he discovers that Eno had been
receiving $1000 a week through a dummy corporation since one year after
his mother's murder. He learns that this corporation's officers were Eno,
Gordon Mittel, and Arno Conklin. When he returns to Los
Angeles, there are four Los
Angeles Police Department cops
waiting for him inside his home. While he was in Florida, his boss,
Harvey Pounds was found dead in the trunk of his car, tortured. Bosch is
brought to the Parker
Center for questioning.
Harry realizes that when he used Pounds' name when trying to scare
Mittel at the Shepard fund-raiser, it led to his death. Harry learns
from LA Times reporter Keisha Russell that the writer of the article on
Fox was Monte Kim. Russell gives Bosch his address obtained from the
phone book. Bosch visits Kim and learns that he wrote the article on
Fox's death, ignoring the illegal activities in his past in order to
obtain a job with Conklin. Kim had photos of Conklin and Fox with two
women (Meredith Roman and Bosch's mother) and used them to blackmail
Conklin to obtain the job.
Bosch, believing that he finally has enough information to confront
Conklin, visits him in his nursing home and discovers that Conklin was
actually in love with Bosch's mother. On the day that she was murdered,
they decided to go to Las Vegas and get married. Conklin had called
Mittel to ask him to go with them to be his best man. Mittel declined
and told him that marrying her would ruin his career. Conklin believes
that Mittel murdered Bosch's mother. After leaving Conklin, Bosch is hit
with a tire iron when trying to get in his car and awakes at Mittel's
house with his head bleeding, locked in a game room. Before Mittel's
enforcer can arrive, Bosch pockets a billiard
ball that he hopes to use
as a weapon. Mittel tells Bosch that Conklin has conveniently jumped out
of the window of his room right after Bosch left. So the last loose end
for him to clean up is Bosch. After Bosch tells him that he left his
briefcase with his evidence in Conklin's room, Mittel nods to Jonathan
to finish off Bosch. But Bosch makes Jonathan miss, hits him with the
billiard ball, and eventually knocks him out. Mittel runs off, and Bosch
follows. Mittel attempts to ambush Bosch and in the struggle, Mittel
falls off a cliff and dies. Bosch returns to the house but cannot locate
Jonathan. The police arrive, and Bosch next wakes up in the emergency
room. Bosch realizes that he can prove that Mittel killed his mother
by checking his fingerprints against the print found on the belt that
killed his mother. He obtains the prints from the medical examiner's
office but they do not match. Bosch has gone through all of this and
still has not found his mother's killer.
He returns to talk to Hinojos. During this meeting, she gives Bosch her
opinion on the photos from his mother's crime scene. She noticed that
his mother was wearing all gold jewelry and the belt that was used to
kill her was silver, which is a combination which a woman would not
normally wear. Bosch's mother might not have been wearing the belt. The
killer may have been wearing the belt and used it to kill his mother.
Bosch believes he finally knows who killed his mother and returns to
Meredith Roman's house, only to find that several days before she
committed suicide. She left Bosch a note trying to explain her actions.
He calls 911 and is about to leave when Jonathan confronts him with a
gun. He had been waiting for him, letting him find Meredith and the
letter. Since Jonathan believes he is going to kill Bosch and escape, he
tells him the truth: that in actuality, he is Johnny Fox. His death was
faked, and he remained with Mittel as his bodyguard. It was Fox who had
killed Pounds and Conklin. The police finally arrive, and Fox is shot
while trying to escape.
The book starts with Jack McEvoy, a crime reporter for the Rocky
Mountain News ("Death
is my beat"), relating how the news of his identical twin brother Sean's
suicide was broken to him. Sean was a homicide detective with the Denver Police,
who was found dead in his car in a remote parking lot. A one-sentence suicide
note was found in the car
with him, and it seemed impossible that someone else could have killed
him. McEvoy, though, is reluctant to accept that his brother had
succumbed to depression resulting
from his investigations, even though the last one was particularly
brutal: Theresa Lofton, a young college student, who was found in a park
in two pieces.
After much investigation on his own, including retracing his brother's
investigation into the Lofton case, Jack concludes that his brother's
death was simply made to look like
a suicide by a serial killer. By focusing on homicide detectives who
committed suicide in a similar fashion and left a one-sentence suicide
note quoting the works of Edgar
Allan Poe (as Sean's did),
Jack finds three clear matches to his brother's death. When the FBI
finally realizes that he is on to something and attempts to block him
from further access, he is able to trade his knowledge of the other
deaths (one of which the FBI had not uncovered) for a role with the FBI
investigative team headed by Robert Backus, the son of a famous agent
within the bureau who has been overshadowed by his father's legend.
Assigned the duty of handling him is agent Rachel Walling, one of Backus'
main proteges, and the two of them become personally involved. The FBI
nicknames the serial killer "The Poet" due to his use of Poe's lines
with the victims.
As the case focuses on an Internet network of pedophiles and one in
particular (William Gladden), McEvoy is taken along on the operation to
arrest Gladden, who is suspicious of the set-up and kills the FBI agent
trying to arrest him, Gordon Thorson (Walling's ex-husband). McEvoy ends
up killing Gladden himself while being held hostage. However, Gladden's
comments about his brother's death lead McEvoy to believe that Gladden
was not the killer, even though the case has been officially closed. He
then finds evidence that the killings had a connection to the FBI and
identifies a phone call to the FBI from Thorson's room that he links to
a "boasting" fax sent to the bureau by The Poet. Since McEvoy knew that
Walling had sent Thorson on a fake errand to buy condoms during the time
the fax was sent, he suspects Walling of being The Poet and of posting
to the pedophile network under the name "Eidolon",
another Poe reference. He then learns that Walling's father, a cop, had
committed suicide when she was a teenager ... and had been suspected by
the investigating officers of molesting Rachel over a period of time.
Since pedophiles tend to have been abused as children, McEvoy becomes
worried enough to tell Backus of his suspicions. Backus tells McEvoy
that they'll set a trap for Walling and then takes him to a remote
location—where Backus drugs McEvoy into nonresistance. Backus admits
that he himself is both Eidolon and The Poet, because the room
mistakenly billed to Thorson was actually the one in which he stayed. He
admits to all of the deaths and to his setup of Gladden as the "fall guy"
for the murders.
As Backus prepares to sodomize and then kill McEvoy, Walling (who was
suspicious because of messages that she had received from both men)
shows up and eventually saves McEvoy's life by knocking Backus out the
window and down a long hill. Later the police find a body; however, it
is left open if this is Backus. Meanwhile, as the facts of the case
become known, Walling's judgment is called into question due to her
personal relationship with McEvoy and her professional relationship with
Backus. A tabloid publishes a photo of McEvoy and Walling together.
However, because McEvoy suspected her, Walling ends their relationship
and takes a leave to Italy. McEvoy then takes a leave from his paper to
write a book about the events, although Walling explains to him that the
book will forever taint the FBI because of Backus.
A body found in the trunk of a Rolls Royce seems to have connections
with the mob and
leads Bosch and his investigation to Las
It's Harry Bosch's first case after being transferred to the Homicide
table. The car was found by a beat cop near the Hollywood Bowl. Harry
arrives during a concert. Fireworks are scheduled after the concert. At
the encouragement of Fire Chief, and the approval of the Medical
Examiner, Bosch arranges for the car to be towed away on a flatbed tow
truck. The examination of the car and body are completed in an LAPD
building. After the name and address of the victim is discovered, Harry
and one of his team goes to interview the wife. He then goes to search a
small office the victim maintains at a small studio facility. He gains
access to surveillance video of the entrance to the office. The video
shows that the office had been broken into and phone bugs were taken
out. The team later finds out that a branch of LAPD had placed bugs on
the victim's phone without authorization. Bosch is sent to Las Vegas to
track down what the victim was doing there and who had contact with him
when he was there. Bosch sees video of the poker game the victim was in,
and he recognizes one of the other players as form FBI agent Eleanor
Wish. He tracks her down through the Las Vegas police chief. Bosch
spends the night with her. Later, she is pulled into police HQ where
Bosch clears her. But she is kidnapped by the local syndicate. Bosch
finds out where she is being held and frees her. The story continues
After receiving a heart transplant, retired FBI criminal
profiler Terrell "Terry" McCaleb is contacted by Graciela Rivers, the
sister of his donor Gloria, and asked to investigate her death, which
occurred during an unsolved convenience store robbery. McCaleb had
become a minor celebrity as the head of the FBI task force on the "Code
Killer", an L.A.-based serial
killer (similar to the Zodiac
Killer) who always signed his notes with the code "903 472 568", but
he is now living on his fishing boat and has been inactive to prevent
rejection of his new heart (to the extent that he cannot even drive). He
reluctantly agrees to help Graciela but finds the police handling the
case to be extremely hostile. However, he is able to match the style of
another killing to Gloria's and gets a copy of the files for both cases
from Jaye Winston, the sheriff's deputy on that case. He surprisingly
discovers that the call reporting Gloria's shooting was placed slightly
prior to the actual shooting, leading him to suspect that Gloria was
targeted for murder. He interviews the only witness to the second crime,
a man called James Noone, but fails to learn much.
As he continues to investigate, with Winston's support but against the
wishes of his doctor, he finds that the two cases plus a third case are
linked through the use of a common gun and a common line said by the
killer after the shooting, "Don't forget the cannoli" from The
Godfather. He then learns that the first two victims had
McCaleb's blood types and were on a list of people who had previously
donated blood. If the victims died, McCaleb would benefit from their
death as a potential organ recipient. Because of this, the police on
Gloria's case focus on him as the possible killer and get a search
warrant for his boat. Then, the real killer begins to plant evidence
implicating McCaleb on his boat, expecting the police to find it, but
McCaleb finds and then conceals the most incriminating evidence.
Examining the facts again, McCaleb realizes that the distinctive
attribute of the "Code Killer" was that the nine-digit identifying code
did not include a one, and that "Noone" ("no one") is actually the Code
Killer. By following the contact information on Noone, McCaleb and Jaye
Winston find the Code Killer's files, which prove that he had
deliberately killed three people to get McCaleb a new heart. Although
McCaleb is thus cleared, the fact that Gloria's death was directly due
to his illness creates a rift in his increasingly personal relationship
with Graciela and her nephew Raymond, Gloria's son.
McCaleb, who is still supposed to be inactive, secretly continues to
trace the Code Killer from information that he learned during his
interview with "Noone" and drives to a location in Baja
California that matches
one Noone described. He then finds and is overpowered by the Code
Killer, who tells him that he has kidnapped Graciela and Raymond and
buried them alive. Despite serious medical problems from so much
activity, McCaleb is able to kill him and then uses the little
information he has to locate and rescue Graciela and Raymond. Upon his
return, he apologizes to his doctor and says that he went to Mexico
because he needed a vacation. Only Jaye Winston among the law
enforcement officials figures out what really happened.
When the body of high-profile black lawyer Howard Elias is found inside
one of the cars on Angels Flight, a cable railway in downtown Los
Angeles, there’s not a detective in the city who wants to touch the
case. For Elias specialized in lawsuits alleging police brutality,
racism, and corruption, and every LAPD cop is a possible suspect in his
Detective Harry Bosch is put in charge. Elias’s murder occurred on the
eve of a major trial: on behalf of black client, Michael Harris, Elias
was to bring a civil case against the LAPD for violent interrogation
tactics that had caused his client the partial loss of his hearing.
Harris had been acquitted of the rape and murder of a twelve-year-old
girl, but many, including Bosch, believe him guilty. Elias had let it be
known that the trial would serve a dual purpose — to target and bring
down the guilty cops and to expose the real murderer of the little girl.
Post Rodney King, the 1992 riots, and the trial of O.J. Simpson, the
City of Angels is living on its nerves. To discover the truth Harry must
dig deep in his own backyard — except that it’s a minefield of suspicion
and hate that could detonate in his face.
And as if he didn’t have enough on his mind, his happiness with Eleanor
Wish looks to be short-lived. Five cards on the felt are pulling her
back to a place where Harry cannot follow, back to herself.
Cassie Black is an ex-convict who works at a Porsche dealership. She had
served five years in prison for conspiring with her previous
partner-in-crime, Max Freeling, to steal the winnings of casino visitors
while they are asleep. The last plan failed when an undercover agent (later
revealed as Jack Karch) posed as the victim, forcing Max to take his own
life. Unknown to all, Cassie and Max have a daughter named Jodie, who
was born when Cassie served her time in prison. The daughter was put up
for adoption and Cassie has been tracking her development silently.
When Cassie learns that her daughter will be moving to Paris with her
adopted parents in the near future, she decides to return to the trade
for the last big pay day. Once she gets hold of the money, she plans to
bring Jodie away with her. She approaches Max's half brother, Leo Renfro,
for a heist job. Leo assigns her to go back to the Cleopatra, or "Cleo",
the casino which Max's failed attempt took place. The victim ("mark")
this time is apparently a high
roller and a $500,000
reward awaits. Leo is confident of Cassie's capabilities despite her
long hiatus, but warns her to avoid being in the mark's hotel room
during the period of the "void
moon" on the day of action. Max's death, along with other unpleasant
things, have occurred during that period. Cassie successfully breaks
into the hotel room of the mark in the wee hours of the morning, but is
forced to remain hidden in the room during the period of the void moon
due to unforeseen circumstances. Later that morning, it is revealed that
the mark has been shot dead and the suitcase containing the money had
been taken from the safe.
The mark was actually a courier for the Miami's Cuban 'Mafia' and he was
carrying $2.5 Million in the suitcase as partial payoff for rights to
buy over the Cleo. The owner of the Cleo, Vincent Grimaldi, hires
private investigator Jack Karch to recover the money. Jack is briefed by
Grimaldi that Leo Renfro is in cahoots with the Chicago Mafia for this
crime. He successfully tracks down the supplier of Cassie's equipment
for the theft and obtains Cassie's name. Meanwhile, Cassie persuades Leo
to split the money and leave after learning of its origin. Leo requests
two days to sort the mess out, but commits suicide when confronted by
Jack about Cassie. The next day, Jack poses as a customer at the Porche
showroom and Cassie takes him out for a car ride. Cassie successfully
crashes the car upon learning about Jack's motive and returns to Leo's
house to retrieve the money. Jack planned to ambush Cassie at her house
but instead, critically wounds the parole officer once he learns of
Cassie's daughter, Jodie. Jack successfully "abducts" Jodie before the
police arrive and drives her to the Cleo to set up a meeting with Cassie
three hours later. Unknown to Jack, Cassie arrives much earlier and
devises a plan to rescue Jodie and frame Jack in the process.
Grimaldi captures Jack and reveals to him that the whole plan was a
setup because the Miami gangsters would never be approved to buy the
Cleo. The Chicago Mafia was never involved. His thugs killed the courier,
and Miami will now search for the soon-to-be dead Karch as the thief.
Using a concealed weapon, Karch surprises and kills the thugs and
Grimaldi in the elevator. He returns to the room to the surprise of
Cassie and Jodie, but, momentarily distracted, allows Cassie to attack
him and push him out of the window to his death (the same way that Max
had died, and that Karch had planned to kill her and Jodie). Cassie
throws some money out of the window to cause a commotion, allowing Jodie
and her to slip out unnoticed.
On the way back to L.A., Cassie realizes she will be unable to provide
an enjoyable life for Jodie if the police suspects her (Cassie) of all
the crimes that Karch has committed. Instead, Cassie returns Jodie home
to her adoptive parents and drives off with the remainder of the money.
A Darkness More Than Night
Terry McCaleb and Graciela Rivers have married and have an infant
daughter named Cielo, and McCaleb's fishing charter business is running
full-time on Catalina
Island. Nevertheless, sheriff's deputy Jaye Winston brings McCaleb a
file involving a murder scene filled with exotic elements and asks
McCaleb to take a look at it, as the police have gotten nowhere. As
McCaleb analyzes the clues, they seem to point straight toward Harry
Bosch, whom McCaleb knows from a previous investigation before his
retirement. Bosch is currently a key witness in a separate high-profile
murder case involving a movie director, and author/reporter Jack McEvoy,
who wrote The Poet, is
covering the case.
After McCaleb alerts the police to Bosch's probable involvement in the
murder, Bosch goes to Catalina himself to challenge McCaleb's work and
to ask him to re-examine the evidence. Based on a parking ticket that
McCaleb finds, he concludes that Bosch may have been set up by the
director in order to discredit his evidence in the court case, but the
key evidence in proving that is a post office surveillance tape that was
in the process of being erased, and from which nothing usable can be
Nevertheless, Bosch and McCaleb pretend that they have recovered
something from the tape, and the real killer in the second case (an
ex-cop that handled security for the director) then targets and almost
kills McCaleb. Bosch saves McCaleb and captures the ex-cop, while
killing his younger brother. In return for not being charged with
felony-murder in his brother's death, the ex-cop turns over evidence
implicating the director in the frame of Bosch, and the director agrees
to plead guilty to murder in a plea bargain seen by only McEvoy (who got
a tip from Bosch) among the reporters. However, McCaleb realizes that
Bosch was around to save him only because Bosch knew all the details of
the potential frame, which Bosch had lied about to McCaleb, and McCaleb
breaks off any renewed relationship with Bosch as a result. Bosch then "baptizes"
himself in a plan for a fresh start.
City of Bones
On New Year’s Day, a dog digs up a bone in Laurel Canyon outside of Los
Angeles. The dog’s owner, a doctor, recognizes the bone as human and
calls it in to the police. Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch takes on the case
together with his colleague Jerry Edgar and after investigating the
matter further, a shallow grave containing the bones of a child, is
discovered. Bosch can’t let go of the case, a case that brings back
memories from his own childhood, and starts an investigation. The only
clue that he has to go on is the skateboard found during a search at a
suspect's house. The body turns out to have been a 12-year-old boy that
has been buried 20 years earlier. To solve the murder, Bosch has to dig
through records of cases involving disappearances and runaways dating
far back in time. In order to try to solve the crime, Bosch has to chase
down possible witnesses and suspects from near and far. After 20 years
time, a lot of the details once remembered about the disappearance of
the boy are blurred and leads Bosch fumbling in the dark. At the same
time, a female rookie named Julia Brasher joins the department. Even
though Bosch has been warned not to fall for a rookie, he does and this
leads to further complications, both inside and outside of the
Chasing the Dime
A hot-shot entrepreneur is on the verge of announcing a historic (and
potentially very lucrative) breakthrough in nanotechnology. In an
attempt to escape the pressure of his work, he becomes fascinated with a
peculiar puzzle: what happened to the woman who had his telephone number
before him, and why are so many lonely men calling her. The trail leads
him into an entangling jungle of murder and betrayal.
Lost Light is
the first novel set after Bosch retires from the LAPD at
the end of the prior story. Having received his private
license, Bosch investigates an old case concerning the murder of a
production assistant on the set of a film. The case leads him back into
contact with his ex-wife Eleanor Wish, who is now a professional poker
player in Las Vegas, and Bosch learns at the end that he and Eleanor
have a young daughter.
While investigating the death of ex-FBI profiler Terry
McCaleb at his wife's
request, Bosch begins to suspect that notorious serial killer and ex-FBI
supervisor Robert Backus, aka The Poet, presumed dead, may have murdered
McCaleb. Digging deeper, Bosch follows a lead to Las Vegas that brings
him into contact with the FBI. Meanwhile, FBI agent Rachel Walling, who
was at one time Backus's protégé in the FBI (as McCaleb had also been)
and who has been exiled by the FBI to South Dakota for four years for
her role in The
is the subject of messages sent by Backus to the FBI. As Bosch and
Walling are both outsiders to the main FBI investigation, they
eventually join forces. The novel shifts points of view, cutting from
Bosch's first-person commentary to the third-person perspectives of
Walling and Backus. Bosch meets a neighbor whom he later discovers (in
the book The
Closers) to be Cassie Black, the main character of Void
Moon, and he begins a relationship with Walling. He also accepts
an offer from his old partner Kiz Rider to rejoin the LAPD under a new
chief of police, as a homicide detective in the Open-Unsolved Unit
within the department's Robbery-Homicide Division.
In the end, Bosch and Walling bring The Poet to justice by chasing him
into the concrete channels of the swollen Los
Angeles River in L.A.,
where he drowns while Bosch barely survives. His death is confirmed this
time, as opposed to The
Poet where he was merely
presumed dead. However, the relationship between Bosch and Walling falls
apart in the end when Bosch learns that the FBI had discovered that
Backus had nothing to do with McCaleb's death but had withheld the
information from him. In fact, McCaleb had killed himself in a manner to
make his death look accidental, as his heart transplant was failing, and
he did not want to burden his wife and children with the crippling
expense of additional medical procedures.
LAPD (Los Angeles Police Department) detective Harry Bosch is back on
the force after a three-year retirement. Assigned to the Open-Unsolved
and teamed with former partner Kizmin "Kiz" Rider, Harry's first case
back involves the murder of 16-year-old high school girl Rebecca
Verloren in 1988, reopened because of a DNA match to blood found on the
murder weapon. The blood on the gun belongs to a local low-life white
supremacist, Roland Mackey, a fact that links him to the crime via the
victim's biracial family. But the blood indicates only that Mackey had
possession of the gun, so how to pin him to the crime? Connelly
meticulously leads the reader along with Bosch and Rider as they explore
the links to Mackey and along the way connect the initial investigation
of the crime to a police conspiracy orchestrated by Bosch's nemesis
Irvin Irving to cover up the ties of a ranking officer's son with a
neo-Nazi group. Most striking of all, in developments that give this
novel astonishing moral force, the
pair explore the "ripples" of the long-ago crime, how it has destroyed
the young girl's family—leaving the mother trapped in the past and
plunging the father into a nightmare of homelessness and alcoholism—and
how it drives Rider, and especially Bosch, into a deeper understanding
of their own purposes in life.
The Lincoln Lawyer
Moderately successful criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller operates
Angeles County out of a Lincoln
Town Car (hence the title)
driven by a former client working off his legal fees. While most clients
are drug dealers and gangsters, the story focuses on an unusually
important case of wealthy Los Angeles realtor Louis
Roulet accused of assault and attempted murder. At first, he appears to
be innocent and set up by the female "victim."
Roulet's lies and many surprising revelations change Mickey's original
case theory, making him reconsider the situation of Jesus Menendez, a
former client serving time in San
Quentin State Prison after
pleading guilty to a similar and mysteriously related crime.
Haller outmaneuvers Roulet (revealed to be a rapist and
murderer) without violating ethical obligations, frees the innocent
Menendez, and continues in legal practice, though not without much
self-examination and emotional
In 1993, Harry Bosch and his partner Jerry Edgar caught the Marie Gesto
case. Marie was a young equestrian who went missing. Her car and
clothing turned up in a garage but her body was never found. Bosch and
Edgar had pegged a likely culprit – the son of a wealthy and powerful
industrialist, but the detectives never found enough evidence to charge
the suspect and the case went cold. Between then and the start of this
novel, Bosch had retired from the LAPD and worked as a private
investigator for three years but returned to the force because things
didn't work out the way he thought they would in retirement. Now,
nearing 60, Bosch is working in the prestigious Open-Unsolved Unit at
Parker Center, going over cold
his most recent partner, Kizmin "Kiz" Rider. A serendipitous traffic
stop in L.A.'s Echo
Park neighborhood nabs
Reynard Waits, a man with body parts in his van on the floorboard in
front of the front seat. Detective Freddy Olivas is working the case and
Richard O'Shea is the prosecutor assigned. Soon Waits has confessed to a
string of slayings involving prostitutes and runaways, as well as to two
earlier murders: one of a pawnshop owner during the 1992
the other of Marie Gesto. When the Gesto case files are reexamined, it
seems that Waits had called the police shortly after the murder,
pretending to be a tipster, but Bosch and Edgar never followed up on the
tip. Without this costly error, Waits could have been implicated within
a week of Gesto's disappearance.
The Overlook reunites
Bosch with his most recent former flame, FBI agent Rachel Walling. Bosch
must break in a new and much younger partner, Ignacio "Iggy" Ferras,
when they're called to take over the investigation of the
execution-style murder of medical
physicist Stanley Kent on
Drive overlook. When a
special FBI unit, headed by Walling, arrives and tries to usurp his
case, claiming it's a matter of national security, Bosch refuses to back
down. Walling's focus on the theft of radioactive cesium from
a hospital where Kent assisted in cancer treatments, and her
unwillingness to share information only makes Bosch more determined to
solve the case.
Evidence mounts that the murder is part of a terrorist plot to build and
deploy a dirty
bomb, justifying the FBI's moves to push the Los
Angeles Police Department (LAPD)
and Bosch to the sidelines. Refusing to be sidelined, Bosch aggressively
works around the FBI in order to track down Stanley Kent's killers, much
to the chagrin of his young, inexperienced partner, who sees his career
at the LAPD jeopardized by Bosch's actions. The FBI agents, including
Rachel Walling, view Bosch as endangering their attempts to retrieve the
missing cesium and to track down known terrorists. Relying on instinct
and experience, Bosch pursues his line of inquiry, ultimately succeeding
in solving the murder and recovering the cesium.
The principal players in the story are:
Harry Bosch, the lead detective on the case, who is the principal
protagonist of this and twelve previous Harry Bosch novels.
Rachel Walling, who was romantically involved with Harry in a
number of previous Harry Bosch novels. In this story, while Harry has
hopes of re-connecting with Rachel, their relationship is strained,
owing to conflicting views on how the investigation should be carried
Ignacio "Iggy" Ferras, Bosch's young partner. Iggy wants to play
by the book and is seriously disturbed by Bosch's let's-break-the-rules
attitude. At one point, he tells Bosch that he can't work with him and
will be requesting a new partner.
Stanley Kent, the murder victim who has stolen 32 sources of
cesium from a Los Angeles hospital in response to demands from unknown
parties who have taken his wife hostage. If used in a dirty bomb, tens
of thousands of people could die from radiation exposure.
Alicia Kent, the beautiful wife of the murder victim, who was
taken hostage in her home by two intruders. She was used by the
intruders to pressure Stanley Kent to steal the cesium from the
Jack Brenner, Rachel Walling's FBI partner and superior and the
lead FBI agent on the case. His primary concern is dealing with the
terror threat associated with the stolen cesium. To him, Bosch's
homicide investigation is a secondary concern.
Cliff Maxwell, an FBI agent working on the case, with whom Bosch
has two violent encounters.
The Brass Verdict
Since the events of the previous novel, attorney Mickey Haller has spent
a year recuperating from his wounds and a subsequent addiction to
painkillers. He is called back to the practice of law when an old
acquaintance, defense attorney Jerry Vincent, is murdered. Haller
inherits Vincent's caseload, which includes the high-profile trial of
Walter Elliott, a Hollywood mogul accused of murdering his wife Mitzi
and her German lover. Haller secures this "franchise" case, persuading
the mogul to keep him on as counsel by promising not to seek a
postponement of the trial, which is due to start in nine days.
Meanwhile, maverick LAPD detective Harry
Bosch, the main character in several earlier novels written by
Connelly, is investigating Vincent's murder. Bosch, warning that
Vincent's killer may come after Haller next, persuades the reluctant
lawyer to cooperate in the ongoing murder investigation. Meanwhile,
Haller shakes off the rust, and lingering self-doubts, as he prepares
for the double-murder trial.
Among the cases Haller takes on is that of a former surfing champion,
Patrick, who, while addicted to painkillers after a surfing accident,
has stolen a diamond necklace while at the home of a friend. Haller
feels sorry for Patrick because of his own history of addiction, and
employs the young man to drive his Lincoln. He manages to get Patrick
off the charges against him by playing on a hunch that the stolen
diamonds were not genuine.
Assisted by his investigator, Cisco, and his office assistant, Lorna (who
is one of Haller's two ex-wives), Haller works out a strategy to defend
his client, based on the fact that the gunshot residue found on
Elliott's hands is the result of having travelled in a police car used
earlier in the day to transport another prisoner. He also throws doubt
as to whether the couple's murderer was actually after Mitzi or her
lover. In the meantime, Walter admits that he is involved with the Mafia
and that he believes they murdered both his wife and the lawyer Jerry
On the strength of information from Bosch, Haller becomes suspicious
that Vincent has bribed someone in the legal process to plant a jury
member who would help obtain an acquittal for Walter Elliott, regardless
of the evidence. On investigation, he finds that one of the jurors has
stolen someone else's identity, and he ensures that this information
becomes known to the judge in the Elliott case, resulting in the trial
being brought to a halt just as it begins to go Haller's way. Elliott,
however, confesses to Haller that he actually did kill Mitzi and her
lover, and Haller is left pondering on the outcome of the case. During
the evening he receives a call from the police, asking him to help a
former client. When he arrives on the scene, he is attacked by a man who
attempts to push him over a precipice. Bosch and his team, who have been
observing Haller, arrive on the scene just in time to prevent the
murder, and the attacker is discovered to be the planted juryman.
Haller figures out that the person behind the corruption is in fact a
senior judge, and confronts her with his evidence, leading to her arrest
by the FBI. When he learns that Walter Elliott and his secretary have
also been murdered, he assumes she is behind that murder, but it turns
out that justice has been dispensed by Mitzi lover's family before their
return to Germany.
Unknown to Haller, but revealed in previous Connelly novels, is the fact
that Bosch is Haller's half-brother. Haller works out the puzzle by the
end of the book, going mainly on the resemblances between Bosch and his
own father (himself a lawyer) but at this point no arrangement is made
for the two men to meet again.
The story begins with Jack McEvoy's termination by the Los
Angeles Times due to
the newspaper's financial crisis. He is given two weeks to train his
replacement, Angela Cook, on the "cop beat" and decides that he wants to
write one more major story before his last day. Jack focuses on the case
of 16-year-old drug dealer Alonzo Winslow, who confessed that he
brutally raped one of his clients, then stuffed her body in the trunk
with a plastic bag over her head, tied shut with a length of rope around
her neck. Angela, a beautiful and ambitious young reporter, maneuvers to
get herself a part of the story. However, after Jack is given access to
the defense files, he learns that Alonzo only confessed to stealing the
car containing the body, not to the rape-murder. In researching trunk
murders on the Internet, Angela unwittingly finds evidence of a similar
crime in Las Vegas. However, Angela's research also took her to a "trap"
site set up by the real murderer: Wesley Carver, an MIT graduate who is
the chief security officer of a "server
farm" (colocation and backup services) near
Phoenix, referred to by everyone as the "scarecrow" of the farm.
Carver cracks her e-mail password at the Times and
learns that Jack is headed to Vegas. He promptly creates a fake data
emergency so that his company will send him to L.A.
The next day, Jack finds that none of his credit cards nor his cell
phone work, so he buys a throwaway phone. He shows the evidence of the
identical L.A. murder to the attorney for the convicted Vegas murderer,
who gives Jack a letter permitting him to meet his client, imprisoned in a
remote location in Nevada. During the lengthy
drive on the "loneliest
road in America", Jack calls FBI agent Rachel Walling, his former
girlfriend to whom he hasn't spoken in years, to report the "under the
radar" serial killer and also tells her about his bad luck that day.
When he arrives at the prison, he is told that he cannot see the
prisoner until the next day and books a room in a local hotel. A cowboy
with long sideburns plays slots next to him. When Jack heads to his room,
he sees "Sideburns" coming directly toward him in the hallway as his
door opens ... to find Rachel inside his room. "Sideburns" passes by.
Rachel had taken a private FBI plane to the prison after she concluded
that Jack's discoveries and his electronic problems were linked but that
she had no way to warn him. Rachel and Jack learn that "Sideburns" was
not staying at the hotel and surmise that he must be the killer. When
calling the Times,
Jack learns that Angela has disappeared. Rachel and Jack promptly take
the FBI jet back to L.A., during which Rachel examines the evidence and
notes that the murdered women were both exotic dancers with similar body
types ("giraffes"), and that both were put in leg braces ("iron maidens")
while being sexually abused before death, a perversion known as abasiophilia.
On arrival, Rachel admits that her recent relationship with a police
detective ended in part
because she still had feelings for Jack, but they then find Angela's
dead body under Jack's bed, killed in the same style as the other
Because of Rachel's testimony, Jack is cleared of Angela's murder, and
the evidence causes both Alonzo and the Vegas convict to be freed. The
FBI links the trap site to Bill Denslow, a fake name used by an online
client of Carver's server farm. Jack is a featured guest on CNN to
discuss the case, but Rachel is summoned to a disciplinary hearing and
forced to resign from the FBI under threat of a theft prosecution for "stealing"
the gasoline in the FBI plane during the round trip to Nevada. Carver
has his assistant, whom he gave the pseudonym "Freddie
Stone", help him murder and bury the server farm's CEO and then quit.
Jack deduces that the serial killer knew non-public legal information
about his victims and finds that all of them were represented by law
firms whose sites were handled through Carver's server farm, just like
the trap site. He persuades Rachel to join him there, where they pose as
potential clients and talk to Carver, who doesn't reveal that he knows
their real identities. Following a trail laid by Carver, they find
Stone's house, identify him as "Sideburns", and uncover evidence
concerning the killings. They call in the FBI, and Rachel is able to use
her role in finding the killer to regain her job. Jack agrees to return
to L.A. and goes to Rachel's hotel room to say goodbye—but finds that
she has just been kidnapped by Stone. He intercepts Stone, rescues an
unconscious Rachel from a laundry bin, and then chases and kills Stone
in a battle on the top floor. Rachel tells Jack that the FBI believes
there were two killers: Stone and Angela's murderer. With Carver's help,
Rachel and the FBI team find evidence that Stone and the missing CEO
committed all of the murders.
Jack's high profile causes the Times to
rescind his termination, even though Jack's role as a participant means
that he cannot write the story of the Arizona events. Jack turns it down
and accepts a two-book deal to write about this case. However, Jack then
sees a picture from The
Wizard of Oz in his
editor's office and realizes that the method used to suffocate the
victims looks like the classic head of a scarecrow,
except using a plastic bag instead of a burlap sack. He immediately
heads to Arizona to warn a disbelieving Rachel, including the links to
the real Fred
Stone and Bill
Denslow, but unfortunately meets her in a coffee shop near the
server farm with a full-time Webcam in
it. Jack deduces that they are being watched by 'The Scarecrow' over the
webcam. Carver watches their discussion, then ambushes the other FBI
agents. Carver's plan to kill the agents and fake his own death is
foiled when Jack figures it out, and Rachel shoots Carver in the head
when he tries to ambush them, leaving Carver in a seemingly permanent
comatose state. In a brief epilogue, Jack's research has revealed that
Carver's mother was an exotic dancer similar in appearance to the
victims who needed to wear leg braces when not performing.
The story closes with Carver in medical lockdown, deep in a coma, alone
with his thoughts.
Harry Bosch is still back in homicide (no closer duty for him) and
during a slow night he is asked to investigate a shooting in a "rougher"
section of L.A. Harry and his partner (Detective Ignacio Ferras)
grudgingly take the assignment and learn that a Chinese-American
convenience store owner was murdered behind his own counter. The case
draws Harry's interest because he remembers the store and that the owner
had been kind to him several years earlier. He assures the owner's son,
Robert Li, that he will catch the culprit.
Harry starts to realize that this might not have been a routine robbery
but a possible execution by a Triad hitman.
With the help of Detective David Chu of the Chinese gang unit, Harry
starts to zero in on a suspect and then receives a threatening call
telling him to back off. Harry shrugs it off and continues but his
investigation stalls when he receives a video showing his daughter (Maddie)
being kidnapped in Hong Kong, which he believes to be related to the
Triad and his murder investigation. He rushes off to save her, realizing
that if he is not back within 48 hours, a suspect in the shooting will
be set free. Because of the International Date Line and the length of
the flights, Harry will have less than 24 hours in Hong Kong to find
During a tense plane ride to Hong Kong, Harry feels powerless because
there is nothing he can do in the air. When he gets to Hong Kong, he is
aided by Maddie's mother, his ex-wife Eleanor Wish, and her Chinese
boyfriend. Harry has limited clues but through very good forensic
science, he is able to determine where to look for Maddie – however,
during the search, Eleanor is killed by thieves. Despite that, Harry and
her boyfriend continue to race to find Maddie because any delay could
mean that she might already be dead or shipped into slavery by the Triad.
Harry rescues her from the Triad in the nick of time and takes her to
L.A. After his departure, the Chinese government sends officers to L.A.
to extradite Harry for his violations of Chinese law in his search for
Maddie, but Harry's half-brother, lawyer Mickey Haller, forces the
Chinese to drop this attempt. However, Harry and Chu determine, through
other forensic evidence, that there is no connection between Maddie's
kidnapping and his murder investigation. Instead, the murder evidence
points to Robert Li, the son of the victim, and his best friend Eugene
Bosch and Chu arrest Lam, whom they believe to be the killer, while
leaving Ferras to follow Robert Li. Lam reveals that the entire murder
was a plot concocted by Mia Li, the victim's daughter, to relieve her of
the burden of her parents; Robert had come up with the idea of
disguising it as a Triad killing. When Bosch and Chu inform Ferras, he
decides to single-handedly arrest Robert Li as an act of defiance
against Bosch, but he is killed by Mia during the arrest. Mia then
commits suicide. After Ferras' funeral, Maddie confesses to Harry that
the "kidnapping" was originally a fake that she planned with "Quick", a
Chinese friend, to get her mother to agree to let her live with Harry.
However, when presented with the opportunity, Quick turned it into a
real kidnapping, making the deal with the Triad from which Harry saved
her. Maddie blames herself for the deaths that followed. Harry consoles
her, promising to show her how they can make up for their mistakes.
Mickey Haller, who has become increasingly frustrated in his role as
a defense lawyer, agrees to undertake the prosecution role on behalf of
the city of Los Angeles, in the retrial of a convicted kidnapper and
killer that had been granted as a result of new DNA evidence. His one
condition before accepting the task is that he is permitted to choose
his own team; he chooses his ex-wife Maggie McPherson as his
co-prosecutor, and his half-brother Harry
Bosch as his investigator
from the LAPD. The prosecution case rests largely on the testimony of
Sarah Gleason, the elder sister of the victim, Melissa Landy.
The body of 12-year-old Melissa was discovered in 1986, discarded in a
dumpster, only a few hours after she was reported missing. Unknown to
the killer, her older sister Sarah had been hiding in the garden and had
witnessed her abduction. On the day of the murder, she identified Jason
Jessup, a truck driver, as the man who snatched Melissa from the garden.
The evidence against Jessup also includes strands of Melissa's hair,
found in the seat of his truck. Thus, her testimony is essential for
establishing the quick police focus on Jessup. However, DNA evidence
subsequently showed that semen stains found on the dress Melissa was
wearing, which could not be definitely matched at the time, came not
from Jessup, but from the girls' stepfather.
Jessup's defense counsel, "Clever Clive" Royce, mounts a media campaign
in his client's favour, and it becomes clear that his main motivation is
obtaining a sizable compensation payout from the state. Haller's
response is to allow bail and have Jessup tailed by the police in the
hope that he will return to his old ways and provide additional support
for the prosecution case. Jessup is soon seen visiting various mountain
trails in the Mulholland area, and on one occasion parks his car outside
Bosch's house at night. Bosch and Haller, both concerned for their own
teenage daughters' safety, develop a theory that Jessup was a serial
killer but are unable to investigate fully for fear of blowing the
Legal procedures require that the jury is kept ignorant of Jessup's
post-conviction history. Testimony given in the original trial, where
the witness is no longer available because of death or infirmity, has to
be read aloud to the jury by Harry Bosch, but the key to the case is
still Sarah Gleason's testimony. During direct examination, Sarah admits
that the dress Melissa was wearing was hers and that her stepfather was
raping her, which accounted for the semen stains. The defense focuses on
presenting the stepfather as the real killer and Jessup as the victim of
the family's lies. To undermine Sarah's testimony, because of her
history of drug use and prostitution in the years since her sister's
murder (though she has now been rehabilitated), Haller concludes that "Clever
Clive" must have a witness who will claim that Sarah had told a
different story during her "lost years." Bosch then traces Sarah's
then-lover, Eddie Roman, and finds that he has remained a drug addict
living off a prostitute's earnings but has disappeared, presumably to
testify against Sarah. Locating Roman's current prostitute Sonia Reyes,
Bosch persuades her to enter the courtroom at a crucial moment in
Roman's testimony, which causes Roman to alter his testimony and
effectively destroys the defense case.
While anticipating a plea bargain offer from the defense team during a
lunch break, Bosch and Haller instead learn that Jessup entered Royce's
offices with a gun and killed Royce, two of his legal team and a
policeman who followed him. Jessup is now at large, but the police
surround and kill him at a hideout under the Santa Monica pier that had
been discovered by Bosch as a result of the police surveillance
activities. Jessup's death ends the search for Melissa Landy's killer,
but leaves the prosecution team with a host of unanswered legal and
The Fifth Witness
Haller is called on to defend a long-standing client, Lisa Trammel, when
she is suspected of murdering wealthy Mitchell Bondurant.According
to forensic evidence, the victim, who was six-foot-two, had been
murdered with a hammer blow from behind, on the very top of his head,
while standing up.
Haller and his staff (including his ex-wife, Lorna Taylor, and his
investigator and Lorna's husband, Dennis "Cisco" Wojciechowski) work on
demolishing the prosecution case, led by Andrea Freeman, against whom
Haller has never won. On discovering the probable involvement of the
murder victim with organized crime, Haller concentrates on establishing
alternative suspects as well as relying on the forensic evidence which
suggests that Trammel is physically incapable of the crime.
Haller's case hinges on the testimony of a witness whom he manoeuvres
into taking the Fifth
Amendment on the witness
stand, thus creating a plausible alternate killer for the jury (making
him both the fifth witness in sequence and the "Fifth" witness). Before
Haller can detail Opparizio's crime connections in open court, the
witness takes the Fifth, ending his testimony. The judge instructs the
jury to disregard the entire testimony, but Haller's last witness,
Cisco, presents evidence that causes the jury to acquit Trammel.
In a final twist that introduces "a moral dimension" into the case,
Haller realizes that Trammel is guilty. He confronts her, and is shaken
by her indifferent response. Three weeks later, Haller's law practice is
booming as a result of the trial, when he gets a call from Trammel, in
which she both accuses him of tipping off the police to dig up her
garden and begs him to represent her when she is tried for her husband's
murder. He refuses, telling her that he has just filed to run for Los
Angeles County district attorney because he no longer wishes to
associate with people like her.
The book was mentioned in a February 2011 interview, where Connelly
explained that Bosch would be "handling two cases at once, a cold case
that turns hot and the politically charged investigation into the death
of a city councilman's son. The city councilman happens to be Harry's
old nemesis, Irvin Irving."
Irving involves Bosch because, despite his personal antipathy, he
believes he is a dedicated detective who will find out the truth no
matter what; he is nevertheless unwilling to believe Bosch when the
evidence points to suicide. Concurrently, while involved in the cold
case investigation, Harry meets and falls for therapist Hannah Stone.
At home, Bosch grows closer to his daughter Maddie, now fifteen years
old and expressing an interest in a law enforcement career.
The Black Box
Bosch tackles a 20-year-old cold
took place during the 1992 Los
A white photojournalist is found killed near a burned-out store. The
case is reopened when Harry matches a shell casing he discovered at the
scene to three other murders. In his personal life, Harry's daughter
Maddie says she wants to become a member of the LAPD,
after having expressed an interest in a law enforcement career in The
The Gods of Guilt
The Burning Room
Harry Bosch and his rookie partner Lucia Soto are assigned the case of
Orlando Merced, a mariachi performer who was shot in a crowded Los
Angeles square and was paralysed from the waist down. The shooter was
never found, and Merced survived for ten years before dying from
complications from his wounds. When the bullet is finally removed from
his body, Bosch establishes that Merced was shot with a hunting rifle,
and that the crime was not a random act of gang violence as originally
suspected, but a targeted hit. This new evidence leads Bosch to one of
the city's most powerful businessmen and a controversial former mayor
with aspirations of becoming Governor.
Meanwhile, Bosch notices strange behavior from Soto and begins to
suspect that she has gang affiliations and has infiltrated the LAPD.
After catching her carrying out an off-the-books investigation, she
reveals that she is a survivor of a notorious apartment fire that killed
nine children, but remained unsolved after a key suspect disappeared
without trace. Bosch fabricates a connection to the Merced case to
protect Soto, and the two investigate the fire parallel to the Merced
case. The trail leads them to a series of robberies across Greater Los
Angeles that the FBI believe were used to fund a white supremacist
militia group, and ultimately to a witness hiding in a convent on the
Over the course of the story, Bosch wrestles with the knowledge that his
retirement is imminent and makes it his mission to train Soto to take
over in the Open-Unsolved Unit. Ultimately, he is caught breaking into
the Robbery Homicide Division offices as part of the Merced
investigation and is placed on indefinite suspension pending an
investigation. With less than a year until his retirement, he leaves
Open-Unsolved knowing that he may never return.
The Wrong Side of Goodbye
Two-story novel for Harry Bosch: he's summoned by a certain Whitney
Vance who wants to know if he has left a heir to his fortune.
He investigates and finds he actually had a son, Dominick Santanello,
whose mother was a Vibiana Duarte, who was Whitney Vance's lover back in
the fifties; Santaniello was killed in Vietnam, though; so Bosch has to
inquire further only to find he had had a daughter form another latino
woman, whose name is Vibiana, after her grandmother; Vibiana Veracruz is
alive and active as an artist and a sculpture.
Bosch discovers that the will in which the main heir was supposed to be
her maid, Ida Forsythe, was actually falsified by the same Ida, who
eventually killed Whitney to get rid of traces of her crime.
When Bosch - with the help of Mickey Haller, nails her, the whole
heritage goes to Vibiana Veracruz.
The parallel crimes he's investigating are those perpetrated by a
serial rapist who goes by the name of Screen Cutter who Bosch unveils to
be one of their cop partners, Dockweiler, who he shots before he manages
to kill Bella Lourdes.
In the end Bosch gets back to the Department full time, taking the very
place of Bella, not before promising her the position will go back to
her whenever she wants to.
The Late Show
Two Kinds of Truth
The Harriet Blue Series
Black & Blue
Harriet Blue confronts a serial killer -
the Georges River Killer - who's murdering people in San Francisco:
Called to solve another mystery, the death of a prostitute, Claudia Burrows -
she mistakingly thinks it's the work of the killer, but her partner, Tox Barnes,
a man who was supposed to have killed a woman when still a child, understands
this crime had been perpetrated by another doer.
The inquiries bring them to discover one of Claudia's colleagues, Hope, who, out
of revenge had killed her and was going to kill another colleague, Jenny
Spelling and her husband, whom they kept prisoners in a yacht she had always
After a violent confrontation, Hope is killed and Harriet can come back to her
River killer; only to find out that he's just been caught: he's Samuel Blue,
When Harry's brother is arrested for the murders of
three young women, her boss needs to get the mercurial Harry away "for her own
good" from Sydney and a merciless press. She is assigned to a mining camp in
Western Australia with a new partner from Perth to solve the disappearance of a
young miner. Soon this disappearance turns into more and Harry finds she can
trust no one, not even her partner, in her new rough and tumble surroundings.
In the end the killer of those guys results to be Gabe Carter, who Harriet
relied to as a partner to find out the man behind the crimes and who
- later - became her lover, too.
Gabe Carter, in a final confrontation, shoots Harriet but she just pretends
she's dead and kills him.
The Women's Murder Club
1st to Die
4th Of July
Detective Lindsay Boxer and her
husband Joe Molinari witness the explosion of Sci-Tron, a science exhibition in
San Francisco; Lindsay is stricken by the presence of a man standing still,
observing the scene without apparently caring for people running, shouting and
the many people who have just died inside the structure.
Lindsay Boxer asks him who he is and he quietly answers his name is Connor Grant
and he's not shocked, but he's admiring a real work of art and that he's the
very author of that work of art causing death and destruction.
Boxer immediately arrests him, only to find, hours later, that he denies
everything, claiming he was simply in shock; Grant is brought to prison anyway
and immediately submitted to trial.
To everybody's surprise, Connor Grant decides to be his own lawyer and,
surprisingly, he defends himself very efficiently and the Court declares him not
Lindsay is not convinced at all and so she starts investigating on her own,
remaing under the radar because of the pressure the media exercise on her after
the failed trial.
Cary Woodhouse, husband of one of the victims of Sci-Tron explosion has never
given up, too, and had followed Coonor Grant's moves; in the end Connor Grant
reveals himself to be actually the culprit of the terroristic attempt; he is a
psychopath who had killed his own family who made him suffer sexual harassment
and from then on he had assumed a false indentity, got a degree in law and had
never stopped playing with fire, literally.
Cary Woodhouse manages to stop Grant just before he's blowing another place,
this time the City Hall; he shoots the car where Connor Grant is in; but the car
explodes killing the murdered and Cary, too.
The whole plot is intertwined with that of another psycopath, an Edward
Lamborghini - Neddie Lambo - who has spent all his life in a psychiatric ward
for having killed his young sister but managing to escape from time to time to
kill people injecting them a substance provoking a sudden and fatal heart attack.
Neddie Lambo is caught, too, in the end, and killed while trying to make another
Connor Grant at the bay telling
he did it
Elise Antonelli telling the jury Grant will defend himself alone
Larsson / David Lagercrantz
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
The Girl Who Played With Fire
The Girl In The Hornet's Nest
The Girl In The Spider's Web
The Girl Who Takes An Eye For An Eye
The Killing Floor
Jack Reacher gets off a Greyhound bus
in the town of Margrave, Georgia,
because he remembers his brother Joe
mentioning that a blues musician named Blind
there. Much to his surprise, shortly after his arrival, he is arrested in a
local diner for murder. He then meets a local detective called Finlay, and tries
to prove his innocence. After finding what seems to be a phone number in the
dead man's shoe, Finlay calls and tricks a man into telling him his name, Mr.
Hubble. They bring Hubble (as he likes to be called) into the police station for
questioning and he soon cracks and confesses to the murder, but Reacher does not
believe the confession. Both Reacher and Hubble are sent to the state prison,
where Reacher successfully fends off an attempt on his life which, he later
discovers was actually intended for Hubble. After two days in jail, Roscoe a
female police officer for whom Reacher has developed an attraction, proves he is
innocent and that his claim to have been nowhere near the scene of the murder is
true; Roscoe collects Reacher and they return to Margrave, where Reacher later
discovers that the murder victim is his own brother. Hubble disappears,
apparently assassinated, and his desperate, uninformed wife wants Reacher to
find him. Chief Morrison and his wife are later found, brutally murdered, in
their home. In the finale Reacher discovers that Margrave, is home to a
multibillion-dollar counterfeiting operation,
Reacher's brother and who give billions to everyone in exchange of silence.
Reacher and his newly formed acquaintances manage
to destroy it.
*The glasses incident*
York, Montana is controlled by a
gang of violent indipendentists guided by Borken who kidnap Holly Johnson and
Jack Reacher to level with the USA government.
Reacher and his team discover he wants to blow up San Francisco too and they
close up on them.
Holly marries McGrath, FBI officer.
*The narrow tunnel*
Victor Hobie's story: helicopter
pilot who is killed in a crash and whose identity is taken over by Carl Allen,
criminal, who had a severed hand (now a hook) and who kills and tortures people
to steal patrimonies and avoid being traced.
Leon Garber (Jack's master) and Jody (her daughter) send for Garber to help
Hobie's parents to find out where he is.
Leon dies before finding Jack but he and Jody trace Hook Hobie and in the end
Jack, though shot, kills him.
*Jack shot in the head and almost dying*
Jack beats some mafia thugs in a bar only to find
the FBI accuses him of murdering two women who were in the Army.
He discovers they knew it wasn't him but they wanted his help to find out the
He's supported by Blake, Lamarr and Harper.
After the death of Lamarr's sister, Alison, Reacher discovers that the serial
killer is none but Julia Lamarr, who seeked revenge on the *better* sister; she
hypnotizes the women and obliges them to drown in a tub full of green paint.
Reacher kills her right in time to avoid her killing another victim.
Jodie Garber leaves for London and Reacher doesn't go with her.
*Lamarr's look at the interview*
Jack Reacher meets Carmen Greer, mexican woman,
while hitchhiking; she wants him to kill her husband, Sloop Greer, who beats her.
In the development of the story, it seems Carmen is a cheater but in the end
she's found to be was totally sincere while Sloop, together with his childhood
friends Hack Walker and Al Eugene, is discovered to have killed dozens of
Walker, now in politics, had hired killers to kill Eugene and Sloop, in order to
shut them up about his past.
When they kill Sloop they pretend it was Carmen as a revenge for beating her;
but in the end Reacher uncovers the plot, Walker is killed and Carmen is
The story of Brook Armstrong, vice-president of the
US, who has to be protected by Froelich and Stuyvesant, his agents.
They send for Reacher - as Froelich was Joe Reacher's girlfriend - to see if
Armstrong is protected.
They discover not only is he not, but there's a plot going on against him;
someone sends messages to threaten him.
In the long run, Reacher and the team discovers it's two kids who were molested
and humiliated by his father while he was watching, as a kid; they just wanted
They kill Froelich but they can't get to Armstrong; Reacher and Neagley, his
assistant, pursue them in the snow and kill them.
Jack Reacher and his mates fake Richard
Beck's kidnapping just to save him and make him get into Beck's house.
Reacher wanted to infiltrate to understand why Richard's father, Zacharia Beck,
is in contact with Xavier Quinn, a sadist killer who butchered Dominique Kohl,
Reacher's friend, ten years before and whom he thought ha had killed.
He has to do lots of double games, including killing Beck's men and swimming the
other side of the house to dump them away or kill the bodyguard Paulie in a
In the end, he discovers that Quinn is Beck's boss and manages to kill him with
a scalpel like the one he used to kill Dominique Kohl.
*The frozen swim*
*The fight with Paulie*
General Kramer dies of a heart stroke in a motel
room. There was no prostitute with him, though and Willard and the whole Army
tries to stop Reacher's investigation.
Then they find 2 more soldiers brutally killed; Carbone and Brubaker.
Reacher discovers Kramer was with a man (Carbone) and when he escaped with
Kramer's agenda (killing people to avoid cuts in the Army after the crush of the
Berlin Wall), Vassall and Coomer were in charge of killing him brutally because
of his being gay and then killing Brubaker, too, who was on his turn Carbone's
Reacher, with the help of Lieutanent Summer, a black woman, succeeds in
arresting them, together with Marshall, the real killer.
Finally he brutally kills the weak Willard, who was the man who had received the
order of killing people and, when he buries his mother who died in Paris, he
leaves Fort Bird and the Army.
The Hard Way
The gory story of the 3 sisters.
Edward Lane, together with his squadron formed by Gregory, Groom, Addison, Perez,
Kowalski and Burke leaves behind in Africa 3 companions: Hobart and Knight.
Hobart is horribly mutilated by local militians but survives, helped by his sister Dee Marie
He makes Knight kill his wife Anne Lane out of jealousy and pretends she was
Her sister, Patti Joseph, helped by Lauren Pauling, investigator, knows all and
tries to rescue Kate, Lane's new wife, who's harrassed by Lane.
So Patti stages a kidnap of Kate and Jade, her daughter, together with Taylor,
an englishman who flees with them to Grange Farm, England.
Jack Reacher first partners with Lane to discover who kidnapped Kate but when he
realizes they've been released and not kidnapped, he rushes to England where
Lane was going to kill them and first put 3 of them out of combat and finally
kills Lane and his accessories.
*chop, chop, chop*
Bad Luck And Trouble
*You do not mess with the Special Investigators*;
the motto of Reacher's friends which is the basis of this drama; Calvin Franz,
and then Swan, Orozco and Sanchez, Reacher's mates in the army, have been killed
thrown out by an helicopter in the desert.
Neagley, his old friend, summons him to understand what's happening; later Karla
Dixon and O'Donnel join them.
They think they've been called by them, but they discover the plot was guided by
a Mahmoud, a terrorist who sold missiles in the US using New Age as a basis; in
New Age Reacher's friends worked and, once discovered the plot, they were killed
one by one.
When the remained four discover the plot, they kill Curtis Mauney, corrupted cop
who is head of the plot and Lamaison, the actual killer, throwing them out of
the same helicopter they used to kill his friends.
*how Jack skips the street shooting hearing noises
Nothing To Lose
Reacher crosses the towns of Hope and Despair. In
Despair is thrown out, so obviously he doesn't comply and comes back.
He finds one soldier dead trying to escape town and all citizens are defending
and protecting something, but at the same time dying because of it.
With a very long - and quite boring - inquiry made of assaults, night incursions
and much more made with the help of policewoman Vaughan whose husband is in a
vegetative state because of Iraq, he discovers that Despair is a town in which
they recycle human remnants coming from Iraq war using diserters who are
compelled to comply; 2 of them are boyfriend of girls he met in a pub in Hope
when trying to discover the truth.
In the end, he discovers that with the help of a crazy integralist, Jerry
Thurman, they are also working with depleted uranium, which is the reason why
all young soldiers get sick and thatThurman is building a dirty bomb which he
meant to denotate somewhere.
Reacher anticipates him and deploys the bomb in Despair destroying the whole
*the bars and the strangers*
Jack Reacher meets a woman - Susan Marks
- in the subway who answers perfectly to the ten questions about bombers the FBI
has spread after 09.11.
He tries to stop the woman but she actually kills herself and she didn't have
Reacher feels guilty and so he starts inquiring what's behind the incident.
With the help of agent Theresa Lee and Susan's husband, he discovers there's a
big politician, John Sansom, behind it.
He was in Afghanistan with Osama Bin Laden and had ordered the FBI and namely
Susan Mark, who worked for them, to delete a compromising picture of him; but
his picture was in the hands of some terrorists disguised as foreign americans,
some Lila Hoth and her mother Svetlana, who had already massacred people among
whom Peter Molina - Susan's adopted son - too.
Reacher discovers that they are simple terrorists belonging to Al Qaeda, not
mother and daughter, and that Susan was sent the video of his son's slaying so,
in disgust, she had thrown away the file and decided to kill herself; when Jack
catches them in a hotel, he kills them both with a knife.
*the subway incident*
*how Jack steals Leonid's phone*
*subway train surfing*
Set in the town of Bolton, South
Dakota, Reacher begins his latest adventure on a wrecked senior citizen
tour bus after a near-miss with another motorist leaves the bus spinning on the
icy road and trapped in a snowy bank. Immersed in a frozen landscape, Reacher
works with local law enforcement to help the fragile victims.
Hours later, Reacher learns Bolton is not like most towns. Beside its freezing,
snowy climate, the town plays host to one of the largest prisons in the US,
making the town and its law enforcement subject to the needs and demands of the
gigantic correctional facility. At the same time, a band of outlaw bikers,
settled outside the town, are on edge after their leader is arrested on drug
charges. As the biker awaits trial, the top priority then becomes protecting
Janet Salter, the only voluntary, reliable witness to the biker's drug
transaction, and Reacher agrees to aid local law enforcement in keeping her
The criminal mastermind from Mexico
is nicknamed Plato. He dispatches an anonymous assassin to Bolton who murders
anyone he suspects of knowing anything and whose ultimate target is Janet Salter.
Reacher enlists the help of one of his successors, Major Susan Turner, the
current leader of the elite 110th Special Investigations Unit (Reacher's old
Reacher receives information about the prison being a former orphanotrophy; this
is not convincing and so, with the help of the local policemen who had recruited
him to guarantee Janet Salter's security, he searches the building until he
finds an underground structure, which was actually built as a refugee for
children, but had eventually been used by the Defense to hide a huge amount of
Meth recovered by the Army after the end of the War; Plato had known about it
and had been using his own private forces to steal it. Reacher finds out that
the only possible accessory Plato had used to take away stuff from the Bolton
Prison could be nobody but Major Hollande, the chief of the local cops. So he
kills him and contacts Plato pretending to be him; Plato falls into the trap,
goes with Reacher-Hollande into the underground building and he's killed there.
In the meantime, some of Plato's men had decided to take revenge on him and
flood the structure with kerosene, blowin it out. When the story ends, we come
to know that in the underground structure there were lots of diamonds, too,
which the Department of Defense kept hidden there not to raise a scandal.
Reacher manages to escape the building and the real story of the hidden place
is told backward.
*the meth bunker discovered*
Worth Dying For
Reacher stops at a pub in Nebraska where he learns
a woman has been hurt and the village doctor is too drunk to visit her; so he
decides to take the doctor there himself.
He learns the victim, Eleanor Duncan, is beaten by her husband, Seth; out of a
simple feeling of rough justice to be made, he looks for him unitl he finds him
and punches his nose.
But when he goes back to the motel where he was staying, he finds Vincent, the
host, has been ordered to make Reacher leave the place.
Reacher pretends to leave in order to not put Vincent in danger but in the dead
of the night comes back unseen to his motel to spend the night there before
But in the morning is woken up by Dorothy Coe, who works for Vincent.
Not only is she not afraid of finding a man in a room which was supposed to be
empty, but she tells him she knows the whole story.
The Duncans are a real mafia gang, in the place;
they run everything on their own terms, they're violent towards those who simply
disagree and, to boot, she had a child who disappeared decades ago, Margaret Coe,
who was supposed to have gone to the Duncans' property; but they had always been
found innocent of the murder.
So Reacher decides to find out the whole truth.
He discovers the Duncans are a weird family made up of the 3 brothers, one of
which is Seth's father; they are arranging some weird and obviously illicit
traffic from outside.
Reacher manages to discover the plot; the Duncans are imvolved in children
trafficking and are child molesters.
Years ago they had killed, sold for prostitution and raped not only Margaret Coe,
but hundreds of children coming to their property from Vietnam and controlled by
a cartel guided by an Arab who used italian mafia guys, Cassano and Mancini who,
on their turn, provided the Duncans with protection.
Reacher manages to beat and neutralize, one by one, all the bodyguards -
football players, actually - the Duncans used and then, in a final confrontation,
he kills the whole Duncan family with the help of Vincent and Eleanor Coe, who's
advised by Reacher not to go into the barn to see Margaret's bones to avoid
seeing the bodies of the murdered children who are still there in a macabre
They both away from there; Reacher is heading to Virginia to try to meet Susan
Turner, the woman who works where Reacher worked when he was in the Army, helped
him in *61 Hours* and whose voice is particularly fascinating for him.
*the description of the molested children cave*
March 1997. Six months before the events
of Killing Floor. Jack Reacher is still in the Army. And there's big
trouble at Carter's Crossing, a small town in Mississippi where a soldier's
girlfriend is found with her throat cut from ear to ear. Local trouble? Or is
the killer from nearby Fort Kelham, a giant base used by elite Army Rangers?
Reacher's orders are: go undercover, keep your distance, monitor the
investigation, and then vanish. But he finds it difficult to follow these
instructions to the letter. Finding unexpected layers to the case, Reacher works
to uncover the truth, while others try to bury it forever. The conspiracy
threatens to shatter his faith in his mission—and turn him into a man to be
There are heavy political considerations at stake. Captain Reed Riley, who
commands one of the Ranger units based at Kelham, is the son of Senator Carlton
Riley. The Senator chairs the key Armed
Services Committee and has a considerable influence on the impending cuts in
military spending and on which of the Armed Services would bear the heaviest
burden. Having a combat officer for a son is worth a million votes to the
Senator—more, should his son distinguish himself and earn a medal—and powerful
forces within the United States Army have taken up the Senator's political
interests as their own. They would use any means, fair or especially foul, to
prevent any revelation impugning the reputation of the company commanded by Reed
Riley. Accordingly, the relentless efforts at a cover-up soon result in even
more dead bodies accumulating. Should Reacher find "undesirable" evidence and
fail to immediately dispose of it, he might expect to be cashiered or imprisoned;
or get killed himself.
Then there's the local sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux. Can Reacher trust her (and
should he?) and work together with her? He is, in fact, specifically warned to
stay away from her, even by his few genuine friends in the army. Still, his more
than professional interest is aroused, not only because she is extremely
attractive, but also because she turns out to have served sixteen years in the Marines,
in a speciality very similar to his. The two of them are, in many ways, kindred
souls. Which does not stop Reacher from suspecting that she might have very dark
secrets to hide.
Conflicting racial aspects to the case only serve to muddy the waters further.
Eventually, the Army's official investigation produces a cast-iron prime suspect,
and so does Reacher's undercover snooping. But Reacher's answer is not the same
as the Army's. If he keeps quiet, will he be able to live with himself? And if
he speaks out, will the army be able to live with him? Only time will tell.
And it soon does.
The name given him by the Department is that of Elizabeth Deveraux; still he
inquires further, not believing a woman can have carried the bodies of Janice
May Chapman, the woman who was butchered adn dumped in an alley; so he discovers
she had been framed by the Rileys themselves; Reed Riley - the senator's son-
had been together with all the three women killed in town and when he had found
out they were pregnant, he had killed them all.
Reacher kills the Senator Riley and his son Reed Riley and then dumps them into
their car and on the railroad tracks, in order to let them be killed by a train,
to avoid a scandal blow up those from the Army who had accused Elizabeth
Deveraux of the murder to cover the high charges.
The accident version is accepted by the Department and Reacher walks away from
the Army and starts his solitary life which, some few months later, will bring
him to the events described in *The Killing Floor*.
A Wanted Man
The novel opens with Jack Reacher, whose
nose is broken from his last adventure (Worth Dying For), trying to get a ride
out of Nebraska, hitch-hiking in
the middle of the night, without any car stopping for him. Only after an hour
and a half of waiting, two men and a woman let him climb in and even drive some
part of the way. They introduce themselves as Donald McQueen, Alan King, and
Karen Delfuenso. Reacher notices that the car's occupants tell him lies and that
the woman is very nervous. They insist he drives for a while as they rest and
take shifts at driving. McQueen and King sleep, though Karen does not. They pass
two roadblocks where
the highway police searches for some wanted fugitives in tuxedos who killed a
man and took off in a Mazda. The car is found with fingerprints; it is then
believed by FBI agent Julia Sorenson and Sheriff Victor Goodman that after the
murders the men went to a park, where they kidnapped a cocktail waitress (Delfuenso)
and stole her car, an Impala.
Karen repeatedly blinks, giving Reacher coded messages—which he manages to
decode—and learns that the two men in the car are the wanted people the police
are looking for and that Karen has been taken as hostage. Sorenson and Goodman's
theory is proven correct after they visit a gas station called "All day, all
night" and they examine the cameras facing across the street. After a visit at
another gas station Reacher buys coffee for the group, but before doing so uses
the store's phone to alert the cops. Sorenson, the closest to the area, drives
over, but by then the group have left. McQueen becomes suspicious, and tells
Reacher to use his bank card (which is a fraud) to rent rooms for the night.
When doing so, he is attacked by McQueen, who fires his gun, and misses. McQueen,
King, and Karen flee.
Reacher is apprehended by Sorenson, whose boss wants Reacher arrested. Sorenson
is about to do so, but instead talks to Reacher and discovers a barn a few miles
down. Going to the location, they find a car on fire with an unidentified
body in it. They assume it is the body of Karen Delfuenso. Afterwards,
Reacher requests Sorenson drop him off a mile away from the building she works
at. However, Sorenson is told by Goodman that Lucy Delfuenso, Karen's daughter,
has been kidnapped. Goodman explains he had told Lucy her mother was missing (she
was at her friend's/neighbor's house), and suggested Lucy's friend's mother stay
home. Lucy's friend's mother went to work, leaving the children home alone, and
Lucy is kidnapped. They also later learn the two men have shot a third person
and that some terrorist threat against the United States might be involved.
Together they try to solve the case and catch the fugitives.
Karen has not been killed as expected, but reveals herself as an undercover
agent with the FBI, and reveals that the body in the car was King. The other
fugitive, McQueen, is also an undercover special agent with the FBI who tried to
infiltrate some terrorist group who has threatened to pollute a huge drinking
water aquifer with nuclear waste. Reacher, Lucy, Sorenson, Karen, and the
eyewitness from the beginning of the novel have all ended up in some sort of
witness-protection motel. Sorenson, Karen, and Reacher escape the motel. They
are eventually able to locate the terrorists' hiding place, a huge ex-army
bunker. Sorenson is shot by a sniper, "Headshot". Despite Karen's protests,
Reacher enters and kills the gang one by one, in retaliation for Sorenson.
He comes upon Peter King, Alan King's older brother, who wants revenge for his
brother's death. McQueen might have been killed otherwise if he had not lied and
said Reacher killed Alan. Reacher plays a sort of game with Peter, but before
actually beginning shoots Peter, killing him. Trying to escape, McQueen and
Reacher are rescued by Karen. Ironically, the terrorist threat turns out to be a
hoax because the group only claims to possess damaging material. In reality,
there only exist some empty trailers from the time of the cold war that have
been forgotten in some bunker, but never been used for nuclear material; they
were used - instead - as an illegal bank for terrorists' money. They Karen
drives off as Reacher explains to McQueen the answer to a question Reacher had
asked Alan King earlier in the book: "Can you talk for a minute without using
the letter A?". The answer is you can do it by counting onward from one to
*the three guys in the car giving him a
*this is my car & speaking with blinking*
Never Go Back
Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light. The
bullet was American. The distance between the gunman and the target was
exceptional. How many snipers can shoot from three-quarters of a mile with total
confidence? Very few, but John Kott—an American marksman gone bad—is one of them.
And after fifteen years in prison, he’s out, unaccounted for, and likely drawing
a bead on a G8 summit packed with enough world leaders to tempt any assassin.
If anyone can stop Kott, it’s the man who beat him before: Reacher. And though
he’d rather work alone, Reacher is teamed with Casey Nice, a rookie analyst who
keeps her cool with Zoloft. But they’re facing a rough road, full of ruthless
mobsters, Serbian thugs, close calls, double-crosses—and no backup if they’re
caught. All the while Reacher can’t stop thinking about Elizabeth Deveraux, the
woman he once failed to save and swears it won't happen this time.
General Tom O'Day sends him undercover to Paris to discover who's behind the
murder attempt; in order to find the culprit and, above all, to save the
oncoming G8 meeting which is going to be held in London.
Reacher finds out that the dangerous gang using snipers - among whom there's
Kott, arguably - has actually got a base in London, namely in Chigwill, where
Charlie White, an old man helped by a notorious gang called the *Romford Boys*,
runs a bunch of gangsters who make business with serbians and now are
threatening to aim higher at the G8.
Reacher, together with Casey Nice, manages to approach White's general quarters,
where a giant who goes by the name of Jospeh (Little Joey) Green, defends the
But Reacher confronts and kills Joey, enters the house and kills Kott, too; then
he comes back to the States to meet O'Day, the general who proposed the mission
to him; but not to thank him, but to frame him.
Kott, White and Green were criminals, but they were not threatening the G8; O'Day
wanted Kott simply to become more powerful politically; and he had sold Reacher
to him in advance; whether the winner would be Kott or Reacher, he might have
pretended to have saved the world.
Reacher leaves him alone, but orders him not to say a word or he would raise a
scandal and waste him; and a short time after the story he reads that O'Day has
killed himself; but Reacher has already left town.
*how long ago did you put the sniper in prison?*
*the sniper shooting close to Reacher*
*Reacher and Nice calling a minicab in Ealing*
final confrontation/revelation with O'Day*
Somewhere in the sprawling, flat,
desolate Midwestern United States, a man named Keever is killed and buried
beneath a pig sty in an isolated farm. Reacher arrives by train at a small town
named Mother's Rest, curious as to the story behind the name. He meets a Chinese
American woman named Chang who is apparently searching for a lost associate.
Thinking that the town may have once been a young mother's delivery site or
perhaps the final resting place of an old woman, Reacher wanders the town asking
the locals about the name, but he does not learn anything. He decides to
befriend Chang, who reveals she is an ex-FBI agent
investigatorwho is looking for her colleague; Keever. Reacher's suspicions
are aroused by the aloofness of the locals and he decides to stay in the town to
help with Chang's investigations.
Chang explains that she was only recently called in by Keever and does not know
the identity of his client or any of the details of his case. Searching Keever's
motel room, Reacher finds a crumpled up note with the name "Maloney" and a phone
number. It belongs to a journalist from Los Angeles named Westwood who is the
Science Editor and handles calls from conspiracy
theorists, which he eventually blocks after numerous calls. He turns out to
be a dead end. Reacher and Chang then turn their search to Maloney, believing
him to be Keever's contact and a resident of Mother's Rest. As they investigate
the town, they are confronted by hostile locals whom Reacher quickly defeats
while stealing their handguns.
Reacher and Chang then visit Keever's home, finding it to be ransacked with all
of the man's investigative notes missing. Reacher becomes convinced that Keever
had stumbled onto something big and been killed for it, and the two decide to go
to Los Angeles to meet with Westwood. Convincing the journalist that Keever had
been onto something newsorthy, they agree to give Westwood exclusive rights to
the story in exchange for his help. Westwood reluctantly agrees and gives
Reacher the phone numbers of unknown people who had recently called him and been
blocked, thus fitting the profile of Keever's mystery client. They learn that
their man Maloney is actually a Chicago resident
named Peter McCann.
Arriving at McCann's home, they
find he has gone missing. They are then attacked by a hitman named Hackett, who
is narrowly incapacitated by Reacher after sustaining moderate injuries. The two
then question McCann's neighbor and learn that Peter had a sister. At her home
in Phoenix, they are attacked by even more hired assassins. With the help of
Chang's FBI contacts, they learn the men are all employed by a Ukrainian crime
lord named Merchenko. Reacher deduces that Merchenko is either the mastermind or
outside security in the mastermind's employ. The puppet master is apparently
someone indigenous to the town of Mother's Rest. By an amazing coincidence,
Reacher and Chang happen across Merchenko outside of his club. Reacher
righteously executes the criminal in broad daylight.
Traveling back to Los Angeles, Reacher and
Chang reunite with Westwood. Going over all that they learned from McCann's
sister and neighbor, Reacher posits that Peter was investigating the
disappearance of his son, Michael. Michael had suffered from anhedonia and
was a recluse who spent the majority of his time on the Internet. As the call
from "Maloney" had been about the Deep
Web, Reacher, Chang and Westwood meet with an associate of Westwood's, a
computer hacker in Palo
Alto. Westwood's contact is able to discover that Mother's Rest has a Deep
Web site providing assisted euthanasia services.
They further find that Michael had been speaking with another suicidal person
over the Deep Web and arranged to meet them in Mother's Rest to undergo
Reacher, Chang and Westwood come up with a plan to assault the pig farm outside
Mother's Rest which is both highly remote and well-defended. After a mildly
challenging, routine job of killing all of the armed employees, Reacher's team
discovers that someone had converted the farmhouse into a film production
facility. The entrepreneurs had lured in suicidal people over the Deep Web with
promises of painlessly luxurious euthanasia services. Once the clients had
arrived however, they were actually made the stars of expensive snuff
films tailored to the viewer's specifications and sold over the Deep Web.
Over two hundred such victims had been brutally murdered prior to Keever
stumbling onto it in the course of his investigating Michael's disappearance.
Reacher and Chang avenge Keever, Peter, and Michael by killing the last members
of the conspiracy. In the aftermath of all that dirty work they decide to spend
a little downtime in Milwaukee together.
*the meeting with Michelle at the station in Mother's Rest*
It is 1996. U.S. Army Major Jack Reacher
is issued orders for what is ostensibly classroom training in some unspecified
and presumably terminally boring military sub-specialty. He is teamed up with
one male agent from the FBI and one male agent from the CIA. Their true
assignment is to identify an American who had requested $100 million from
certain Middle Eastern contacts in return for unknown merchandise or
information. Reacher determines that he is an enlisted man from Sugar Land,
Texas, named Horace Wiley who had gone AWOL in a reunified Germany 4 months
The next task at hand is to determine exactly what possible threat to national
and global security it might be that is fetching the American soldier's asking
price of 100 million dollars.
Wiley is killed, though.
The real set up was contrived by an ex policeman, Dremmler, who had hopes to
make Germany stronger than it was during the Nazi period and he had bought
nuclear bombs from the US deserters (?) and put in warehouses.
Reacher kills Dremmler and calls experts to neutralize the weapons. (?)
*the kamikaze girl and the fat man*
The Midnight Line
No Middle Name
01 Ispr Principessa The Ice Princess
02 Pred Predicatore The Preacher
03 Sten Tagliapietra The Stonecutter
04 Olyck Uccello The Stranger
05 Tysk Bambino The Hidden Child
06 Sjon Sirena The Drowning
07 Fyrv Guardiano The Lost Boy
08 Angska Segreto Buried Angels
09 Lejontam Ice Child
The Girl In The Woods
Niente di vero tranne gli occhi
Fuori Da Un Evidente Destino
Pochi Inutili Nascondigli
Io Sono Dio
Appunti Di Un Venditore Di Donne
Tre Atti Due Tempi
dal NG italiano
Dreamcatcher, the movie
di Silence in the Studio
La Torre Nera
Kid, my review
Just After Sunset
Under The Dome
Full Dark No Stars
The Wind Through The
Many jobless people are standing in line for a job
fair when a Mercedes plows into the crowd killing 8 people and severely
injuring many. Bill Hodges, a recently retired detective from the local police
department living the life of a retiree, receives a letter from an individual
claiming to be the person responsible for the job fair incident, referring to
himself as "Mr.Mercedes". Hodges is divorced, lonely and fed up with his life,
occasionally contemplating suicide. The Mr. Mercedes incident had taken place at
the end of Hodges' career and was still unresolved when he retired. Mr. Mercedes
knows details of the murder and also mentions Olivia Trelawney, from whom he had
stolen the Mercedes. Olivia had committed suicide soon after the massacre out of
guilt. Hodges is intrigued and starts to investigate the case instead of turning
the letter over to his former police colleague, Pete Huntley.
Brady Hartsfield, who is revealed to be Mr. Mercedes, is an emotionally
disturbed psychopath in
his late twenties who lost his father at age eight. When he was a young boy, he
killed his mentally handicapped brother at his mother's prompting. He now lives
and has an incestuous relationship with his alcoholic mother and works in an
electronics shop and as an ice cream seller. Riding in a van, this second job
enables him to observe Hodges and Hodges' neighbors, among them
seventeen-year-old Jerome Robinson, who does a variety of chores for Hodges.
During his research about the wealthy Olivia Trelawney, Hodges meets her sister
Janey, who hires him to investigate Olivia's suicide and the stealing of the
Mercedes. Shortly after Hodges begins to work for Janey, the two begin dating.
Hodges finds out, with the help of bright, computer savvy Jerome, how Mr.
Mercedes stole the car and then drove Olivia (whom he made contact with through
his job at the electronics shop) to suicide by leaving eerie sound files on her
computer that were set to go off at unpredictable intervals, which worked on her
feelings of guilt. Olivia, when hearing these sounds, believed them to be the
ghosts of the victims of the job fair massacre. At the funeral of Janey and
Olivia's recently deceased mother, Hodges meets Janey's unpleasant relatives,
among them Janey's emotionally unstable cousin Holly. After the funeral, Mr.
Mercedes blows up Hodges' car, not realizing that Hodges wasn't in it. However,
Janey was and she is killed in the explosion. Hodges feels remorse, but becomes
even more eager to solve the case without the help of the police. Holly joins
Hodges and Jerome in the investigation.
Hartsfield accidentally kills his mother with a poisoned hamburger which he had
prepared for Jerome's dog. With her rotting body in their house, he plans to
kill himself by blowing himself up at a giant concert for young girls by
feigning the need for a wheelchair and utilizing explosives hidden inside the
wheelchair. Jerome, Hodges, and Holly manage to uncover Hartsfield's real
identity and search his computer hard drives. They eventually deduce that
Hartsfield's target is the concert and the trio rush to the concert venue to
stop him. Hodges begins to suffer from a heart attack and is unable to venture
into the concert with Holly and Jerome, but urges them to press on. Holly
locates Hartsfield and delivers several harsh blows to his head using Hodges's
"Happy Slapper" – a sock filled with ball bearings. Hartsfield is left bleeding
and unconscious on the concert floor.
Hodges (who had been saved by concert staff), Holly, and Jerome have a picnic to
discuss the recently transpired events. Hodges has learned that he will not be
criminally charged for his actions regarding the Hartsfield investigation. They
have received a medal from the city, congratulating them on their work.
Hartsfield wakes up in the hospital, asking for his mother.
Finders Keeper (M2)
In 1978, petty criminal Morris Bellamy robs and murders acclaimed author John
Rothstein for ending his famous Runner trilogy on an unsatisfactory note.
Prior to the murder, Rothstein had been in reclusive retirement, never
publishing another novel but continuing to write in private. More important than
the money he steals, Morris covets Rothstein's invaluable notebooks, which
contain the last two books of the Runner series. After the murder, Morris
hides Rothstein's cash and Moleskine notebooks
in a trunk buried near a creek behind his childhood home. Before he can read the
manuscripts, Morris is sentenced to life in prison for another crime.
Rothstein's murder is never solved.
In the present day, young Peter Saubers now lives in Morris's old home. His
father, Tom, was disabled in the events that opened Mr.
Mercedes, and the Saubers family is on the brink of financial and
emotional ruin. Peter discovers the buried trunk and secretly uses the money to
keep his family afloat for the next few years, while gradually becoming
engrossed in the Rothstein notebooks. When the money runs out, Pete, now a
teenager aware of the true value of his discovery, comes up with a plan to
profit from the notebooks. At the same time, Morris, now nearly sixty, has
finally been granted parole. He goes to retrieve the buried trunk, only to find
it empty. Morris is obsessed with finding the notebooks and learning the
ultimate outcome of the Runner series. His search for the notebooks
eventually leads him to Peter's family.
As a deadly cat-and-mouse game begins, private detective Bill Hodges, the man
who brought down the murderous Mr. Mercedes, is gradually drawn into the mystery
of the unknown benefactor who helped the Sauberses through their rough patch. He
knows young Pete is hiding something, but he doesn't know that the missing piece
of the puzzle is the answer to the decades-old cold
case – John Rothstein's murder.
The Bazaar Of Bad Dreams
End Of Watch (M3)
Retired detective Bill Hodges, who
now with his sidekick Holly runs the private
investigation agency Finders Keepers, is diagnosed with pancreatic
cancer. Given only months to live, he finds himself drawn into a recent
spree of suicides. All the dead are connected by a common thread: each of them
have in the past been in contact with Brady Hartsfield, the notorious Mr.
Mercedes who, six years ago, plotted to blow up a rock concert venue packed with
teenagers. Hodges and Holly thwarted Brady's plans and left the killer in a
vegetative state from which he never regained consciousness. However, many of
the staff in the hospital where Brady now resides believe that he is recovering
at an impossible rate, and that he may be faking his injuries to avoid trial ...
except that everyone who gets too close to proving this suspicion seems to
After his head injury, Brady found himself gaining new abilities, including the
power to move small objects with his mind and the
ability to enter the bodies of certain people susceptible to his mental
domination. Still confined to his hospital bed, Brady has used his power to
finish his murderous work by creating a hypnotic video game app that heightens
the user's susceptibility. Once the users are in Brady's control, he will use
the app to dominate their minds and persuade them to commit suicide. The targets
are the very teenagers who escaped death when Brady's plan to destroy the
concert venue failed. Brady's ultimate goal, however, is to lure Hodges into the
game and exact revenge. Brady uses the bodies of both a corrupt neurosurgeon and
a hospital librarian as puppets and red herrings to do his dirty work and to
misdirect the police while he makes his final move to destroy Hodges, all the
while unaware that Hodges is already racing the clock against his own death.
Nightmares & Dreamscapes
reviews in English:
1 Crouch End
3 Umney's Last Case
4 The End Of The Whole Mess
5 The Road Virus Heads North
6 The Fifth Quarter
7 Autopsy Room 4
8 You Know They Got A Hell Of A Band
1 Crouch End
2 Campo di Battaglia
3 L'ultimo caso di Umney
4 La fine di tutto il casino
5 Il Virus della Strada Va a Nord
6 Il Quinto Quarto
7 Autopsia Stanza 4
8 Ed Hanno Una Band Dell'Altro Mondo
Under The Dome
1st season : Palmer's
2nd season: Terrorist
Nina used to rescue them.
Palmer is empeached by Novak
The bomb is detonated by George Mason.
A girl infects Palmer's hand in the last scene.
She'll be with Marwan in S4
3rd season The
Salazar/Amador/Saunders viels episode.
Jack kills Nina; Kim and Chase leave.
Chapelle & Gaele sacrifices.
Toni sells CTU for Michelle
4th season The Araz family & Marwan.
Haller & Audrey
5th season The nerv gas & the Charles Logan conspiracy
from presumed death
Toni, Michelle, Palmer,
Wayne Palmer is president; Bauer recalled from China.
The plot Charles Logan-Philippe Bauer
7th Season The Mobutu blitz in Sangala
CTU shut down; Bauer back from Africa works with
Bill, Toni and Chloe undercover.
Allison Taylor vs. Starkwood
CTU bigger in NY
Uranium, Hassad and the Russians
Logan with Allison Taylor vs. Ethan
9th Season (Another Day)
Leggere in Originale
Joyce: Paralysis & Epiphany