Tuesday, July 6, 2010

"The Overlook" by Michael Connelly

The Overlook by Michael Connelly is not your usual murder mystery.  Most of the novel centers on the crime investigation tension between the Los Angeles Police Department and the FBI when the homicide turns into a national security issue.    Harry Bosch is pretty much a rogue detective in the special homicide department who has a lot of experience and is breaking in a new young partner.  He cares more about solving his case than protocol which makes for tension between him and his new partner as well as Special Agent Rachel Walling of the FBI.  The murderer almost pulls off the perfect crime, manipulating the evidence to lead the investigators on a wild goose chase.  When Bosch and Walling finally share their findings with each other and get a lucky break, things become clearer and they solve the mystery.    
This is a good crime story but moved sort of slow in the beginning but picked up speed as I went along.  I loved the chase scene at the end when Harry and Rachel teamed up and worked together on their own.  This one was not as thrilling or gripping as other mysteries I read.  It doesn’t have as much suspense as I like so does not get five stars from me.
(Karen's review)

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