City of Bones by Michael Connelly

The text on the back cover starts with a dog finding a bone. It is not exactly original, but it catches my interest. I also love how the novel starts, and it has me hooked from the first line.

The story is about a suspected cold case. The body of a 12-year-old boy is found in Los Angeles, and it has been there for 25 years. The search starts, and the clues lead to a convicted pedophile.

Those of us that love Harry Bosch are used to a quick pace, but the City of Bones is different. It has a much slower pace; time is not exactly of the essence when you are dealing with a cold case.

I am not on the edge of my seat, but despite that it is definitely a page turner. I just have to find out how it ends. Good job as always, Connelly.

However, there is something else about this 8th book in the series that is different. Not the characters and not the environmental descriptions, they are just as good as always. And not the police work. I cannot put my finger on it, but there is something.

Then I figure it out!

There are some lose ends…which usually never happens in Michael Connelly’s novels. Carelessness? No, I do not think so. Cliffhangers? Yes, maybe. So what will actully happen in the next novel?

It is not surprising that City of Bones was nominated for an Edgar Award as well as Book of the Year by New York Times. It is well deserved.


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