Pure Connelly - - sweet perfection! Once again he captures the cop novel perfectly, and of the lone fighter against the infuriating organization out to get her, in this case. Excellent new character with an interesting profile.
This is a great start to a new character, Renee Ballard, from Michael Connelly. She exhibits some of the same stubborn independence, take no prisoners attitude, and "blue religion" characteristics as Harry Bosch so I expect more great stories as Renee finds her way within the LAPD.
not as good as BOSCH
Looks like Connelly has found his 'new' Bosch. Slower start, mostly spent character building and then an accelerating plot with a satisfying climax. Credible, real and entertaining.
Was waiting with great anticipation the arrival of Connelly's latest character and she did not disappoint. Great story, good character development and a noted reference to "Bosch"!
Looking forward to more Renee Ballard!
Very disappointed in the profanity. Not necessary at all. I'm done with Connelly.
Enjoyable! Great new characters! Kept my interest and is full of suspense. Michael Connelly is one of my favorite authors. Looking forward to the next book!
Terrific new character. A real page turner. Can't wait for the next one in what is sure to be a long running character.
Connelly introduces a new character, Detective Renee Ballard. There are Bosch traits in this new one that I enjoy, but some new traits that I also like. Still in all, we have another detective sort of on the outs with leadership, very focused on getting the job done and finding the bad guys, willing to stretch the 'rules' and work outside the box to get it done - more so than Bosch in some ways, and yes, quirky with a muddy past/childhood that plays into decisions from time to time. For a few chapters, I wondered if Connelly was going to pull of the transition of a male writer with a female lead character. I give him B+ on that score - but its a very credible effort for a first try with a new character. The story line(s) was excellent with multiple cases running simultaneously - one big one at the center of things though, that Ballard isn't even supposed to be working on (fun!). One thing about the way the story unfolded though was how Connelly walks the reader through the thinking processes Ballard uses to uncover clues, pondered optional theories and then sorted the out with some fits and starts - I liked that a lot. It wasn't overdone with pages of Ballard running around in her own head, but concise and clear analysis of what leads to what and why and how things fit together. Great ending. Loved the book and highly recommend it. Enjoy.
I found this read to be very disappointing and plodding. It doesn't pick up until the end. The new character Ballard is coarse and dependent.
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