I don’t often read from the fiction bestseller list and I periodically wonder what I’m missing. When a Connelly (oops, not John Connolly–I mistakenly thought I had ordered the next book in the Charlie Parker series) book came my way, I was looking for a light headache distraction and thought it might do the trick. To absolutely no one’s surprise, I discovered I’m not really missing anything that would cater to my own palate. This is the Arby’s of the fast food world: seemingly meaty but rather bland (unlike Nihilist Arby’s).
Harry is apparently back in action with LAPD with a new position on a special homicide team. He and his new partner are assigned an execution killing but it quickly becomes complicated when his ex-lover (I think) and FBI agent shows up on the scene on behalf of Homeland Security.
According to the jacket, this was originally a sixteen chapter serial story published in The New York Times Magazine and reformatted for
video book-like storytelling. The rewrite wasn’t at all obvious, as the story seemed to smoothly flow, lacking the occasional choppiness I associate with seriels. Writing was clear but bland lacking details that build richness of character. The most evocative image was that of the overlook and it’s view of the L.A. Basin, but I can’t tell if that was the book or my own memory. There was a nice little twist near the end, but it was too late to do more than give a momentary pause in my lull.
Overall, it was Storytelling Lite, easily finished in the space of an evening, even with a headache. When I looked up the history of the book, wikipedia noted that some reviewers state it lacked the depth of his other stories. So I suppose I won’t write him off just yet.
Two and a half snoozes.