Blue on Black (Harry Bosch #15.5), by Michael Connelly

Six stars

Bringing a new meaning to ‘short story’, Connelly delivers a swift story that pairs Harry Bosch with Rachel Walling. After 600 hours of searching, Bosch and his team cannot pin two murders to a man with a long history of being a sexual predator. While he can be traced to the vicinity of the disappearances, Denninger appears ready to get away with the perfect crimes. Walling and Bosch have a quick discussion and look over a collection of photos in the man’s home. A long-shot tip sends Bosch out to investigate one lead, in the most unique of body dump locations. Whether it pays off, only time will tell. A nice story, perfect for that time the reader has while supper’s in the oven.

Having been a long-time Harry Bosch (and Michael Connelly) fan, I devour almost anything that bears his name. While reading this is a mere ten minutes, I feel as though I had done so before, or another author used the same idea (It was only later that I remembered that this was a story Connelly used in a 2010 collection edited by T. Jefferson Parker). Either way, there is not much time to develop much substantive fodder to review, but it does bear mentioning that Connelly does have a way of pulling the reader in from the outset and keeping things interesting until the very end. Such was the case with this piece. Its star-ranking may appear low mainly because there was not enough to merit its receiving much more.

Kudos, Mr. Connelly for this wonderful piece. I cannot wait for Bosch’s next full-length novel coming very soon!

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