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A Darkness More Than Night (Harry Bosch #7, Terry McCaleb #2, Harry Bosch Universe #9) by Michael Connelly

A Darkness More Than NightTitle: A Darkness More Than Night (Harry Bosch #7, Terry McCaleb #2, Harry Bosch Universe #9)
Author: Michael Connelly
Rating: ★★★

Terry McCaleb is a retired FBI agent who secretly misses the adrenaline received from investigations after a transplant ended his career. L.A. County Sheriff’s detective Jaye Winston phones McCaleb to get his insight on a tricky case she is working on that dead-ended.

So, what it’s like, Terry? Being a father.”

“It’s like having a gun to your head all the time. Because I know if anything happens to her, anything, then my life is over.

For those of you who read this novel, you will know that McCaleb’s daughter, Cielo Azul, is named after an unidentified girl who her father had previously investigated. In Terry’s terrifying time of almost-death, he thinks about his young daughter, who helps him to remain calm. She is now his everything (which makes me mad because his wife should be!). McCaleb would do anything to protect his family, but without even realizing it, during his investigation, he puts his family into danger.

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. When you look into the abyss the abyss looks into you. You know, all the clichés. They’re clichés because they’re true. You don’t go into the darkness without it going into you and taking its piece.

There is some dirty work going on in the background of this case, which is also associated with Harry Bosch’s current case in court. No one is as they seem and everyone seems to be breaking some kind of law. So, is it okay to break a law or hide the truth in the name of justice?

One of the biggest problems I had with this novel was that I didn’t really feel connected to any of the characters. Frankly, most of them just annoyed me. And let’s be realistic, Terry, don’t make promises you can’t keep. If I was Graciela, I would’ve kicked your butt!

Despite the lack of character development, I enjoyed the novel after the first half. It took me forever to get into the book. Not enough action for me. 😉 The one thing I really appreciated was that I was unable to find out who was guilty of the homicides until the detectives did. Although, with the clues given, I’m not sure I could’ve figured it out on my own anyways.

Will Terry convict his friend, did he risk the safety of his family, and potentially endanger himself?

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