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A spectacular new crime novel — the most astounding in his already remarkable career—from the New York Times bestselling star of thriller writing, Michael Connelly.
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Independent elements from several earlier books come seamlessly together in Michael Connelly's ingenious, compelling novel, A Darkness More than Night. This one features both Terry McCaleb, last seen in the Edgar-nominated Blood Work, and Hieronymous (Harry) Bosch, the haunted hero of several of Connelly's finest novels. The lives of these two damaged, all-too-human figures intersect in a typically extravagant story that is at once a murder mystery, a legal thriller, and a psychological drama of considerable subtlety and power.

The novel begins when McCaleb, an FBI profiler forced into retirement following a successful heart transplant, agrees to lend his expertise to a particularly baffling murder investigation. The victim is Edward Gunn, an alcoholic lowlife with a violent past. He was once arrested -- by Harry Bosch -- for the murder of a Los Angeles prostitute but managed, despite Harry's best efforts, to avoid prosecution. McCaleb's analysis of the crime scene reveals a number of anomalies: an unexplained head wound, a phrase ("Beware, beware, God sees") written in medieval Latin, the replica of an owl placed in the vicinity of the corpse. Following his instincts, McCaleb locates mirror images of these arcane clues in a number of paintings by Harry's namesake, the 15th-century Dutch master, Hieronymous Bosch.

Harry, meanwhile, is serving as chief investigator and star witness in the sensational murder trial of a world-famous Hollywood director and has no idea that he's just become the primary suspect in an unrelated investigation. As the trial progresses, it becomes increasingly clear that Harry's testimony is critically important and that any attempt to destroy his credibility will undermine the case against a vicious, well-connected killer.

Eventually, Harry learns about McCaleb's suspicions and forces a confrontation. McCaleb takes a second look at the accumulated evidence and begins to discern the outlines of a very different scenario. As new revelations come gradually into view, the disparate elements of the novel coalesce, and the narrative moves with increasing urgency toward a violent, thoroughly satisfying conclusion.

Connelly is only a moderately gifted stylist, but he is a devious, resourceful plotter and a world-class storyteller. His new book generates the kind of irresistible momentum that very few novelists ever manage to achieve. At the same time, it offers empathetic portraits of two memorably complex protagonists with more than their share of ghosts, griefs, and personal demons to contend with. A Darkness More than Night is an intelligent, compassionate, unfailingly entertaining thriller. It deserves the success it is doubtless about to achieve.

--Bill Sheehan

Bill Sheehan reviews horror, suspense, and science fiction for Cemetery Dance, The New York Review of Science Fiction, and other publications. His book-length critical study of the fiction of Peter Straub, At the Foot of the Story Tree, has been published by Subterranean Press (www.subterraneanpress.com).

New Yorker
...Connelly allows Bosch and McCaleb to regard each other critically in ways that sharpen the reader's perception of them...
USA Today
An intricate plot, rich characterization and deft dialogue play out our medieval moralities in modern dress in one of Connelly's most adept constructions...
Pilot
No one...knows more about police and criminals than Michael Connelly...filled with details...with the most completely r<%END%>ered vision of Los Angeles...frontrunner for best crime novel of the year...
Denver Post
Michael Connelly's mysteries exude the grit of their settings, but their real standout element is the haunted nature of the heroes...
San Diego Union Tribune
No one is better at exploring the conflict between good and evil...than Michael Connelly...his characters are superbly drawn...and he tells their story skillfully...
Denver Rocky Mountain News
...this great thriller will keep you busy...Connelly is the best of a very large group...of thriller writers following in the footsteps of Raymond Chandler...
Free Lance Star
...contains the best elements of Connelly's work: distinct, dynamic characters, a deliberate plot and an understanding of police procedure that too many crime writers only imagine they possess...
USA Today
Michael Connelly is one of those masters who can keep driving the story forward in runaway locomotive style.
From The Critics

Terry McCaleb, who first appeared in Michael Connelly's Blood Work, is a retired FBI profiler and a legend in the bureau. A Darkness More Than Night marks his second appearance in a Connelly book.

Harry Bosch is a detective third grade with the homicide division of the Los Angeles Police Department. He's been around since shortly after his return from Vietnam. He's something of a legend himself—but mostly he's an administrator's nightmare. Bosch does things his way and doesn't stand for any bureaucratic baloney. This book marks his sixth appearance. He is the character, above all others, that Connelly has taken to national prominence.

And here they are together, sharing top bill, the ace profiler and the ace detective—at odds. McCaleb suspects Bosch of being a killer, perhaps even a serial killer. If this was a made-for-TV movie, the promo would read: Together Again for the First Time, Bosch and McCaleb Face Off; Only One Will Walk Away.

Thankfully, Connelly plays it low-key, though the reader is baited from the start; information is kept just out of reach so that we can keep in mind the possibility that Bosch has crossed the line. Crossing the line is what Connelly's books are about. He raises questions about it: What is at stake once the line is crossed? Are there circumstances that would force someone to cross the line in order to do the right thing? Can the line be stepped on without being crossed? Yikes, where do you draw the line with this stuff?

Both men have lived in the darkness—been embraced by the darkness—but have been changed differently by it. For Bosch, the son of a murdered prostituteand a man who spent his Vietnam tour as one of the notorious tunnel rats, crawling through tunnels looking for the enemy, the darkness is a fearsome place to tunnel through—to find the lost light, as he puts it. For McCaleb, an inspired profiler who, by all accounts, possesses an eerie ability to see more than is there to be seen, the darkness is a place where men do things that are usually kept in police records. For him, darkness is a place that needs illumination; that was his job as a profiler: to enter the darkness and describe the unseen.

McCaleb is enlisted by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Jaye Winston to draw up a profile of a killer in a difficult case that threatens to go unsolved. She asks him for assistance on the sly, out of channels. McCaleb—bored to tears on Catalina where he lives with his new wife, their baby and her son from an earlier marriage—grabs the opportunity to do something other than operate the on-again, off-again charter-boat business he runs from the island.

It takes him a few days of going over the crime-scene photos and data, as well as doing some legwork on his own, to come up with the conclusion that Detective Bosch is a prime suspect. Bosch had been after the victim, Edward Gunn, for years, for the murder of a prostitute that Bosch believes he got away with. Details missed by the earlier investigation jump out at McCaleb and point, he is certain, to Bosch. It is a startling conclusion, for all the obvious reasons: Cops do not go out of their way to finger other cops. And then there's all that unsettling business about going over the line.

Bosch, meanwhile, is in the middle of one of those Los Angeles media-event trials. A Hollywood director, David Storey, is accused of killing a young actress and making it appear as though she'd died accidentally. Bosch is the lead detective on the case and sits at the prosecutor's table during the trial. He is also a main witness: At one point Storey arrogantly confides to Bosch that he is indeed the killer and dares him to prove it. It is, of course, a confession unheard by anyone else.

The two cases come together in a surprising—and ultimately satisfying—way. When all appears to be set right, the book ends on a sharp note: McCaleb can see into the darkness but is not consumed by it; Bosch can see into the darkness because he has become one with it. The monster goes back into the darkness from which it came, as Bosch says, but these men will not be friends. While they share the same world of right and wrong, they do not share the same vantage point: One looks out from the shadows, the other looks in from the light.
—Randy Michael Signor

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Could Harry Bosch actually be a serial killer? That's the disturbing question Connelly poses in this hard-edged, smartly executed crime drama, pitting two of his most popular protagonists--grim L.A.P.D. detective Hieronymous ("Harry") Bosch (The Black Ice; Angels Flight, etc.) and Terry McCaleb, the crafty former FBI profiler of Blood Work--against each other. At center stage is McCaleb, forced into retirement on Catalina Island following a heart transplant. When approached by an old L.A.P.D. pal, McCaleb jumps at the chance to help on a baffling murder case, the ritualistic details of which suggest a serial killer. It doesn't take McCaleb long to focus in on a prime suspect: Bosch. Not only did Bosch carry a grudge against the dead man, a murderer who narrowly escaped prison six years before, but clues at the death scene implicate the detective. While McCaleb investigates, Bosch is busy with his own case, helping prosecutors convict David Storey, a well-known Hollywood director accused of strangling a starlet. McCaleb eventually begins to wonder if the two cases are connected. Did Bosch cross over to the dark side, or is he being framed? Readers familiar with Bosch's bend-but-don't-break morality won't be stumped for long, but Connelly's 10th novel is otherwise flawless, cleverly conceived, superbly plotted and morally complex. (Jan. 23) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Former FBI profiler Terry McCaleb is back in Connelly's latest thriller (following Void Moon). He has retired after his heart transplant and is running a charter fishing service. When he is brought in as a consultant to profile a killer for the LAPD, he finds that all of the clues from the gruesome killing point to a type McCaleb calls "an avenging angel." As he digs deeper, he is shocked to find that the most likely suspect is Connelly's regular hero, Detective Harry Bosch. Bosch himself is lead detective in a case going to trial that involves another grisly killing. Bosch's past relationship with the newest victim and his attitude toward the killing only increase McCaleb's suspicions. The reuniting of Bosch and McCaleb under these strained circumstances leads to a quickly paced and interesting story. As with all the Bosch thrillers, plot twists abound, but in this case the story itself carries the novel, and there is less gory detail to wade through than in previous books. Connelly is always popular, and this is Connelly at his best. Highly recommended. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/15/00.]--Patrick J. Wall, University City P.L., MO Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Adult/High School-Harry Bosch, the worn, pragmatic Los Angeles police detective, protagonist of a number of Connelly's earlier books, is joined by Terry McCaleb, former FBI crime-scene profiler, introduced in Blood Work (Little, Brown, 1998). Harry is immersed in testifying at the murder trial of a Hollywood film director, Jack Storey. When McCaleb, retired and living a quiet life with a new wife and two young children, is asked by a former colleague to look at the investigation materials of a recent gruesome homicide, he realizes just how much he misses his vocation. Terry alone has noticed some clues from the crime-scene video that point toward the influence of Renaissance painter Hieronymus Bosch. Despite pleas from his wife, Terry is drawn into the investigation and finds, to his dismay, that pointers lead straight to acquaintance Harry Bosch, whose real name is Hieronymus. Certain details in Harry's life fit in well with the profile Terry is developing of a ritualistic killer. The clues stemming from Bosch's paintings may lead readers straight to the Internet to view some of Bosch's well-known works to see the clues for themselves. The plot is intricate, and the twists and turns keep coming, but it is so well done, and the characters are so vivid, that confusion isn't a problem. Despite its length, this involving book is a fast read with "can't put it down" appeal.-Carol DeAngelo, Kings Park Library, Burke, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
From The Critics
Though retired due to medical reasons and happily married with a new baby in his family, former FBI profiler Terry McCaleb agrees to help the LAPD on a difficult murder case. Most of society would agree that the killing of Edward Gunn is no loss, but Terry and cohorts conduct a professional investigation anyway. This homicide and others very similar appear to be the work of a serial killer. Terry concludes that the killer seeks vengeance and knows his paintings as the deliberate clues left at the murder scene come from the works of Dutch master Hieronymous Bosch. The profile Terry draws up fits Los Angeles detective Harry Bosch, an associate on previous joint investigations. Adding to the picture is that Harry unsuccessfully once tried to put Gunn away for first degree murder. Has Harry taken the law into his on hands or is a killer so devious and cunning he can manipulate two old law enforcement pros into becoming enemies?Michael Connelly takes his two best characters, McCaleb (see Blood Work) and Bosch (see The Black Ice) and converges them as foes in a serial killer police procedural tale. The story line is fast-paced and filled with action though several references and other characters from other Connelly novels dot the landscape. That technique should please the author's die hard fans, but to many readers this seems more like an over-Spielberg gimmick that takes away from the prime confrontation. Still, Darkness More Than Night is a clever who-done-it starring two strong opponents whose personalities not only shine, but will send readers seeking their previous starring roles.
Kirkus Reviews
Connelly pits his latest series hero, FBI agent Terry McCaleb (Blood Work, 1998), against his veteran series op, LAPD detective Harry Bosch (Angels Flight, 1999, etc.), in this extraordinary excursion into good, evil, and the labyrinth of human motives. Enjoying the good life over a year after his heart transplant and blissfully happy with his wife, stepson, and new baby daughter, McCaleb thinks he's retired to run a fishing charter off Catalina Island. Actually, though, he's the one who gets hooked. His old partner, Jaye Winston, needs him to profile just one more killer, a vengeful sadist who binds his victim's legs to his throat, guaranteeing he'll be slowly strangled as he struggles to break free. As McCaleb starts to collect clues—the unsavory history of the victim, the minatory inscription on his corpse, the painted owl perched above the death scene—his profiler's instinct catches fire: he senses the handiwork of an avenging angel. But the fire turns to ice as the symbols his avenger chooses to decorate his crime lead McCaleb backward to a single, unexpected source: 17th-century painter Hieronymous Bosch, namesake of his LAPD counterpart Harry, who's on the trail of a cold-blooded 20th-century sex murderer. Bosch's style couldn't be more different from McCaleb's; where McCaleb uses intuition and psychological insight, Bosch uses legwork and logical inference. He's carefully crafted a case against David Storey, a jet-set killer who's sworn to Harry he'll get away with murder. Demolishing Storey's alibi, finding the witness Storey tried to bury, and discovering a possible second victim of Storey's lethal sex games take Bosch within inches of a conviction. But now,asStorey's trial draws near its close, the credibility of his testimony is imperiled by the growing suspicion against Bosch, and he must confront McCaleb—the physical vs. the metaphysical—or lose his chance to bring a killer to justice. Bosch fan or McCaleb fan, you can't lose with this chilling tour-de-force. Author tour Cooper, Bernard GUESS AGAIN: Short Stories Simon & Schuster (224 pp.) Nov. 9, 2000
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446667906
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Series: Harry Bosch Series , #7
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael  Connelly

Michael Connelly is the author of twenty-five previous novels including the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Black Box, The Drop, The Fifth Witness, The Reversal, The Scarecrow, The Brass Verdict, and The Lincoln Lawyer, as well as the bestselling Harry Bosch series of novels. He is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels. He spends his time in California and Florida.

Biography

Best known for his dark police procedurals featuring the tough, complex and emotionally scarred LAPD detective, Hieronymous "Harry" Bosch, Michael Connelly has been called "infernally ingenious" (The New York Times), "one of those masters...who can keep driving the story forward in runaway locomotive style" (USA Today) and "the top rank of a new generation of crime writers" (The Los Angeles Times).

Consistently exquisite prose and engrossing storylines play an integral role in his swelling success. However, Connelly believes that solid character development is the most important key. As he explained to MagnaCumMurder.com, "I think books with weak or translucent plots can survive if the character being drawn along the path is rich, interesting and multi-faceted. The opposite is not true."

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Connelly attended the University of Florida; there he discovered the works of Raymond Chandler -- author of many classic Los Angeles-based noir dramas such as The Big Sleep, The Long Goodbye, and Farewell, My Lovely. The cases of Philip Marlowe inspired Connelly to be a crime novelist -- and by studying journalism, he put himself in the perfect position. "I went into journalism to learn the craft of writing and to get close to the world I wanted to write about -- police and criminals, the criminal justice system," he told MagnaCumMurder.com.

After graduation, Connelly worked the crime beat for two Florida newspapers. When a story he and a colleague wrote about the disastrous 1985 crash of Delta Flight 191 was short-listed for the Pulitzer, Connelly landed a gig in Marlowe's backyard, covering crime for one of the nation's largest newspapers -- The Los Angeles Times. Three years later, Harry Bosch was introduced in The Black Echo, which earned Connelly the Edgar Award for Best First Novel. Connelly has since won every major mystery honor, including the Anthony (The Poet, Blood Work) and the Macavity Award (Blood Work).

While Connelly has written stand-alone novels that don't feature his tragic protagonist Harry Bosch, he is best identified by his rigid, contentious and fiery -- but also immensely skilled and compassionate -- detective. According to The Boston Globe, the Bosch series "raises the hard-boiled detective novel to a new level...adding substance and depth to modern crime fiction."

Called "one of the most compelling, complex protagonists in recent crime fiction" (Newsweek) and "a terrific...wonderful, old-fashioned hero who isn't afraid to walk through the flames -- and suffer the pain for the rest of us" (The New York Times Book Review), Bosch faces unforgettable horrors every day -- either on the street or in his own mind. "Bosch is making up for wrongs done to him when he rights wrongs as a homicide detective," Connelly explained in an interview with his publisher. "In a way, he is an avenging angel."

Bosch is clearly a product of his deadly, unforgiving environment. "The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once wrote that when you look into the darkness of the abyss the abyss looks into you. Probably no other line or thought more inspires or informs my work," said Connelly in the same interview. With each passing novel, Bosch looks deeper and deeper into the abyss; and readers continue to return to see just how far he will gaze.

Good To Know

  • Michael Connelly received a huge career boost in 1994 when then President Bill Clinton was photographed walking out of a Washington bookstore with a copy of The Concrete Blonde under his arm. Connelly remarked to USA Today, "In the six years I've been writing books, that is the biggest thrill I've had."

  • Real events have always inspired Connelly's plots. His novel Blood Work was inspired by a friend who underwent transplant surgery and was coping with survivor's guilt, knowing someone had died in order for him to live. The book was later developed into a feature film starring Clint Eastwood, Angelica Huston, and Jeff Daniels.

  • One of Connelly's writing professors at the University of Florida was cult novelist Harry Crews.

  • Connelly named his most famous character after the 15th Century Dutch painter, Hieronymous Bosch. As he told Bookends UK in an interview, Bosch "created richly detailed landscapes of debauchery and violence and human defilement. There is a ‘world gone mad' feel to many of his works, including one called ‘Hell' -- of which a print hangs on the wall over the computer where I write." Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Connelly:

    "I wrote a mystery story as a class paper in high school. It was called The Perfect Murder. The protagonist's named was McEvoy, a name I later used for the protagonist in The Poet. Being a witness to a crime when I was 16 was what made me interested in crime novels and mystery stories."

    "I wrote my first real murder story as a journalist for the Daytona Beach News Journal in 1980. It was about a body found in the woods. Later, the murder was linked to a serial killer who was later caught and executed for his crimes."

    "Everything I want people to know about me is in my books."

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      1. Hometown:
        Sarasota, Florida
      1. Date of Birth:
        July 21, 1956
      2. Place of Birth:
        Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
      1. Education:
        B.A. in Journalism, University of Florida, 1980
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    Chapter One

    "Someone's coming."

    Terry McCaleb looked at his wife and then followed her eyes down to the winding road below. He could see the golf cart making its way up the steep and winding road to the house. The driver was obscured by the roof of the cart.

    They were sitting on the back deck of the house he and Graciela had rented up on La Mesa Avenue. The view ranged from the narrow winding road below the house to the whole of Avalon and its harbor, and then out across the Santa Monica Bay to the haze of smog that marked overland. The view had been the reason they had chosen this house to make their new home on the island. But at the moment his wife had spoken his gaze had been on the baby in his arms, not the view. He could look no farther than his daughter's wide blue and trusting eyes.

    McCaleb saw the rental number on the side of the golf cart passing below. It wasn't a local coming. It was somebody who had probably come from overland on the Catalina Express. Still, he wondered about how Graciela knew that the visitor was coming to their house and not any of the others on La Mesa.

    He didn't ask about this she'd had premonitions before. He just waited and soon after the golf cart disappeared from sight, there was a knock at the front door. Graciela went to answer it and soon came back to the deck with a woman McCaleb had not seen in three years.

    Sheriff's Detective Jaye Winston smiled when she saw the child in his arms. It was genuine, but at the same time it was the distracted smile of someone who wasn't there to admire a new baby. McCaleb knew the thick green binder she carried in one hand and thevideo cassette in the other meant Winston was there on business. Death business.

    "Terry, howya been?" she asked.

    "Couldn't be better. You remember Graciela?"

    "Of course. And who is this?"

    "This is CiCi."

    McCaleb never used the baby's formal name around others. He only liked to call her Cielo when he was alone with her.

    "CiCi," Winston said, and hesitated as if waiting for an explanation of the name. When none came, she said, "How old?"

    "Almost four months. She's big."

    "Wow, yeah, I can see ... And the boy ... where's he?"

    "Raymond," Graciela said. "He's with some friends today. Terry had a charter and so he went with friends to the park to play softball."

    The conversation was halting and strange. Winston either wasn't really interested or was unused to such banal talk.

    "Would you like something to drink?" McCaleb offered as he passed the baby to Graciela.

    "No, I'm fine. I had a Coke on the boat."

    As if on cue, or perhaps indignant about being passed from one set of hands to another, the baby started to fuss and Graciela said she would take her inside. She left them then, standing on the porch. McCaleb pointed to the round table and chairs where they ate most nights while the baby slept.

    "Let's sit down."

    He pointed Winston to the chair that would give her the best view of the harbor. She put the green binder, which McCaleb recognized as a murder book, on the table and the video on top of it.

    "Beautiful," she said.

    "Yeah, she's amazing. I could watch her all—"

    He stopped and smiled when he realized she was talking about the view, not his child. Winston smiled, too.

    "She's beautiful, too, Terry. She really is. You look good, too, so tan and all."

    "I've been going out on the boat."

    "And your health is good?"

    "Can't complain about anything other than all the pills they make me take. But I'm three years in now and no problems. I think I'm in the clear, Jaye. I just have to keep taking the damn pills and it should stay that way."

    He smiled and he did appear to be the picture of health. As the sun had turned his skin dark it had worked to the opposite effect on his hair. Close cropped and neat, it was almost blonde now. Working on the boat had also defined the muscles of his arms and shoulders. The only giveaway was hidden under his shirt, the ten-inch scar left by transplantation surgery.

    "That's great," Winston said. "It looks like you have a wonderful setup here. New family, new home ... away from everything."

    She was silent a moment, turning her head as if to take in all of the view and the island and McCaleb's life at once. McCaleb always thought Jaye Winston was attractive in a tomboyish way. She had loose sandy blonde hair that she kept at shoulder length. She had never worn makeup back when he worked with her. But she had sharp, knowing eyes and an easy and somewhat sad smile, as if she saw the humor and tragedy in everything at once. She wore black jeans and a white t-shirt beneath a black blazer. She looked cool and tough and McCaleb knew from experience that she was. She had a habit of hooking her hair behind her ear frequently as she spoke. He found that endearing for some unknown reason. He had always thought that if he had not connected with Graciela he might have tried to know Jaye Winston better. He also sensed that Winston intuitively knew that.

    "Makes me feel guilty about why I came," she said.

    "Sort of."

    McCaleb nodded at the binder and the tape.

    "You came on business. You could have just called, Jaye. Saved some time probably."

    "No, you didn't send out any change of address or phone cards. Like maybe you didn't want people to know where you ended up."

    She hooked her hair behind her left ear and smiled again.

    "Not really," he said. "I just didn't think people would want to know where I was. So how did you find me?"

    "Asked around over at the marina on the mainland."

    "Overland. They call it overland here."

    "Overland then. They told me in the harbor master's office that you still kept a slip there but you moved the boat over here. I came over and took a water taxi around the harbor until I found it. Your friend was there. He told me how to get up here."

    "Buddy."

    McCaleb looked down into the harbor and picked out The Following Sea. It was about a half-mile or so away. He could see Buddy Lockridge bent over in the stern. After a few moments he could tell that Buddy was washing off the reels with the hose from the freshwater tank.

    "So what's this about, Jaye?" McCaleb said without looking at Winston. "Must be important for you to go through all of that on your day off. I assume you're off on Sundays."

    "Most of them."

    She pushed the tape aside and opened the binder. Now McCaleb looked over. Although it was upside down to him, he could tell the top page was a standard homicide occurrence report, usually the first page in every murder book he had ever read. It was the starting point. His eyes went to the address box.  Even upside down he could make out that it was a West Hollywood case.

    "I've got a case here I was hoping you'd take a look at. In your spare time, I mean. I think it might be your sort of thing. I was hoping you'd give me a read, maybe point me someplace I haven't been yet."

    He had known as soon as he had seen the binder in her hands that this was what she was going to ask him. But now that it had been asked he felt a confusing rush of sensations. He felt a thrill at the possibility of having a part of his old life again. He also felt guilt over the idea of bringing death into a home so full of new life and happiness. He glanced toward the open slider to see if Graciela was looking out at them. She wasn't.

    "My sort of thing?" he said. "If it's a serial you shouldn't waste time. Go to the bureau, call Maggie Griffin. She'll"

    "I did all of that, Terry. I still need you."

    "How old is this thing?"

    "Two weeks."

    Her eyes looked up from the binder to his.

    "New Year's Day?"

    She nodded.

    "First murder of the year," she said. "For L.A. County, at least. Some people think the true millennium didn't start until this year."

    "You think this is a millennium nut?"

    "Whoever did this was a nut of some order. I think. That's why I'm here."

    "What did the bureau say? Did you take this to Maggie?"

    "You haven't kept up, Terry. Maggie was sent back to Quantico. Things slowed down in the last few years out here and Behavioral Sciences pulled her back. No outpost in L.A. anymore. So, yes, I talked to her. But over the phone at Quantico. She ran it through the computer and got zilched. As far as a profile goes or anything else, I'm on a waiting list. Do you know that across the country there were thirty-four millennium inspired murders on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day? So they have their hands full at the moment and the bigger departments like us, we're at the end of the line because the bureau figures the smaller departments with less experience and expertise and manpower need their help more."

    She waited a moment while letting McCaleb consider all of this. He understood the Bureau's philosophy. It was a form of triage.

    "I don't mind waiting a month or so until Maggie or somebody else over there can work something up for me, but my gut on this one tells me time is a consideration, Terry. If it is a serial, a month may be too long to wait. That's why I thought of coming to you. I am banging my head on the wall on this one and you might be our last best hope of coming up with something to move on now. I still remember the Cemetery Man and the Code Killer. I know what you can do with a murder book and some crime scene tape."

    The last few lines were gratuitous and her only false move so far, McCaleb thought. Otherwise he believed she was sincere in the expression of her belief that the killer she was looking for might strike again.

    "It's been a long time for me, Jaye," McCaleb began. "Other than that thing with Graciela's sister, I haven't been involved in"

    "Come on, Terry, don't bullshit me, okay? You can sit here with a baby in your lap every day of the week and it still won't erase what you were and what you did. I know you. We haven't seen each other or talked in a long time but I know you. And I know that not a day goes by that you don't think about cases. Not a day."

    She paused and stared at him.

    "When they took out your heart, they didn't take out what makes you tick, know what I mean?"

    McCaleb looked away from her and back down at his boat. Buddy was now sitting in the main fighting chair, his feet up on the transom. McCaleb assumed he had a beer in his hand but it was too far to see that.

    "If you're so good at reading people, what do you need me for?"

    "I may be good but you're the best I ever knew. Hell, even if they weren't backed up till Easter in Quantico, I'd take you over any of those profilers. I mean that. You were."

    "Okay, Jaye, we don't need a sales pitch, okay? My ego is doing okay without all the."

    "Then what do you need?"

    He looked back at her.

    "Just some time. I need to think about this."

    "l'm here because my gut says I don't have much time."

    McCaleb got up and walked to the railing. His gaze was out to the sea. A Catalina Express ferry was coming in. He knew it would be almost empty. The winter months brought few visitors.

    "The boat's coming in," he said. "It's the winter schedule, Jaye. You better catch it going back or you'll be here all night."

    "I'II have dispatch send a chopper for me if I have to. Terry, all I need from you is one day at the most. One night, even. Tonight. You sit down, read the book, look at the tape and then call me in the morning, tell me what you see. Maybe it's nothing or at least nothing that's new. But maybe you'll see something we've missed or you'll get an idea we haven't come up with yet. That's all I'm asking. I don't think it's a lot."

    McCaleb looked away from the incoming boat and turned so his back leaned against the rail.

    "It doesn't seem like a lot to you because you're in the life. I'm not. I'm out of it, Jaye. Even going back into it for a day is going to change things. I moved out here to start over and to forget all the stuff I was good at. To get good at being something else. At being a father and a husband, for starters."

    Winston got up and walked to the railing. She stood next to him but looked out at the view while he remained facing his home. She spoke in a low voice. If Graciela was listening from somewhere inside, she could not hear this.

    "Remember with Graciela's sister what you told me? You told me you got a second shot at life and that there had to be a reason for it. Now you've built this life with her sister and her son and now even your own child. That's wonderful, Terry, I really think so. But that can't be the reason you were looking for. You might think it is but it's not. Deep down you know it. You were good at catching these people. Next to that, what is catching fish?"

    McCaleb nodded slightly and was uncomfortable with himself for doing it so readily.

    "Leave the stuff," he said. "I'II call you when I can."

    On the way to the door Winston looked about for Graciela but didn't see her.

    "She's probably in with the baby," McCaleb said.

    "Well, tell her I said goodbye."

    "I will."

    There was an awkward silence the rest of the way to the door. Finally, as McCaleb opened it, Winston spoke.

    "So what's it like, Terry? Being a father."

    "It's the best of times, it's the worst of times."

    His stock answer. He then thought a moment and then added something he had thought about but never said, not even to Graciela.

    "It's like having a gun to your head all the time."

    Winston looked confused and maybe even a little concerned.

    "How so?"

    "Because I know if anything ever happens to her, anything, then my life is over."

    She nodded.

    "I think I can understand that."

    She went through the door.  She looked rather silly as she left.  A seasoned homicide detective riding away in a golf cart.

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    • Posted September 23, 2011

      TEAM BOSCH!!!

      I've read all the Harry Bosch novels so far and have loved all of them. But, if this were the first HB book I ever read, I probably would have never continued the series. Terry McCaleb's character is boring and annoying, to say the least. There is nothing intriguing about him whatsoever. I wish there was more Bosch in this book. I do feel that if you are reading the HB series, you should read this though. There is a lot of continuity in the series, and you really don't want to miss anything. I'm glad that HB #8 does not include Terry McCaleb.

      7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted March 19, 2009

      Painted into a Corner

      It was inevitable. Michael Connelly has created a tale out of the fact that Detective Hieronymous Bosch shares the name of a darkly visioned painter from the sixteenth century. Once again, much of the enjoyment of the book derives from the charater of the modern Hieronymous. Despite a past that might have crippled him, he is tough rather than hard, resilient rather than defeated.

      3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted May 14, 2010

      A brooding Connelly

      A Darkness More Than Night explores the nature of Harry Bosch as he works to resolve an intertwined plot. Terry McCaleb is learning to live a new life with beautiful family despite the conflict of his nature. McCaleb is drawn into examining a mystery that reminds him of his former career. McCaleb the heart-tranplant survivor probably should not be involved in the darkness of crime. But, isn't that who he is? Along the way, the reader receives a bit of art education that can be researched further for interest sake. There are a number of twists along the way that will challenge the reader's detective skill.

      2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted March 7, 2009

      So-so

      So far, the weakest of the series.Didn't care for the dual principals role thing with Bosch and McCaleb, shifting back and forth. Not a great ending either. Kind of weak compared to the rest. Next..

      2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 15, 2003

      Not Among His Best

      McCaleb and Bosch. Not as interesting as I had hoped. In fact I felt the McCaleb character was almost 'annoying'. And once again Connelly is a little hamfisted in his plot twists. And also once again you really have to suspend your belief that the murders as described would happen. Just seemed like an excuse to leave clues for the pill-popping, transplant patient, family man, in touch with everyone's feelings, Terry McCaleb to find.I was also put off by the throwing in of Jack McEnvoy from the Poet. Seems more like self promotion then a necessary addition to the story. The book moves along at a nice pace and is full of descriptive imagery but all in all I can't say I would recommend it.

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 4, 2001

      Hang On!!!!

      In a story that combines two of his characters from earlier novels as main focal points and, at one point or another, mentions just about every other one he has written, Connelly has written one of the best suspense novels in recent memory. Beginning with Bosch interviewing a suspect in an earlier case, the pace is set at fast and just builds until you feel like you are riding the Bullet Train from London to Paris. As you read, you come across references to earlier works 'VOID MOON' and 'THE POET' just to name two. Be prepared though, because once you start you WILL NOT be able to put it down. So plan for at least one sleepless night if not more.

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 16, 2001

      One of Micheal Connelly's best

      This is definately one of his best works. It combines two superb characters with a story that has twists and turns you don't expect. It also delves into the psyche of the characters in typical Connelly fashion.

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 23, 2000

      Good, but not Connelly's best book

      'A Darkness More Than Night' is a good read but not one of Connelly's best novels. The darkness metaphors are a little thick (count the number of times the title pops up and the many moody jukebox songs in the background) and the decision to throw in characters and references from nearly all of his past books felt a little gimmicky. (Hello, Jack McEvoy! Hello, Thelma Kibble!) The writing and procedural is detail is crackerjack, as always, but the solution to the mystery is a little flat by Connelly standards.

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 7, 2012

      recommended-must read

      It is fascinating how the author can lead you down one road then find out that they have been lead down another with the twist and turn of there stories.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 5, 2005

      Bosch's Humanity Revealed!

      The older Harry gets, the more he reveals his true character. Awash with angst, Harry gets help from Terry, our 'Bloodwork' hero, who watches every step because of his transplanted heart. The fact that his heart belongs to his sister-in-law thickens the plot in a positive way. Luckily, I was able to read all of Conneley's novels in chronological order. A wonderful collection that always leaves the reader anticipating the next addition to the series. If I could suggest anything, I would like to see the 'crime novel' style move toward the classic 'who-done-it' style in the Christie mode. I think it would challenge the reader and bring in a whole new group of fans.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 5, 2001

      An Illuminating Read Despite the Title!

      What a novel idea to combine his favorite protagonist Harry Bosch with Terry Mc of Blood Work, a somewhat weaker protagonist in my view. Suddenly one is collaborating with, then investigating the other. The reader is forced to look with new eyes at the horrific idea that our usual hero may be more flawed than allowable! As a plus, the reader receives a lesson in art as well as one in the duplicitous nature of evil. If you are a Connelly fan, don't miss this one.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 22, 2000

      A Sure-Fire Bestseller!

      Michael Connelly's newest book, A Darkness More Than Night, features Terry McCaleb and Jaye Winston (from Blood Work)and Harry Bosch in a thriller that will definitely keep you glued to your seat. Be prepared for the pages to seem that they they are flying through your fingers. If you liked Blood Work, you'll greatly enjoy seeing how McCaleb tries to once again see inside a horrifyingly deranged criminal mind. What he uncovers, however, will not seem possible. In typical Connelly fashion, he develops characters, both good and bad, that are very well-developed and ones you'll feel are very real. Further, his plot will keep you engrossed from first page to last. Don't hesitate to add A Darkness More Than Night to your must-read list.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 18, 2014

      Flashfire

      I don't care for the x fbi guy. His concerns and physical weakness, tho understandable, do not work within the tough guy world Connelly has created. Beyond this, I think this may be one of his best, which, when considering that he is one of the best (living) writers out there; says a lot for this book.
      Don't miss this one!

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    • Posted February 9, 2014

      Perfect for Harry Bosch fans!

      My first Bosch/McCaleb book, and I really enjoyed the intertwining of the two characters - well done. Harry is such an interesting, and complex character, who rarely compromises his scruples. They experienced each other with ethical dilemmas and had to live with it all in the end. Great read!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 31, 2014

      Good read

      It's ok jumps around to much

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    • Posted November 21, 2013

      Excellent Read!

      I enjoy all of Michael Connelly's work. My favorite character of his is definitely Harry Bosch (There is also a great cast of "regulars" that Harry interacts with in each volume.) I have read 11 of the Bosch books and have a goal to finish all that are currently available. Connelly and Bosch never fail to hold my attention to the always riveting story lines. Read the Terry McCaleb books, too.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 17, 2013

      50/50

      Not great but a pleasant read on a foggy rainy weekend.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 1, 2013

      Good job

      Hard to put down. Good characters.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 21, 2013

      Dawne

      I happen to e joy the McCaleb character very much and was horrified that his character died. I actually shed some tears. To have come so far a d just end it. I'm not a happy camper.

      0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted July 6, 2013

      Another Fun Read

      A typical Harry Bosch story with a twist. Exciting reading.

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