Not much of a post today… a few thoughts on Michael Connelly, and a link to two new galleries…
If you love a thriller, a mystery, then he writes good ones… intriguing puzzles, that are not so wild you cannot grasp them…he uses profanity with limits… F* this and F* that can get tedious… Connelly and his heroes respect women and authority, while there are characters in positions of authority who are decidedly corrupted by their power , there are also those who refuse to be corrupted by power…
I like that while not all of his novels are Harry Bosch novels, all his characters seem to make an appearance elsewhere, in computer software terminology, like finding Easter eggs … the overlapping is fun… a string of night clubs figure prominently in one novel (Lost Light) and one of the night clubs is mentioned in another novel (Chasing the Dime). He sprinkles these bits of trivia throughout all of them and it delights.
Rogue cops pay… there are consequences, not always those meted out by man, sometimes, what is reaped is internal… but I admire Connelly that he sees that we might not get “caught,” but we do always “pay.” And then there is grace… love changes things in his novels: characters are redeemed: people forgive.
The first Connelly book I read was The Narrows… Rachel Walling and Harry meet and end up solving the murder of a character from another novel… at the beginning of this book, we learn Rachel has been demoted for actions at the end of The Poet… well, it didn’t really wreck The Poet for me, when I read it… but I guess it might for some… the strength of The Poet for me was about the brother’s guilt over things in the past… and his trying to make it right by his dead brother… so knowing who the killer was… did not diminish the experience for me, but maybe you should read The Poet first then The Narrows, other than that here is a link to his book list…. I personally don’t think with the exception of The Poet and The Narrows… the order matters… interestingly though, in Chasing the Dime, the main character is haunted by the actions of the killer in The Concrete Blond… but no secrets are given away.
Okay so this was basically an Angie post… with all the Michael Connelly ramblings…. and I might try The Memory Keeper’s Daughter… but basically am a chicken…(yella-bellied at that)