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The Closers

Michael Connelly, Author, Len Cariou, Read by
Michael Connelly, Author, Len Cariou, Read by , read by Len Cariou. Time Warner AudioBooks $46.98 (0p) ISBN 978-1-59483-020-4
Reviewed on: 07/11/2005
Release date: 05/01/2005
Mass Market Paperbound - 456 pages
Pre-Recorded Audio Player - 978-1-60252-604-4
Paperback - 365 pages - 978-957-08-3032-3
Pre-Recorded Audio Player - 978-1-60788-830-7
Ebook - 978-0-7595-7419-9
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Hardcover - 403 pages - 978-0-316-73494-3
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-1-59483-019-8
Hardcover - 579 pages - 978-0-316-05883-4
Compact Disc - 978-1-4159-0819-8
Paperback - 420 pages - 978-0-446-69955-6
Compact Disc - 978-1-60024-248-9
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Connelly's bruised but unbeaten crime buster, Harry Bosch, is back in harness at the Los Angeles Police Department after a two-book retirement (Lost Light , The Narrows ) during which he sought justice as a private eye. Luckily, reader Cariou has returned with him. Cariou's deep, dry and slightly mournful delivery proved a perfect match for Bosch's moody first-person PI narration. With Connelly reverting to the third-person format he prefers for his hero's police procedural cases, Cariou opts for a more objective, faster-paced, just-the-facts-ma'am approach to the descriptive passages, smoothly slipping back into Bosch-voice for the book's abundant dialogue sequences. Finding the right nuances for that voice is a tougher job this go-round, since Harry is in a state of constant emotional flux. He's happy to be back on the force, working with his former partner Kiz Rider and, for the first time, for men he respects, but he's not sure he can adjust to the new, streamlined LAPD. Cariou effectively enacts a large, carefully crafted cast of suspects, victims and cops, maneuvering easily past ethnic and sexist vocal land mines. Judiciously placed blues and jazz riffs add the finishing touches to this solid audio production. Bonus features include Connelly explaining Bosch's return to the LAPD, plus his reading of a chapter from his next novel, The Lincoln Lawyer , featuring Bosch's half-brother. Simultaneous release with Little, Brown hardcover (Reviews, Apr. 4). (May)

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