Desert Star by Michael Connelly

In the novel published 2022 Bosch is older. Grumpier. Long retired.

LAPD detective Renée Ballard had quit the force, as well, in the face of misogyny, demoralization, and endless red tape.

But Renée’s convinced to return and rebuild the cold case unit at the elite Robbery-Homicide Division.

With no budget, she recruits volunteers. Who’s #1 on her list? … Harry Bosch.

Two cases play out in parallel. As always, Bosch is the worst kind of underling. But certainly keeps momentum to try to solve the cases. Ballard needs him.

One thing I love about Bosch books is how they include their mistakes. And never downplay the challenges of Los Angeles traffic. It makes these meticulous police investigations feel much more real.

Not the best of Connelly’s procedurals, but nobody else does them better than his second-best.

Kirkus Reviews

I quite like the end of the book. Surprising, yet believable.

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