Tuesday, August 07, 2007

The Overlook by Michael Connelly

Published in 2007. 225 pages.

I have been a fan of Michael Connelly and his character Harry Bosch since I picked up a paperback copy of The Concrete Blonde at a check-out stand. That was Connelly's third novel, and I went back to the previous two and then have read every novel he has written since, many of them featuring Harry Bosch. (I haven't yet read Connelly's non-fiction collection, Crime Beat, published in 2006).

I thoroughly enjoyed this latest Bosch novel, Connelly's eighteenth work of fiction. Originally published, in a shorter version, as a sixteen-part serial in the New York Times Magazine, The Overlook is a well-written, intelligent detective story. I heartily recommend it!

You can find out more about the novel, including discussion questions and a trivia quiz, at Connelly's website here.

By the way, this is the third of my Beach Blanket Bonanza fun summer reads.



  1. I like his work. I will check this out too soon.

  2. This is an author who I know of, yet I don't think I've ever read anything. I'll have to change that!

  3. I've picked up his books a few times and never followed through. I think it's time to give him a try. Do I need to read them in order?

  4. I'm always looking for a good read and I enjoy a well written mystery so I'll try Connolly--I was wondering the same thing as bookgal, do you need to read the books in order?

  5. bookgal and irishcoda: when i wrote my review, i considered saying something like "even if you haven't read the previous Harry Bosch novels, i think you'll like this book." i guess i should have! :) i would recommend, however, that if you like this one - or if you're ready for the commitment of an entire series - that you start at the beginning. that way you can see the development of the character through time. btw, connelly also has several non-Bosch novels, if you just want to check out his style. enjoy!

  6. I love this series, too. Haven't read this one, so it's going on the list. Otherwise I might forget about it.

    I've been gone the last 6 weeks and didn't hear about the beach blanket bonanza. What a great button and a fun sounding challenge.