Book Review: A Darkness More Than Night

Michael Connelly pits his Blood Work hero, former FBI agent Terry McCaleb, against his L.A. homicide detective Harry Bosch in a terrific exploration of good, evil and the greys in between. McCaleb, after having undergone a heart transplant, is leading a blissful new life, or so he thinks, running a fishing charter off Catalina Island, until he is ensnared in a police investigation that will cost him dear, while opening doors to the lives of Hollywood elite who will stop at nothing in order to get away from murder. Between McCaleb's psychological insight and Bosch's solid detective work, Connelly's A Darkness More Than Night is as much an ideological clash as it's a battle of right vs. wrong that's part murder mystery, part legal thriller, part psychological drama and all parts gripping. Connelly, having been a crime reporter for Los Angeles Times himself, pushes his protagonists to the edge of moral ambiguity, while crafting an intelligent police procedural that is riveting from start to finish.