The release of a new Michael Connelly book is something like a national holiday in my house, so I freely admit I may have some bias issues here. The Overlook is a Harry Bosch story that was originally serialized in the New York Times last year, then reedited with additions made and put out for publication. It’s a slim volume, about half the size of a usual Connelly book, and also reads a bit quicker as he’s amped the intensity up.
Harry has to play politics here, dealing with a possible Homeland Security issue when a doctor who handles radioactive material is found murdered. Fearing a terrorist plot, the FBI swoops in, including an old flame, Rachel Walling, and Harry has to fight to keep ownership of the case as well as breaking in a new partner, Ignacio Ferras.
Aside from the underutilized Ferras, who we never really get to know, Connelly does a fine job here. The terrorist plot angle is new to the Harry Bosch novels, which usually deal with old-school Bosch grappling with demons while getting the bad guys, and is a nice nod to the new realities of post 9/11 law enforcement. The Overlook is a fine addition to the Connelly canon.