Michael Connelly just celebrated a milestone. No, it was not his birthday, but the 20th "birthday" of Hieronymous "Harry" Bosch, the LAPD homicide detective Connelly introduced in his 1992 novel, The Black Echo.
How can Michael Connelly get better at his craft of writing! Just when you think he has reached the pinnacle of his career with a certain novel he comes along with a new one that is even better. Such is the case with The Black Box, a crime thriller that is pretty near perfection.
In a line stretching from Dashiel Hammett to Dennis Lehane, from James M. Cain to George Pellicanos, from Ed McBain to Sue Grafton, the best crime fiction -- like all great fiction, period -- shows us who we are.