A Darkness More Than Night is a re-read that I didn’t initially realise was a re-read. I recently listened to and greatly enjoyed Blood Work, the first in Michael Connelly’s Terry McCaleb series, and swiftly moved onto the second. It turns out that I read it five years ago as part of the Bosch series, but my memories were so dim that it didn’t impact on the experience this time around.
Darkness treads much shakier ground than Blood Work. While the previous book was tightly plotted with a strong emotional core, Darkness relies on huge leaps and bounds of logic that meant I could never truly suspend disbelief. It does have the benefit of starring Connelly’s most famous protagonist, Harry Bosch, alongside McCaleb, and the court case Bosch testifies on held my interest more firmly than the central case.
Still, I’m sad that the McCaleb series comes to an abrupt end here. There’s an unhappy coda in The Narrows that I knew was coming before I even began Blood Work, but I think Terry is a character Connelly could have got much more mileage out of had he chosen to. I’ve been toying with the idea of going back and re-reading the early Bosch books that I don’t remember so well, but on the basis of A Darkness More Than Night, I definitely prefer the older, wiser Bosch of today.
[Read from 11-22 July 2017]