Always love Bosch! Our hero is getting old, maybe to old to be the hero he's been in the past. I think Connelly realized even Indiana Jones has to hang up his hat at some point, but instead he decided to create Rene Ballard to counteract Harry's age related deficiencies. You still get what I think makes Bosch such a long term bankable character, his ever endearing drive to make sure everyone counts. Every step in his process, whether personal, case related or both, continues to show the characters compassion and high understanding of the human condition, flawed or otherwise. He still has his instincts and his years of wisdom benefit and balance out the new Ballard character. The back and forth narration between Ballard and Bosch is orchestrated perfectly in the stories timeline. Harry does come off as reduced, not in print but more in role. I think going forward with future B&B projects he'll make up more of the ink, but for this novel, in introducing Rene Ballard Connelly is right in putting most of the meat on her bone. Does the character justice by delving into her past, present and gives the reader all the information needed to see exactly who she is by fully developing her all around in all aspects. The plot, not the most intricate of Connellys but I fault him not as character history/development is more important on the Ballard side in this new series. The story is as always, entertaining, there is always an aspect of depression and darkness in the overall tone of any Bosch related novel, but Connelly flashes his Michael Bay esque fun and fireworks to infiltrate that madness at times throughout. He keeps things interesting and to me, much faster paced with the subplots inside the main. I look forward to reading the next in the series, or should say listening, as the Welliver narration is perfect, as per usual. If your looking to see Harry Bosch as he was 20 years ago, he's not that man anymore, in almost all ways, he's ever changing, ever pondering his past and finding new ways to continue his craft. As for Ballard, she is not even close to being as interesting or complex as Harry, but Connelly has pens or keys that can get her there, hopefully he does. Until the next one, hold fast.