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A short story featuring LAPD detective Harry Bosch and FBI agent Rachel Walling. The story was first published in the 2010 anthology Hook, Line & Sinister.


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A short story featuring LAPD detective Harry Bosch and FBI agent Rachel Walling. The story was first published in the 2010 anthology Hook, Line & Sinister.

30 review for Blue on Black

  1. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    Bringing a new meaning to 'short story', Connelly delivers a swift story that pairs Harry Bosch with Rachel Walling. After 600 hours of searching, Bosch and his team cannot pin two murders to a man with a long history of being a sexual predator. While he can be traced to the vicinity of the disappearances, Denninger appears ready to get away with the perfect crimes. Walling and Bosch have a quick discussion and look over a collection of photos in the man's home. A long-shot tip sends Bosch out t Bringing a new meaning to 'short story', Connelly delivers a swift story that pairs Harry Bosch with Rachel Walling. After 600 hours of searching, Bosch and his team cannot pin two murders to a man with a long history of being a sexual predator. While he can be traced to the vicinity of the disappearances, Denninger appears ready to get away with the perfect crimes. Walling and Bosch have a quick discussion and look over a collection of photos in the man's home. A long-shot tip sends Bosch out to investigate one lead, in the most unique of body dump locations. Whether it pays off, only time will tell. A nice story, perfect for that time the reader has while supper's in the oven. Having been a long-time Harry Bosch (and Michael Connelly) fan, I devour almost anything that bears his name. While reading this is a mere ten minutes, I feel as though I had done so before, or another author used the same idea. Either way, there is not much time to develop much substantive fodder to review, but it does bear mentioning that Connelly does have a way of pulling the reader in from the outset and keeping things interesting until the very end. Such was the case with this piece. Its star-ranking may appear low mainly because there was not enough to merit its receiving much more. Kudos, Mr. Connelly for this wonderful piece. I cannot wait for Bosch's next full-length novel coming very soon! Like/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    Super short. Super quick. Not a super story.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Obsidian

    What a great short story by Connelly! I had no idea that he even wrote some stand alone stories starring Harry Bosch. This one was great and we even get some interaction with a character familiar to longstanding readers, Rachel Walling. "Blue on Black" is a short story between Connelly's "Nine Dragons" and "The Drop." Harry thinks that a man that they have been following, named Denniger is responsible for two young women who are missing. Harry asks FBI agent Rachel Walling to look at what he has What a great short story by Connelly! I had no idea that he even wrote some stand alone stories starring Harry Bosch. This one was great and we even get some interaction with a character familiar to longstanding readers, Rachel Walling. "Blue on Black" is a short story between Connelly's "Nine Dragons" and "The Drop." Harry thinks that a man that they have been following, named Denniger is responsible for two young women who are missing. Harry asks FBI agent Rachel Walling to look at what he has so far in order to help him figure out if Denniger is their man. I liked how the story came together and the role that Rachel plays with things. Connelly is able to evoke so much emotion in this story with Harry wanting to make sure that the two young men have someone that stands for them. I know a lot of people complained this was too short, but to me I thought it was pitch perfect. It made me want to go back and re-read the Harry Bosch series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    Homicide Detective Harry Bosch is working a case where two women have disappeared. Harry believes he knows who is responsible for their deaths, but he has had no luck coming up with actual evidence. Harry asks FBI Profiler Rachel Walling to take a look at the case to see if she can point him in the right direction. This very short story felt like a chapter out of a Harry Bosch book. Read it if you can get it from the library, but don't spend money on a story that only takes 10-15 minutes to read. Homicide Detective Harry Bosch is working a case where two women have disappeared. Harry believes he knows who is responsible for their deaths, but he has had no luck coming up with actual evidence. Harry asks FBI Profiler Rachel Walling to take a look at the case to see if she can point him in the right direction. This very short story felt like a chapter out of a Harry Bosch book. Read it if you can get it from the library, but don't spend money on a story that only takes 10-15 minutes to read. My rating: 3 Stars.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Fred

    Very easy & nice, under 15 minutes.... Titus Welliver as Harry Bosch Bosch tracks 2 murders in the marina Del Ray area. The suspect has no human blood evidence on his boat. His hobbies are fishing & poker. He lost his “hand held” fishing GPS in a poker game. How could a fishing GPS turn up murder evidence? FYI: Michael Connelly - Police & FBI Acronyms Very easy & nice, under 15 minutes.... Titus Welliver as Harry Bosch Bosch tracks 2 murders in the marina Del Ray area. The suspect has no human blood evidence on his boat. His hobbies are fishing & poker. He lost his “hand held” fishing GPS in a poker game. How could a fishing GPS turn up murder evidence? FYI: Michael Connelly - Police & FBI Acronyms

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ammar

    A very very short story Harry is trying to pin the crime on a sexual predator who was lurking in the area ... will he be successful ???

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    Good, but really short & the device was also used before in #10 A Darkness More Than Night(Harry Bosch #7, Terry McCaleb #2). This story features just Harry. This is #21.6 in the Harry Bosch Universe. See my review of The Black Echo for the full chronology here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Good, but really short & the device was also used before in #10 A Darkness More Than Night(Harry Bosch #7, Terry McCaleb #2). This story features just Harry. This is #21.6 in the Harry Bosch Universe. See my review of The Black Echo for the full chronology here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Moonkiszt

    Harry Bosch. A favorite. My LA youth rises up when I read about him and his cases, am reminded of the dark, sad world he cleans up after, yet has a kind of relentless hope that most people are going to do the right thing. This 17-minute listen did NOT disappoint. I re-listened to the last of it 5 times, just to keep it soaking in and not ending. . . .blue on black. . . . .

  9. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    It took less than 10 minutes to read this 8-page short story (18, if you count the cover, publisher's page, acknowledgment page, etc.), and it was over before it started. It took less than 10 minutes to read this 8-page short story (18, if you count the cover, publisher's page, acknowledgment page, etc.), and it was over before it started.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Carol Jones-Campbell

    Wow, Short story takes on new meaning. This is a surprising take of Connelly. From the New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly, a short story featuring LAPD Detective Harry Bosch and FBI agent Rachel Walling. Two women seem to have gone missing and LAPD Detective Harry Bosch has a strong suspicion that an avid fisherman named Denninger is the culprit. Bosch needs something stronger than a suspicion to bring Denninger in, but all he has are a handful of photos--prior mug shots and pict Wow, Short story takes on new meaning. This is a surprising take of Connelly. From the New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly, a short story featuring LAPD Detective Harry Bosch and FBI agent Rachel Walling. Two women seem to have gone missing and LAPD Detective Harry Bosch has a strong suspicion that an avid fisherman named Denninger is the culprit. Bosch needs something stronger than a suspicion to bring Denninger in, but all he has are a handful of photos--prior mug shots and pictures of Denninger posing with prize fish. Sounded like they were having a lot of fun and were enjoying themselves tremendously while fishing. It's not much to go on, and Bosch is running of time, which is why he calls an FBI Agent Rachel Walling. What she sees in these photos could throw his case wide open. "Blue on Black" by Michael Connelly is one of 20 short stories within Mulholland Books. Don't highly recommend. Didn't get much out of it at all. To each their own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Gary

    I love the Michael Connelly books, especially the Harry Bosch series but to be honest this book is so short (25 pages) there is little to admire other than the writing style. Harry Bosch is trying to locate the dead bodies to prove the case against a sexual predator. A killer who has escaped prosecution due to no evidence ever been found. The book feature Harry Bosch and Rachel Walling discussing the case while looking at photo's in the suspect's home. One photo sets Bosch off on a hunch to loca I love the Michael Connelly books, especially the Harry Bosch series but to be honest this book is so short (25 pages) there is little to admire other than the writing style. Harry Bosch is trying to locate the dead bodies to prove the case against a sexual predator. A killer who has escaped prosecution due to no evidence ever been found. The book feature Harry Bosch and Rachel Walling discussing the case while looking at photo's in the suspect's home. One photo sets Bosch off on a hunch to locate the missing bodies. All this very short read gave me was a longing to read the next Michael Connelly novel.

  12. 4 out of 5

    paul george

    Too short too easy to solve When a mystery is solved in a few pages, I want my money back. Live and learn,, no more short stories by Michael Connelly

  13. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    I didn’t realize this was a short story when I downloaded the audiobook from Libby.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Vicki Willis

    An extremely short story with Harry Bosch. It was interesting, but didn't really add anything to the Universe of Harry. It could have been any main character. An extremely short story with Harry Bosch. It was interesting, but didn't really add anything to the Universe of Harry. It could have been any main character.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jimmie

    Blue on Black is a short Harry Bosch detective story that finds Harry solving a serial killer investigation. I have read all of the Harry Bosch novels and I have not come across this type of investigation. Kudos once again goes to Mr. Connelly for continuing to push the boundaries with his character development of Harry Bosch. I was first introduced to Mr. Connelly's books when I found one of his novels in the LAX parking garage trash can. I was hooked like a fish after reading that first Michae Blue on Black is a short Harry Bosch detective story that finds Harry solving a serial killer investigation. I have read all of the Harry Bosch novels and I have not come across this type of investigation. Kudos once again goes to Mr. Connelly for continuing to push the boundaries with his character development of Harry Bosch. I was first introduced to Mr. Connelly's books when I found one of his novels in the LAX parking garage trash can. I was hooked like a fish after reading that first Michael Connelly book. I have enjoyed reading about how Bosch has progressed as each book is published. Blue on Black provided an eerie connection as two of the killers in the book are the same names as my kids. After I recovered from this realization, I continued to devour the book like every other Harry Bosch book. Mr. Connelly continues to impress me with his writing skills. I highly recommend this book to any Harry Bosch, Michael Connelly or police procedural fan.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    Blue on Black This is a good short story by Michael Connelly. I've been meaning to read his Bosch series for a while now and until I get the chance I enjoy reading his short stories. Blue on Black This is a good short story by Michael Connelly. I've been meaning to read his Bosch series for a while now and until I get the chance I enjoy reading his short stories.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Pop

    Quick short story. Just OK.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Nice filler story for Harry Bosch

  19. 5 out of 5

    Corban Ford

    I LOVE Michael Connelly's work, and this was another solid entry, short story featuring Connelly's LAPD detective Harry Bosch and FBI agent Rachel Walling. A very solid quick read, that I only wish had a better ending to the story. I LOVE Michael Connelly's work, and this was another solid entry, short story featuring Connelly's LAPD detective Harry Bosch and FBI agent Rachel Walling. A very solid quick read, that I only wish had a better ending to the story.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)

    way way way way too short but very excellent! even 5 or 10 more pages would be helpful...not sure I'll try this type again. way way way way too short but very excellent! even 5 or 10 more pages would be helpful...not sure I'll try this type again.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jim A

    Very short Harry Bosch story. If a Bosch fan, worth the read. If not, there's not enough of a story there to pique your interest in reading the full novels. Very short Harry Bosch story. If a Bosch fan, worth the read. If not, there's not enough of a story there to pique your interest in reading the full novels.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Emilee Ashline

    Short but Sweet I guess I am have to gonna catch up on the Bosch series. This little mini chapter or sample of a book, if that's what you want to call it, got my attention!! Short but Sweet I guess I am have to gonna catch up on the Bosch series. This little mini chapter or sample of a book, if that's what you want to call it, got my attention!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alan Teder

    When Harry Met... Review of the Hachette Audio audiobook edition (2016) of the story that first appeared in the anthology Hook, Line & Sinister: Mysteries to Reel You In (2010) Very short story with Harry Bosch asking for FBI Profiler Rachel Walling's assistance on a case. I had missed this one when it first came out and just caught up on it now thanks to the Toronto Public Library's Audiobook download service. (Thanks to Karan for the tip!) Narrated by the Harry Bosch TV-series (2014-2021) actor T When Harry Met... Review of the Hachette Audio audiobook edition (2016) of the story that first appeared in the anthology Hook, Line & Sinister: Mysteries to Reel You In (2010) Very short story with Harry Bosch asking for FBI Profiler Rachel Walling's assistance on a case. I had missed this one when it first came out and just caught up on it now thanks to the Toronto Public Library's Audiobook download service. (Thanks to Karan for the tip!) Narrated by the Harry Bosch TV-series (2014-2021) actor Titus Welliver, which lends it an authentic gravitas.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    Way too short. Not enough of anything and everything suffers for it save Welliver's narration. Way too short. Not enough of anything and everything suffers for it save Welliver's narration.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Magpie67

    Short, but worth the listen as Titus Welliver crooned in my ear. Love that man's voice. The case has hit a dead spot, but Bosch is sure he has the man who has abducted women. He calls in the FBI, Rachel, to look at the evidence... to give him some new perspective and she does. BAU tell/tells, profiling, love that stuff. Wish there were more novella titles. Short, but worth the listen as Titus Welliver crooned in my ear. Love that man's voice. The case has hit a dead spot, but Bosch is sure he has the man who has abducted women. He calls in the FBI, Rachel, to look at the evidence... to give him some new perspective and she does. BAU tell/tells, profiling, love that stuff. Wish there were more novella titles.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jerrod Carter

    It usually takes me five minutes to really get the story progression in my head when I'm starting a new book. Just about the time that happened, this one was over. I thought perhaps I'd just gotten a teaser instead of the book. I've read longer magazine articles. Bummed. It usually takes me five minutes to really get the story progression in my head when I'm starting a new book. Just about the time that happened, this one was over. I thought perhaps I'd just gotten a teaser instead of the book. I've read longer magazine articles. Bummed.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jerry Hooten

    Brilliant! Michael Connelly does it again. A complete murder mystery in a short story. No way you can stop reading until the end.

  28. 5 out of 5

    pianogal

    Short but pointless. Was written as part of the Hook, Line & Sinister book and I think proceeds were given to charity. Good cause. Wimpy story.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dorsi

    This wasn't a short story. It was barely a short chapter. The only reasons I'm giving this even 3 stars is because I can't say it was bad and it was read by my fav, Titus Welliver. This wasn't a short story. It was barely a short chapter. The only reasons I'm giving this even 3 stars is because I can't say it was bad and it was read by my fav, Titus Welliver.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Susannah Carleton

    Good short story that’s related to an earlier story with Bosch and Terry McCaleb.

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