A DARKNESS MORE THAN NIGHT by Michael Connelly
Terrence McCaleb, the retired FBI agent who starred in the bestseller Blood Work, is asked by the LAPD to help them investigate a series of murders that have them baffled. They are the kind of ritualized killings that McCaleb specialized in solving with the FBI, and he is reluctantly drawn from his peaceful new life back into the horror and excitement of tracking down a terrifying homicidal maniac.
More horrifying still, the suspect who seems to fit the profile that McCaleb develops is someone he has known and worked with in the past: LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch.
This was certainly a different Harry Bosch book. In fact, when I started reading it, it seemed to revolve around Terry McCaleb so much that I had to recheck to make sure it really was part of the Harry Bosch series.
Harry was involved in a murder trial of a Hollywood producer. Terry was investigating the murder of a man who walked away from a murder charge 6 years earlier - a murder that Harry had investigated. The murder scene was gruesome, based on a painting by Hieronymus Bosch (the man Harry was named for). Somehow, the two cases became interconnected by the end of the book.
I didn't care for this book as much as the earlier books in the series, mainly because Harry seemed to be playing more of a supporting role. Instead of being the hunter, he was the hunted. I want to see Harry back in control of an investigation.
On a side note, I did look up Hieronymus Bosch and check out the paintings mentioned in the book. Strange work and somewhat scary.
I have the next Harry Bosch book, CITY OF BONES, ready to read.