A Darkness More Than Night is not a typical Harry Bosch novel by Michael Connelly. It is the seventh novel featuring the Los Angeles Detective. It featured former FBI profiler Terry McCaleb and reporter Jack McEvoy, who were first featured in the Connelly’s The Poet.
Unlike other Harry Bosch novels, the detective is not the main investigator in A Darkness More Than Night. It started with Detective Jaye Winston of the sheriff’s department paying McCaleb a visit and asking him to help solve the murder case of Edward Gunn, a small time criminal who has a long history with Harry Bosch. After McCaleb analyzed the case, the clues seemed to point toward Harry Bosch.
Detective Harry Bosch doesn’t know that he is now the prime suspect of a FBI investigation of a murder. He’s currently busy in court as the prosecution witness in the trial of David Storey, a movie director who is accused for the murder of an actress.
The evidence is strong but if you read the previous Harry Bosch novels then you’ll get the feeling that something is wrong. Because of this, A Darkness More Than Night became too predictable for me. Maybe I just have too much faith in Detective Bosch and I want all cops to be like him. But then there are those who turn out to be Rudy Tafero, a former LAPD detective who is now a private investigator working for David Storey.
I was excited to read a Bosch versus McCaleb novel but it didn’t turn out to be that way. McCaleb turned 180 degrees with his accusation and helped Bosch get his name cleared. But it was interesting to read about Harry Bosch through the eyes of another investigator. You get to learn more about Harry Bosch and his persona through A Darkness More Than Night.
Being a Connelly fan, I hate to admit it but A Darkness More Than Night is not as gripping as the previous Michael Connelly books I’ve read. It is easy to point out who killed Edward Gunn. You just have to believe that there are no coincidences in this world. This might be weaker than the other Connelly books but it was still a fun read.