Large Print Edition
By Michael Connelly
Little, Brown and Company, 2009, 672 pages ISBN 978-0-3160-4367-0
Reviewed by Israel Drazin - October 21, 2009
Michael Connelly, New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one books, is generally acknowledged as one of America’s top mystery writer, but this book, with characters from his prior best seller The Poet, lags.
The plot and subplots are good, the characters are finely drawn and the good people are likable and the bad ones disliked by readers, as it should be. There is drama and there is suspense, but the book is overlong.
The novel would have been better if it was cut by about a hundred pages. The subplot about Angela Cook, which took up the first hundred pages could have been dropped or summarized in a page or two.
It may have helped if Mr. Connelly had spent more time telling his readers about Rachel Wallings and about the Scarecrow. It would have been interesting to learn more about why the Scarecrow became the kind of man he became and more about his psychological sexual hang-up.
Dr. Israel Drazin is the author of fifteen books, including a series of five volumes on the Aramaic translation of the Hebrew Bible and a series of four books on the twelfth century philosopher Moses Maimonides, the latest being Maimonides: Reason Above All, published by Gefen Publishing House, www.israelbooks.com.