... also if the first two stories of this collection seem to be written as some kind of first or max second draft, to be - maybe - elaborated later...
I like Michael Connelly and the way he writes and I love Harry Bosch, and so I would buy also a shopping list of those two long-time friends of mine. But this time, because of some missing pieces, only a 4-star rating.
In SUICIDE RUN I had the feeling that the story came absolutely to an much too abrupt end... There was far more potential in the story than has been utilised by the author. Hollywood, a young, very beautiful "Marylin Monroe" - called like that because of the way she - apperently - chose her exit out, the search for similar cases - there should have been more. But it's an easy read and got my interest.
The second one CIELO AZUL is the one that has a more of humaneness inside than the usual crime short stories... Harry Bosch drives up to St. Quentin to ask a killer awaiting to meet the Needle ONE question - only that a killer is always a killer for some reason. And that a man of his kind hasn't one shred of humanity left in his flesh, blood and bones. A very gripping but sad, sad read.
The third story is the longest of the three and also the most elaborated. In ONE DOLLAR JACKPOT Harry Bosch has to find the killer of a beautiful poker player, shot dead without even register that fact. And there will be our hero Harry who has learned a trick or two from his now estranged ex-wife - and that will nail a killer for good!