The Black Box (A Harry Bosch Novel)
The Black Box (A Harry Bosch Novel)
Michael Connelly
Little, Brown and Company, 2012
416 pp., $27.99

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LaVonne Neff

The Black Box

Light in the darkness.

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I hope Bosch keeps waiting and looking. I think his lost light may be closer than he realizes. Daughter Maddie is tough, talented, and tender, just like her dad. She too has suffered profound loss, and she too cares about people, even if she doesn't always show it. Despite Bosch's uneasiness, she's thinking about a career in law enforcement.

On his birthday, she offers her father a cake:

"It's marble, like you."
"Not like marble marble but, you know, the dark and light mixed together. Because of what you do and what you've seen."

Maddie's still a handful—she's a teenager, it's her job description—but she gets him, and he adores her. Keep an eye on Madeline Bosch. In four years or so, when Bosch finally has to retire, will she be ready "to protect and to serve"? Will he be ready to let her go?

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