I am worried that Michael Connelley is in a bad way. I hope not. But there are way too many wrong decisions made by the author that go so far as to worry this reviewer as to the soundness of his mind. First, why would anyone care what happens to Ballard. Her life is a neurotic mess, with her quirks far less than interesting. She enters into dangerous situations where she doesn't have to since there is no urgency. So what that her dad died. Dads are supposed to die before their kids. But Harry, he is in a totally different level of engagement, commitment, redemption, all supporting and emanating from his mission. Ballard is a petulant surfer girl refusing to grow up, and consistently getting herself into hot water, not because her mission clashes with the establishment but instead simply because of poor decisions. But Bosch, he's a real hero for our time. He is a relentless warrior for truth -- like what Eleanor Wish's boyfriend says in "Nine Dragons" in response to someone doubting whether Bosch will find the killers: "(to paraphrase) Bosch will because he's Harry Bosch." Ultimately you cannot escape Bosch because you cannot escape the truth. What does Ballard know about the truth? I urge Mr. Connelley not to make the final wrong decision by keeping Ballard and getting rid of Bosch. The result would be just another mediocre book in a sea of mediocrity.