I enjoyed the book a lot...one rather small annoyance is Ballard living out of her van, sleeping on the beach, dry cleaning a couple suits and wearing them over and over, plus keeping her dog in a kennel. Then checks into the Westin to sleep after a hard day? Why not get a small local apt....rather hard to be believable and silly to boot. Know she inherited her grandmother's house where she does laundry but that's silly too. Neither she or Bosch worry about money? He has the $10,000 earthquake stash and can help his daughter with college tuition? Storyline is good otherwise!!