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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: A subtle hint to the TwistEnding. Harry realizes that MedicationTampering isn't the Poet's style.



* TwistEnding: One you'll get a heads-up to if you pay attention to Backus' dialogue. [[spoiler:He didn't kill Terry.]]

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* TwistEnding: One you'll get a heads-up to if you pay attention to Backus' dialogue. [[spoiler:He dialogue: He didn't kill Terry.]]


* {{Sequel}}: To ''The Poet''. While all of Connelly's books are in the same universe, this is his only sequel to a prior novel, the only one where a villain returns.

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* {{Sequel}}: To ''The Poet''.''Literature/ThePoet'' and somewhat to ''Literature/ADarknessMoreThanNight''. While all of Connelly's books are in the same universe, this is his only sequel to a prior novel, the only one where a villain returns.

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* TwistEnding: One you'll get a heads-up to if you pay attention to Backus' dialogue. [[spoiler:He didn't kill Terry.]]

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* CatchPhrase: {{Lampshaded}} when Kiz Rider quotes "Everybody counts or nobody counts" back at Harry. Followed very shortly by Harry considering his [[ArcWords mission]].


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* ContinuityNod: ConspiracyTheorist: Bosch pretends to be one to encourage a reporter to dismiss his claim that [=McCaleb=] was murdered rather than start digging into it.
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** Buddy complains about his representation in the movie, and after confirming that he got paid for his story, Harry tells him to "put your money in the bank and forget about the rest." Long ago, Harry got a big payday after having one of his cases made into a movie: it's how he can afford the house in the Hollywood hills.

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** Buddy complains about his representation in the movie, and after confirming that he got paid for his story, Harry tells him to "put your money in the bank and forget about the rest." This is not idle advice, but the voice of experience. Long ago, Harry got a big payday after having one of his cases made into a movie: it's how he can afford the house in the Hollywood hills.

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** Buddy complains about his representation in the movie, and after confirming that he got paid for his story, Harry tells him to "put your money in the bank and forget about the rest." Long ago, Harry got a big payday after having one of his cases made into a movie: it's how he can afford the house in the Hollywood hills.


* HesBack: In-universe, the call Rachel gets at the beginning of the book.

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* HesBack: In-universe, Villainous version in-universe: the call Rachel gets at the beginning of the book.

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* HesBack: In-universe, the call Rachel gets at the beginning of the book.


** Bosch mentions taking saxophone lessons from an old jazz man that he met during a case. That's the plot of short story "Christmas Even".

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** Bosch mentions taking saxophone lessons from an old jazz man that he met during a case. That's the plot of short story "Christmas Even".Even" and an element of previous book ''Literature/LostLight''.

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** It's established in ''Blood Work'' that [=McCaleb=] was part of the Poet investigation. In this book the Poet is revealed to have been stalking him.

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* MedicationTampering: As an elaborate form of suicide. Terry [=McCaleb=] tampered with his own heart medication instead of submitting to a second heart transplant.


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* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: The backstory reveals that after Bob Backus got a BackAlleyDoctor to perform plastic surgery on his face, he murdered the doctor and his wife.

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* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: The backstory reveals that after Bob Backus got a BackAlleyDoctor to perform plastic surgery on his face, he murdered the doctor and his wife.wife.
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* RedLightDistrict: Clear, Nevada is a Pitiful/Hostile version. The fact that many of the men who go there take measures to conceal their journey make it the perfect hunting ground for the Poet, at least until his body count gets high enough for the Las Vegas Metro Police to start making connections between the men who have vanished without a trace over the course of a couple of years, and Terry [=McCaleb=] to figure out the common denominator. The Poet also previously operated in the RLD in Amsterdam for the same reasons.


* GladToBeAliveSex: Harry and Rachel do some mattress dancing the day after they are nearly blown up by Backus's booby trap bomb.
--> “We fell onto the bed and made survivors’ love. It was quick and maybe to some degree even brutal—on both our parts. But most of all it satisfied the primal urge in both of us to fight death with life.”



* InterplayOfSexAndViolence: Harry and Rachel do some mattress dancing the day after they are nearly blown up by Backus's booby trap bomb.
--> “We fell onto the bed and made survivors’ love. It was quick and maybe to some degree even brutal—on both our parts. But most of all it satisfied the primal urge in both of us to fight death with life.”

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