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Nine Dragons (Harry Bosch Series #15)

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11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

Page turning thriller

In "Nine Dragons," Michael Connelly weaves a masterful thriller about LAPD Detective Harry Bosch, who's torn between solving a murder case involving Chinese liquor store owner John Li, and rescuing his kidnapped daughter Madeleine in Hong Kong. Along the way, Bosch disc...
In "Nine Dragons," Michael Connelly weaves a masterful thriller about LAPD Detective Harry Bosch, who's torn between solving a murder case involving Chinese liquor store owner John Li, and rescuing his kidnapped daughter Madeleine in Hong Kong. Along the way, Bosch discovers there are leaks in his murder investigation, which only means one thing-he can't trust anybody. He soon suspects that Li was a victim of the Chinese triad, a mafia known for extortion and violence. As Bosch attempts to jail the suspect, he realizes the lack of evidence against him. Robert Li refuses to testify. Bosch's partner from the Asian Gang Unit, Detective Chu, seems to act strange. And Bosch's own demons soon get the better of him, as he suspects the triad has gotten his own daughter after receiving a video of her on his cell phone. Arriving in Hong Kong, Bosch partners up with ex-FBI agent and his ex-wife Eleanor Wish as well as her Chinese partner Sun Yee to find Madeleine before Bosch is forced to return to LA-in this case, the next day. This limited time frame only adds a sense of urgency to Connelly's writing, which keeps the book a page-turner. As murders pile up, and Bosch's environment keeps getting murkier, can he save his daughter and solve Li's murder just in time? Or did he make the biggest mistake in his life, for getting involved in Li's case at all? The plot is strong, as tension increases and keeps the reader hooked. I especially liked the long action sequences and the characters, which are impossible to figure out until the very end of the book. The mystery component is essential to any thriller, and I thought that Connelly certainly delivered. Overall, I found this book a highly enjoyable read, with a creative plot and a strong ending.

posted by Alla_S on October 13, 2009

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10 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

Underwhelming

The author has lost his muse. Harry Bosch novels used to be very tasty...I have read them all...but the most recent have not been up to the past standards. It's almost that the author has a contract to fulfill and punches a book out every year or so to meet a requiremen...
The author has lost his muse. Harry Bosch novels used to be very tasty...I have read them all...but the most recent have not been up to the past standards. It's almost that the author has a contract to fulfill and punches a book out every year or so to meet a requirement.
The dialog is wooden. It appears that Connelly has no more interest in writing well, just writing a lot. This book is largely driven by dialog and the dialog is terrible. Too many "Yes, Detective Bosch"'s, too many descriptive terms "She said, sarcastically".
The ending is too clunky for words; it's like Connelly had a student write this book for him.
It is a very weak effort, very disappointing reading. It is destined for the discount pile. A shame, really. He used to be so good and Bosch was such a wonderful, flawed character. Now, just the book is flawed.

posted by Mose on October 29, 2009

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  • Posted October 29, 2009

    Underwhelming

    The author has lost his muse. Harry Bosch novels used to be very tasty...I have read them all...but the most recent have not been up to the past standards. It's almost that the author has a contract to fulfill and punches a book out every year or so to meet a requirement.
    The dialog is wooden. It appears that Connelly has no more interest in writing well, just writing a lot. This book is largely driven by dialog and the dialog is terrible. Too many "Yes, Detective Bosch"'s, too many descriptive terms "She said, sarcastically".
    The ending is too clunky for words; it's like Connelly had a student write this book for him.
    It is a very weak effort, very disappointing reading. It is destined for the discount pile. A shame, really. He used to be so good and Bosch was such a wonderful, flawed character. Now, just the book is flawed.

    10 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2010

    not his best

    I generally like the Harry Bosch novels (I've read them all, I think), but the Nine Dragons was much less enjoyable than the others. In this story, Harry is largely at the mercy of forces that he does not understand and cannot control. He runs around like a mad man because he must save a loved one. The story contains little of the standard police work that makes up the other Harry Bosch novels. The story is mostly action of a not too intelligent sort.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2012

    Serena

    Strngs her bow back on her chest-belt. She transforms into a monarch butterfly and flies to pj

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2010

    Plot is derivative

    I have been a huge fan of the Harry Bosch series, but I'm afraid it is running out of steam. Apparently, the author couldn't think of an original plot for this book, so he took the plot of the movie "Rush Hour" and reversed it (i.e., in "Rush Hour," a Chinese girl living in the US is kidnapped & a cop from Hong Kong comes here & teams up with an American cop to find her; in "9 Dragons," an American girl living in Hong Kong is kidnapped & a cop from the US goes there & teams up with a Chinese investigator to find her). I hope Michael Connelly will wait until he has an original idea before writing another Harry Bosch book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2009

    Disappointig

    Should have called this "How to Mail it in". Reread the Poet after this to compare just how far Connelly has fallen.

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

    A low point for Connelly fans

    I'm a big fan of Michael Connelly's writing.

    This book was a major let-down. It's based on a gimmick, a foreign setting. But it reads like a rush job. His Harry Bosch character comes across as a cardboard figure in this book, doing and saying the most stupid things. A main character is killed off almost as a throw-away, nothing satisfying at all about it.

    Bosch's racism is neither complex nor understandable.

    I would advise fans to save your money and wait for the next book that Connelly wants to write, instead of this one which reads like an assignment that was due and had to be written, ready or not.

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

    Not one of his best

    I have read many of the Harry Bosch novels, and have enjoyed all of them more than this particular book. The plot is a bit too easy to figure out where it is going, and the story in general seems like one that has been done already by many others, and has been a movie as well (w/ Liam Neeson). I am hoping that Connelly does let Harry Bosch fall into the black hole of 'god he should have been killed a couple times in this novel' like what happened to the Jason Bourne novels

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2009

    Too Comfortable

    This latest Bosch episode shows that Michael Connelly is becoming too comfortable in his little box, otherwise known as his writing style, and pushing out same old same old plots which readers have been exposed to for 75 years. Evil foreigners are holding a Bosch family member hostage in another country until Harry Bosch, the cop, releases their countryman that he's holding in America. Add in about 150-175 unneccesary pages of useless descriptive phrases to "put the reader right in the middle of it all" and you've got a perfect non essential shelf book that should be taken down and read when you've completely run out of anything else at all.

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  • Posted November 16, 2009

    Not your typical Harry Bosch because...

    ...this is the worst Bosch novel I have read, and I have read them all. The reason is simple: instead of learning about the characters, environment and story line through dialogue, as is Mr. Connelly's usual approach, we have to learn about them through the author's writing about them. That makes for a boring reading experience. I would rate every other Bosch novel a 5++.

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