The Concrete Blonde (Harry Bosch Series #3)

The Concrete Blonde (Harry Bosch Series #3)

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by Michael Connelly
     
 

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"Masterfully Entertaining." —Houston Chronicle

They called him the Dollmaker-the serial killer who stalked Los Angeles and left a grisly calling card on the faces of his female victims. With a single faultless shot, Detective Harry Bosch thought he had ended the city's nightmare...

"Gritty." —San Diego Union-Tribune

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"Masterfully Entertaining." —Houston Chronicle

They called him the Dollmaker-the serial killer who stalked Los Angeles and left a grisly calling card on the faces of his female victims. With a single faultless shot, Detective Harry Bosch thought he had ended the city's nightmare...

"Gritty." —San Diego Union-Tribune

But then the dead man's widow sues Harry and the LAPD for killing the wrong man-an accusation that rings terrifyingly true when a new victim is discovered with the Dollmaker's macabre signature...

"Outstanding...Can't Be Put Down." —Kansas City Star

Now, for the second time, Harry must hunt down a death-dealer who is very much alive, before he strikes again. It's a blood-tracked quest that will take Harry from the hard edges of the L.A. night to the last place he ever wanted to go-the darkness of his own heart.

"Crackling authenticity." —Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Turbo-charged...a darkly gripping tale." —Kirkus Reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this fiendishly plotted combination of courtroom drama and police procedural, Connelly's LAPD detective Hieronymous ``Harry'' Bosch, introduced in the Edgar-winning The Black Echo , is up against the law as well as his superiors. The widow of Norman Church, a serial killer identified as the Dollmaker, whom Bosch shot to death four years earlier, is suing Bosch on the grounds that he violated her husband's civil rights. Strong but not conclusive evidence linked Church to the serial murders and the case was closed, although Bosch was demoted for not following proper procedures. Here, just before the trial targeting Bosch as a reckless cowboy who shot the wrong man gets underway, the body of perhaps another Dollmaker victim is unearthed from the concrete floor of a burnt-out pool hall. Is the real Dollmaker still alive, or is a copycat killer on the loose? Connelly deftly parcels out clues and possibilities while juggling subtle and detailed courtroom scenes with no-nonsense police investigations that turn up new evidence about the original case. A Pulitzer Prize-winning crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times , he adroitly laces the plot with twists and turns based on details drawn from Bosch's previous adventures. The results of this care show on every page, all to the reader's benefit. (June)
Library Journal
Homicide detective Harry Bosch is fighting for his professional reputation in civil court. He is charged with killing an allegedly innocent man known as "The Dollmaker." The Dollmaker, however, was a serial murderer who strangled his victims and made them up to look like dolls. Suddenly, a new murder comes to light, with all the trappings of the Dollmaker's style. Bosch has to clear his name and find the copycat killer before he strikes again. Slick plot twists, fast action, and fine suspense mark this excellent thriller and courtroom drama. Characterizations by reader Dick Hill are imaginative and authentic, and the recording benefits from subtle special effects that lend realism. This is a good, solid story that translates exceedingly well to audio. Strongly recommended for all mystery and suspense collections.-Susan B. Lamphier, Somerville P.L., Mass.
Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Crackling authenticity"
San Diego Tribune
"Michael Connelly is a splendid storyteller...a gritty, gripping thriller."
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"Crackling authenticity"—Los Angeles Times Book Review"

Turbo-charged...a darkly gripping tale."—Kirkus Reviews"

Michael Connelly is a splendid storyteller...a gritty, gripping thriller."—San Diego Tribune

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312935085
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
11/30/2004
Series:
Harry Bosch Series, #3
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.74(h) x 1.12(d)

What People are saying about this

Nelson DeMille
"A stylist blend of grit and elegance."
Linda Barnes
"You're in the hands of a pro with Michael Connelly. Relax and enjoy the rollercoaster ride...we care about Bosch, not because he's macho or sensitive, because he's real."
Reginald Hill
"A splendid read. There are plenty of writers around who can do a great trial, or a gripping serial killer hunt, or an insider's view of L.A. law, or a moving love story, but the skill to wrap them all together in a single book whose multifariousness never clogs is all too rare."

Meet the Author

Michael Connelly is a former journalist and author of the bestselling series of Harry Bosch novels and the bestselling novels Chasing the Dime, The Poet, Blood Work, and Void Moon. Connelly has won numerous awards for his journalism and novels, including an Edgar Award. He lives in Florida.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Sarasota, Florida
Date of Birth:
July 21, 1956
Place of Birth:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Education:
B.A. in Journalism, University of Florida, 1980
Website:
http://www.michaelconnelly.com

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