The Concrete Blonde (Harry Bosch Series #3)

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Edgar Award-winner Michael Connelly brings back Detective Harry Bosch in a breathtaking breakthrough novel, a supercharged thriller that thrusts us into a blistering courtroom battle and a desperate search for a killer who should already be dead. Harry Bosch is sure that the man he killed was the sadistic serial murderer known as the Dollmaker, and that the killing was justified. Even if the dead man's widow wins her civil suit, it's the city of Los Angeles that will pay. Harry has already been exonerated in an ...
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Overview

Edgar Award-winner Michael Connelly brings back Detective Harry Bosch in a breathtaking breakthrough novel, a supercharged thriller that thrusts us into a blistering courtroom battle and a desperate search for a killer who should already be dead. Harry Bosch is sure that the man he killed was the sadistic serial murderer known as the Dollmaker, and that the killing was justified. Even if the dead man's widow wins her civil suit, it's the city of Los Angeles that will pay. Harry has already been exonerated in an internal investigation. The trial - and Harry's certainty that he shot the right man - are torn apart when a corpse is discovered beneath the concrete floor of a building that burned during the L.A. riots. It's the body of a woman, and all indications are that this is another of the Dollmaker's victims. But the autopsy report is unequivocal: this woman was killed after Harry shot the man he believes was the Dollmaker. Into the L.A. night Harry takes his investigation. By day the trial continues excruciatingly, with the prosecuting attorney focusing on Bosch's violent past and portraying him as a vigilante murderer protected by his badge. By night he reinvestigates the infamous Dollmaker case, frantically trying to understand where he went wrong - and what he can do to keep this murderer from carrying out his threats to make Harry his next victim.

Edgar Award-winning Michael Connelly delivers a supercharged thriller. Four years ago, LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch shot the notorious serial killer "The Dollmaker." Now Harry is accused of killing the wrong man--just as a new body turns up that has all the hallmarks of a Dollmaker slaying. To clear his name, Harry searches for a copycat killer.

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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)
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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."
From the Publisher
"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: 9780312955007
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1995
  • Series: Harry Bosch Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 390
  • Product dimensions: 4.28 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael  Connelly
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.
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    1. Hometown:
      Sarasota, Florida
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 21, 1956
    2. Place of Birth:
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    1. Education:
      B.A. in Journalism, University of Florida, 1980
    2. Website:

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  • Posted January 8, 2011

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    The Concrete Blonde

    Before I read this book (I decided to read all of Connelly's books in order, which I would advice to do to anyone who is interested in reading Connelly, which you should), I stopped halfway through two books that were by no means bad books, but I just wasn't in the mood to read them. However, I think Connelly's writing hooks you in so it doesn't matter what mood your in, his plot and his amazing character Harry Bosch, one of the greatest detectives in modern crime literature, maybe in the history of the genre, will lure you in. I never like to reveal plot, because you could just read that in the synopsis. I would definitely recommend this book and all of Michael Connelly's books, in the order of publication. I would also like to recommend my other favorite crime novelists, George Pelecanos, Dennis Lehane, and Richard Price. Also watch The Wire, the greatest television show ever made, the three writers I just mentioned write for the show and I always felt that Connelly should have as well.

    15 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2011

    A wonderful read

    The first two in the series were good books and moved along fairly well but the third in the series was a 'can't put it down no sleep book' Read this in a weekend. This is turning out to be as good a series as Sandford's Prey novels.

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2011

    WOW!!!

    Great read always some twist to the plot at the end, always leaving you on the edge wanting to read more and more. Connelly at his finest. Great book.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 3, 2011

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    Very Highly Recommended

    Michael Connelly is one of the (if not the) smoothest writers I have ever read. His stories are so captivating, fast-paced and believable they are like "mind movies." No wonder people had to stand on line for 5 hours in the Hamptons recently to get his autograph! I cannot give him enough praise. And Harry Bosch is just SO WAY COOL. MC's books are great for anyone who wants a good time on a rollercoaster of emotions. I can't wait to get to my next book. If you have not checked out Michael Connelly's books yet, don't deprive yourself of a great experience any longer. Start with "The Black Echo" which is the beginning of the Harry Bosch story. Enjoy!

    I gave a 1 star rating because I object to publishers' high prices for ebooks.

    7 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 19, 2011

    Another winner

    After reading several Harry Bosch books out of order I am going back and starting from the beginning. Tweists and turns abound I could not put this down! Loved it.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2000

    The Concrete Blond

    Harry Bosch has grown on me. I was obsessed with Robert Crais's Elvis Cole but Harry Bosch has stolen me away. He lives on the edge and fears nothing. And he is clever. This book keeps you guessing and delivers in the end. I can't wait for his newest.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2012

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    Vintage Harry Bosch with great thrills and twists!

    This one kept me guessing until the very end. On one occasion I really thought I had figured it out. In my own defense, I think Connelly steered us in that direction and when the characters in the book announced my belief I thought YES! I was right.. and then No! I wasn't. This book has an incredible twist ending.

    This book was also equal parts legal thriller as police procedural. This book takes place while Harry and the LAPD are on trial for the supposed wrongful death of an innocent man. The man’s widow says that her husband was not the Dollmaker, as Harry and the LAPD had determined.

    The Dollmaker trial is a nice bit of continuity since we heard about the Dollmaker killing in at least one of the previous two books.

    Harry and the LAPD are convinced they have the right man until another letter from the Dollmaker and a new body surfaces with all of the murderer’s characteristics. Has a serial killer been allowed to roam free while an innocent man took the blame? Did Harry kill the wrong man? All will be revealed.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

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    My favorite Harry Bosch so far.

    Harry Bosch is back and doesn't disappoint. The grit and reality that Connelly is famous for. I can't wait to read number four.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2012

    Great who done it!

    Great who done it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 12, 2012

    DIRTY BOSCH

    Detective Bosch is as real a fictional character I can imagine. He is an intelligent force. And he brings it to bear solving The Concrete Blonde. The book is a steady read that you love. I won't tell you more. I hate people telling me about a book I am about to read. Get a copy and enjoy.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 8, 2011

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  • Posted April 21, 2010

    Excellent Read

    Talk about muti tasking! here we have Harry Bosch answering for events that occured 4 years ealier... at the same time there is another series of murders happening.... between court finding the "follower" and tryin to make is girlfriend happy u would think harry has his hands full but not so! he pulls it off with the style that makes harry how he is. lol
    dont want to give away too much but you have a lawyer you want to hate a great parnter who betrays harry and nosey reporter and a new found friendship with the assistant chief irving.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2013

    Very enjoyable read.

    Well written and entertaining.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2013

    I am currently reading all of Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch ser

    I am currently reading all of Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series in order, and I LOVE them. I am a big mystery/detective story fan, and I have tried so many different series from different authors, but I finally found the one for me! What can I say? I often find myself not really liking the main characters in novels, but I truly like Harry; he is a good guy - not perfect, but he works hard, isn't a womanizer, and isn't overly macho. All of the stories are well-written, realistic, contain surprises and twists, and keep me hooked until the very end. My favorites have been The Black Echo (#1), The Concrete Blonde (#3), Trunk Music (#5), City of Bones (#8), The Narrows (#10), although again - I enjoyed all of them. If you like detective mystery novels, you won't be disappointed with Michael Connelly and Harry Bosch.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2012

    Great book-Check it out!

    Very easy read. I had read this series a little out of order (didnt know it was a series at first) so this is the 4th in the series that I have read thus far. And this is my favorite to date. Would suggest the series to everyone and defiantly this one in particular.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

    AWESOME

    I love this series

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2015

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    Highly Recommended

    Michael Connelly is on my top list for favorite authors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2015

    Rayne

    He folded his arms across his chest. "I dont have anything against her."

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2014

    OTHER GODS' AND GODDESSES' CABIN

    Leader- Benny Williams.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2014

    Hush

    Let me send you the texts? Maybe if you recieved those from the person you like, you'd cry too. I was a slut. I'm not now. Haven't had sex in the past couple of weeks. I have lots of problems, but l don't see anybody but myself solving them. At least l can tell a guy to his face that l don't want him, but want another person.

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