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The Concrete Blonde (Harry Bosch Series #3)
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The Concrete Blonde (Harry Bosch Series #3)

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by Michael Connelly
 

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The Dollmaker, a serial killer terrorizing L.A., left a calling card on the faces of his female victims. With one shot, Det. Harry Bosch thought he had ended the city's nighmare. He was wrong. A new victim is discovered with the Dollmaker's macabre signature. For the second time, Harry must hunt down a killer who is very much alive, before he strikes again. HC: Little

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The Dollmaker, a serial killer terrorizing L.A., left a calling card on the faces of his female victims. With one shot, Det. Harry Bosch thought he had ended the city's nighmare. He was wrong. A new victim is discovered with the Dollmaker's macabre signature. For the second time, Harry must hunt down a killer who is very much alive, before he strikes again. HC: Little, Brown.

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."
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446617581
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
02/28/2007
Series:
Harry Bosch Series , #3
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 10.88(h) x 1.10(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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The Concrete Blonde (Harry Bosch Series #3) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 312 reviews.
McCarthy92 More than 1 year ago
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.
David Swanson More than 1 year ago
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.
Capone2369 More than 1 year ago
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.
leslie63 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
DustyCraine More than 1 year ago
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.
kevKK More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great who done it!
UNCLEROCK More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and entertaining.
SSinCO More than 1 year ago
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.
Kerri35 More than 1 year ago
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.
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hboschfan More than 1 year ago
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.
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Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Past is Prologue When I listened to the first book in Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch series, I was surprised at the major stories in his background that effected who he was. It almost felt like jumping into the middle of a series even though I knew it wasn’t. Now, with The Concrete Blonde, the third in the series, we get to revisit some of that history. Four years ago, Harry Bosch shot a man in the line of duty. The man was a suspected serial killer dubbed the Dollmaker, and, despite warnings to freeze, he was reaching for something under a pillow. Now, the man’s widow is suing Bosch and the LAPD in his wrongful death. The trial is getting publicity in the wake of the Rodney King trial and riots. However, the LAPD has just been sent a note that appears to be from the Dollmaker. It teases the location of another body, and Harry quickly recognizes all the signatures of the killer. Did he shoot the wrong man? Is this a copycat or a partner? How will this affect the trial? While this is only my third Harry Bosch book, I have already listened to all of Michael Connelly’s Mickey Haller books. Those are legal thrillers, and we spend as much time on the back and forth in the courtroom as anything else. I bring that up here because we spend plenty of time in the courtroom as Harry up against a strong lawyer who wants to win money for her client. Those scenes, as always, were fascinating to me, and it’s interesting to see this early look at author Michael Connelly doing it so well. The other part of the book is police procedural, which is what you’d expect for a police detective. During the evenings, Bosch is out working hard to figure out what is going on with this new body. That part of the book was just as fascinating to me. I thought I had the case wrapped up way before Bosch, but it turned out I was dead wrong on who the bad person was. The climax was brilliant and left me cheering. This is the first time I felt like we saw some real character growth from Bosch. Because of his ongoing relationship with a woman he met in the last book, he’s actually coming out of his loner shell. I appreciated that, and I look forward to seeing more growth in future books. The rest of the cast was also strong. We got to see different sides of some of the regulars, which I appreciated, and the new characters held their own with this impressive cast. I do want to make one thing perfectly clear. This is NOT remotely one of the cozies I normally read. There is a lot of language (which I know is realistic but I still felt went a little overboard) and some violence. The serial killer in question sexually abused the women before he killed them, so some of the detail they get into is quite uncomfortable. Some of the victims are prostitutes, so we get a glimpse of what that does to the women. While I do recommend the book, keep that in mind before you pick it up. With his third book, Michael Connelly is clearly finding what works best for him in his novels. The Concrete Blonde is the best of the first three Bosch novels. I can’t wait to see where the series goes next from this foundation.
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birds123_74 More than 1 year ago
Michael Connelly is on my top list for favorite authors.
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