Nine Dragons (Harry Bosch Series #15)

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Harry Bosch is assigned a homicide call in South L.A. that takes him to Fortune Liquors, where the Chinese owner has been shot to death behind the counter in an apparent robbery.

Joined by members of the department's Asian Crime Unit, Bosch relentlessly investigates the killing and soon identifies a suspect, a Los Angeles member of a Hong Kong triad. But before Harry can close in, he gets the word that his young daughter Maddie, who lives in ...

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Overview

Harry Bosch is assigned a homicide call in South L.A. that takes him to Fortune Liquors, where the Chinese owner has been shot to death behind the counter in an apparent robbery.

Joined by members of the department's Asian Crime Unit, Bosch relentlessly investigates the killing and soon identifies a suspect, a Los Angeles member of a Hong Kong triad. But before Harry can close in, he gets the word that his young daughter Maddie, who lives in Hong Kong with her mother, is missing.

Bosch drops everything to journey across the Pacific to find his daughter. Could her disappearance and the case be connected? With the stakes of the investigation so high and so personal, Bosch is up against the clock in a new city, where nothing is at it seems.

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Editorial Reviews

Washington Post
"If at first encounter Connelly seems primarily an exceptionally accomplished writer of crime novels, at closer examination he is also a mordant and knowing chronicler of the world in which crime takes place, i.e., our world."
Los Angeles Times
"Though Connelly remains a master at detailing the intricacies of 'the job,' it is Harry's longing for reunion and connection with his ex-wife and daughter, the overwhelming vulnerability he feels as a father, that makes Nine Dragons another standout in the series that should satisfy all readers, whether they are new to Boschworld, occasional visitors or devoted denizens."
Chicago Tribune
"A Michael Connelly novel is a thing of cool beauty, meticulously plotted, rigorously controlled."
San Francisco Examiner
"With Nine Dragons, Connelly has taken a chance by transforming a character millions have come to know well. In doing so, he has made Harry Bosch more human and interesting than ever."
Philadelphia Inquirer
"Nine Dragons is a very good crime thriller."
New York Daily News
"Scary, shocking and sublimely suspenseful."
Denver Post
"The Bosch revealed in Nine Dragons is vulnerable, a twist that makes him both deeper and more human...What remains most interesting is the new dimension added to the character - a man who has evolved over the series of 15 novels to become ever more interesting and real."
From the Publisher
"If at first encounter Connelly seems primarily an exceptionally accomplished writer of crime novels, at closer examination he is also a mordant and knowing chronicler of the world in which crime takes place, i.e., our world."—Washington Post

"Harry Bosch [is] Connelly's usual hero and one of the great figures in contemporary crime fiction."—Los Angeles Times

"A Michael Connelly novel is a thing of cool beauty, meticulously plotted, rigorously controlled."
Chicago Tribune

"Though Connelly remains a master at detailing the intricacies of 'the job,' it is Harry's longing for reunion and connection with his ex-wife and daughter, the overwhelming vulnerability he feels as a father, that makes Nine Dragons another standout in the series that should satisfy all readers, whether they are new to Boschworld, occasional visitors or devoted denizens."
Los Angeles Times

"With Nine Dragons, Connelly has taken a chance by transforming a character millions have come to know well. In doing so, he has made Harry Bosch more human and interesting than ever."
San Francisco Examiner

Nine Dragons is a very good crime thriller."—Philadelphia Inquirer

"Scary, shocking and sublimely suspenseful."—New York Daily News

"The Bosch revealed in Nine Dragons is vulnerable, a twist that makes him both deeper and more human...What remains most interesting is the new dimension added to the character - a man who has evolved over the series of 15 novels to become ever more interesting and real."
Denver Post

Donna Rifkind
There's still plenty of juice in the older but fiercer Bosch…It's tempting to look at Connelly's large oeuvre…as one huge, Trollopean vision of the way we live now, offering a swift, up-to-the-minute mosaic of contemporary urban life by exploring every corner of the criminal justice system, from ganglands to gated communities, from office cubicles to forensic labs, from boom times to recessions. Nine Dragons continues to broaden that vision through Bosch's eyes with an installment that's at once more global and more intimate than anything Connelly has published since his first novel, The Black Echo (1992).
—The Washington Post
Marilyn Stasio
The trip to Hong Kong is pure thriller material, giving Harry only one "39-hour day" to find his 13-year-old daughter, presumably kidnapped by gangsters to make Harry drop an investigation into their stateside activities. And while the Los Angeles case isn't half as exciting, it puts a human face on the way criminal triads function in immigrant communities. There's also something quietly gripping about a case that makes us consider the hard lives of people trying to make an honest living in a tough neighborhood.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
The murder of an elderly Chinese owner of a liquor store thrusts Bosch into the unfamiliar world of Chinese immigrants, Asian gangs, and the ruthless triad crime syndicate. Bosch works the case with his usual tenacity; threats warning him to drop the case only fuel his desire to find the old man's killer. Having narrated previous Bosch books, Cariou knows the character inside and out. His portrayal of the iconic L. A. detective conveys all his irascibility and world-weariness. This book gives us a closer look at Bosch, the father, and Cariou conveys this human side with emotional clarity and believability. A Little, Brown hardcover (Reviews, Sept. 21). (Oct.)
Kirkus Reviews
An apparently everyday murder in South Los Angeles takes Harry Bosch (The Brass Verdict, 2008, etc.) further and deeper than a case has ever sent him before. Ordinarily the members of LAPD Robbery-Homicide's Special Homicides squad wouldn't touch a case as routine as the shooting of John Li. The elderly owner of Fortune Fine Foods and Liquors has been shot three times, presumably by the same person or persons who emptied his cash register and the surveillance video. Telltale clues and the testimony of Li's frightened family members, however, suggest that their patriarch may have been executed by triad members when he refused to continue paying for protection. Unlike Ignacio Ferras, still spooked by the bullet he took for his partner, Bosch quickly gets his teeth into the case. But no sooner has he gathered enough evidence to arrest triad bagman Bo-Jing Chang than he's threatened with unspecified evils if he doesn't take off the heat. These evils swiftly assume malevolent shape when Bosch gets word that his daughter Madeline, half a world away in Hong Kong, has been kidnapped. Dropping everything to rescue the 13-year-old he's known for only a few years, he flies to Hong Kong and embarks on a bravura sequence of action set-pieces evidently crafted with both eyes on the movies. ("Oliver Stone will direct it!" Lincoln Lawyer Mickey Haller exults.) Nine corpses later, Bosch is back in the United States with Madeline. He has to get her settled and deal with her traumatic memories; he has to face the Hong Kong police, who think for some reason that he's a cowboy run amok; and of course he has to solve his case. After the exoticism and high intensity of his Far East adventures, however, theseanticlimactic problems are resolved with suspicious facility. A short-story-sized mystery exploded by the triple-sized dose of vigilante justice Bosch gets to dispense as cop and father.
Paula L. Woods
Nine Dragons ignites Bosch's personal and professional lives, bringing them together in an explosive manner....Harry's feverish race against the clock and the international dateline...plunges the reader into a firestorm of danger and tragedy....To say that Nine Dragons is coiled tight with suspense understates Connelly's accomplishment in portraying Bosch at the cusp of a new world.
Los Angeles Times
Julia Keller
A Michael Connelly novel is a thing of cool beauty, meticulously plotted, rigorously controlled....In Nine Dragons, Bosch's crisp, cold-eyed rationality is blown to smithereens. Stoicism goes right out the window. And the vivid drama of this contrast gives the novel its ferocious energy. Once under way, you can't stop reading Nine Dragons, and not just because you want to know whodunit. You want to know how Bosch is going to operate in a whole new kind of darkness.
Chicago Tribune
Bill Ott
May be the most wrenching Bosch novel yet....The jagged intersection between a cop's personal and professional lives is a recurring theme in many crime novels, but never has it been portrayed with the razor-edge sharpness and psychological acuity that Connelly brings to the subjects. And that's layered underneath the nonstop action of the novel's last half-the kind of full-throttle, blood-spattered narrative road race one associates with Lee Child or Stephen Hunter.
Booklist
Oline H. Cogdill
Engrossing...one of the best in this series. Nine Dragons works as a gripping police procedural, an intense character study and an international thriller....Connelly is one of the best living crime writers and the consistency of his work continues through Nine Dragons.
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Katherine Dunn
Bosch is back...this latest appearance is a complex and meticulously crafted tale...packed with jump and juice....This is Bosch at his sharpest and Connelly at his most engaging. High-voltage stuff.
Oregonian
Jeff Ayers
Connelly unveils his most personal Bosch story yet with this fish-out-of-water story. The pages fly...another Connelly masterpiece.
Library Journal
Bruce DeSilva
Remarkably fine....With Nine Dragons, Connelly has taken a chance by transforming a character millions have come to know well. In doing so, he has made Harry Bosch more human and interesting than ever.
Associated Press
Nancy Gilson
Connelly is in top form with the Bosch tale, his 15th: the story unfolds with exquisite procedural details; unexpected violence; and increased insight into the stoic, jazz-loving, relentless, flawed detective who bears the burden of every case.
Columbus Dispatch
Nancy Gilson - Columbus Dispatch
"Connelly is in top form with the Bosch tale, his 15th: the story unfolds with exquisite procedural details; unexpected violence; and increased insight into the stoic, jazz-loving, relentless, flawed detective who bears the burden of every case."
Katherine Dunn - Oregonian
"Bosch is back...this latest appearance is a complex and meticulously crafted tale...packed with jump and juice....This is Bosch at his sharpest and Connelly at his most engaging. High-voltage stuff."
Bruce DeSilva - Associated Press Staff
"Remarkably fine....With Nine Dragons, Connelly has taken a chance by transforming a character millions have come to know well. In doing so, he has made Harry Bosch more human and interesting than ever."
Bill Ott - Booklist
"May be the most wrenching Bosch novel yet....The jagged intersection between a cop's personal and professional lives is a recurring theme in many crime novels, but never has it been portrayed with the razor-edge sharpness and psychological acuity that Connelly brings to the subjects. And that's layered underneath the nonstop action of the novel's last half-the kind of full-throttle, blood-spattered narrative road race one associates with Lee Child or Stephen Hunter."
Oline H. Cogdill - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Engrossing...one of the best in this series. Nine Dragons works as a gripping police procedural, an intense character study and an international thriller....Connelly is one of the best living crime writers and the consistency of his work continues through Nine Dragons."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446561952
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/13/2010
  • Series: Harry Bosch Series , #15
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 59,014
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael  Connelly

Michael Connelly, a #1 New York Times bestselling novelist and a former journalist, has won numerous crime fiction prizes. He lives in Florida.

Biography

Best known for his dark police procedurals featuring the tough, complex and emotionally scarred LAPD detective, Hieronymous "Harry" Bosch, Michael Connelly has been called "infernally ingenious" (The New York Times), "one of those masters...who can keep driving the story forward in runaway locomotive style" (USA Today) and "the top rank of a new generation of crime writers" (The Los Angeles Times).

Consistently exquisite prose and engrossing storylines play an integral role in his swelling success. However, Connelly believes that solid character development is the most important key. As he explained to MagnaCumMurder.com, "I think books with weak or translucent plots can survive if the character being drawn along the path is rich, interesting and multi-faceted. The opposite is not true."

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Connelly attended the University of Florida; there he discovered the works of Raymond Chandler -- author of many classic Los Angeles-based noir dramas such as The Big Sleep, The Long Goodbye, and Farewell, My Lovely. The cases of Philip Marlowe inspired Connelly to be a crime novelist -- and by studying journalism, he put himself in the perfect position. "I went into journalism to learn the craft of writing and to get close to the world I wanted to write about -- police and criminals, the criminal justice system," he told MagnaCumMurder.com.

After graduation, Connelly worked the crime beat for two Florida newspapers. When a story he and a colleague wrote about the disastrous 1985 crash of Delta Flight 191 was short-listed for the Pulitzer, Connelly landed a gig in Marlowe's backyard, covering crime for one of the nation's largest newspapers -- The Los Angeles Times. Three years later, Harry Bosch was introduced in The Black Echo, which earned Connelly the Edgar Award for Best First Novel. Connelly has since won every major mystery honor, including the Anthony (The Poet, Blood Work) and the Macavity Award (Blood Work).

While Connelly has written stand-alone novels that don't feature his tragic protagonist Harry Bosch, he is best identified by his rigid, contentious and fiery -- but also immensely skilled and compassionate -- detective. According to The Boston Globe, the Bosch series "raises the hard-boiled detective novel to a new level...adding substance and depth to modern crime fiction."

Called "one of the most compelling, complex protagonists in recent crime fiction" (Newsweek) and "a terrific...wonderful, old-fashioned hero who isn't afraid to walk through the flames -- and suffer the pain for the rest of us" (The New York Times Book Review), Bosch faces unforgettable horrors every day -- either on the street or in his own mind. "Bosch is making up for wrongs done to him when he rights wrongs as a homicide detective," Connelly explained in an interview with his publisher. "In a way, he is an avenging angel."

Bosch is clearly a product of his deadly, unforgiving environment. "The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once wrote that when you look into the darkness of the abyss the abyss looks into you. Probably no other line or thought more inspires or informs my work," said Connelly in the same interview. With each passing novel, Bosch looks deeper and deeper into the abyss; and readers continue to return to see just how far he will gaze.

Good To Know

  • Michael Connelly received a huge career boost in 1994 when then President Bill Clinton was photographed walking out of a Washington bookstore with a copy of The Concrete Blonde under his arm. Connelly remarked to USA Today, "In the six years I've been writing books, that is the biggest thrill I've had."

  • Real events have always inspired Connelly's plots. His novel Blood Work was inspired by a friend who underwent transplant surgery and was coping with survivor's guilt, knowing someone had died in order for him to live. The book was later developed into a feature film starring Clint Eastwood, Angelica Huston, and Jeff Daniels.

  • One of Connelly's writing professors at the University of Florida was cult novelist Harry Crews.

  • Connelly named his most famous character after the 15th Century Dutch painter, Hieronymous Bosch. As he told Bookends UK in an interview, Bosch "created richly detailed landscapes of debauchery and violence and human defilement. There is a ‘world gone mad' feel to many of his works, including one called ‘Hell' -- of which a print hangs on the wall over the computer where I write." Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Connelly:

    "I wrote a mystery story as a class paper in high school. It was called The Perfect Murder. The protagonist's named was McEvoy, a name I later used for the protagonist in The Poet. Being a witness to a crime when I was 16 was what made me interested in crime novels and mystery stories."

    "I wrote my first real murder story as a journalist for the Daytona Beach News Journal in 1980. It was about a body found in the woods. Later, the murder was linked to a serial killer who was later caught and executed for his crimes."

    "Everything I want people to know about me is in my books."

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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
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    • Posted October 13, 2009

      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 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.

      11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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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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    • Posted September 20, 2009

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      Unbelievable - Michael Connelly is hands down the best at this genre

      Harry Bosch is and always has been a man with a mission - he has never wavered from his goal of solving the crime and standing up for the victim. Harry felt there were no weaknesses in his life and nothing could get to him until the day his ex-wife Eleanor Wish introduces him to his daughter Madeline. Not long after meeting her though Eleanor took her to Hong Kong so she can work as a professional gambler. Harry Bosch knows how to be a good cop, knows how to handle a case but is still unsure of how to be a father. He has done the occasional dad performance but the full concert of parenting was out of his league. However the learning curve is over when his daughter needs Harry to figure out how the case he is working on has crossed the line into his personal life and his daughter is pulled in as leverage against him.

      Harry is called out to a crime scene at a liquor store where he had once in passing met the owner and still retained a book of matches to remind him of that time. Mr. Li has been brutally murdered and trying to untangle the complexities of the crime is hampered by the Chinese customs and cultural climate that Harry has no knowledge of and is struggling to figure out concrete facts when the Chinese cultural is based on smoke and mirrors. His partner is more issue than assistance, his supervisor is concerned about blowback and the family refuses to cooperate. Harry works the crime as he has every other but when he receives a threatening phone call telling him to let this one go and then sees a video of his daughter being held captive nothing in life will ever stay the same and now is the time for action as a police officer and more importantly as a father.

      Harry flies to Hong Kong and reunites with his ex-wife to find Maddie and save her from whoever is holding her hostage. This is the ultimate nightmare every parent fears and is worse for Harry since he feels the guilt of his daughter being punished for his determination to solve the original crime. Taking the few clues he has accumulated and calling in every favor Harry is able to follow the trail that leads to a number of doors but trying to get to the right one is proving to be difficult when silent warriors exist and demons chase him in the night. But determined is Harry's deepest conviction and he is going to find Maddie. But the search results in one casualty that he was never prepared to face and is having difficultly reconciling himself to.

      Reading any Michael Connelly book is an honor and privilege as every story is fresh and the character depth rewarding but this book stands out on every level as you finally see how Harry really feels about his job, his ex-wife and especially his daughter. You are brought up to speed quickly on Harry's life and as usual ache for Harry as he struggles with responsibility of parenting and works through the fear that he is not doing a good job. Harry is as complicated an individual as any in the mystery market but yet a simple and unpretentious man that everyone can relate to. The reader sees themselves on some level in Harry's character especially as he struggles though his flaws and weaknesses and tries to do the right thing in a completely upside world. In this book Harry has to step up and be more than he ever thought possible and Mr. Connelly has laid this story out so that while Harry feels he is not doing his best the reader actually knows he is doing more than a stellar job.

      5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted September 13, 2009

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      The Real Deal

      Unlike James Patterson whos willing to put his name practically every mystery this year Michael Connelly cares about his fans and his integrity. His Harry Bosch novels never disappoint and 9 Dragons will be no exception.

      4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted September 1, 2009

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      The Best Harry Bosch Tale Since Echo Park!

      After disappointing Harry Bosch tales (The Overlook, The Brass Dragon) Connelly has brought back the Harry that hooked me in the earlier tales. Harry is still back in homicide (no closer duty for him) and during a slow night he is asked to investigate a shooting in a "rougher" section of LA. Harry and his partner (Ferras) grudgingly take the assignment and learn that a convenience store owner was murdered in his store. The case draws Harry's interest because he remembers the store and that the owner was once kind to him several years earlier. He assures the owner's son that he will catch the culprit.

      As Harry starts to realize that this might not have been a routine robbery but a possible execution by a Triad hitman. Harry starts to zero in on a suspect and then receives a threatening call to tell him to back off. Harry shrugs it off and continues but then his investigation stalls when he receives a video showing that his daughter (Maddy) being kidnapped in Hong Kong. He rushes off to save her realizing that if he is not back by the end of the weekend a possible suspect in the shooting will be set free.

      It is a tense plane ride to Hong Kong and Harry feels powerless because there is nothing he can do in the air. When he gets to Hong Kong he is aided by his ex-wife (Eleanor Wish) and her boyfriend. Harry has limited clues but through very good forensic science he was able to possibly know where to look for Maddy. It becomes a race to find Maddy because any delay could mean that she might already be dead.

      The tension of the chase is so tense you can cut it with a knife and the "determined " Harry definitely shows through. There is one sequence at a boat where the action is pulse pounding and the tension rife.
      The book also has a short but excellent appearance by Mickey Haller (the Lincoln Lawyer and Harry's half brother) and there are references to Jack McEvoy (Connelly's other main character). As long as Mr. Connelly can deliver Harry Bosch tales of this caliber, Harry will continue to be one of the most intriguing law enforcement figures in fiction today!

      4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted December 3, 2010

      I have not read this book!

      Why should I pay twice the paperback price to download an E-book version to my nook? I could buy this book on CD and have actors read it to me for less money too. I really like Michael Connelly books, but I refuse to buy this one for my nook until the price drops to a reasonable level.

      3 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted October 18, 2009

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      Devoured in a day....

      I really, really, really (spellcheck keeps telling me to fix that but it's true) - enjoy Michael Connelly's writing. I've read everything he's written and enjoy the books featuring some of his other characters, but Detective Harry Bosch is my hands down favourite. Bosch is back in Nine Dragons.

      Harry is called to investigate a shooting at a liquor store in a rough L.A. neighbourhood. The case seems to have gang overtones, so a detective from the Asian Gang Unit is brought in to help. The case is bigger than just south L.A. though with tendrils reaching to the triads in Hong Kong. Hong Kong.....where his daughter lives.

      Harry has always operated at the far end of the law, doing what he sees as right and pursuing justice on his terms. His single minded pursuit of justice has, for the most part, worked well for him in the past. But things change with this case. It's gotten personal for one thing. And that may be clouding his judgement. His current partner is no help, he doesn't know if he can trust the gang detective, he doesn't understand the language or customs and he's going way too fast. Mistakes could be very costly.

      Harry has always been a flawed character, but in this latest book, we get to see a different side of Harry. One that isn't always sure of himself and a bit more of his personal life. There is a shift in his focus and priorities. It's great that Connelly continues to grow and change Harry, that he isn't a stagnant character, repeatedly doing the same thing.

      Break neck action, an intricate plot and some great twists in the ending all add up to an unputdownable read. Really, really, really.

      3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 27, 2011

      Exciting, heart stopping, excellent by c.c. new nook book

      I loved this book. Couldn't put it down. I felt like i was in Hong Kong with him rushing through the airport or running in the street, even driiving in the car. I felt like I was in rhe back seat. Well worth the time and money.

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted July 4, 2010

      Best Bosch ever

      After a couple of days getting into the book I did not know what to expect. But when the action started I could not put the book down. Several superises for those loyal Bosch readers. Heart breaking, heart pounding excitment. As for me this is without a doubt the the best Bosch ever.

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted October 16, 2009

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      9 Dragons

      "9 Dragons" by Michael Connelly begins with Harry Bosch investigating the murder of a Chinese immigrant liquor store owner. The investigation leads to the possibility of a triad execution and soon the abduction of Harry's thirteen year old daughter in Hong Kong. Forget the case and his job, Harry rushes across the globe to find his daughter. This mystery is action filled and there are some twists and turns that had me guessing. For fans of Connelly and the Harry Bosch stories, this is one to read!

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    • Posted October 15, 2009

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      Fastpaced and unpredictable - Nine Dragons is an exciting, satisfying read!

      Synopsis:
      The 15th and latest in the Harry Bosch series, Nine Dragons, opens with a murder of John Li, the owner of a liquor store in a tough South L.A. neighborhood. Having met John Li years earlier and during one of the most dangerous nights of his life, Bosch is determined to find Li's killer even if this involves taking on the Triads.

      Bosch looks to Detective Chu of the Asian Gang Unit for help. Just as Bosch and Chu investigate the robbery and murder, they discover that their main suspect has ties to the Triads. As the detectives pursue the link to the Triads, Bosch is confronted with his worst fear. Bosch is warned off the case and his daughter in Hong Kong is kidnapped. Bosch must track her down without knowing the language or the territory.

      Review:
      Harry Bosch fans will surely enjoy Nine Dragons! His characteristic distrust keeps Bosch unsure of who to trust but when Bosch enters into unfamiliar territory he must learn to work with Detective Chu and his knowledge of Asian gangs. As Bosch delves into the Chinese immigrant experience and the world of the triads, Nine Dragons shows you both sides of Harry Bosch - the deeply committed homicide detective and the fiercely protective father. A fast-paced and unpredictable, Nine Dragons is an exciting and satisfying read!

      Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (October 13, 2009), 384 pages.
      Review copy provided by the publisher.

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    • Posted September 15, 2012

      Good Reading Would Recommend

      Very easy reading

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 30, 2012

      Great read

      Really enjoyed the story and the growing relationship with his daughter

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    • Posted July 5, 2012

      To me, this book started out slowly and I asked myself why I eve

      To me, this book started out slowly and I asked myself why I even bought it. After forcing myself to read a bit more, I was hooked. After a slow start on my part, I finally got to the point where I couldn't put it down. Just a few more pages and I will be done.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 21, 2012

      Better than some of the latest Bosch books

      Pretty good return to previous books

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    • Posted September 14, 2011

      Exceptional story

      Bosch finally using technology of today makes this reader happy knowing these stories will continue to evolve.

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    • Posted July 28, 2011

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 24, 2011

      Definately not his best work

      If this was my first Michael Connelly novel, it would be my last. I have read the entire Harry Bosch series and have always admired Bosch's character, and the edgy way the story was put together. In this book I simply thought Bosch was an impatient, inept jerk. I understand the book was written from a different point of view, but it wasn't in line with other books in the series and was excruciatingly boring. I skimmed though it just to get to the end. Never thought I would do that with a Michael Connelly book.

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    • Posted June 23, 2011

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      Very good read!

      Harry Bosh at his best. Fast paced book with a few twists, turns and surprises. Mr. Connelly did it again!

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    • Posted January 10, 2011

      The best one in the series by far

      Wow this book was one crazy roller coaster ride taking around the world trying to find his daughter. Great story crazy ending and somethings that you wouldn't have expected. Loved it another great story.

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