The Black Box (Harry Bosch Series #16)

The Black Box (Harry Bosch Series #16)

by Michael Connelly
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The Black Box (Harry Bosch Series #16) by Michael Connelly

In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved.

Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box," the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

Riveting and relentlessly paced, THE BLACK BOX leads Harry Bosch, "one of the greats of crime fiction" (New York Daily News), into one of his most fraught and perilous cases.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316069434
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 11/26/2012
Series: Harry Bosch Series , #16
Pages: 403
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Michael Connelly is the author of the recent #1 New York Times bestsellers The Drop, The Fifth Witness, The Reversal, The Scarecrow, The Brass Verdict, and The Lincoln Lawyer, as well as the bestselling Harry Bosch series of novels. He is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels. He spends his time in California and Florida.


Sarasota, Florida

Date of Birth:

July 21, 1956

Place of Birth:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


B.A. in Journalism, University of Florida, 1980

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gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
This newest book by Michael Connelly in the Detective Harry Bosch series opens in 1992, when LA was in the throes of the civil unrest resulting in over 50 murders that followed the Rodney King police beating trial. Harry is called to the scene of a murder in the heart of South –Central LA, 45 miles from the suburban courtroom where the all-white jury had acquitted four LAPD officers accused of excessively beating a black motorist. The victim was a white woman, a 32-year-old blond photojournalist from Denmark. He was able to work the crime scene for less than an hour before being called out to other murders in the ongoing insanity. Twenty years later, Harry is now working in the cold case squad. Now that “the 20th anniversary of the riots was approaching, the media savvy Chief of Police sent a directive to the lieutenant in charge of the Open-Unsolved Unit ordering a fresh look at all unsolved murders that occurred during the unrest in 1992 . . . The chief wanted to be able to say that all unsold ed murders from the riots were still under active investigation.” His old case has been pulled from the archives is now his to pick up again, and solve if he can. The case was dubbed “the Snow White murder,” unwittingly putting a racial spin on an horrific act of brutality. Now, years later, the thought that of all the racial tension and countless acts of arson, looting, and murder that had taken place, the one cold case that might actually be solved from those days would be that of a young white woman, does not go over well. To Harry, it is simply a matter of justice, to a victim over whose body he whispered an apology twenty years before, despite the fact that his relentless pursuit of that justice puts his career in jeopardy. The “black box” of the title has more than one meaning here, but its primary meaning is a reference to the one crucial piece of evidence, analogous to the one thing looked for after a plane mishap, “the one thing that makes it all make sense.“ Slowly but surely, and despite the intervening decades, new leads start to emerge, and Bosch becomes reinvigorated, as does the reader. The book is not a page-turner in the usual sense, i.e., with suspense-driven tension and breath held, but ‘simply’ a terrific story, wonderfully well-told, that grips the reader and keeps him/her anxious to find out what will happen next as the story unfolds. And just when the reader thinks all the pieces of the puzzle are there, the author has one more surprise in store. This is a police procedural in the best sense of the term, and of the genre, and it is highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well another Bosch story and again Im sad its over. Finished it in a couple of days because I couldnt put it down. Bosch is my favorite character to read and I was happy to be following him along again. The conflict of the system against him was a bit tiring again, but thats the point again, isnt it? If Im tired of it imagine how Harry must feel. Overall, a good read. Ive read many series and eventually get tired of the repitition. Patterson, Sanford, Kellerman and even Burke. There is a time when finishing the story is a task. Never with Connelly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Connelly did it again! Could not put it down.can't wait for his next novel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So dangerous love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Probably my most disappointed Harry Bosch read. Good buildup and background to the murder, but what a dud at the end. Improbable end. I also don't get or like Harry's love interest, and his daughter's character is quite interesting and probable, but where it that relationship going? I hope she's not taking over for Harry one day in Connelly's books.
mysteriesformeCA More than 1 year ago
Don't Miss this one! I have read every Harry Bosch novel since The Black Echo in 1992. The writing, the characters, the plot all make for good reading. The Black Box pulls you into the story from the opening pages, bringing back memories of 1992 and the riots in LA, the writing so descriptive you feel you are there. Solid police work keeps you right there working with Harry. Tense moments leading to the ending. Michael Connolly is such a good writer and always a pleasure to read. Can't wait for the next one!
Besen More than 1 year ago
Not quite as good as some of his past works, but still better than most crime fiction out there. A little contrived at times, and not as emotionally engaging as previous Bosch stories. Very readable.
readerzz More than 1 year ago
The Harry Bosch series is always good, but Harry is getting tired. I wish he would get a young "sidekick" that would infuse a bit more action into the stories. Harry would always be there to share his expertise. That way we would still have him with us for a long time.
Norma2 More than 1 year ago
Always like Harry Bosch but thought this one was very good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent Michael Connelly thriller, though a little anticipated outcome with unlikely scenerios.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't pinpoint which I like more...Michael Connelly or Harry Bosch! If I were a writer, I'd like to pattern myself after Connelly. If I were a homicide detrctive, I'd pattern myself after Bosch. His career has been spent walking a fine line between cop and an avenger for the his victims. Sometimes he crosses ever so slightly over that line, but his motives are always pure and his sense of justice and right and wrong are always spot on. If you like crime/detective novels, I guarantee you'll enjoy this effort by Connelly and Bosch!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am having a hard time staying interested have read every michael connelly book this is the first one i may regret purchasing drags and harry bosch has lost his edginess and the character traits i enjoyed
PhoebeME More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. I couldn't put it down. I am reading the next one in the series, and again can't put it down.
SierraGrandma More than 1 year ago
I love everything Michael writes and this is no exception. But this one may me feel as though I knew Harry better. Like I was a friend who understood him. He is relentless and driven to finding the answer and does so briliantly. Sad now that I have to wait for more from Michael, and I have no doubt there will be more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read every book by Michael Connelly. I always loved his books, read them all a few times over. I was so disappointed in Black Box. Can't decide if his writing seemed sub par compared to Lee Child who I had been reading prior to this book. I always loved Harry Bosch, this time he was a bore. Maybe Reacher is just more interesting a charachter? I hope this was just a fluke and the real Harry will be back in the next book. If you skip this one you will be fine. Nothing happens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished the book and realized that this entire story has a shallow feeling to it. The standard battle with authority hasnt any credible logic behind it and the twists and turns of the story feel incredibly contrived. $14.99 for this book cannot be justified plus the e-copy has some page glitches that are quite annoying.
Littlest-Amazon More than 1 year ago
As you would expect, I've read all of Michael Connelly's books...except Black Box!! Grin! Read the reviews and found either 5 stars or bad reviews....duh! I mean, reviews that were bad, useless, uneducated, pointless and obviously to me from readers that don't understand a great read and/or have not read his other books. Or were having a very bad day. Too bad for them! I KNOW it will be good. I love Harry...I have enjoyed every book Connelly has written...keep writing, Michael!!! Keep Bosch going as long as you are able!
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