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City of Bones by Michael Connelly

City of Bones (original 2002; edition 2002)

by Michael Connelly

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Title:City of Bones
Authors:Michael Connelly
Info:Little, Brown (2002), Edition: 1st ed, Hardcover, 464 pages
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City of Bones. A good cop investigation read that was spoiled early on by some ridiculous claims concerning hand guns in the tunnels during the Vietnam war. I almost threw the book down at that moment but I’m glad I ignored it and made it to the end. ( )
  Novak | Mar 13, 2017 |
City of Bones
4 Stars

It is a quiet New Years until the call comes in about the discovery of human remains in the Hollywood Hills. When the body is revealed to be that of a young boy who suffered horrific abuse in his short life, Detective Harry Bosch is determined to bring the culprit to justice. Harry also begins a personal relationship with a rookie cop, but a shocking event jeopardizes his future in the department.

While the Harry Bosch books are enjoyable reads, Connelly's writing tends toward the philosophical and often becomes bogged down with Harry's constant psychological musings. That said, City of Bones breaks from this mold as the mystery develops at a solid pace. Unfortunately, it does peter out somewhat toward the end and the resolution is rather anti-climactic.

The secondary storyline involving Harry's relationship with Julia is decidedly weaker as their connection feels contrived and out of place. It is evident throughout the series that this aspect of Connelly's writing is very poor, and he should stick to the investigations and leave the romance to the experts.

In sum, Harry is a very appealing character and the procedural aspects of the investigation are excellent.
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  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
On New Year's Day, a dog finds a bone in the Hollywood Hills and unearths a murder committed more than twenty years earlier. It's a cold case, but for Detective Harry Bosch, it stirs up memories of his childhood as an orphan and he just can't let it go. As the investigation takes Bosch deeper into the past, a beautiful rookie cop brings him alive in the present as an unexpected firey romance ignites between them. However, no official warning could have broken them apart until the worst happens. Eventually faced with a vindictive transfer orchestrated by top brass, and Bosch, fighting to keep control, is driven to the brink of an unimaginable decision. ( )
  Zack_Anthony | Sep 24, 2016 |
20 year old murder — many twist + turns. L.A. scene. C of B. the grid they lay at when discover the area.

When the bones of a twelve-year-old boy are found scattered in the Hollywood Hills, Harry Bosch is drawn into a case that brings up the darkest memories from his own haunted past. The bones have been buried for years, but the cold case doesn't deter Bosch. Unearthing hidden stories, he finds the child's identity and reconstructs his fractured life, determined that he not be forgotten.
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  christinejoseph | Jul 21, 2016 |
An enjoyable police-procedural thriller. ( )
  kale.dyer | Jun 24, 2016 |
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Since his first appearance in 1992's Edgar-winning The Black Echo, Detective Hieronymous "Harry" Bosch has joined Dennis Lehane's Patrick and Angie, George Pelecanos's Derek Strange, and Greg Rucka's Atticus Kodiak in the pantheon of new-school hard-boiled detectives. Rather than giving Bosch a clever gimmick (like Jeffery Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme, who is a quadriplegic), Michael Connelly embraces the noir archetype: Bosch, an L.A. homicide detective, is a chain-smoking loner who refuses to play by his superiors' rules. Although he has quit smoking, Harry's still the same tightlipped outsider, taking each crime as a personal affront as he tries to cleanse his beloved city of the darkness he sees engulfing it.

In City of Bones, Connelly's eighth Bosch title, Bosch and his well-dressed partner, Jerry Edgar, are working to identify a child's skeleton, buried for 20 years in the forest off Hollywood's Wonderland Drive, and to bring the killer to belated justice. For Bosch this is more than just another homicide, as the mystery child, beaten and abandoned, comes to represent much of what he sees as evil in his city. Add in a tragic love affair with a fellow cop, complications from overzealous media, and the growing feeling that he's fighting a losing battle about which no one cares, and the usually stoic Bosch is pushed to his limits. This isn't the strongest plot Connelly has concocted for Bosch, but it leads to an ending the whole series has been building toward. The conclusion may not shock longtime fans, but it will leave them wondering where the series will go from here. --Benjamin Reese

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Harry Bosch, Los Angeles police detective, is haunted by a twenty-year-old murder case about the bones of an eleven-year-old child which were found scattered in the Hollywood hills.

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