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La rubia de hormigón (original 1994; edition 2004)

by Michael Connelly

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Title:La rubia de hormigón
Authors:Michael Connelly
Info:Barcelona : Ediciones B, 2004
Collections:Leídos, Read but unowned
Rating:****
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The Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly (1994)

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There are three stories here: Harry is on trial in civil court for shooting an unarmed man whom he suspected was the Dollmaker, a serial killer, and who might have just kidnapped a possible victim when the man reaches for something under a pillow. (We never find out why the suspect would want to get a toupee when Bosch tells him not to move.) The body of another woman who seems to have been killed with the M.O. of the Dollmaker is found buried in concrete; hence the title of the book. Harry is involved with Diana, the wife of a policeman whose death was investigated by Harry in a previous book. I thought I had guessed whodunit, but, as usual, I was wrong.
Whether the man shot by Bosch is in fact the Dollmaker seems to be important for the trial. I don't see why: It seems to me that Harry's actions should be judged by what happened at the moment and whether his suspicions were reasonable. He is being sued by the wife of this man. She sits quietly in court and we never discover what she thinks or feels. Does she believe her husband was a serial killer? How does she come to terms with the idea that she lived with a monster? This isn't Connelly's focus, but it would make an interesting book. ( )
  raizel | Apr 10, 2016 |
Good read. ( )
  Gerardlionel | Apr 2, 2016 |
After successfully putting down a serial killer (The Dollmaker) with one bullet, Dectective Heironymous (Harry) Bosch must now hunt down a copy cat serial killer (The Follower) while defending himself against a civil lawsuit initiated by the first serial killer's widow.

In this roller coaster crime thriller the black heart does not beat alone. ( )
  Zack_Anthony | Mar 26, 2016 |
This was an intricate story with lots of twists and turns which holds your interest until the very end. I love the relationship between Harry and Sylvia. Bosch is such a complex character which makes the books very interesting and entertaining. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. ( )
  eadieburke | Jan 19, 2016 |
Four years ago Harry Bosch killed the "Dollmaker" a serial killer who chose women indiscriminately and after killing them he applied makeup so the victims would have 'doll faces'. Now Harry is being prosecuted for this killing by the murderer's family who has retained Honey Chandler as their attorney and she is out to prove that Harry killed the wrong man. Harry begins to doubt himself when other murders come to light that were committed after the "Dollmaker's" death but have the same significant details. But these murders are focused on well-built blondes leading the police to believe that there is another killer.
I love Harry Bosch and this book did not disappoint. I only wonder how I missed reading this one previously. Great story ( )
  Ellen_R | Jan 15, 2016 |
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The Dollmaker was the name of the serial killer who had stalked Los Angeles ruthlessly, leaving grisly calling cards on the faces of his victims. Now with a single faultless shot, Harry Bosch thinks he has ended the city's nightmare.

But the dead man's widow is suing Harry and the LAPD for killing the wrong man - an accusation that rings terrifyingly true when a new victim is discovered with the Dollmaker's macabre signature.

So, for a second time, Harry must hunt down a death-dealer who is very much alive, before he strikes again. It's a blood-tracked quest that will take Harry from the hard edges of the L.A. night to the last place he ever wanted to go - the darkness of his own heart.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 044661758X, Mass Market Paperback)

In this classic from a #1 "New York Times" bestselling author, Detective Harry Bosch thought he'd stopped the serial killer known as the Dollmaker. Now the dead man's widow is suing Harry and the LAPD for shooting the wrong man--an accusation that rings true when a new victim is discovered with the Dollmaker's macabre signature.

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They called him the Dollmaker ... The serial killer who stalked Los Angeles and left a grisly calling card on the faces of his female victims. With a single faultless shot, Detective Harry Bosch thought he had ended the city's nightmare. Now, the dead man's widow is suing Harry and the LAPD for killing the wrong man - an accusation that rings terrifyingly true when a new victim is discovered with the Dollmaker's macabre signature. Now, for the second time, Harry must hunt down a death-dealer who is very much alive, before he strikes again. It's a blood-tracked quest that will take Harry from the hard edges of the L.A. night to the last place he ever wanted to go - the darkness of his own heart. With The Concrete Blonde, Edgar Award-winning author Michael Connelly has hit a whole new level in his career, creating a breathtaking thriller that thrusts you into a blistering courtroom battle - and a desperate search for a sadistic killer.… (more)

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