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Nine dragons by Michael Connelly

Nine dragons (original 2009; edition 2010)

by Michael Connelly

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Title:Nine dragons
Authors:Michael Connelly
Info:Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 2010.
Collections:Your library, Finished
Tags:grp-fiction, for-adult, grp-gen, read in 2010, series

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Nine Dragons by Michael Connelly (2009)

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In his previous homicide investigations Bosch has encountered some of the hundred (perhaps thousands) of gangs that operate in Los Angeles, but the murder of John Li, a Chinese-American owner of a convenience store, brings him into contact with the Triads for the first time.

Li is shot in his own store one evening, and after uniformed cops have attended the scene, Bosch and his partner, Ignacio Ferras, are called out from the Homicide Unit to take over. There are initially very few clues available, and although there had been a security camera in place, the assailant has been sufficiently composed after the murder to remove the recording. Bosch does, however, uncover one unusual feature- before he died, John Li had picked up one of the shells from the shooting, and had put it in his mouth.

Bosch and Ferras initially struggle to make headway until Bosch discovers that Li had separated out the DVD recordings from the security camera for two previous days. Study of these suggests that Li was making a regular pay-off to someone who arrived at the same time each week, which match the time in which he had been shot. Bosch suspects that this might represent a protection payment to a Triad gang, and liaises with the specialist unit run by LAPD to deal with such crimes. With their help, the man collecting the previous payments is identified and arrested.

Out of the blue, Bosch then receives a message from his daughter who lives in Hong Kong with Eleanor, his ex-wife, or at least from her phone – it is a picture showing her tied up and gagged. Convinced that Triad connections have targeted her in order to force his compliance, he flies over to Hong Kong to try to find her. Thousands of miles from his home turf, and distraught with fear over his daughter’s fate, Bosch enters a wholly different world, with devastating consequences.

As ever with the Bosch novels, the story surges along with a compelling plot and very plausible characters. Perhaps not the strongest instalment of the canon, this is still an impressive and gripping novel. ( )
  Eyejaybee | Oct 2, 2018 |
Another disappointing Bosch novel.

To me Connelly is running out of ideas or at least is stuck in "formula" mode when writing about Bosch. He is becoming like Lee Child in his writing with Bosch killing a lot of people or getting killed for being with him. He blusters around like a bull in a china shop and does not listen to any advice....HE KNOWS BETTER... and when he is stuck, an obscure clue will make sense to him and off he goes. The premise of this book was troubling for me.... he is intimately involved with a Hong Kong Triad with tentacles all over the world.... he kills a major member in Hong Kong while rescuing his daughter, creates mayhem in LA by accusing a member of the same Triad in LA falsely of murder but he feels safe in LA..... Really??? The Triad will forgive and forget??? I doubt that... in reality he would have to watch his back and his daughter for a long long time... I have a feeling that they would want revenge.... Such a naive story !!!

This is the second book in a row ("Overlook" was the last one I read) that I have been disappointed in.... nothing really new, no build of character... a fast but boring read...so predictable... even the twists at the end were just to tie up loose ends... nothing more.

I doubt I will read another Bosch book... maybe a Mickey Haller series if another comes out. I am tired of LAPD corruption or the ineptitude of the FBI... it is like Connelly has no good stories of ordinary criminals left in him for Bosch. ( )
  Lynxear | Sep 10, 2018 |
Just like all of Connelly's books, this one too had a twist that I never would have guessed. He is a very creative writer and keeps you guessing until the very end. I really enjoy reading his books and hope that more will become movies like Lincoln Lawyer did. Fantastic writer- keeps you on the edge the whole way through. ( )
  Chelz286 | Aug 26, 2018 |
Weak and disappointing from Connelly. He seems to have decided to drastically change his detective's living situation and has bent the plot around that instead of writing a decent book. Implausible happenings exacerbated by the info-dumps about Hong Kong, where he is keen to let the reader know that he did his research. ( )
  hatpin | Jun 17, 2018 |
Harry is involved here in a very complicated caper. A killing in a liquor store to start, turns into an international dilemma, involving his ex-wife and daughter.
In the end the ex-wife is murdered and daughter is kidnapped. Much to involved to suit my taste, but I like most of his harry Bosch novels. ( )
  pgabj | May 31, 2018 |
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Whenever authors interrupt a conventional plot to send their series sleuth to some exotic clime, you tend to suspect them of writing off a vacation as a research trip. Michael Connelly doesn’t quite put that suspicion to rest with Nine Dragons, in which he takes a long pause from an investigation into the murder of an old Chinese shopkeeper in Los Angeles and dispatches his detective, Harry Bosch, on a daredevil mission to Hong Kong. But Connelly goes on to resolve both Harry’s home-turf case and that nasty business in Hong Kong in his customary ­double-barreled style of action and intelligence. So let’s just say that a good writer can get away with just about anything he wants to.
The center of the book is a breathless, bloody quest through a city Bosch barely knows, a teeming metropolis of skyscrapers and high finance in the midst of celebrating the ancient Festival of Hungry Ghosts. It's a foray outside his usual haunts that works, and one that takes him into new emotional territory as well.
Harry's personal and professional lives overlap in the engrossing Nine Dragons, the 15th novel — and one of the best — in this series. Nine Dragons works as a gripping police procedural, an intense character study and an international thriller. The novel also explores a man learning to become a father, serves as a travel guide to the back streets of Hong Kong police and provides an in-depth look at Los Angeles' Asian community.
To say that "Nine Dragons" is coiled tight with suspense understates Connelly's accomplishment in portraying Bosch at the cusp of a new world... And 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.
The appearance of a third Connelly title in a year would be excellent news if Nine Dragons, his latest offering, didn't read like it had been scribbled during a red-eye from Los Angeles to Hong Kong, the two cities where the slapdash action unfolds.

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Detective Harry Bosch is called to investigate the murder of a store owner in a tough LA neighbourhood. For Harry, it's a trip down memory lane: he's been to Fortune Liquours before and remembers Mr Li - a man who offered him sanctuary during LA's notorious riots. Now the debt must be repaid.

Mr Li left a clue to his murderer's identity, a clue that leads Harry into a parallel criminal universe ruled by the Triads. But as he gets closer to this shady underworld, the Triads send Harry a devastating message - they have taken something of his, something he holds very dear. As Harry's life implodes, he must risk everything to track a killer who knows how to get under his skin...
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Amazon Best of the Month, October 2009: An investigation into a cold-blooded murder introduces Detective Harry Bosch to a Chinese underworld lurking in the dark recesses of the City of Angels. Its tentacles are far reaching, yet it remains shrouded in secrecy due to time-honored cultural traditions that keep the exploited from speaking out. To the victim's family, Bosch promises revenge, but when his own daughter suddenly becomes a target, he promises blood. However, working a case with leads on both sides of the Pacific provides little room (or time) for error. 9 Dragons is a gritty, coffee-and-cigarettes crime thriller full of smart twists and generous helpings of suspense. Fans of Michael Connelly can expect another exceptional thrill ride, while newcomers will be immediately engaged by the tortured and unrelenting Bosch. "He knew one day it would come to this, that the darkness would find [his daughter] and that she would be used to get him," writes Connelly. "That day was now." --Dave Callanan

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Investigating the shooting death of a Chinese liquor store owner, detective Harry Bosch identifies a suspect as a Los Angeles member of a Hong Kong triad only to have his daughter go missing, a situation that prompts his high-stakes search across the Pacific.… (more)

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