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Nine Dragons (A Harry Bosch Novel) (original 2009; edition 2009)

by Michael Connelly

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Title:Nine Dragons (A Harry Bosch Novel)
Authors:Michael Connelly
Info:Little, Brown and Company (2009), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 384 pages
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Another Harry Bosch classic. Harry's case is a Chinese gang thing and the author seems to have done his research as the locations vary from Los Angeles to Hong Kong. Good book, looking for another listen in the Bosch series. ( )
  buffalogr | Aug 26, 2013 |
I have been reading all of the Harry Bosch mysteries. This was one of the best. The story had suspense as well as emotion. I do not want to spoil the book but it toggles between LA and Hong Kong. It is a quick but gripping read. ( )
  Amusedbythis | Aug 24, 2013 |
I was slightly disappointed by this novel. I enjoy Mr Connelly's books - particularly the Bosch series. But there was something lacking in this one. Perhaps the removal from California made it seem unreal. And somehow the characters didn't work as usual. ( )
  infjsarah | Aug 22, 2013 |
A little less good than the rest, but still love Harry. ( )
  afinch11 | Aug 21, 2013 |
Detective Harry Bosch teamed up with a detective David Chu from Asian Gang Under of it to Solve the murder of John Li. Harry uncover a link to a Hong Kong triad, a lethal and for-reaching crime ring that Follows many immigrants to their new lives in the United States. Then in Hong Kong Harry's 13 yr.old daughter is kidnaped it becomes Personal. ( )
  jbemrose | Dec 15, 2012 |
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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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0316166316, Hardcover)

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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The murder of John Li, a South L.A. liquour store owner, hits LAPD Detective Harry Bosch hard, and he promises Li's family that he'll find the killer. As he uncovers a link to a Hong Kong triad--a lethal and far-reaching crime ring that follows many immigrants to their new lives in the U.S.--his world instantly explodes and the person he holds most dear is taken from him.… (more)

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