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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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Every once in awhile, I get the feeling Michael Connelly has a decent idea for a book, sketches it out, and hands it off to either his lazier alter-ego or a creative writing grad student to flesh out into a book. This is definitely one of those.

Without going into detail or ruining the experience for someone, like me, who has read pretty much everything the guy has written and will continue to do so, there are way too many examples of sloppy police work, bad assumptions, terrible dialogue.... I could go on. All the elements that normally make him such an interesting author are missing!

I'll chalk this one up as an aberration, albeit one that's becoming a little more common for him. ( )
  gmmartz | Jun 21, 2016 |
Ok, it's a regular, well written, suitable suspense; but there is this ending wich seems to me like, wrong, short, aborted! ( )
  Gerardlionel | Apr 1, 2016 |
not one of my favorites ( )
  kerbytejas | Mar 25, 2016 |
Another Harry Bosch novel with a twist. This one was a bit more disturb ing to me, though. ( )
  becka11y2 | Jan 19, 2016 |
Not my favorite Bosch but it picked up after a while. I think the better Bosch books have darker storylines and while this had some dark references in the plotline, it just wasn't that kind of "grab you right away" thing.


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  ER1116 | Jan 13, 2016 |
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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 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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