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City Of Bones (Harry Bosch #8)

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A Buried Past Leads to Unearthed SecretsWhen the bones of a 12-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 frac ...more
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Published April 16th 2002 by Hachette Audio (first published January 1st 2002)
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Mark
A South African mystery writer recently said this was the best crime book ever written. I have no way of verifying that, but it was very, very good. This novel seems to come in the middle of Michael Connelly's series featuring Los Angeles detective Harry Bosch. The title derives from the discovery at the outset of a set of boy's bones on a wooded hillside above a residential street, and the case resonates strongly with Bosch because of his own troubled childhood.

Through the twists and turns tha
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Candace Moser
About halfway through the 2 hour drive to my in-laws' house, I realized that I had forgotten to bring a book or 2. I figured I would find something to read at their house. I started it on Friday evening around 7, and I had finished it by early Saturday afternoon, it was a quick and easy read. It wasn't a bad story, it just wasn't a great one. It follows Hieronymus Bosch, a Hollywood detective who kind of brings to mind a slightly less jaded version of Bruce Willis' character in The Last Boyscout ...more
Scott Rhee
The title of Michael Connelly’s eighth book to feature his hero-detective Harry Bosch, “City of Bones”, refers to a term used by crime scene investigators to describe the sight of an old crime scene, where the body has deteriorated down to the bones. Oftentimes nature will scatter bones throughout a general area, especially if the grave is a shallow one, and the resultant grid that CSI forms is dubbed a “city of bones”.

The title has another, more metaphorical, meaning, as well. It refers to the
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Carol
Making my way through the series. I knew a great deal of this story as it is one of the cases that the Amazon Bosch series is based on. There are some differences which I really liked. These variations from the TV production made the book well worth reading.

As always an enjoyable read.
Ron Hummer
To me, when you’re writing a book that is a police procedural type story where the homicide detective solves the murder, the reader needs to feel as though the person who is writing the book is making me feel as if the detective knows about police procedures. I think by doing this, the book seems more authentic.
With that said, I would say that I don’t run into a lot of writers who are writing mysteries in this fashion. When I read a book by Michael Connelly though, I can see the difference and
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Harry
Time saver tip: if you've read my review of any Harry Bosch book, you've read 'em all. Since I don't reveal plots and reserve my comments to the overall book/author, characterization, style, etc...I just don't feel the need to repeat myself as in most cases series books if any good at all do remain consistent. The star ratings might change, but not my opinion of the series as a whole.

Michael Connelly is a well know and very popular author in the mystery/detective and police procedural genres. E
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Yvonne Mendez
This is the 8th Harry Bosch novel and I'm happy there are more books about him. I like the character a lot, he is deep, while he slightly falls into the rogue detective stereotype, he's still bad-ass and smart. This story revolves around bones found in the woods from a body buried there 20 years before. Bosch was able to resolve the murder in the usual Michael Connelly formula of finding guilt in a suspect just to be exonerated, do that twice and by the third time Bosch will get to the real culp ...more
Mike
Pretty decent, quick read. A cold case involving the murder of a young boy twenty years earlier. Always have a tough time reading about abused kids. Quite a few twists and turns before the end. 3 Stars for City of Bones
Marleen
In City of Bones (this one being the 8th book), Harry Bosch is on-call on New Year’s day when he discovers the bones of a young child buried in a shallow grave up in the woods in a residential area of Laurel Canyon (up in the Hollywood Hills). The discovery rather immediately attracts the press and this will not make the job easier for Harry and his partner, Jerry Edgar. This is a difficult case for them. It appears that the remains are of a boy, possibly as young as ten, and show evidence of se ...more
Maddy
PROTAGONIST: Harry Bosch
SETTING: LA
SERIES: #8 of 18
RATING: 3.5
WHY: A child's bones are found in a shallow grave up in the Hollywood Hills, and Harry Bosch is assigned to investigate. It turns out to be a cold case which involves going back into things that happened in the 1980s which of course results in a lot of dead ends. The plot isn't quite as well developed as usual in these books. An unusual twist is that Harry gets involved in a romance with a rookie cop; I found the development of this
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International Cat Lady
I have mixed feelings about this book. As a whodunnit, it's a great read; however, there's an Event (I don't want to give anything away) about midway through the book that's just... very strange. I didn't really see the need for it plot-wise, or quite understand the reasons why the character made the choices that were made. And the reactions to the Event were pretty muted, considering what had happened. The Event is only peripherally related to the case (although rather important to the main cha ...more
Amy
Yet another fantastic read! On to the 9th Harry Bosch novel ... loving this series!
George Harris
Wow, there are a *lot* books with this title. Anyway, this is the L.A. murder cop one, with good old Harry Bosch. Well-written, moody, a good read. My one complaint is general, which is that fictional detectives *always* seem obsessed with jazz. Tedious. Why can't they be really into funk, or bluegrass, or klezmer, or Cambodian garage rock or Tuvan throat-singing? No, it's always gotta be jazz.
FrankieReads
I read this book because I wanted to read the case that the new Amazon series pilot "Bosch" was based on. However, this was one of my least favorite in the Bosch series. The case just dragged on and by the end, I hardly cared who the guilty party was.
Kurt
This is another great Harry Bosch story, with a strong theme, an interesting mystery, a major shake-up for our hero, and some engaging new characters. The main story involves the accidental discovery of a murdered child's long-buried bones, which initiates a look into a horrific family, and the narrative spirals between leaning on tired "Hey, have you ever heard of child abuse? Sometimes it happens, and here are the simple reasons why!" crutches and then kicking them out from under the reader to ...more
Cathy DuPont
Oh, my...I admit that I have a problem, an addiction. I'm addicted to Michael Connelly. Guess there are other, worse addictions to have.

They're all, I mean in my estimation, all great reads. I don't even look to see what page number I'm on and how much more I have to read which I have a tendancy to do.

Harry Bosch had to grow on me since I read all of the Mickey Haller's first and just simply fell in love with "Mickey, Mickey, You're Sooo Fine!" (Joe Biden, you have competition!)

Harry, however,
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Evelyn
I really did like this book but the reason I only gave three stars is because I really did not like his romance with the rookie cop Julia. I thought that was very tacky and low class. Harry is about 50 in this book and Julia is 35. I didn't find any deep meaning to this relationship and no reason to have it in the book.

Mr. Connelly has put in some of his other books romances that were almost like one night stands, why? The major romances with Syliva, Eleanor and Rachel weren't bad because he was
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Will
Oct 16, 2014 Will rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Serious crime novel fans
READER'S SUBJECTIV REVIEW FOLLOWS:

City of Bones is the first in my efforts to read Michael Connelly's dated novels of his considerable catalogue. Joe Pike and Elvis Cole, who I lump with Bosch because they're LA creations of Robert Crais, seem to be more on the cutting edge of interesting novels, but City of Bones is a bittersweet examination of the search for redemption. So it's not particularly uplifting at the end, but may well be one of Connelly's best literary efforts considering the reject
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Danm
Just another detective book. Been there, done that.
Thomas Strömquist
Another good detective story featuring Harry Bosch. Starts out with the discovery of a homicide victim, which turns out to be a 20 years old crime.

I felt it not up to par with the best in the series, but it's still a good read.
Dagny
Super series and this is one of my favorites in it. Don't plan on having a life for the last quarter of the book because it will take over.
Annie
This is my first experience of Connolly and I really enjoyed it :) Bosch is a character you immediately feel for, and you find yourself being dragged into his passion for the job. The job is everything to him, but it also seems that it's all he has. Ultimately you find yourself rooting for him and hoping he solves the case before it's too late. Bosch is a very cool copper and he has to keep the case moving, avoiding any thumb twiddling moments.

It's not an action fuelled book but it had a certai
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Joe Stamber
Like another reviewer says, if you've read one of my reviews of a Harry Bosch book, you've read them all. This isn't a criticism, because they're all excellent. Harry Bosch is one of the best characters ever created, and as usual Connelly wrings the best out of him.

In theory, Bosch sounds like a bit of a cliche, but once you start reading (or listening) it's irrelevant as Connelly batters him repeatedly emotionally and physically before throwing him back in the mix. He's dark and brooding, but e
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David Jarrett
I enjoyed this book, although not quite as much as some of Connelly's others. It was very well written, as are all of his books, and the character development of Harry Bosch is quite well done. The plot was straightforward, and the twist at the end was a surprise, and one done very well. My only criticism of the book is the constant reference to the relationship between the media and law enforcement -- this seemed somewhat overdone, but maybe things really are that way. Not being in either field ...more
Eric_W
This is another excellent entry in the Hieronymous (Harry) Bosch detective series. Connelly’s books are consistently excellent. Bosch is a return — resurrection might be a better word — to the anti-authority, hard-boiled, chain-smoking (although he has quit in the most recent novels)
cop who sets his own standards of excellence and tries to live up to them, often crossing swords with his superiors in the process. Unlike many modern “heroes,” he doesn't suffer from constant angst. He does take cri
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Matt
A great Bosch book that details many sub-stories within the one novel. Perhaps not stories as much as solutions to the case, in which Connelly has the reader (and Bosch) sure that the killer is Mr. X, only to find out that new evidence points to Ms. Y. It also touches on many powerful (and painful) themes, including missing children, abuse, foster care, and death on the job.

Connelly continues to build a strong emotional foundation for his best character, Harry Bosch, and examines the continuall
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Jane Stewart
3 stars. Excellent storytelling. I was engaged throughout but didn’t like the ending. I wanted more justice and revenge.

STORY BRIEF:
A boy was killed and buried in a wooded area 21 years ago. A bone expert says the boy had been consistently abused throughout his life. He lived most of his life in pain due to either healing or new injuries. Bosch and his partner talk to neighbors and take steps to get an identity.

REVIEWER’S OPINION:
I hated the unknown abuser and wanted to see pain to the abuser w
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Grace
Summary
The fast-paced City of Bones was a decent sort of who-done-it books. The story was simple: Old bones were found up on a hillside by a dog, and Detective Bosche does his job well -- even if slightly unconventional by leaving his partners behind constantly in his rush to prove his gut instinct and brilliance.

Characters
The characters were varied, though honestly none of them stayed with me after I closed the book. There was just something about the way it was written that didn't ring well
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J
BEWARE OF SPOILERS. I DON'T HIDE OR PROMOTE MY REVIEWS.

Connelly is one of my favorite crime writers. This is another feather in his cap.

But I don't read his books in order, as I get them catch as catch can from the public library.

This one is old (2002) but wonderful for several reasons.

We see Los Angeles police detective Harry Bosch with partner J. Edgar working a case involving fresh discovery of a boy's old bones. The death happened several decades ago, but the bones still clearly tell a tale
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Angela
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. He can't let it go. As the investigation takes Bosch deeper into the past, a beautiful rookie cop brings him alive in the present. No official warning can break them apart -- or prepare Bosch for the explosions when the case takes a few hard turns. Suddenly all of L.A. i ...more
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