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The Black Box (Harry Bosch #18)

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  31,536 Ratings  ·  2,484 Reviews
In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved.

Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something

Hardcover, 403 pages
Published November 26th 2012 by Little Brown
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Katherine Coble
Oh, Harry.

Many people when they age take up hobbies.

It would appear that Michael Connelly has taken up the hobby of Harry Bosch Book By Numbers writing. Because it's all here, in on handy volume
1. Gritty LA Death
2. Gruff Harry pursues the Case Nobody Believes In.
3. "You are a Crime Tourist" view of the exotic world of law enforcement. Learn about on site prison interrogations, handy cop slang like "put a bow on it" and new tech like raising serial numbers off firearms.
4. Mention of Harry's gr
Jane Stewart
Another excellent book in the series. The only negative was one question not answered at the end.

The negative:
On the second to last page Connelly wrote “She would not tell Bosch why she ...” did something. That bothered me. It was important. I hope he answers it in the next book. But I have to wait a year? I believe the author said he was late finishing this book. Maybe that’s why he left it unexplained.

The positive:
One of the things he does so well is: When Harry first starts a case, I’m thinki
Dec 01, 2012 Pamela rated it did not like it
Oh dear. After the fiasco that was The Drop I was hoping Connelly would redeem himself with this. He didn't. There were no plot twists...none, zero, zip. Here are a few of the problems--granted none are so big as the lack of plot twists, but they are problems nonetheless:

1. There was very little about the '92 riot. So little, in fact, that you had to wonder why on earth he even bothered.

2. Bosch's daughter could easily be replaced by a dog or even (gasp!) a cat. She does everything EVERYTHING b
James Thane
Nov 03, 2013 James Thane rated it really liked it
During the course of the L.A. riots in 1992, Harry Bosch, then a young detective, was the first investigator on the scene of the murder of Anneke Jespersen. Jespersen, an attractive photo-journalist from Denmark, was found executed in a dark ally in the middle of the riot zone by national guardsmen who were attempting to provide crowd control. But at the height of the rioting, Harry had no opportunity to do anything more than make a cursory examination of the scene before he was ordered away to ...more
Good but not great. L.A. Detective Harry Bosch is working on the cold case squad and takes a personal interest in the murder of a Danish journalist 20 years ago during the riots following the Rodney King case. He was called to the scene at the time but the chaos and caseload prevented the police from serious efforts on the case. Piece by piece Harry’s puzzle solving slowly begins to pay off, like when airplane crash investigators turn up the “black box” of recordings of indicators associated wit ...more
Rex Fuller
Nov 27, 2012 Rex Fuller rated it really liked it
Really liked this one, the latest Bosch. The ending was perhaps the most satisfying and well crafted of the Bosch books I've read.
Rob Kitchin
Dec 18, 2012 Rob Kitchin rated it liked it
As police procedurals go, The Black Box was pretty average (especially compared to some of Connelly’s earlier books in the series). The focus of the plot is interesting, but it felt a little too linear and straightforward, lacking in subplot (beyond his usual run in with his bosses and internal affairs), layers and twists or turns - Harry unearths all the clues, but doesn’t seem to have to work that hard to locate them. The ending in particular felt shallow, rushed and lacked credibility in part ...more
Fred Forbes
Dec 01, 2012 Fred Forbes rated it really liked it
Sometimes you just want to settle in with an old friend and get lost in his world for awhile and it is easy to do with Harry Bosch. The plotting, at least with regards to solving the mystery is clever and full of "where does he go from here and how does he get the information" points that make this series so enjoyable. I agree with some of the other reviewers that there is more of a TV script like quality to this one, and I found the principal perp's ability to pull together what was happening b ...more
Nov 05, 2013 Ed rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Michael Connelly fans
Recommended to Ed by: Long-time Michael Connelly fan.
I breezed through this almost 400-page Harry Bosch cop novel. Great storyline that has Harry working on a 20-year old cold case. There is a warm-hearted sub-plot with his family life including his teenaged daughter Maddie and girlfriend Hannah. I'm not a big fan of long books, but I'm a big Michael Connelly fan, so I took the plunge. The narrative carried me right along, and I'm glad I took the time to read The Black Box.
4.25 stars
This book opened with a scene back in 1992 -- where Los Angeles became a place of riot after the verdict of Rodney King's case. Back then, still a Homicide Detective at Hollywood Division with Jerry Edgar, Harry Bosch was called into a crime scene in an alley, where a white female body was found. A foreign journalist by the name of Anneke Jespersen. Bosch found a bullet as well, a nine-millimeter Remington, which he assumed came from the gun that killed her. But it was a city under fir
Aug 29, 2012 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recently wrote a short review of this for my usual outlet -- the reviews are anonymous -- and I think it is one of the best, if not the best, books of Connelly's oeuvre, which now numbers 24 novels and one collection of nonfiction. Harry Bosch is soldiering on, this time picking up the tiniest of loose ends of a case that began during the Rodney King riots in 1992 Los Angeles. Bosch is working "cold cases," in the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit (fans will remember he's nearing mandatory retirement) ...more
Feb 22, 2017 Obsidian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbr-2017
I am so going to need someone to hold Bosch down one of these days and say going off to investigate solo has never worked out well for him. Bosch runs afoul of another person who is in charge of the Open/Unsolved unit he is back on who is out to get Bosch tossed. And due to Bosch ticking off the Chief of Police (seriously at this point how does Bosch have a job) he may be getting kicked after the events of this book. You don't know since that is left up in the air. I do have to say that it's get ...more
Another good addition to the series, although Harry jumped the shark at one point toward the end. (view spoiler) Still, it was a good, twisty tale & Harry proves once more that everyone matters to him, even if they don't to everyone else. Excellent characters again, too.

As usual, this should be read in order. See my review of the first book in the series, The Black Echo for the full Harry Bosc
Veronica ⭐️
Aug 07, 2016 Veronica ⭐️ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, a-u, 2016
I received a copy of The Black Box from the publisher in Sept 2014 (woops didn’t realise it had been on my TBR that long) as a promotion leading up to the release of “The Burning Room”.

The Black Box is Connelly’s 18th Bosch novel and he has Bosch re opening a cold case after 20 years. The story is very detailed and shows how with new technology and a lot of perseverance old crimes can now be solved.

Bosch seemed a bit old and tired to me. I’m not sure if by book eighteen it was Bosch or Connelly
Alex is The Romance Fox
Since I first read Black Echo, the 1st book in Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch Series, I have become a huge fan and follower of, what for me, is one the best crime series ever written.

Throughout all the books, I have seen Bosch growing from the wild, hot-headed and hard-drinking detective to a mature veteran, who’s still fighting for justice in his job working cold cases for the Open-Unsolved Unit of the LAPD. And as usual, using highly unorthodox methods, not afraid to “break” the rules if it me
Freda Malone
Nov 15, 2016 Freda Malone rated it it was amazing
Another top notch murder mystery solved by none other than Harry Bosch. I like Harry in the Open-Unsolved cold cases. With barely any clues and no witnesses, Harry manages to conjure even the smallest of hints, to follow and work its evidence to the surface.

L.A. riots after the Rodney King beating became a city in flames. A young Harry and his partner Jerry, were assigned to pick up bodies, murders during this fiasco. A foreign, danish, journalist is found dead in an alley, shot in cold blood,
May 18, 2012 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Harry Bosch books
There is little I can say about this book that I haven't said about the previous entries in the series -- it was well written and compelling, just like the previous entries, but still left the reader wanting to know more about the man investigating the cases. And my lingering suspicion from The Drop that Michael Connelly plans to write about Bosch's daughter Maddie only grew in this book.
Dale Harcombe
Nov 07, 2014 Dale Harcombe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book as a promotion though Good Reading Magazine. Although there have been a number of Harry Bosch novels, this is my first venture into any of the novels featuring this character. Harry Bosch is a detective. Given the detail in the novel and knowledge of police procedure it is no surprise to learn that Michael Connelly is a former police reporter for The Los Angeles Times.
I enjoyed this story which starts with the body of a female journalist found in 1992 during the looting and burni
Craig Pittman
Oct 23, 2012 Craig Pittman rated it really liked it
In this book Harry Bosch, LAPD homicide detective, solves a murder from 20 years ago, linking it to the Los Angeles riots that once tore his city apart. Meanwhile he reaches forward to the future by bonding with his daughter, who's thinking she might want to be a cop someday too.

The 1992 date is significant for a couple of reasons. For one, the first Michael Connelly novel about Bosch was published that year. For another, Connelly -- then a reporter for the Los Angeles Times -- actually covered
Kaje Harper
Nov 25, 2012 Kaje Harper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
4.5 stars. Harry Bosch is one of my favorite fictional detectives. The books are realistic in the police procedural aspect, but Harry is often bucking department politics and sneaking around the limitations. He has aged through the series, and is now close to retirement, which I like better than some forever-young heroes. His combination of dedication to his job, realism and drive for justice make him sympathetic, but he's nicely imperfect in both work and his personal relationships. This series ...more
Jay Deb
Feb 25, 2013 Jay Deb rated it really liked it
Harry Bosch is an old detective who does not care what his boss thinks of what he is doing. The detective is determined to find out who killed the female foreign journalist during 1992 LA riots. The gun leads him to a man who is currently in jail but he didn't do it. The story moves on to other red herrings and finally he finds out a group of men who were responsible. But still Harry does not know who in the group pulled the trigger.
The book has a very satisfying end with lot of action that is s
Dec 17, 2012 Jeffrey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2012
Michael Connelly is the preeminent police procedural novelist in American fiction today. He has mastered the nuances of the police investigation and draws you in to the reasons that the investigating detective is such a hero. We love watching a master craftsman piece together clues using the mind and intellect. New shows like "Elementary" with its Sherlock Holmes pastiche or "The Mentalist" with its manipulative hero, are the rage because we love the characters, but what happens when the clues a ...more
Amorak Huey
Dec 27, 2012 Amorak Huey rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
Harry Bosch has long been as hard-boiled as they come. A real obstinate son of a bitch who always gets his man. Who refuses to take any bullshit. Who constantly runs afoul of his bosses, because they are always more concerned with politics and rules and silly social niceties and personal ambition, while Harry is now and for always motivated by justice.

You know the type.

What is always most enjoyable about Connelly's Bosch series -- and The Black Box is no exception -- is watching Bosch meticulous
Oct 23, 2012 Raven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

It never ceases to amaze me how Michael Connelly achieves such a constant level of excellence with his writing in relation to the excellent Hieronymous (aka Harry) Bosch series. Let’s bear in mind that this is the 18th outing for Harry and it’s exactly twenty years since this stalwart of American detective fiction made his debut in ‘The Black Echo’, and yet Connelly unceasingly produces the most readable and stylistically perfect thrillers time after time, in marked difference to other authors o
Luanne Ollivier
Dec 04, 2012 Luanne Ollivier rated it it was amazing
Oh, Harry Bosch is back! I started Michael Connelly's latest book in the series (#18) - The Black Box - and I tried really, really hard to make it last.....but it was no use.....I finished it in a day. I literally couldn't put it down.

Harry is still with the Open-Unsolved Unit of the LAPD. It's the 20th anniversary of the L.A. riots and the Unit has been asked to try and clear some cases from that time period. Harry knows the case he wants to re examine. He worked the streets during that turmoil
For the past couple of months, I've been dipping into the back catalog of Detective Harry Bosch as I waited for The Black Box to a)hit shelves and b)come in on reserve at my local library. That could be part of the reason that this one felt a bit more like a greatest hits of Michael Connelly's Bosch novels.

This time around, Bosch is looking into a murder that took place during the L.A. riots two plus decades ago. At the time, Bosch was called out to the body of a female photojournalist but not
June Ahern
Jan 08, 2013 June Ahern rated it really liked it
I am a loyal Michael Connelly fan because he is an excellent writer - mostly - I'm a big Harry Bosch fan because I've grown to know him and find him believable. Connelly's latest box was one of my Christmas presents and I couldn't wait to get right into it. I'm sorry to say, although it was mostly well written, I didn't find it as thrilling or interesting as the author's past books.

The Black Box is about Harry Bosch, an older but still a grump maverick cop, who is working a 20 years cold case o
May 31, 2013 Roger rated it it was ok
At one place in this book the main protagonist, Harry Bosch, has to wade through mud and, at times, reading it felt a little like that as well. I have read a few Michael Connelly books and, in my opinion, this is not up to his usual standard.

Mr Connelly's books usually take a little while to get going but this one was well past 300 pages before anything much happened. There is the usual row with his boss, who seems a total idiot; a bit of byplay around his relationship with his latest lady frien
Nov 06, 2014 Maddy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
SETTING: Los Angeles
SERIES: #18 of 19
WHY: The Open-Unsolved Unit of LAPD where Harry Bosch and his partner David Chu work has been assigned to clear cases which occurred 20 years earlier during the LA riots. There was so much tumult at the time that most cases were not really investigated well. Harry is working on the homicide of Anneke Jespersen, a Danish investigative reporter, whose death Bosch can't forget. It's amazing--and totally credible--how he is able
Vannessa Anderson
Twenty years ago and during the LA riots, Anika, a young Scandinavian female war correspondent was found dead shot through the eye with a gun made in Iraq. Bosch was among the group of cops who found her body When Bosch learned that the gun used to kill Anika’s was used in his current case and the Anika case had never been solved, he decided to solve both cases.

What I like about Michael Connelly’s Bosch series is no matter how adept the reader is at following the clues, the reader is constantl
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Harry Bosch (1 - 10 of 22 books)
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  • The Black Ice (Harry Bosch, #2; Harry Bosch Universe, #2)
  • The Concrete Blonde (Harry Bosch, #3; Harry Bosch Universe, #3)
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