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The Black Box (Harry Bosch #18)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  20,978 ratings  ·  2,019 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, Large Print, 560 pages
Published November 26th 2012 by Little, Brown and Company (first published January 1st 2012)
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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
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
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
Really liked this one, the latest Bosch. The ending was perhaps the most satisfying and well crafted of the Bosch books I've read.
Fred Forbes
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 09, 2013 Ed rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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
Rob Kitchin
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
Dale Harcombe
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

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
Craig Pittman
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
Jay Deb
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 26, 2012 Eric rated it 4 of 5 stars
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.
June Ahern
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
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
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
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
Kaje Harper
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
Amorak Huey
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
Luanne Ollivier
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
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
Christian Fiction Addiction
The Black Box is a smart read, a journey into a seemingly unsolvable cold case that unfolds layer by layer into an ending of gripping suspense. Harry Bosch is one of those characters who is easy to connect with, certainly not a perfect hero but one with flaws like you and I, yet offering much to admire in his drive to uncover the truth and bring closure to families who have been impacted by tragedies. In between the focus on the police case, the reader catches scenes of his home life, and it is ...more
It's hard to believe it's been 20 years since Michael Connelly introduced us to Vietnam vet turned hardcase L.A. detective Harry Bosch in The Black Echo. Twenty-five books later, some on other characters, Connelly continues to deepen the Bosch story, a man on a mission to bring justice to homicide victims, while trying to raise a teenage daughter and maybe somewhere carve out a piece of a life for himself. The empathy Connelly has built for Bosch throughout this series -- the way he loses almost ...more
Vannessagrace Vannessagrace
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
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
Mark Stevens
“No hobby cases, Harry.”
That’s the message from Cliff O’Toole, the new lieutenant heading up the Open-Unsolved Unit. O’Toole is not well liked.

O’Toole is riding Bosch because Bosch seems overly fixated on a murder case that started during the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles.

Says O’Toole: “You are the worst kind of police officer, Bosch. You are arrogant, you are a bully, and you think the laws and regulations simply don’t apply to you."

Bosch, of course, put the T in tenacious and he’ll even go
Carrie Rubin
This is the second Harry Bosch book I've read, so I haven't read them in order (I read the first in the series and then this one which is many books in). That didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book, and it was nice to see they could be read out of order without leaving me clueless. Really liked the brisk writing style and the smooth pace--the mystery unfolded nicely. I thought the ending was a bit off, but overall a great read.
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