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The Concrete Blonde (Harry Bosch Universe #3)

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The Dollmaker was the name of the serial killer who had stalked Los Angeles ruthlessly, leaving grisly calling cards on the faces of his victims. Now, with a single faultless shot, Harry Bosch thinks he has ended the city's nightmare.

But the dead man's widow is suing Harry and the LAPD for killing the wrong man—an accusation that rings terrifyingly true when a new victim i
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Published May 25th 2005 by Brilliance Audio (first published June 1st 1994)
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Harry Bosch #3 - Third in mystery series is best yet!!

The Concrete Blonde focuses on Harry Bosch as a defendant in civil court for the shooting of the serial killer "Dollmaker". The family of the serial killer (who Bosch shot during an arrest four years ago) has accused Bosch of killing the wrong man. The accusation becomes believable when "the concrete blonde" is discovered, along with a note from the killer that he is still active.

"The writer says he's the real Dollmaker and that the body co
May 25, 2015 Phrynne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm giving this five stars because I totally raced through it and enjoyed every minute! Harry Bosch is a really captivating main character who always manages to rise above his problems - just. Much of this book takes place in a court room which is a setting I normally do not much enjoy. However this was written so well that even I got drawn in to the awfulness of the process of law. The ending was a total surprise to me . I was completely unaware of whodunnit until the author let me know. Anothe ...more
Jan 09, 2015 Jonetta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Four years ago, Harry Bosch shot and killed Norman Church who was believed to be the infamous serial killer, The Dollmaker. Now, his widow is suing Harry for wrongful death and his career is on the line. It gets even more complicated when another body is discovered during the trial, supposedly killed by The Dollmaker after Church's death.

A significant part of the story covers the trial, which really serves as the anchor for all else going on as Harry and the original task force try to investiga
Bill  Kerwin
Jul 13, 2015 Bill Kerwin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I'm not a big fan of novels about serial killers with distinctive M.O.'s who leave clues in notes sent to the lead detective, particularly when the supposed murderer has already been incarcerated or killed, and the possibility of a copycat--or an original injustice--emerges. Been there. Done that. Squared.

But Connelly's novel is so well-plotted and so well-written and features such believable characters and such realistic glimpses into the police detective's world that I was completely won over
3 and half stars.
Ok this is only the 2nd Connelly book I've read (the first being "The Poet") but beginning to see a pattern here. Towards the end you are geared up to one suspect being the killer but then bang no wrong guy, it's another and again no wrong guy it's really this guy. Kind of unsatisfying because in the end there isn't a real analysis of the actual killer. Fast read though if you want to veg out of your own life for a while & be a super sleuth for one night. Bosch seemed like a
Oct 25, 2008 Brooke rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, mystery
In Harry Bosch's third outing, we finally get to learn more about the infamous case that resulted in Bosch's demotion to the Hollywood homicide unit. The Concrete Blonde is more of a legal thriller than a police procedural as the plot revolves around the widow of the serial killer shot by Bosch suing the LAPD. A wrench is thrown into Bosch's defense when more corpses matching the serial killer's MO pop up.

I enjoyed this book more than the first two in the series, although it still hasn't inched
Oct 20, 2013 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, crime

This was the best Bosch story I have read to date. It might even be the best Connelly novel or at least on par with The Fifth Witness. Each Bosch novel has got better and better so far but it will be a hard act to follow after this!

The story has two aspects, the law room aspect and the on-going serial killer aspect. All linked in some way or another and linked together expertly. It's easy to see how Connelly was able to hit his stride straight away with "The Lincoln Lawyer" as the courtroom
The Concrete Blond
5 Stars

Detective Harry Bosch gained national fame when he shot and killed a serial killer known as The Dollmaker. Now Harry is being sued by the killer’s family for wrongful death and their case is being bolstered by the appearance of a new victim bearing all of the marks of the Dollmaker’s macabre signature. Did Harry make a mistake or is their a copycat on the loose?

The serial killer plot alongside the court room scenes make for a gripping and balanced mix of police procedura
Mar 31, 2016 Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2016
Four years ago, L.A. Police Detective Harry Bosch shot and killed Norman Church, a man who he believed was a serial killer. Nicknamed “The Dollmaker”, Church was thought to be responsible for the rape and murder of eleven prostitutes. Now Harry is a defendant in a wrongful death suit brought by Church’s widow. Things are not looking good for his case when a new body is discovered. It looks like the work of The Dollmaker, except that the body is only two years old. Is there a copycat? Did Harry s ...more
Jul 17, 2013 Marleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Concrete Blonde is the 3rd Harry Bosch book, and let me say, it’s brilliant! The pace is outstanding, the dialogues are superb. The courtroom drama is top notch.
You can’t help but be fully captivated by this story because it’s so gritty and smart and it moves at a nice speed. With the first two Bosch books I often felt there were too much descriptives & scene-setting, too much background storytelling too. Here it's just enough to give the book depth but not as to bore the reader. What I
No idea why it took me so long to read one of these novels, as they're homicide detective novels set in L.A. starring a cranky, rebellious cop named Hieronymus Bosch who loves jazz (the real shit, like Coltrane or Strayhorn.) Listen, just the mention of early Netherlandish painters and/or jazz threatens to send me into nerdgasms and absolutely no one wants to endure that so I'm gonna avoid that, but I will say that this gave me a fair bit of initial bias towards Connelly, because he's into cool ...more
Nov 21, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
It feels so good when a series continues to deliver. This, the third in the Michael Connelly/Harry Bosch books did not disappoint.

I loved how much more was revealed about the character, Bosch, this time round. He's 43, over 6 ft. with brown/gray hair and a mustache. The mustache surprised me. He continues to date Sylvia Moore, a dead detective's ex-wife from his last case. Bosch claims to love Sylvia but is having trouble sharing his deeper feelings with Sylvia and you wonder if this relationshi
Mark Baker
Apr 08, 2016 Mark Baker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2016
LA homicide detective Harry Bosch is facing a wrongful death lawsuit stemming from the Dollmaker case. Four years ago, this serial killer was terrorizing Los Angeles until Bosch killed him. But just as the case comes to trial, Harry gets a new note that appears to come from the killer. And it leads them to a fresh body. Did Bosch kill the right person? How might this affect his trial?

This is quite obviously not one of the cozies I normally read, and it got into some details I didn’t care for. Ho
Dec 04, 2008 Theweebarrell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in the series and had read the first two but i think i enjoyed this more than them. Michael Connelly was a new author to me but one i will continue reading as his books get better and better . Reall enjoyed this and would recommend it.
Melissa Martin
**This was a goodreads/first reads giveaway. I would like to thank the author for the opportunity to read this book**

This is the first book by Michael Connelly I have read! I'm not sure why either, but it certainly won't be the last. This book is packed full of psychological craziness! The killer is a nutsy- cuckoo, but who isn't if your a killer right?

I loved the whole plot of this book and the turn it took. I did want to smack a few people but that is nothing new in a book for me!

Therin Knite
Dec 22, 2015 Therin Knite rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller

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Dec 01, 2012 Harry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
I have read mystery thrillers most of my life, but my husband is lukewarm on a lot of detective type books. He enjoys fantasy/ Sci-fi/horror stuff. But, I talked him into reading this one with me as a "buddy" read.
The truth is I couldn't remember if I had read this one or not. I had not.
I can't add more to the comments and reviews that have already been posted about his novel. It was just plain awesome. A+ all the way!
There is a serial killer, a courtroom drama, Harry's personal life and histo
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Book # 3 in the Harry Bosch series has Harry in federal court defending a civil suit. Four years prior he fatally shot a notorious serial killer – The Dollmaker. Now the family is suing for damages, claiming his civil rights were violated. Unfortunately for Harry’s case, on the first day of the trial a new note arrives for Harry, supposedly from the killer, and leading the police to another body. A blonde buried in a concrete slab certainly fits the profile of The Dollmaker killings. Could
This series just gets better, so this was a 3.5. This was a fantastic look into serial killers & Harry's tenacity was very well done. He's downbeat, but really brings the gritty feel of the work to the written page.
Jun 01, 2012 Eric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Harry Bosch books
After reading this third Harry Bosch book, I understand how Michael Connelly was able to go from this police detective series to the Mickey Haller defense attorney series, as the legal scenes here really stand out. Actually, the whole book stands out, and I won't say more for fear of spoiling the suspense and mystery of the Dollmaker and the Concrete Blonde cases.
Aug 05, 2015 William rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To start, I read a review here which was not marked "Spoilers" and so from about 1/3 of the book on, I knew whodunit. Ugh. I considered skipping to the next Bosch book, but chance intervened and so I continued.

1. I loved the book, and I'm very glad I was not put off by that reviewer's mistake.

2. I am not fond at all of courtroom scenes in books. They tend to be very stilted and pedantic, slow moving and more concerned with false drama. The later court scenes were more interesting, and I tended t
Feb 27, 2016 Clarabel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serial-killer
Excellent ! Procédure judiciaire contre serial killer à démasquer. Je comprends mieux le succès de la série Harry Bosch - ouf. :-)
The Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly.

On a score of 1-5 stars this Harry Bosch entry scores a perfect 10 stars.

Harry is narrowing in on a serial killer known throughout the Los Angeles area as the dollmaker. He has him cornered in his own home and then the killer starts reaching under his pillow. The dollmaker continues to refuse Harry's demands to place his hands behind his head and leaves Harry no alternative but to shoot. This takes Harry's career to a whole new level. A level he didn't wis
Mar 06, 2014 Josh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, crime, read_2014
The third Bosch book takes readers back to the often mentioned Doll Maker case in which Harry Bosch took down a killer of prostitutes who took samples of their make-up as trophies. In THE CONCRETE BLONDE, Bosch is accused of having killed the wrong man when a new murder is uncovered which seems to have occurred after the alleged killer was taken out by Bosch.

Rogue policing is nothing new to Bosch. His cop mentality and iron first delivery of street justice has got him in trouble time and time a
This third entry in Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series begins as a courtroom thriller. Four years before, Harry had killed a man believed to be the Dollmaker, a serial killer of women. Now the man's wife is suing Harry for wrongful death in the case. She is being represented by one of the premier civil rights lawyers in Los Angeles, a woman who is not used to losing. Harry is being represented by a city attorney who is not in the same league with her. His chances do not look good.

At the time
Jane Stewart
Aug 20, 2011 Jane Stewart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
2 stars for the first half - too much of a victim feel. 4 stars for last half - it was very good. I’m glad I read it.

Four years earlier, a victim escaped from serial killer Church and called the police. Bosch took the call. He feared the killer might have another victim so there was no time to get backup. Bosch went to the room, told Church to freeze, but Church did not comply. He moved to get something under a pillow so Bosch shot and killed him. Bosch then discovered Church was go
Scott Rhee
Oct 04, 2013 Scott Rhee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four years ago, Harry Bosch shot and killed the serial killer known as the Dollmaker. He had not set out to do so. He was following a lead, and he found himself, late one night, alone and with no time calling for back-up, suddenly confronting the killer in the man's bedroom. Surprised, the man reached for something under his pillow, after Bosch had told him several times to show him his hands. Bosch fired a kill-shot. To Bosch's horror, he realized the man was going for his toupee. After an exte ...more
Apr 15, 2016 Klodovik2 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Najbolja priča do sad o našem HB-u
Počinitelj ostaje misteriozan praktički do zadnjeg poglavlja. Connelly je ovaj put ubacio i malo policijskog humora koji se odlično uklopio u radnju.

Connelly odlično povezuje slučajeve koje Bosch rješava s njegovom životnom pričom koja je čak zanimljivija njih samih. Sve u svemu navučen sam na priču o Harry Boschu i jedva čekam vidjet što će se dalje događat u njegovom životu
This is the third of Mr Connelly's novels to feature LA Police Detective Harry Bosch. Connelly is an accomplished writer of crime novels who knows how to bring his characters to life. In this novel, Harry is on trial in a civil case for the fatal shooting of an alleged serial killer known as the Doll Maker. Just as the trial begins, a new murder victim is discovered and there appear to be links to the murders committed by the Doll Maker. Harry is both simultaneously involved in court and in solv ...more
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