Nine Dragons (Harry Bosch, #15)
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Nine Dragons (Harry Bosch #15)

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<!--StartFragment-->LAPD Detective Harry Bosch is off the chain in the fastest, fiercest, and highest-stakes case of his life.
Fortune Liquors is a small shop in a tough South L.A. neighborhood, a store Bosch has known for years. The murder of John Li, the store's owner, hits Bosch hard, and he promises Li's family that he'll find the killer.
The world Bosch steps...more
Hardcover, 374 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by Little, Brown and Company (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jeanette (Most of My Favorite Authors Are Dead)
My Plan was to make this book last at least four days. HA! Who was I foolin'?!
Day 1: 135 pages
Day 2: 190 pages
Day 3: 50 pages
End of story. I just couldn't help myself!

Connelly cranks up the interest and excitement in this one by taking Bosch to Hong Kong for a big chunk of the book. And with his own daughter as the kidnapping victim, he's prone to tunnel vision and poor judgment calls he wouldn't otherwise make.

I loved the Hong Kong venue for a nice change. I got to learn a little about tha...more
Rob Kitchin
I’m a Michael Connelly fan. I own a copy of just about all of his books. They are generally superior fare amongst the bestseller lists, but Nine Dragons, I felt, was one of his weaker offerings. The story felt rushed, with prose that was workmanlike and flat. And the plot was weak, feeling like two shorter stories jammed together. The part of the book set in Hong Kong, in particular, seemed to lack life, depth and credibility. There was a particular event that happens that is described as if it...more
Aug 09, 2013 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Fans of the Harry Bosch series

- A cool cameo by sleazy defense attorney Mickey Haller.
- Incidents from this book (view spoiler) should push Bosch's character development further in future books.

Positive or negative, depending on your perspective:

- The middle third of the book was basically a retelling of the Liam Neeson movie Taken.
- Less realistic than most books in the series; it read more like a...more
This is the first 5 star book I've read in over 2 months, so first off, THANK YOU MICHAEL CONNELLY!

I read this book in about 4 hours today which is a lot faster than I usually read Connelly books. Usually I like to savor them slowly, analyze all of Bosch's moves, and then realize I love his character SO much that I want him to come to my house so I can cook him dinner and cookies and talk to him all night. I come to this same conclusion after reading each Bosch book, and I really think he is one...more
Jane Stewart
4 ½ stars. Weak on character development but entertaining and engaging. More action/adventure than previous books.


This book does not have enough character development for the villains and Bosch’s sidekicks (his LA semi-partner Chu and his Hong Kong helper Sun Yee). It reads more like a movie script than the previous Bosch books – lots of action and suspense. Some of the things I loved in the previous books were Bosch’s thinking and actions, unexpected and unusual...more
James Thane
9 Dragons opens with the murder of John Li, the Chinese owner of a liquor store in south L.A. Connelly's long-running protagonist, Detective Harry Bosch, is assigned the investigation and quickly concludes that the murder is more complicated than it might initially appear on the surface.

Displaying his excellent skills and dogged determination, Bosch discovers that Li had been paying protection money to one of the ancient Chinese triads that now operates in the United States as well as in China....more
I am on a mission to read all the Harry Bosch novels that I have collected over the past few years. This one gets 3.5 Stars and is one of the better recent chapters in the story. Connelly had the police procedural down pat, but I am still annoyed that Harry still seems clueless about new technology, like smartphones and computers. Not cute anymore. This book takes Harry to Hong Kong to meet up with his ex-wife and his daughter. Plenty of action in this book and you don't have to wait to the very...more
L.A. police detective Harry Bosch is trying to figure out how to deal with a gun-shy partner while unraveling a fatal shooting at a liquor store. As he pulls together the clues in the hardworking immigrant’s death, he begins to uncover a web of threats and payoffs connected to “triads,” Chinese organized-crime groups.
But when he gets a video message from his teenage daughter’s cell phone apparently showing her kidnapped and then a creepy phone call telling him to back off, the case gets personal...more
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William Bentrim
9 Dragons by Michael Connelly

Harry Bosch is once again on the ropes with his peers. Harry seldom plays well with others. There is a murder, Harry takes is personally. The results involve Harry and his family, the cities of LA and Hong Kong and a diverse cast of characters.

Connelly always does a nice job setting the stage. Bosch is a hero who is hard to like. Prickly doesn’t begin to describe him. Harry’s passionate love of his daughter is one of his few redeeming characteristics. I found my sel...more
Guillermo Jiménez
Venga, pues. Brutal. No soy asiduo a los bestselleristas, pero el Connelly tiene fuelle. Tiene oficio. Una escritura bien cebada para contar una buena historia.

Tiene la paja propia de las historias que buscan crear tensión, muy bien lograda, a ratos incluso desesperante.

Mientras la leí me preguntaba dónde estaba lo "grande" que decía papá. Sí vi lo de sus demasiados adjetivos. El amor de amantes, el amor de padre por sus hijos, el desgarramiento, la distancia, entre padre e hija. Pero lo grande...more

For a series that he has kept going for 20 years, one wonders when Michael Connelly would run out of ideas and steam. This may well be the book in which he has over-reached, going beyond his comfortable LA haunts, and there upon changed the formula that has made the series so popular.

In Nine Dragons, Connelly brings in the LA Chinese connection via, of all things, the Hongkong triads. What bares the author's discomfort right at the outset is how sketchily he draws the Chinese characters as if fr

Deborah Sloan
Detective Bosch working the murder of a South L.A liquor store owner is thrust into the world of Chinese Triad gangs, something completely new to him, although he and Mr. Li the store owner and deceased have met once years before. Determined to find the killer detective Bosch must seek the aid of another detective from the Asian Gangs Unit, but can he be trusted? Someone on the inside is leaking information, but who? When Bosch's daughter is kidnapped while living with her mother in Hong Kong, B...more
Vaya, una de las obras maestras de la novela noir. Le sobran adjetivos, pero lo demás pura sustancia. Me enganché con Hyeronimus y estoy leyendo 3 de las cinco novelas que conseguí. Pero ésta, aaaaah. Hay que leerla. Amor, dolor y muerte y en el medio acción de la más nítida pureza. Los errores más estúpidos que conducen a una vida de desamor y redención. La palabra es mejor que la imagen. Ojalá a ningún idiota se le ocurra filmarla, como filmaron tonta y pendejamente a Wallander. Pero finalment...more
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Cecilia Quick
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Harry Bosch, L.A. homicide detective is sent to Fortune Liquors to investigate the death of John Li, the owner. What initially looks like a robbery gone bad turns out to be a lot more complicated. Li has been paying protection money to a Chinese triad. Just as Bosch is closing in on the triad member he suspects, he receives a threat to stop or there will be consequences. Of course, he doesn't stop.

The triad member tries to leave the country with Bosch capturing him at the last moment. Then he re...more
Connelly seems to be eschewing the more procedural plot lines of his earlier work for thriller-based plots that I don't believe match his temperament. In Nine Dragons, Connelly exhibits the same voice that has enthralled readers of his work for years, and he shows a Harry Bosch who has lost none of the toughness and grit that have inhabited the best of the Bosch books. But here Bosch is thrust into situations that are unbelievable and demand too much coincidence for even the most dedicated reade...more
I love Michael Connelly's books. They are the first ones I pick up when our new manuscripts come in and I must say that this is the best Harry Bosch I've read! We learn lots about Harry's personal life because of his personal connection to the crime (his daughter has been kidnapped) as well as about Hong Kong and Asian gang activity in Los Angeles. I can't recommend this one enough. I'll have galleys soon. Stay tuned!
SETTING: LA and Hong Kong
SERIES: #15 of 18
RATING: 3.25
WHY: Harry Bosch is working on the murder of a Chinese liquor store owner who it appears was killed by a triad bagman when he receives a video from his daughter, Maddie, who is living in Hong Kong with his ex-wife, Eleanor Wish. Maddie has been abducted; almost immediately, Bosch is on his way to try to rescue her. This is a favorite series of mine, but this book was a letdown. Bosch feels that he and Eleanor are desti...more
Harry Bosch is in trouble, although there's nothing new about that. But this time, Harry's young daughter is in trouble, too, all the way in Hong Kong.
Kara Jorges
This was my first introduction to Harry Bosch, though not my first Connelly. For the uninitiated, this series is a typical police procedural with a tough guy in the lead, and there are a lot of those. Connelly’s fine writing comes through, though and the plot twisted and turned until the very end.

It starts when homicide detective Harry Bosch gets called to the murder scene of a liquor store clerk in a bad neighborhood. It looks like a routine robbery, but Harry finds evidence that a Chinese tria...more
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Melissa Railey
In Michael Connelly's latest Harry Bosch novel, Harry faces his most emotional case ever. While investigating the murder of a Chinese store owner, Harry brings in a local Chinese gang member as his suspect. At the time he brings the suspect, his daughter is kidnapped all the way over in Hong Kong where she lives with her mother. Harry rushes to Hong Kong to chase down his daughter and bring her home.

I love the Harry Bosch books and have been reading them for a long time. Each year I look forward...more
One of the issues with reading Connelly's series one by one, instead of all books in chronological order (even if the former makes sense in most cases), is that you sometimes know things or do not know things that fans of his work discover with sequential reading. I discovered that this was the case, especially in this book (and in some of the previous ones, with Rachel Walling, who bleeds over into one of the Mickey Haller books as well). I knew of the main 'happening' that occurs in the latter...more
A bit of a departure for Connelly as Bosch needs to travel to China and a good portion of the action occurs there. Without giving away too much, there are some humonguous life changes for Bosch in this one. While I enjoyed the action and yes, there was mystery and killing and solving mysteries and more killing with rationalization ('have you ever gone a day without a good rationalization?') for said killings. There was also a lot more technical stuff in this one, like Connelly had to explain why...more
Kelly Hager
It's the latest Harry Bosch mystery and I really liked it. (I was a little worried because I've read some bad reviews, but I think it was solid.)

Bosch is a police detective, one of three recurring characters Connelly is writing about now (the other two being Mickey Haller and Jack McEvoy). He's also my favorite of the three. :)

In this one, he's working a murder case, one that looks like a robbery gone bad. A liquor store owner was found dead (shot) behind the counter. But then it turns out that...more
Apr 30, 2012 Jenn rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Michael Connelly never disappoints with his thrillers. Harry Bosch is one of the finest American detectives around. And this time he has to be the finest in order to save his abducted daughter in Hong Kong. At least he's not 100% a stranger in Hong Kong. He visits his daughter on and off there for a few years. But he's still pretty much out of his element when he tries to find her.

I really like the bit player, Sun Yee. He's a bit of an enigma. He never says much but his stare tells you a number...more
Michael Connelly- 9 Dragons (Little, Brown and Company 2009) 5 Stars

Harry Bosch is sent to investigate what appears to be a routine robbery gone wrong, when he discovers that he has met the victim in one of his previous cases. Looking into the matter he determines that it was not a robbery, and it certainly was not routine. The more he digs the more tangled the weaving web becomes. After discovering evidence leading to the Hong Kong Triads the case steps up a notch on the danger meter. Suddenly...more
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