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Nine Dragons (Harry Bosch Universe #18)

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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 into next is unknown territo

Hardcover, 374 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by Little, Brown and Company
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William Definitely read them in order of publication, but ... in my rarely humble opinion ... skip the ones which do not have Bosch as the primary focus. The…moreDefinitely read them in order of publication, but ... in my rarely humble opinion ... skip the ones which do not have Bosch as the primary focus. The books which focus wholly or mostly on McCaleb, McEvoy and/or Haller just don't work for me at all.(less)
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
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
Rob Kitchin
May 09, 2012 Rob Kitchin rated it it was ok
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
Nov 07, 2014 Eric_W rated it it was ok
When authors with a successful series and a well-defined character take that character out of his/her normal environment, to a foreign country, say, where he performs spectacularly, you know the book is about to go off the rails. The only explanation I can come up with is that the author wanted a trip to whatever country where the new mystery takes place and wanted a tax write-off for the trip.

I like Michael Connelly and the Harry Bosch series. This one, while a fast-paced read, as are the othe
Aug 09, 2013 Eric rated it liked it
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
Oct 15, 2009 Amy rated it it was amazing
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
James Thane
Aug 31, 2011 James Thane rated it liked it
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.
Jane Stewart
4 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
May 19, 2016 Lisa rated it it was ok
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
William Bentrim
Dec 12, 2010 William Bentrim rated it it was amazing
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
❆ Crystal ❆
5 stars. This was a great mystery, and quite the nail-biter at times. I was in shock of how they solved the case. It felt a bit rushed at the end, but it didn't detract from how I felt about the book. I thought it was amazing and enjoyed every single second.
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
Cecilia Quick
Nov 17, 2011 Cecilia Quick rated it liked it
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Jul 06, 2009 Miriam rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-crack
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!
Jenifer Mohammed
Jan 06, 2015 Jenifer Mohammed rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hard-boiled
Wow! This was an action packed mystery thriller with so many red herrings that I could have made a meal out of them. Bosch starts off by investigating the murder of a liquor store owner that is presumed to be a robbery and ends in shootouts in Hong Kong. The final ending took me absolutely by surprise. A great thriller that also involves a final cameo with Haller aka The Lincoln Lawyer.
Deborah Sloan
Feb 10, 2010 Deborah Sloan rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 12, 2010 Kathleen rated it it was ok
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Sep 20, 2012 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nancy Silverman
Apr 19, 2016 Nancy Silverman rated it it was amazing
Probably one of my favorite Michael Connelly books. Harry Bosch is called to the scene of a robbery in Chinatown when the investigation turns personal and receives word his daughter has been kidnapped in Hong Kong. International intrigue, murder, suspense and surprise make for an exciting read.
Mar 30, 2016 stan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was stunned by this fast moving,seductively brilliant novel. up there among the best.It took our Hero to a new area of his expertise.
The surprise is in the finale.

I loved it
Jan 22, 2014 Mike rated it liked it
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
Cathy DuPont
Mar 13, 2015 Cathy DuPont rated it really liked it
Another opinion anyway.
Questo è forse il primo romanzo della collana di Harry Bosch non classificabile come giallo ed è uno tra i primi che potrebbe deludere qualche suo fan.
Le sparatorie ed i colpi di scena, sempre presenti nei romanzi di Michael Connelly, questa volta sono più numerosi rispetto alle prove ed agli interrogatori.

Voglio allora creare io un giallo. Chi è il principale indiziato per appassionarsi a questo romanzo? Il profilo che farei è uno che adora i thriller alla Dan Brown, adora i colpi di scena fo
Sep 28, 2015 William rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The start of the book drags a bit, a bit too procedural, but once Bosch gets to Hong Kong, we find Connelly back in form. The pace is blistering there, and tragedy abounds. Great stuff.

It's amazing that Bosch, in this book, finally begins to realise that he is trapped in a quest, an odyssey, a mission that will cause the deaths of innocents and guilty alike, as he pursues the truth. An awful price is paid often by those close to him, and he wonders "if only..." as we all do some days.

It was nic
Sep 08, 2014 D.R. rated it it was amazing
Among my favorite authors, I’ve read many of Connelly’s novels. “Nine Dragons” (#15 in the Harry Bosch series) is another fast-action crime novel, and in my opinion, is one of Connelly’s best.

The murder of a Chinese grocery owner, John Li, in the South Side of LA brings Bosch into a case that would typically be handled by LAPD South’s crime unit. On the surface, it appears as if a two bit thug knocked off Li for the money in the store’s cashbox, but closer inspection by Bosch and his part-time s
Dec 29, 2012 Ric rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

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

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
Sep 21, 2010 Jenn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 01, 2012 Harry rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 07, 2014 Maddy rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
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
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
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Harry Bosch Universe (1 - 10 of 24 books)
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  • The Black Ice (Harry Bosch Universe, #2)
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  • The Last Coyote (Harry Bosch Universe, #4)
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