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Harry Bosch is assigned a homicide call in South L.A. that takes him to Fortune Liquors, where the Chinese owner has been shot to death behind the counter in an apparent robbery.

Joined by members of the department's Asian Crime Unit, Bosch relentlessly investigates the killing and soon identifies a suspect, a Los Angeles member of a Hong Kong triad. But before Harry can cl
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Hardcover, 374 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by Little, Brown and Company
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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
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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
Eric_W
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
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Eric
Aug 09, 2013 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of the Harry Bosch series
Positives:

- 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
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Amy
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
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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.
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Jane Stewart
4 ½ stars. Weak on character development but entertaining and engaging. More action/adventure than previous books.

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THE NEGATIVES:
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
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Mike
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
Lisa
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
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Kathleen
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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
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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
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Ric

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

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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
Guillermojimenezespneo
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
Jenn
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Cecilia Quick
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Dana
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
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Maddy
PROTAGONIST: Harry Bosch
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
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David
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
Harry Connolly
This isn't what I was looking for, either.

Anyway, I read the first three Harry Bosch novels in omnibus form, having snatched the massive hardback for them off the front table at now-defunct Tower Books in Queen Anne. The police procedural plot was a bit predictable but clearly well-researched and the tone was perfect: a sort of morose, cynical inevitability of ruined lives and terrible grief. Yeah, the lead character smoked alone in his little house at night while jazz saxophone music played, b
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Miriam
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!
D.R.
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
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Donna

3.5 stars

I applaud Michael Connelly for trying something new in this book. He let his main character, Harry, leave his comfortable life in LA to head over to Hong Kong in order to rescue his kidnapped daughter. As usual, his books are fast paced and this was no exception. I actually like pinging through his books, especially when I have a lot on my mind.

What I didn't like in this book was his whiny ex-wife, who was supposed to be tough since she had FBI agent training and all. Ugh. I don't like
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Laurie
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.
Denise
I think I might be generous in my ratings lately. Probably more like 3.5, but I bumped it up primarily because of Maddie.

Summer is a time for reading pulp fiction. I don't think pulp fiction is a negative term at all. It's gripping in the moment, visceral on many levels. Escapism at its best. Nine Dragons is excellent pulp fiction. More action than many of Bosch's adventures, but there's more emotional exposure too. I haven't visited with Bosch in a long time, and I enjoyed catching up with an o
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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
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Marleen
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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
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Matt
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
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