Nine Dragons (Harry Bosch #15)
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
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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
Other characters in the series take part, so it's i ...more
I like Michael Connelly and the Harry Bosch series. This one, while a fast-paced read, as are the othe ...more
- A cool cameo by sleazy defense attorney Mickey Haller.
- Incidents from this book (view spoiler)[specifically the death of his ex-wife, his daughter now living with him, and the death of his partner (hide 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
It also seems to inspire readers to love it or hate it. When I read the reviews they seem to be raves or roasts. I guess I come down on the side of the rave even though it is a bit of a departure from the normal Bosch I love so much. This book has big twists and surprises that I will not spoil but those twists are part of the reason I love this book so much. ...more
The triad member tries to leave the country with Bosch capturing him at the last moment. Then he re ...more
Michael Connelly is a well know and very popular author in the mystery/detective and police procedural genres. E ...more
Liquor store guy killed
Harry thinks it's triad job
Then daughter kidnapped
Lots of action plus much angst
Very good story
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...more
Michael Connelly decided to become a writer after discovering the books of Raymond Chandler while attending the University of Florida. Once he decided on this direction he chose a major in journalism and a minor in creative writing — a curriculum in which one of his teache ...more
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All of that changed on the day he was introduced to the daughter he didn’t know he had. In that moment he knew he was both saved and lost. He would be forever connected to the world in the way only a father knew.
- "Nine Dragons" by Michael Connelly”