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Nine Dragons (Harry Bosch #15)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  26,608 Ratings  ·  1,958 Reviews
<!--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.
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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)
Vickie Because he is involved in this story. He appears in it, but it's near the end.
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Jul 17, 2010 Esil rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am a big Michael Connelly fan. I usually like the social or political settings for his books, and find the plots intricate and intriguing. However, this book did not work for me. The whole part set in Hong Kong felt aimless, uninteresting and verging on stereotypical depictions of people living in Hong Kong. Also, there was more violence (one event in particular) than seemed unnecessary or that I would usually expect in a Harry Bosch book. I hope things pick up with Connelly's next book.
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
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 27, 2016 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This didn't blow a lot of wind up my skirt most of the time. Oh, I never got bored or disliked it, but I'm not fond of Len Cariou's narration as compared to the earlier guy (Dick Hill?). His weighty words make a police procedural read like a police report. The story was typical Connelly, though. All the facts, several theories, & Harry doggedly pursuing the leads. This one had quite a bit of excitement & the ending was just mind bending.

Other characters in the series take part, so it's i
Feb 21, 2017 Obsidian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbr-2017
Well this is one of my least favorite Bosch books. We get Bosch just bumbling from the beginning of this book to the end. We have Connelly get rid of two characters we have been following for a number of books now in completely (IMHO) stupid ways, and I don't know, I think Bosch is just casually racist towards Chinese people. I also didn't get a sense of Hong Kong at all while reading this book. I felt like Connelly watched "Knock Off" a few times, visited Hong Kong, took a couple of terrible pi ...more
Nov 07, 2014 Eric_W rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 26, 2012 Eric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 14, 2009 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
The story opens with Detectives Bosch and Ferras called to a liquor store killing in a poor part of town. The victim is ethnic Chinese, John Li, and the detectives quickly work out that he was paying protection money to a Chinese triad. Harry sends some of the images from his cell phone to his daughter Maddie, who lives in Hong Kong with her mother, Eleanor Wish. Shortly afterwards, Maddie disappears, and Harry suspects the triad is responsible, applying pressure on him to abandon the case of Mr ...more
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
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.
Oct 19, 2009 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 12, 2009 William Bentrim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Freda Malone
Oct 14, 2016 Freda Malone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Holy crap! In addition to the blurb, I have a couple of things to add. Nothing in this book is what it seems at first glance, and this is the first book that has shocked me to the core. There are lessons to be learned here and Bosch presents his share of them as he rushes to save the one person he holds closest to his heart, Maddy, his daughter. Like a bull in a China shop, Bosch is disastrous in this crime story and I was biting my knuckles the whole time! One hour later, and I'm still saying " ...more
❆ 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
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Kelly ...
Oct 29, 2016 Kelly ... rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, fiction
This book reads a lot more like a Jack Reacher book than a Harry Bosch book. I found it read a little more like a spy novel than a mystery.

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.
Jul 06, 2009 Miriam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 12, 2010 Kathleen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
Deborah Sloan
Feb 10, 2010 Deborah Sloan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Jul 04, 2016 Sarine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One word : Amazing.
Cathy DuPont
Feb 25, 2015 Cathy DuPont rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another opinion anyway.
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
Two-haiku review:

Liquor store guy killed
Harry thinks it's triad job
Then daughter kidnapped

Misdirection case
Lots of action plus much angst
Very good story
Jul 07, 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

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“All his life Harry Bosch believed he had a mission. And to carry out that mission he needed to be bulletproof. He needed to build himself and his life so that he was invulnerable, so that nothing and no one could ever get to him.

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”
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