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Preview — Nine Dragons by Michael Connelly
Nine Dragons (Harry Bosch #15)
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
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
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
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
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
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
The triad member tries to leave the country with Bosch capturing him at the last moment. Then he re ...more
SETTING: LA and Hong Kong
SERIES: #15 of 18
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
In una serie, lunga come lo è quella del noto detective del LAPD, possono capitare titoli un pò fiacchi e meno riusciti, sono necessari per un giusto e doveroso equilibro. Sinceramente però, romanzo dopo romanzo, la qualità non solo è scesa ma c'è stato un lento e continuo peggioramento che ha spesso portato a leggere un Bosch alquanto annacquato. L'infelice decisione poi, almeno a mio parere, di inserire il personaggio ...more
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 ...more
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
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