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La bionda di cemento (Harry Bosch #3)

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Il Fabbricante di bambole: sceglieva le sue vittime nei quartieri malfamati di Los Angeles, le strangolava e le truccava come fossero bambole sorridenti. La polizia aveva cercato di catturarlo e, alla fine, Bosch se l'era trovato di fronte. L'uomo, disturbato nel sonno, aveva infilato una mano sotto il cuscino e Bosch gli aveva sparato, uccidendolo. Quattro anni dopo, Bosc ...more
Paperback, 459 pages
Published 2007 by Piemme (first published June 1st 1994)
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Bill  Kerwin
Nov 23, 2008 Bill Kerwin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I'm not a big fan of novels about serial killers with distinctive M.O.'s who leave clues in notes sent to the lead detective, particularly when the supposed murderer has already been incarcerated or killed, and the possibility of a copycat--or an original injustice--emerges. Been there. Done that. Squared.

But Connelly's novel is so well-plotted and so well-written and features such believable characters and such realistic glimpses into the police detective's world that I was completely won over
James Thane
Four years ago, L. A. homicide detective, Harry Bosch, was part of a task force hunting a sadistic serial killer known as the Dollmaker. The killer preyed on vulnerable women and was blamed for taking the lives of eleven victims. Late one night, after the rest of the team had gone home, Bosch took a frantic call from a prostitute who said that she had just escaped from the Dollmaker. Harry assumed this was probably just another false lead and decided to meet the woman on his way home, without no ...more
Harry Bosch #3 - Third in mystery series is best yet!!

The Concrete Blonde focuses on Harry Bosch as a defendant in civil court for the shooting of the serial killer "Dollmaker". The family of the serial killer (who Bosch shot during an arrest four years ago) has accused Bosch of killing the wrong man. The accusation becomes believable when "the concrete blonde" is discovered, along with a note from the killer that he is still active.

"The writer says he's the real Dollmaker and that the body co
Feb 17, 2015 Phrynne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm giving this five stars because I totally raced through it and enjoyed every minute! Harry Bosch is a really captivating main character who always manages to rise above his problems - just. Much of this book takes place in a court room which is a setting I normally do not much enjoy. However this was written so well that even I got drawn in to the awfulness of the process of law. The ending was a total surprise to me . I was completely unaware of whodunnit until the author let me know. Anothe ...more
Aug 25, 2013 Jonetta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Four years ago, Harry Bosch shot and killed Norman Church who was believed to be the infamous serial killer, The Dollmaker. Now, his widow is suing Harry for wrongful death and his career is on the line. It gets even more complicated when another body is discovered during the trial, supposedly killed by The Dollmaker after Church's death.

A significant part of the story covers the trial, which really serves as the anchor for all else going on as Harry and the original task force try to investiga
ConstantReader Paul O'Neill
Best cop thriller series I've read, and this is the best book in the series so far.

What makes this series so great? Bosch. An intriguing character who Connelly writes very well and builds upon book by book.

This series is equal parts cop procedural stuff and character driven greatness. The latter often gets missed in the genre.

He's a vulnerable, and therefore, realistic character. He makes mistakes and he has a chequered past (although not overly so).

I look forward to grabbing the next book s
3 and half stars.
Ok this is only the 2nd Connelly book I've read (the first being "The Poet") but beginning to see a pattern here. Towards the end you are geared up to one suspect being the killer but then bang no wrong guy, it's another and again no wrong guy it's really this guy. Kind of unsatisfying because in the end there isn't a real analysis of the actual killer. Fast read though if you want to veg out of your own life for a while & be a super sleuth for one night. Bosch seemed like a
Larry Bassett
Nov 07, 2016 Larry Bassett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, audio
I thought this was by far the best book in the first three books of the series. Maybe it's just because Harry had the same girlfriend through the whole book and she had been his girlfriend for the year before the book.

The mystery in this book was alluded to in one of the prior books in the series. Since the series seems to be on an annual publication bases that means the idea for this book was rumbling around in the authors mind for a year or more before the book was written. I think that is int
Jun 06, 2008 Brooke rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, mystery
In Harry Bosch's third outing, we finally get to learn more about the infamous case that resulted in Bosch's demotion to the Hollywood homicide unit. The Concrete Blonde is more of a legal thriller than a police procedural as the plot revolves around the widow of the serial killer shot by Bosch suing the LAPD. A wrench is thrown into Bosch's defense when more corpses matching the serial killer's MO pop up.

I enjoyed this book more than the first two in the series, although it still hasn't inched
Sep 04, 2013 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, crime

This was the best Bosch story I have read to date. It might even be the best Connelly novel or at least on par with The Fifth Witness. Each Bosch novel has got better and better so far but it will be a hard act to follow after this!

The story has two aspects, the law room aspect and the on-going serial killer aspect. All linked in some way or another and linked together expertly. It's easy to see how Connelly was able to hit his stride straight away with "The Lincoln Lawyer" as the courtroom
I have read mystery thrillers most of my life, but my husband is lukewarm on a lot of detective type books. He enjoys fantasy/ Sci-fi/horror stuff. But, I talked him into reading this one with me as a "buddy" read.
The truth is I couldn't remember if I had read this one or not. I had not.
I can't add more to the comments and reviews that have already been posted about his novel. It was just plain awesome. A+ all the way!
There is a serial killer, a courtroom drama, Harry's personal life and histo
The Concrete Blonde is the 3rd Harry Bosch book, and let me say, it’s brilliant! The pace is outstanding, the dialogues are superb. The courtroom drama is top notch.
You can’t help but be fully captivated by this story because it’s so gritty and smart and it moves at a nice speed. With the first two Bosch books I often felt there were too much descriptives & scene-setting, too much background storytelling too. Here it's just enough to give the book depth but not as to bore the reader. What I
The Concrete Blond
5 Stars

Detective Harry Bosch gained national fame when he shot and killed a serial killer known as The Dollmaker. Now Harry is being sued by the killer’s family for wrongful death and their case is being bolstered by the appearance of a new victim bearing all of the marks of the Dollmaker’s macabre signature. Did Harry make a mistake or is their a copycat on the loose?

The serial killer plot alongside the court room scenes make for a gripping and balanced mix of police procedura
Kelly ...
Oct 03, 2016 Kelly ... rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, fiction
I love the Law & Order television series franchise. And, I am not alone as evidenced by the number of seasons there have been for the three different series. This book reminds me of that series -- it is ta truly taut police procedural and an intelligent courtroom drama. Bosch continues to evolve and the author continues to draw Bosch as a hard man to like and an even more difficult man to dislike. He is brilliant, solitary, hard-edged and vulnerable. He is full of flaws and likable. There we ...more
Jul 04, 2016 Perry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Calvin P. Yeen on Pat in Southie


I like the later Harry Bosch novels. This one, #3, has author Michael Connelly trying to find his way to a story that's not only suspenseful, but also plausible.

There have been only a few times I'm reading a police procedural that I think I'd be better off, for enjoyment's sake, not knowing the little I do about criminal procedure. I've never found that a problem with Connelly.

Here though, he wrote a novel that revolves around a civil lawsuit against Bosch. I kno
Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
**This was a goodreads/first reads giveaway. I would like to thank the author for the opportunity to read this book**

This is the first book by Michael Connelly I have read! I'm not sure why either, but it certainly won't be the last. This book is packed full of psychological craziness! The killer is a nutsy- cuckoo, but who isn't if your a killer right?

I loved the whole plot of this book and the turn it took. I did want to smack a few people but that is nothing new in a book for me!

Sarah Anne
May 28, 2016 Sarah Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid four stars, whereas the prior two were almost four stars, this was my favorite so far. I still love the hard-boiled elements. I did manage to figure out who the killer was, but since I had about five different suspects, I'm not that impressed with myself ;)
No idea why it took me so long to read one of these novels, as they're homicide detective novels set in L.A. starring a cranky, rebellious cop named Hieronymus Bosch who loves jazz (the real shit, like Coltrane or Strayhorn.) Listen, just the mention of early Netherlandish painters and/or jazz threatens to send me into nerdgasms and absolutely no one wants to endure that so I'm gonna avoid that, but I will say that this gave me a fair bit of initial bias towards Connelly, because he's into cool ...more
Nov 14, 2008 Theweebarrell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in the series and had read the first two but i think i enjoyed this more than them. Michael Connelly was a new author to me but one i will continue reading as his books get better and better . Reall enjoyed this and would recommend it.
Robert James
Mar 05, 2017 Robert James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the early Bosch books and is terrific. Very suspenseful but kind of loses it's way at the end. Reading an early Bosch book now is a good comparison to the new Bosch books. Early Bosch books had some unpredictability while the last few Bosch entries have been very much by the book. Still good though.
Nov 21, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
It feels so good when a series continues to deliver. This, the third in the Michael Connelly/Harry Bosch books did not disappoint.

I loved how much more was revealed about the character, Bosch, this time round. He's 43, over 6 ft. with brown/gray hair and a mustache. The mustache surprised me. He continues to date Sylvia Moore, a dead detective's ex-wife from his last case. Bosch claims to love Sylvia but is having trouble sharing his deeper feelings with Sylvia and you wonder if this relationshi
Jul 28, 2011 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
When I began the Bosch series, mention on the Dollmaker case and its resultant banishment of the detective led me to wonder if we'd get a flashback book that would cover this major case. Connelly did one better, mixing the Dollmaker case with new developments and a qausi-legal thriller. Connelly at his best.

While Bosch is in civil court, dealingy with the fallout of killing the apparent Dollmaker, a new body surfaces and opens the case wide open. How could the killings keep going on 4 years afte
Mar 31, 2016 Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2016
Four years ago, L.A. Police Detective Harry Bosch shot and killed Norman Church, a man who he believed was a serial killer. Nicknamed “The Dollmaker”, Church was thought to be responsible for the rape and murder of eleven prostitutes. Now Harry is a defendant in a wrongful death suit brought by Church’s widow. Things are not looking good for his case when a new body is discovered. It looks like the work of The Dollmaker, except that the body is only two years old. Is there a copycat? Did Harry s ...more
May 30, 2012 Eric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Harry Bosch books
After reading this third Harry Bosch book, I understand how Michael Connelly was able to go from this police detective series to the Mickey Haller defense attorney series, as the legal scenes here really stand out. Actually, the whole book stands out, and I won't say more for fear of spoiling the suspense and mystery of the Dollmaker and the Concrete Blonde cases.
Feb 26, 2016 Clarabel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serial-killer
Excellent ! Procédure judiciaire contre serial killer à démasquer. Je comprends mieux le succès de la série Harry Bosch - ouf. :-)
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
Therin Knite
Jan 21, 2014 Therin Knite rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller

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Scott Rhee
Jan 14, 2013 Scott Rhee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four years ago, Harry Bosch shot and killed the serial killer known as the Dollmaker. He had not set out to do so. He was following a lead, and he found himself, late one night, alone and with no time calling for back-up, suddenly confronting the killer in the man's bedroom. Surprised, the man reached for something under his pillow, after Bosch had told him several times to show him his hands. Bosch fired a kill-shot. To Bosch's horror, he realized the man was going for his toupee. After an exte ...more
Jul 30, 2015 William rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To start, I read a review here which was not marked "Spoilers" and so from about 1/3 of the book on, I knew whodunit. Ugh. I considered skipping to the next Bosch book, but chance intervened and so I continued.

1. I loved the book, and I'm very glad I was not put off by that reviewer's mistake.

2. I am not fond at all of courtroom scenes in books. They tend to be very stilted and pedantic, slow moving and more concerned with false drama. The later court scenes were more interesting, and I tended t
This series just gets better, so this was a 3.5. This was a fantastic look into serial killers & Harry's tenacity was very well done. He's downbeat, but really brings the gritty feel of the work to the written page.
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