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Nine Dragons by Michael Connelly
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Sep 21, 10

bookshelves: fiction, mystery, novel, read-2010
Read in September, 2010

** spoiler alert ** Not as good as the Bosch books of earlier years, this is still a solidly entertaining Connelly work. I skipped ahead in the series mostly because I ran out of books on a travel weekend and had to go to a NYT best-sellers stand. It's a little troubling to see that Bosch hasn't grown particularly as a character by the time this book comes around -- and some of the stasis seems to have the hands of the writer all over it, instead of actual character truth. The plot of his life has certainly gone forward, though, and that was interesting to see.

Here, there are two gigantic, momentous occurrences that will change the landscape for Harry -- or that should. The first is the death in Hong Kong of his ex-wife (and the mother of his daughter), Eleanor Wish, in a manner that could be construed by both the reader and Bosch as having been his fault. This means his daughter, Madeleine, is going to come and live with him -- which should make the next book very different. (If it doesn't, if Maddy ends up in a boarding school or something, then shame on you, Connelly, for taking the easy way out).

The second event comes at the end, and it happens as suddenly as Eleanor's death: the death of Bosch's partner. Bosch reacts to this with spite, even telling his daughter that the guy got what was coming to him. That seems like a pretty hard position for a guy to take when long-time readers know Bosch himself has been in the same place Ferrara was -- a place where going to work seems impossible.

I'm interested to know how Bosch got from A to B in the series, but this book has actually dampened my enthusiasm for the series as a whole, because it's so focused on big events but not at all willing to include any actual impact from them into its main character's behavior.
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