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Nine Dragons by Michael Connelly
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Nov 12, 09

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Read in November, 2009

Connelly, Michael. 9 DRAGONS. (2009). ****. Here’s another fast-paced thriller from the dean of thrillers featuring his popular protagonist, Harry Bosch. The plot’s a little shop-worn, but Connelly gives enough new twists and wrinkles to keep you reading on. It all starts with the shooting of a Chinese liquor store owner during what seemed initially to be a robbery. Later, it is learned that thugs from a Triad might be involved, and that this might be a gang-related killing. Bosch is assigned to the case, along with a special team of operatives. But, something doesn’t look right to Harry. He then gets a video on his cell phone that shows his daughter being held hostage, tied to a chair. The message is: “Back off!” Knowing that his daughter, Maddie, a twelve-year old, is living in Hong Kong with his ex-wife, Bosch immediately gets on a plane, determined to rescue her. In Hong Kong, he hooks up with his ex, who at one time was an FBI agent, and a special security guy who normally works with her in a casino in Macao. The three of them proceed to tear up Hong Kong and Kowloon (from which the book gets its title), with bodies dropping like flies, to get their daughter back. When that job is successful, Bosch takes her back to L.A. with him and learns some new things about the Chinese liquor store shooting that put a surprising twist on the case. The novel reads like a screenplay, with the plot moving steadily forward to a surprising endgame. Recommended.
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