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Nine Dragons by Michael Connelly
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Feb 21, 10

bookshelves: crime-fiction, american
Read from February 06 to 16, 2010

Michael Connelly is back with another Harry Bosch novel and the novelty is a frenetic “39-hour day” in Hong Kong. The book starts with a surprisingly low-key crime – the shooting of an elderly Chinese liquor-store owner in South Central L.A. It looks like a routine robbery and murder. Then Chinese triads are linked to the crime and the action takes off when Bosch receives a video of his kidnapped daughter Maddie, who lives in Hong Kong with her mother.

In typical Bosch fashion, he flies to HK for the adrenaline-charged 39-hour day. His ex-wife is former FBI and her new beau works security for a Macau casino and they hunt for Maddie on the slimmest of clues.

Connelly does a nice job of capturing the Hong Kong milieu, many writers tend overdo it when they first encounter such a stunning and complex city. As usual, Connelly’s storytelling and plotting skills are impeccable. He adds poignant human shadings to the Harry and Maddie’s father-daughter relationship without being too mawkish about it.

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