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City Of Bones (Harry Bosch #8)

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A Buried Past Leads to Unearthed SecretsWhen the bones of a 12-year-old boy are found scattered in the Hollywood Hills, Harry Bosch is drawn into a case that brings up the darkest memories from his own haunted past. The bones have been buried for years, but the cold case doesn't deter Bosch. Unearthing hidden stories, he finds the child's identity and reconstructs his frac ...more
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Published April 16th 2002 by Hachette Audio
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Brenda
Oct 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Calamity (“he was trouble as a puppy”) was the one who changed the course of Detective Harry Bosch’s future and set a course for the following two weeks of dark memories and turbulent trouble. When Bosch was called to Wonderland in Los Angeles, he suspected the bone which had been unearthed would be the usual; a wild animal of some description. But when the almost complete skeleton of a young boy was brought to the surface; and learning the bones had been in the ground for twenty years, Bosch wa ...more
Phrynne
This is the eighth book in the Harry Bosch series and the one I liked the least so far. I still enjoyed it and found it a quick easy read but it lacked a certain something. I know I was uncomfortable in all the scenes involving Brasher who I found I could not like at all. Eventually I wondered why she had even been included and in fact whether the author felt the same way judging by events! There was a lot of description of police procedure which I enjoy but which can also drag a bit when there ...more
Obsidian

I definitely enjoyed "City of Bones." I really enjoyed this look at what it was that caused Harry Bosch to retire from the LAPD. I'm safe to think about what could have been though when you see a more thoughtful and happy Harry in this one.

Bosch is still teamed up with J. Edgar in this one (book Edgar still sucks) and they get called in when a bone is found up in the hills. When it becomes clear they are looking at human remains, Bosch is thrown into a high profile case that the LAPD just wants
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Jonetta
I have such mixed feelings about this story.

Harry Bosch and partner Jerry Edgar respond to a call about a bone found by a doctor's dog. He's certain it's human and he turns out to be right, prompting the start of what ends up being a very cold case.

I loved the forensics aspect of the story, along with the procedurals. Nobody does it better than Harry and I enjoy his investigative style. There are other personal situations that impact the investigation and Harry's career that I found troubling.
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Mark
Mar 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A South African mystery writer recently said this was the best crime book ever written. I have no way of verifying that, but it was very, very good. This novel seems to come in the middle of Michael Connelly's series featuring Los Angeles detective Harry Bosch. The title derives from the discovery at the outset of a set of boy's bones on a wooded hillside above a residential street, and the case resonates strongly with Bosch because of his own troubled childhood.

Through the twists and turns tha
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Carolyn
Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Harry Bosch has one of his most puzzling cases yet. The skeleton of a 12 year old boy has been found in a shallow grave on a hillside. Not only must Harry find the identity of this boy murdered 20-30 years ago but he must also find the killer. Harry follows a few false leads as he tries to match the evidence from what he knows of the boys life and his friends and family and it comes to look as if it may remain a cold case. Harry also has some serious thinking to do about his future and where he ...more
Candace Moser
About halfway through the 2 hour drive to my in-laws' house, I realized that I had forgotten to bring a book or 2. I figured I would find something to read at their house. I started it on Friday evening around 7, and I had finished it by early Saturday afternoon, it was a quick and easy read. It wasn't a bad story, it just wasn't a great one. It follows Hieronymus Bosch, a Hollywood detective who kind of brings to mind a slightly less jaded version of Bruce Willis' character in The Last Boyscout ...more
Richard
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
7.5/10

Another solid entry into the Harry Bosch world only let down by a weak ending. Initially the murder case Harry has to work didn’t pull me in, the discovery of the bones of a child which had been buried in the hills some 30 years before by a dog just didn’t incite excitement for me. When will I learn never to doubt Michael Connelly!

With the case been effectively a cold case you always wonder how police look into these and a way in which they will dig up leads for a murder from 30 years ago.
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Robin
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2016
The police are called when a dog brings home a human bone after wandering the Hollywood Hills. When the area is searched, a shallow grave containing more bones is found. Detective Harry Bosch investigates the nearly twenty year old murder of a teenage boy. He must discover the identity of the child, along with who killed him. There are only a few clues to the case, but Harry and his partner, Jerry Edgar, want to close the case on this one.

This is a solid mystery in the Harry Bosch series. There
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Scott Rhee
Dec 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title of Michael Connelly’s eighth book to feature his hero-detective Harry Bosch, “City of Bones”, refers to a term used by crime scene investigators to describe the sight of an old crime scene, where the body has deteriorated down to the bones. Oftentimes nature will scatter bones throughout a general area, especially if the grave is a shallow one, and the resultant grid that CSI forms is dubbed a “city of bones”.

The title has another, more metaphorical, meaning, as well. It refers to the
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Jim
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fantastic addition to the Bosch books. Not only was it another good mystery, but things never go the way they normally do in such books. Great characters being real people which means the results aren't always predictable, but the motivations make sense in retrospect - save for the last one. I'm still thinking that one over. Definitely a memorable book.

This series really needs to be read as part of the chronology of Connelly's published works, not just in the series order. Instead of put
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Carol
May 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, series
Making my way through the series. I knew a great deal of this story as it is one of the cases that the Amazon Bosch series is based on. There are some differences which I really liked. These variations from the TV production made the book well worth reading.

As always an enjoyable read.
Harry
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  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
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Jaksen
Aug 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes, I see this won or was nominated for all sorts of awards back in 2003, but I found it the least impressive of the Harry Bosch novels, so far.

Working on a case involving some bones found on a hill - bones of a young boy - Harry works his way through the sparse amount of detail, or clues, to learn who this boy was, how he died and who was responsible. It's a reasonable trope, which often can work out to a very interesting and complex story, but this one just fell flat. There's the usual banter
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Yvonne Mendez
May 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 8th Harry Bosch novel and I'm happy there are more books about him. I like the character a lot, he is deep, while he slightly falls into the rogue detective stereotype, he's still bad-ass and smart. This story revolves around bones found in the woods from a body buried there 20 years before. Bosch was able to resolve the murder in the usual Michael Connelly formula of finding guilt in a suspect just to be exonerated, do that twice and by the third time Bosch will get to the real culp ...more
FrankieReads
I read this book because I wanted to read the case that the new Amazon series pilot "Bosch" was based on. However, this was one of my least favorite in the Bosch series. The case just dragged on and by the end, I hardly cared who the guilty party was.
Diane Wallace
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good series! crime thriller and a murder mystery in the plot...nice action and many tense moments but in the end it's still a really good series M.Connelly keep writing (paperback!)
Diane
Well again GR lost my info. When will I ever learn to do a Word doc then cut and paste?

That said, we'll leave it at I really enjoyed this book and look forward to continuing on with the series.
Marleen
Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: michael-connelly
In City of Bones (this one being the 8th book), Harry Bosch is on-call on New Year’s day when he discovers the bones of a young child buried in a shallow grave up in the woods in a residential area of Laurel Canyon (up in the Hollywood Hills). The discovery rather immediately attracts the press and this will not make the job easier for Harry and his partner, Jerry Edgar. This is a difficult case for them. It appears that the remains are of a boy, possibly as young as ten, and show evidence of se ...more
William
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Connelly again strikes deep into the heart of darkness. Brilliant, and a superb choice to form part of the Amazon Prime streaming TV series "Bosch" (5-stars as well).

The TV series follows this book extremely closely, and well, although with cross links to an earlier book, The Concrete Blonde does increase the overall complexity, mixing the cases together, and adding other plot elements. I loved the TV series and Titus Welliver is completely perfect as Bosch.

Differences abound though, and the boo
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Lauren
Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
City of Bones
4 Stars

It is a quiet New Years until the call comes in about the discovery of human remains in the Hollywood Hills. When the body is revealed to be that of a young boy who suffered horrific abuse in his short life, Detective Harry Bosch is determined to bring the culprit to justice. Harry also begins a personal relationship with a rookie cop, but a shocking event jeopardizes his future in the department.

While the Harry Bosch books are enjoyable reads, Connelly's writing tends towar
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Maddy
Sep 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
PROTAGONIST: Harry Bosch
SETTING: LA
SERIES: #8 of 18
RATING: 3.5
WHY: A child's bones are found in a shallow grave up in the Hollywood Hills, and Harry Bosch is assigned to investigate. It turns out to be a cold case which involves going back into things that happened in the 1980s which of course results in a lot of dead ends. The plot isn't quite as well developed as usual in these books. An unusual twist is that Harry gets involved in a romance with a rookie cop; I found the development of this
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Ashish
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fine police procedural in the Harry Bosch series. Michael Connelly writes these so well that the reader is pulled in for the entertaining ride forward from the first page. This one is centered on a cold case involving the murder of a child that is discovered 20+ years after the event. A long, zig-zagging investigation follows with the usual dead ends, conflicts with authority, and interesting characters on board. Also included is a personal tragedy for Bosch causing a possible major mid- ...more
Mike
Pretty decent, quick read. A cold case involving the murder of a young boy twenty years earlier. Always have a tough time reading about abused kids. Quite a few twists and turns before the end. 3 Stars for City of Bones
Carol
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Harry Bosch/Connelly book. It's been very good and very suspenseful. Came highly recommended by Goodreads friends.

Harry Bosch has one of his most puzzling cases yet. The skeleton of a 12 year old boy has been found in a shallow grave on a hillside. Not only must Harry find the identity of this boy murdered 20-30 years ago but he must also find the killer. Harry follows a few false leads as he tries to match the evidence from what he knows of the boys life and his friends and fam
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Сибин Майналовски
Пак пораздуто, но този път малко по-живо. И мрачният финал с психологията също зарадва. Определено книгите му се подобряват с всяка следваща.
J
Jun 05, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
BEWARE OF SPOILERS. I DON'T HIDE OR PROMOTE MY REVIEWS.

Connelly is one of my favorite crime writers. This is another feather in his cap.

But I don't read his books in order, as I get them catch as catch can from the public library.

This one is old (2002) but wonderful for several reasons.

We see Los Angeles police detective Harry Bosch with partner J. Edgar working a case involving fresh discovery of a boy's old bones. The death happened several decades ago, but the bones still clearly tell a tale
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❆ Crystal ❆
4 stars for this installment in what is quickly becoming one of my favorite crime mystery series. This is a cold case... bones from a case 25 years ago are discovered in the woods and Bosch and his team work hard to find the killer to get justice for this 12 year old boy. It was a sad case with a lot of twists and turns that had me guessing (and getting it wrong) the whole way through. I love that Bosch wants justice... not just an arrest... he's so awesome. The ending was great but left me want ...more
International Cat Lady
I have mixed feelings about this book. As a whodunnit, it's a great read; however, there's an Event (I don't want to give anything away) about midway through the book that's just... very strange. I didn't really see the need for it plot-wise, or quite understand the reasons why the character made the choices that were made. And the reactions to the Event were pretty muted, considering what had happened. The Event is only peripherally related to the case (although rather important to the main cha ...more
Ellen
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
City of Bones by Michael Connelly.

I've read several Harry Bosch books and keep going back for more. Once you're hooked on Harry you stay hooked.
This was a mystery that led Harry on a chase that began with a partner but led Harry on a solo flight once he knew what & who he was chasing. Harry's seems to be just that-a solo flight. He's not too long with any partner, girlfriend or dept...or is it they are not too long with Harry.

I was not satisfied with the ending. The closure did not happen a
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