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The Black Box

(Harry Bosch #16)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  48,425 ratings  ·  3,085 reviews
In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved.

Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something
Hardcover, 403 pages
Published November 26th 2012 by Little Brown
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Katherine Coble
Oh, Harry.

Many people when they age take up hobbies.

It would appear that Michael Connelly has taken up the hobby of Harry Bosch Book By Numbers writing. Because it's all here, in on handy volume
1. Gritty LA Death
2. Gruff Harry pursues the Case Nobody Believes In.
3. "You are a Crime Tourist" view of the exotic world of law enforcement. Learn about on site prison interrogations, handy cop slang like "put a bow on it" and new tech like raising serial numbers off firearms.
4. Mention of Harry's gr
James Thane
Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
During the course of the L.A. riots in 1992, Harry Bosch, then a young detective, was the first investigator on the scene of the murder of Anneke Jespersen. Jespersen, an attractive photo-journalist from Denmark, was found executed in a dark ally in the middle of the riot zone by national guardsmen who were attempting to provide crowd control. But at the height of the rioting, Harry had no opportunity to do anything more than make a cursory examination of the scene before he was ordered away to ...more
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 5000-2020
Book 16 and Harry is still his same outrageous self. His character makes for good reading and good policing, but I always think he is not a person you would want for a partner or a friend. There is not much caring and sharing in his personality.

However he is certainly good at solving crimes and in this book he is tackling a twenty year old cold case. Along the way he finally discovers that he treats his partner at work very badly and makes a tiny effort to do something about it. He also challeng
Jane Stewart
Excellent story, but dislike the audiobook narrator.

I had one negative with the story, a question not answered at the end:
On the second to last page Connelly wrote “She would not tell Bosch why she …” did something. That bothered me. It was important.

The positive:
One of the things he does so well is: When Harry first starts a case, I’m thinking how can he possibly solve this? How will he find anything? What can he do? Then he finds one small piece of something and follows it. He gathers a couple
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Michael Connelly manages to write some of the most complex police procedurals out there. Once again, this one had me flummoxed how it was all going to turn out.
I listened to this book and I enjoyed the narrator. His voice is exactly how I hear Harry’s voice in my head.
The Cold Case unit was Detective Harry Bosch’s specialty. And his memories of the riots in Los Angeles in 1992 when the acquitting of the officers in the Rodney King beating caused a terrible wave of looting and fires throughout the city were particularly strong. The murder of a young woman in an alley had never been solved, and now, twenty years later, Harry was determined to bring the killer to justice.

With Harry’s partner Detective David Chu by his side, the murder book and box of cards was o
Dec 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
Oh dear. After the fiasco that was The Drop I was hoping Connelly would redeem himself with this. He didn't. There were no plot twists...none, zero, zip. Here are a few of the problems--granted none are so big as the lack of plot twists, but they are problems nonetheless:

1. There was very little about the '92 riot. So little, in fact, that you had to wonder why on earth he even bothered.

2. Bosch's daughter could easily be replaced by a dog or even (gasp!) a cat. She does everything EVERYTHING b
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serial-thrillers
Number 16 in The Harry Bosch series.

Harry now working in the Cold Case Dept is given a case from twenty years ago. As soon as Harry starts to read the files he realises that this had been his case originally twenty years ago.
A young Danish woman had been shot, execution style, in the eye and her body was left in an alley. This was during the civil unrest that swept L.A. in 1992 after police officers of the LAPD were found not guilty for the murder of a young African American male. Because of th
Good but not great. L.A. Detective Harry Bosch is working on the cold case squad and takes a personal interest in the murder of a Danish journalist 20 years ago during the riots following the Rodney King case. He was called to the scene at the time but the chaos and caseload prevented the police from serious efforts on the case. Piece by piece Harry’s puzzle solving slowly begins to pay off, like when airplane crash investigators turn up the “black box” of recordings of indicators associated wit ...more
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Harry Bosch what can I say? Gripping! Loved this thank you Mr Connelly :)
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime

I think I could mainly copy and paste my review for the last few books here. This series is always a pleasure to read, it's detective work without the unrealistic thrills (the majority of the time) and is readily absorbable. It may be that you don't remember the nuances of each outing in a couple of years but each tale holds up on its own.

This one verged on the slightly unrealistic near the end with some go getting action but it still felt within the bounds of what Bosch would do to give
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Always love some Bosch and this book did not disappoint this fan! Bosch is back with another idiot for a boss which I sort of enjoy because Bosch always manages to stick it to "the man." The mystery in this one was pretty brilliant... A woman shot in the LA riots but something doesn't add up and of course Bosch can't let it go. The tale is weaves together in a masterful way so it's riveting edge of your seat fun. My only minor UGHs about this one is I absolutely hate Hannah the girlfriend. There ...more
According to Harry Bosch, the black box is the narrative that provides the parameters of an investigation...the why and how did the crime happen. Just like the black box in an airplane provides meaningful data to help figure out why the plane went down.

In this story, 20 years ago a Dutch woman photographer is found dead in the middle of the LA race riots following the Rodney King verdict. It made no sense for her to be there and when Harry and his partner were called to the scene, the LAPD, com
Donna Schmidt
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another good read by Michael Connelly.
Alex Cantone
Maybe it was accompaniment of Art Pepper’s soulful saxophone, but as he painstakingly translated and read the stories and looked at the pictures, Bosch felt that he somehow grew closer to Anneke Jespersen. Across twenty years she reached forward with her work and tugged at him, and this made his resolve stronger…

It might have been the prefect murder / conspiracy to murder, a cover-up for an earlier crime. In May 1992 Los Angeles was in lockdown from rioters and looters, following the acquittal
Rex Fuller
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Really liked this one, the latest Bosch. The ending was perhaps the most satisfying and well crafted of the Bosch books I've read.
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved thid book. It was exciting and I had trouble putting it down. Connelly at his best.
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
** Continuing my read and review of Michael Connelly’s Detective Bosch series **

Connelly’s 25th book and 16th outing with Detective Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch, a Vietnam war veteran and a twenty-year plus police officer serving in the Los Angeles, California police department. Harry was once a star in the Robbery/Homicide division, working out of the LA city headquarters until his bad habit of fighting the formal structure of the police department and especially those in leadership positions led h
Rob Kitchin
Dec 18, 2012 rated it liked it
As police procedurals go, The Black Box was pretty average (especially compared to some of Connelly’s earlier books in the series). The focus of the plot is interesting, but it felt a little too linear and straightforward, lacking in subplot (beyond his usual run in with his bosses and internal affairs), layers and twists or turns - Harry unearths all the clues, but doesn’t seem to have to work that hard to locate them. The ending in particular felt shallow, rushed and lacked credibility in part ...more
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Michael Connelly fans
Recommended to Ed by: Long-time Michael Connelly fan.
I breezed through this almost 400-page Harry Bosch cop novel. Great storyline that has Harry working on a 20-year old cold case. There is a warm-hearted sub-plot with his family life including his teenaged daughter Maddie and girlfriend Hannah. I'm not a big fan of long books, but I'm a big Michael Connelly fan, so I took the plunge. The narrative carried me right along, and I'm glad I took the time to read The Black Box.
Feb 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbr-2017
I am so going to need someone to hold Bosch down one of these days and say going off to investigate solo has never worked out well for him. Bosch runs afoul of another person who is in charge of the Open/Unsolved unit he is back on who is out to get Bosch tossed. And due to Bosch ticking off the Chief of Police (seriously at this point how does Bosch have a job) he may be getting kicked after the events of this book. You don't know since that is left up in the air. I do have to say that it's get ...more
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recently wrote a short review of this for my usual outlet -- the reviews are anonymous -- and I think it is one of the best, if not the best, books of Connelly's oeuvre, which now numbers 24 novels and one collection of nonfiction. Harry Bosch is soldiering on, this time picking up the tiniest of loose ends of a case that began during the Rodney King riots in 1992 Los Angeles. Bosch is working "cold cases," in the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit (fans will remember he's nearing mandatory retirement) ...more
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Harry Bosch is assigned to the Open-Unsolved Unit charged with investigating cold cases. One of the cases harry is assigned is the 20-year-old murder of a young Danish photo-journalist, Anneke Jespersen. When Anneke's body was orginaslly found in an alley during the LA riots harry and his partner were the investigstors called to the scene. The city was in turmoil and there were so many murders and other crimes that the crimes committed during this time could not be investigated as thoroughly or ...more
Fred Forbes
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Sometimes you just want to settle in with an old friend and get lost in his world for awhile and it is easy to do with Harry Bosch. The plotting, at least with regards to solving the mystery is clever and full of "where does he go from here and how does he get the information" points that make this series so enjoyable. I agree with some of the other reviewers that there is more of a TV script like quality to this one, and I found the principal perp's ability to pull together what was happening b ...more
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, mystery
Detective Harry Bosch has a new cold case to explore. Twenty years ago, the body of Photo-journalist Anneke Jespersen was found in an alley during the L.A. riots. She had been shot at close range. No weapon was ever found. Now ballistics has matched a bullet from another murder with the bullet that killed Anneke. Both bullets were shot from the same gun. Harry has a tough investigation in front of him with not much to go on. To top it off, while Harry delves into this case, Internal Affairs is i ...more
4.25 stars
This book opened with a scene back in 1992 -- where Los Angeles became a place of riot after the verdict of Rodney King's case. Back then, still a Homicide Detective at Hollywood Division with Jerry Edgar, Harry Bosch was called into a crime scene in an alley, where a white female body was found. A foreign journalist by the name of Anneke Jespersen. Bosch found a bullet as well, a nine-millimeter Remington, which he assumed came from the gun that killed her. But it was a city under fir
Book Addict Shaun
20 years of Harry Bosch at the time of this book’s publication and I have read them in less than a year. I only wish that I had followed this series from the start, though at the age of 7 I was more into The Secret Seven crime capers than the type of crime Michael Connelly so effortlessly delivers every single time. What an outstanding series of books and what a character.

The Black Box is another gripping tale that sees Bosch once again going up against his superiors. It’s infuriating that they
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another cracking entry to the Bosch series - these just get better and better as the series goes on. Really novel twist in this one so that what looked like a fairly normal case had a very unexpected type of murderer in the end - extremely cleverly done.
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: html-href, mystery
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