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The Black Box (Harry Bosch #16)

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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
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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
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Liz
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.
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
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Brenda
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
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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
Pamela
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
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Fergal
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Harry Bosch what can I say? Gripping! Loved this thank you Mr Connelly :)
Michael
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
Richard
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
7.5/10

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
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Jonetta
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
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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.
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
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
Ed
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.
Robin
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
Obsidian
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
Ami
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
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Tim
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
Ashish Iyer
Quite boring. Draggy at many parts. There was no twists. Waste of my time.
Jim
Another good addition to the series, although Harry jumped the shark at one point toward the end. (view spoiler) Still, it was a good, twisty tale & Harry proves once more that everyone matters to him, even if they don't to everyone else. Excellent characters again, too.

As usual, this should be read in order. See my review of the first book in the series, The Black Echo for the full Harry Bosc
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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
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Raven
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


It never ceases to amaze me how Michael Connelly achieves such a constant level of excellence with his writing in relation to the excellent Hieronymous (aka Harry) Bosch series. Let’s bear in mind that this is the 18th outing for Harry and it’s exactly twenty years since this stalwart of American detective fiction made his debut in ‘The Black Echo’, and yet Connelly unceasingly produces the most readable and stylistically perfect thrillers time after time, in marked difference to other authors o
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Alex is The Romance Fox
Since I first read Black Echo, the 1st book in Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch Series, I have become a huge fan and follower of, what for me, is one the best crime series ever written.

Throughout all the books, I have seen Bosch growing from the wild, hot-headed and hard-drinking detective to a mature veteran, who’s still fighting for justice in his job working cold cases for the Open-Unsolved Unit of the LAPD. And as usual, using highly unorthodox methods, not afraid to “break” the rules if it me
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Roger
May 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
At one place in this book the main protagonist, Harry Bosch, has to wade through mud and, at times, reading it felt a little like that as well. I have read a few Michael Connelly books and, in my opinion, this is not up to his usual standard.

Mr Connelly's books usually take a little while to get going but this one was well past 300 pages before anything much happened. There is the usual row with his boss, who seems a total idiot; a bit of byplay around his relationship with his latest lady frien
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Freda Malone
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Another top notch murder mystery solved by none other than Harry Bosch. I like Harry in the Open-Unsolved cold cases. With barely any clues and no witnesses, Harry manages to conjure even the smallest of hints, to follow and work its evidence to the surface.

L.A. riots after the Rodney King beating became a city in flames. A young Harry and his partner Jerry, were assigned to pick up bodies, murders during this fiasco. A foreign, danish, journalist is found dead in an alley, shot in cold blood,
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Veronica ⭐️
Aug 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, a-u, crime
I received a copy of The Black Box from the publisher in Sept 2014 (woops didn’t realise it had been on my TBR that long) as a promotion leading up to the release of “The Burning Room”.

The Black Box is Connelly’s 18th Bosch novel and he has Bosch re opening a cold case after 20 years. The story is very detailed and shows how with new technology and a lot of perseverance old crimes can now be solved.

Bosch seemed a bit old and tired to me. I’m not sure if by book eighteen it was Bosch or Connelly
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Eric
May 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Harry Bosch books
There is little I can say about this book that I haven't said about the previous entries in the series -- it was well written and compelling, just like the previous entries, but still left the reader wanting to know more about the man investigating the cases. And my lingering suspicion from The Drop that Michael Connelly plans to write about Bosch's daughter Maddie only grew in this book.
Ms.pegasus
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, thriller
Readers of crime procedurals know the drill. Secure the scene. A forensics team will examine the body. A photographer will document the scene. Detectives will collect witness statements, bag any physical evidence, and interrogate any neighbors, door-to-door. Finally, the body will be removed and autopsied.

THE BLACK BOX opens with a very different scene. It's 1992. In the midst of the L.A. Race riots, Bosch and his partner Jerry Edgar have been pulled into a 4-man roving homicide unit for South C
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Anastasia
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Black Box by Michael Connelly is the 18th book in the Harry Bosch mystery series. During the LA riots in 1992 there is not much that can be done for the murder victims and the bare minimum in evidence is collected. Twenty years later on the anniversary of the riots, Harry is working in the Open Unsolved Unit and returns to a case from his past, the execution style shooting of an international journalist found in an alley during the riots. Another terrific Harry Bosch story with all the usual ...more
Jeanne
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Finally Bosch lightens up a little and shows a tiny sense of humor.
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