Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Concrete Blonde (Harry Bosch, #3; Harry Bosch Universe, #3)” as Want to Read:
The Concrete Blonde (Harry Bosch, #3; Harry Bosch Universe, #3)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Concrete Blonde (Harry Bosch #3)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  40,778 Ratings  ·  1,805 Reviews
In this classic from a #1 "New York Times" bestselling author, Detective Harry Bosch thought he'd stopped the serial killer known as the Dollmaker. Now the dead man's widow is suing Harry and the LAPD for shooting the wrong man--an accusation that rings true when a new victim is discovered with the Dollmaker's macabre signature.
Paperback, 484 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Grand Central Publishing (first published June 1st 1994)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
Bill  Kerwin
Nov 23, 2008 rated it really liked it

I'm not a big fan of novels about serial killers with distinctive M.O.'s who leave clues in notes sent to the lead detective, particularly when the supposed murderer has already been incarcerated or killed, and the possibility of a copycat--or an original injustice--emerges. Been there. Done that. Squared.

But Connelly's novel is so well-plotted and so well-written and features such believable characters and such realistic glimpses into the police detective's world that I was completely won over
James Thane
Mar 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Four years ago, L. A. homicide detective, Harry Bosch, was part of a task force hunting a sadistic serial killer known as the Dollmaker. The killer preyed on vulnerable women and was blamed for taking the lives of eleven victims. Late one night, after the rest of the team had gone home, Bosch took a frantic call from a prostitute who said that she had just escaped from the Dollmaker. Harry assumed this was probably just another false lead and decided to meet the woman on his way home, without no ...more
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
In book three of the Harry Bosch series, Connelly finally hits his stride. The preceding two books frequently referenced the lethal shooting of a serial killer, a career-changer that resulted in Harry being transferred out of the glamorous (?!) Robbery-Homicide Division and into the hinterlands in Hollywood. In The Concrete Blonde, the case is being tried in a civil court. Harry's refused to plead or settle, and is making do with a lawyer from the D.A.'s office against a top-notch civil rights a ...more
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm giving this five stars because I totally raced through it and enjoyed every minute! Harry Bosch is a really captivating main character who always manages to rise above his problems - just. Much of this book takes place in a court room which is a setting I normally do not much enjoy. However this was written so well that even I got drawn in to the awfulness of the process of law. The ending was a total surprise to me . I was completely unaware of whodunnit until the author let me know. Anothe ...more
Aug 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Four years ago, Harry Bosch shot and killed Norman Church who was believed to be the infamous serial killer, The Dollmaker. Now, his widow is suing Harry for wrongful death and his career is on the line. It gets even more complicated when another body is discovered during the trial, supposedly killed by The Dollmaker after Church's death.

A significant part of the story covers the trial, which really serves as the anchor for all else going on as Harry and the original task force try to investiga
Paul O'Neill
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Best cop thriller series I've read, and this is the best book in the series so far.

What makes this series so great? Bosch. An intriguing character who Connelly writes very well and builds upon book by book.

This series is equal parts cop procedural stuff and character driven greatness. The latter often gets missed in the genre.

He's a vulnerable, and therefore, realistic character. He makes mistakes and he has a chequered past (although not overly so).

I look forward to grabbing the next book s
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very good.

Crime fiction fans took notice of writer Michael Connelly and his hero detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch after the strong first and second books featuring Bosch, The Black Echo and The Black Ice. The two “Black” books were solid, but also had some sophomoric problems that held them back from being truly exceptional.

Connelly’s 1994 Bosch book, and third in the series, shows him writing with confidence and flair – this is a writer hitting his stride and stepping up his game. Not only wa
I am really enjoying this series. I'm only on book three, but I think that the style and no-nonsense aspect of the writing, combined with a main character that is both weirdly in tune with himself and his emotions, while still being the stereotypical closed off, masculine type, it's just working for me right now. I really loved one scene where, after a separation from his girlfriend, he acknowledges to himself that he can feel his brain separating from her, and that the longer she takes to decid ...more
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, thriller

This was the best Bosch story I have read to date. It might even be the best Connelly novel or at least on par with The Fifth Witness. Each Bosch novel has got better and better so far but it will be a hard act to follow after this!

The story has two aspects, the law room aspect and the on-going serial killer aspect. All linked in some way or another and linked together expertly. It's easy to see how Connelly was able to hit his stride straight away with "The Lincoln Lawyer" as the courtroom
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I'm nearly sure that this is my first book by Michael Connelly and I loved it. I don't know why it took me so long to read one of his books finally but I'm so glad I finally did it. It is a great story, I couldn't stop reading. I probably should have started with the first book in the series but fortunately it doesn't matter for the story.

Harry Bosch is a very complicated character. Knowing him only from this one book, I can't say I know him well but I don't have an impression that he is underde
Jul 03, 2011 rated it liked it
3 and half stars.
Ok this is only the 2nd Connelly book I've read (the first being "The Poet") but beginning to see a pattern here. Towards the end you are geared up to one suspect being the killer but then bang no wrong guy, it's another and again no wrong guy it's really this guy. Kind of unsatisfying because in the end there isn't a real analysis of the actual killer. Fast read though if you want to veg out of your own life for a while & be a super sleuth for one night. Bosch seemed like a
Larry Bassett
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, audio
I thought this was by far the best book in the first three books of the series. Maybe it's just because Harry had the same girlfriend through the whole book and she had been his girlfriend for the year before the book.

The mystery in this book was alluded to in one of the prior books in the series. Since the series seems to be on an annual publication bases that means the idea for this book was rumbling around in the authors mind for a year or more before the book was written. I think that is int
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Best yet of this series but a little longer than it needed to be so not quite 5 stars. Great ending that kept the suspense going throughout and a lot of unexpected twists on the way. Like the way that the Bosch character is developing too.
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
Reviewed at Cross My Heart Writings and Reviews

Four years after killing Norman Church, aka The Dollmaker, Harry Bosch is being sued for wrongful death by the man’s wife. As Harry defends his actions, another victim’s body is recovered and this one was murdered after the death of The Dollmaker killer casting doubt on Harry’s case. Harry knows it’s looking bad for him. Did he make a mistake? Or is there another explanation?

The Concrete Blonde is the perfect blend of suspense and police procedural
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have read mystery thrillers most of my life, but my husband is lukewarm on a lot of detective type books. He enjoys fantasy/ Sci-fi/horror stuff. But, I talked him into reading this one with me as a "buddy" read.
The truth is I couldn't remember if I had read this one or not. I had not.
I can't add more to the comments and reviews that have already been posted about his novel. It was just plain awesome. A+ all the way!
There is a serial killer, a courtroom drama, Harry's personal life and histo
Jun 06, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, mystery
In Harry Bosch's third outing, we finally get to learn more about the infamous case that resulted in Bosch's demotion to the Hollywood homicide unit. The Concrete Blonde is more of a legal thriller than a police procedural as the plot revolves around the widow of the serial killer shot by Bosch suing the LAPD. A wrench is thrown into Bosch's defense when more corpses matching the serial killer's MO pop up.

I enjoyed this book more than the first two in the series, although it still hasn't inched
هادی امینی
Nov 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: رمان
کتاب بدی نبود. ولی نمیتونم بگم خیلی عالی بود.
تا آخرین لحظه مظنون رو مخفی نگه داشته بود، ولی نه با هنر نویسندگی؛ بلکه با پنهان نگه داشتن شخصیتها. در حقیقت خواننده و قهرمان داستان همزمان به شخصیتها مظنون میشدند و این ترتیب فقط به دلیل شدت حضور شخصیت در داستان بود. اینکه یک نفری گاهی بیاد یک حرفی بزنه و بره، بعد معلوم بشه قاتل اون بوده و هیچ کس فکرش رو نمیکرده ربطی به مهارت نویسنده نداره؛ شخصیت اینقدر توی پس زمینه بود که کسی یاد اون نمیفتاد.
خلاصه داستان: هری بوش چهار سال پیش یک قاتل سریالی که زنها
Alex Cantone
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-challenge
“The Concrete Blonde” is one of the earlier Harry Bosch books, in which the LAPD detective is a walking ashtray, computers are in their infancy, the RHD uses Motorola radios but has not enough to go around, Harry carries a pager and finds a pay booth to make a call.

He is the defendant in a civil case, seeking damages for the widow of Norman Church, accused of being “The Dollmaker”, a serial killer of prostitutes, who Bosch shot and killed four years earlier when he broke into Church’s rented uni
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This isn't my favorite of the Bosch books so far. I absolutely love Harry and the way he seeks justice absolutely, but it took me a while to connect with this book because of so many courtroom scenes. They're interesting, but in the beginning it felt like these scenes would never end.

But to be fair, I really do not love courtroom drama.

There is a point in this story where Harry spends more page time working on The Dollmaker Case than in the courtroom, and it is at this point that the book reall
Emil Petersen
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
The best book in the series so far. A large portion of the book considers a court case revolving around Bosch and the Dollmaker serial-killer, and I found this part at least as good as the parallel investigation. An old case coming back to life, mysterious notes sent to the police, and dead bodies turning up all over again. It's all very mysterious, and it's not clear whether they got the right guy those years back.
So far the only thing that annoys me is the titles of the books. I do not like th
Jane Stewart
Aug 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
Trial parts boring but overall it was good.

2 stars for the first half - too much of a victim feel. 4 stars for last half.

Four years earlier, a victim escaped from serial killer Church and called the police. Bosch took the call. He feared the killer might have another victim so there was no time to get backup. Bosch went to the room, told Church to freeze, but Church did not comply. He moved to get something under a pillow so Bosch shot and killed him. Bosch then discovered Church wa
Jul 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Concrete Blonde is the 3rd Harry Bosch book, and let me say, it’s brilliant! The pace is outstanding, the dialogues are superb. The courtroom drama is top notch.
You can’t help but be fully captivated by this story because it’s so gritty and smart and it moves at a nice speed. With the first two Bosch books I often felt there were too much descriptives & scene-setting, too much background storytelling too. Here it's just enough to give the book depth but not as to bore the reader. What I
Ashish Iyer
This is the third of Mr Connelly's novels to feature LA Police Detective Harry Bosch. Connelly is an accomplished writer of crime novels who knows how to bring his characters to life. In this novel, Harry is on trial in a civil case for the fatal shooting of an alleged serial killer known as the Doll Maker. Just as the trial begins, a new murder victim is discovered and there appear to be links to the murders committed by the Doll Maker. Harry is both simultaneously involved in court and in solv ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
**This was a goodreads/first reads giveaway. I would like to thank the author for the opportunity to read this book**

This is the first book by Michael Connelly I have read! I'm not sure why either, but it certainly won't be the last. This book is packed full of psychological craziness! The killer is a nutsy- cuckoo, but who isn't if your a killer right?

I loved the whole plot of this book and the turn it took. I did want to smack a few people but that is nothing new in a book for me!

Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1990s, cal-nev, mys-cop
In series sequence, this was the first one I liked and soon re-read. The two "Black" books that started the series took a couple tries to get through.
Kelly ...
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, mysteries
I love the Law & Order television series franchise. And, I am not alone as evidenced by the number of seasons there have been for the three different series. This book reminds me of that series -- it is ta truly taut police procedural and an intelligent courtroom drama. Bosch continues to evolve and the author continues to draw Bosch as a hard man to like and an even more difficult man to dislike. He is brilliant, solitary, hard-edged and vulnerable. He is full of flaws and likable. There we ...more
The Concrete Blond
5 Stars

Detective Harry Bosch gained national fame when he shot and killed a serial killer known as The Dollmaker. Now Harry is being sued by the killer’s family for wrongful death and their case is being bolstered by the appearance of a new victim bearing all of the marks of the Dollmaker’s macabre signature. Did Harry make a mistake or is their a copycat on the loose?

The serial killer plot alongside the court room scenes make for a gripping and balanced mix of police procedura
May 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid four stars, whereas the prior two were almost four stars, this was my favorite so far. I still love the hard-boiled elements. I did manage to figure out who the killer was, but since I had about five different suspects, I'm not that impressed with myself ;)
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-library, audio
No idea why it took me so long to read one of these novels, as they're homicide detective novels set in L.A. starring a cranky, rebellious cop named Hieronymus Bosch who loves jazz (the real shit, like Coltrane or Strayhorn.) Listen, just the mention of early Netherlandish painters and/or jazz threatens to send me into nerdgasms and absolutely no one wants to endure that so I'm gonna avoid that, but I will say that this gave me a fair bit of initial bias towards Connelly, because he's into cool ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Benefits of Employing Certified Concrete Service providers 1 5 May 11, 2017 07:29AM  
Property Maintenance and Finding the Best Concrete Contractor 1 2 May 07, 2017 08:49PM  
2-3-4 Challenge B...: Question #14 10 22 Feb 09, 2017 07:19AM  
2-3-4 Challenge B...: Question #17 8 14 May 01, 2016 03:17AM  
2-3-4 Challenge: The Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly (Harry Bosch #3) - March 2016 11 14 Apr 28, 2016 02:24PM  
2-3-4 Challenge B...: Question #15 8 12 Mar 23, 2016 04:04AM  
2-3-4 Challenge B...: Question #18 15 13 Mar 22, 2016 06:12PM  
  • L.A. Requiem (Elvis Cole, #8)
  • Last Car to Elysian Fields (Dave Robicheaux, #13)
  • The New Centurions
  • Try Fear (Ty Buchanan)
  • Invisible Prey (Lucas Davenport, #17)
  • Sacred (Kenzie & Gennaro, #3)
  • The Falls (Inspector Rebus, #12)
  • One False Move (Myron Bolitar, #5)
  • The Enemy (Jack Reacher, #8)
Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads' database with this name. See this thread for more information.

Michael Connelly decided to become a writer after discovering the books of Raymond Chandler while attending the University of Florida. Once he decided on this direction he chose a major in journalism and a minor in creative writing — a curriculum in which one of his teache
More about Michael Connelly

Other books in the series

Harry Bosch (1 - 10 of 21 books)
  • The Black Echo (Harry Bosch, #1; Harry Bosch Universe, #1)
  • The Black Ice (Harry Bosch, #2; Harry Bosch Universe, #2)
  • The Last Coyote (Harry Bosch, #4; Harry Bosch Universe, #4)
  • Trunk Music (Harry Bosch, #5; Harry Bosch Universe, #6)
  • Angels Flight (Harry Bosch, #6; Harry Bosch Universe, #7)
  • A Darkness More Than Night (Harry Bosch, #7; Terry McCaleb, #2; Harry Bosch Universe, #9)
  • City of Bones (Harry Bosch, #8; Harry Bosch Universe, #10)
  • Lost Light (Harry Bosch, #9; Harry Bosch Universe, #11)
  • The Narrows (Harry Bosch, #10; Harry Bosch Universe, #13)
  • The Closers (Harry Bosch, #11; Harry Bosch Universe, #14)

Mystery & Thrillers Deals

  • Killman Creek (Stillhouse Lake, #2)
    $5.99 $2.99
  • Shaken (Jack Daniels Mystery, #7)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Her Last Day (Jessie Cole, #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Split Second
    $3.99 $1.49
  • The Killing Lessons (Valerie Hart, #1)
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Scat
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Blood Money (Joe Dillard #6)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Bluebird, Bluebird
    $13.99 $2.99
  • The Falcon at the Portal (Amelia Peabody, #11)
    $8.99 $1.99
  • In Good Faith (Joe Dillard #2)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Forbidden Stone (The Copernicus Legacy, #1)
    $3.99 $0.99
  • The Monogram Murders
    $10.99 $1.99
  • The Hanging Judge (The Judge Norcross Novels)
    $9.99 $1.99
  • The Visitant: A Venetian Ghost Story
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Die Like an Eagle (Meg Langslow #20)
    $7.99 $2.99
  • Damaged
    $9.99 $2.99
  • The Virgin in the Ice (The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael)
    $13.99 $1.99
  • Little Monsters
    $10.99 $1.99
  • A Reason to Live (A Marty Singer Mystery Book 1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener (Agatha Raisin, #3)
    $7.99 $2.99
  • Infinity Born
    $6.99 $2.49
  • True Fiction (Ian Ludlow Thrillers #1)
    $5.99 $2.99
  • The Long and Faraway Gone
    $10.99 $1.99
  • Deadly Recall (Jessie Cole, #2)
    $5.99 $2.99
  • The Curse of the Pharaohs
    $9.99 $2.99
  • When You Disappeared
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Queenpin
    $10.99 $1.99
  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things
    $10.99 $1.99
  • Song of Kali
    $9.99 $1.99
  • The Counterfeit Heiress (Lady Emily, #9)
    $7.09 $2.99
  • Ugly Young Thing (Strangers #2)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Burglars Can't Be Choosers (Rhodenbarr, #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Trespassing
    $5.99 $2.99
  • In Cold Blood (A Beatrix Rose Thriller Book 1)
    $4.49 $1.99
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society
    $7.99 $2.99
  • Lord Peter Views the Body (Lord Peter Wimsey, #4)
    $11.99 $1.99
  • The Stranger Inside (Strangers #4)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • The Remains
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Doubt (Caroline Auden, #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • The Marriage Pact
    $11.99 $2.99
  • Signature Wounds (A Grale Thriller Book 1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
    $11.99 $2.99
  • The Naturalist (The Naturalist #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Girl from the Sea
    $2.99 $1.49
  • Hammerhead Ranch Motel (Serge Storms Mystery, #2)
    $2.99 $1.99
  • The Five Red Herrings (Lord Peter Wimsey, #7)
    $10.99 $1.99
  • Lady Cop Makes Trouble  (Kopp Sisters #2)
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Stillhouse Lake (Stillhouse Lake, #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Death in the Devil's Acre (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, #7)
    $11.99 $1.99
  • And Only to Deceive (Lady Emily, #1)
    $10.49 $1.99
  • Furious (Faith McMann Trilogy, #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Forgotten Ones
    $5.99 $2.99
  • Moving Day
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Jade Dragon Mountain
    $9.99 $2.99
  • The Hangman's Daughter (The Hangman's Daughter, #1)
    $5.49 $1.99
  • The 19th Wife
    $14.99 $1.99
  • Dead Over Heels (Aurora Teagarden, #5)
    $7.99 $2.99
  • The Whole Enchilada (A Goldy Schulz Culinary Mystery #17)
    $7.99 $1.99
  • The Bourne Identity (Jason Bourne, #1)
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Curse (Blur Trilogy #3)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Poisonous (Max Revere, #3)
    $7.99 $2.99
  • An Expert in Murder (Josephine Tey, #1)
    $4.74 $1.99
  • Mission Flats
    $8.99 $2.99
  • Pigeon English
    $13.99 $1.99
  • Blur  (Blur Trilogy #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Death of a Travelling Man (Hamish Macbeth Mystery)
    $7.99 $2.99
  • The Grave Tender
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Roseanna (Martin Beck, #1)
    $10.99 $1.99
  • I Am Watching You
    $5.99 $2.99
  • Persons Unknown (DS Manon, #2)
    $11.99 $1.99
  • The Given Day
    $11.99 $2.99
  • Cold Vengeance (Pendergast, #11)
    $7.99 $2.99
  • Outrage (Faith McMann Trilogy, #2)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Lion (John Corey, #5)
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Injustice For All (Joe Dillard #3)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Wrath (Faith McMann Trilogy, #3)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Stockholm Octavo
    $9.74 $1.99
  • The Buried Book
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Cutting Season
    $9.24 $1.99
  • The Party
    $13.99 $2.99
  • Birthday Girl
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Friend
    $5.99 $2.99
  • Fractured
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Winter Over
    $4.99 $1.99
  • American by Day
    $9.99 $1.99
  • The Shifting Tide (William Monk, #14)
    $11.99 $2.99
  • The Necklace
    $13.99 $1.99
  • Good Behavior
    $5.99 $2.99
  • The Big Fear (Hollow City Series, #1)
    $2.99 $0.99
  • Birdman
    $13.99 $1.99
  • Clockers
    $13.99 $1.99
  • Never Smile at Strangers
    $3.99 $1.99
  • The Moonlit Garden
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Holy Island (DCI Ryan Mysteries, #1)
    $3.99 $1.49
  • The Barkeep
    $4.49 $1.99
  • The Good Liar
    $5.99 $2.99
  • Cold (A Joe Tiplady Thriller #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • A Criminal Defense (Philadelphia Legal #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Poppy Done to Death (Aurora Teagarden, #8)
    $7.99 $2.99
  • Twisted
    $5.49 $1.99
  • Open and Shut (Andy Carpenter Series, #1)
    $7.99 $2.99
  • No Shred of Evidence (Inspector Ian Rutledge, #18)
    $10.99 $1.99
“If the system turns away from the abuses inflicted on the guilty, then who can be next but the innocents?” 22 likes
“I'm relaxed, Belk. I call it Zen and the art of not giving a shit.” 9 likes
More quotes…