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The Concrete Blonde

(Harry Bosch #3)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  45,917 ratings  ·  2,030 reviews
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Kindle ASIN: B000SGSU58.

The Dollmaker was the name of the serial killer who had stalked Los Angeles ruthlessly, leaving grisly calling cards on the faces of his female victims. Now with a single faultless shot, Detective Harry Bosch thinks he has ended the city's nightmare.

But the dead man's widow is suing Harry
Kindle Edition, 392 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Little, Brown and Company (first published June 1st 1994)
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Bill  Kerwin
Nov 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Paul O'Neill
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
kartik narayanan

After the disaster that is The Black Ice, The Concrete Blonde restores my faith in Bosch.

It is an excellent book with great detective work as well as tons of red herrings that kept me guessing till the end. Woohoo! Season 1 of the TV series borrows some of the plot from this book. But, while what is kept in the TV series is captivating, the stuff that did not make the cut is even better. The rest of the plot is about figuring out who the serial killer actually is.

The book also does
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
When I began the Bosch series, mention on the Dollmaker case and its resultant banishment of the detective led me to wonder if we'd get a flashback book that would cover this major case. Connelly did one better, mixing the Dollmaker case with new developments and a qausi-legal thriller. Connelly at his best.

While Bosch is in civil court, dealingy with the fallout of killing the apparent Dollmaker, a new body surfaces and opens the case wide open. How could the killings keep going on 4 years afte
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, mystery
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
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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.
S.P. Aruna
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller-mystery
In Harry Bosch's third adventure in the series, the detective is standing trial for his actions in killing a serial killer four years earlier. The story takes place in 1994 Los Angeles when the 1991 Rodney King beating by police and the ensuing 1992 riots are still fresh in the city's minds.

I did like this better than The Black Echo. The writing has tightened up by this time in the author's career. But what I really enjoyed was the structure of the plot - courtroom scenes (I'm a sucker for cour
4.25 stars. This series just keeps getting better. I can't say enough about Michael Connelly's work. If you're like me and you enjoy a good crime novel, but could do without lots of violence, language and sex, you should give him a try. Not to say they are free of these things, because they aren't and can be gritty at times, but violence and gore don't predominate his work.

His writing is smart and suspenseful. His background as a journalist on the crime beat permeates his work. You can tell he'
Jun 06, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2008
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
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
Alex Cantone
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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!

Emil Petersen
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 3rd book in the Harry Bosch series.
So glad I am reading the series in order, I am getting so into this series that I reading them 1 after another. Another great plot.
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cal-nev, 1990s, 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.
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
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, mystery, crime
Bosch is a complex and flawed character, well developed by Connelly and we finally address the case that has been previously mentioned in the first two books where a toupee grabbing criminal gets shot. Excellent series.
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
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