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Nine Dragons

(Harry Bosch #14)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  38,141 ratings  ·  2,577 reviews
Harry Bosch is assigned a homicide call in South L.A. that takes him to Fortune Liquors, where the Chinese owner has been shot to death behind the counter in an apparent robbery.

Joined by members of the department's Asian Crime Unit, Bosch relentlessly investigates the killing and soon identifies a suspect, a Los Angeles member of a Hong Kong triad. But before Harry can cl
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Published (first published October 13th 2009)
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Edu Moyano F One of the worst stories of one of my favourite characters. Don't start with this book please, or maybe you'll never read another Harry Bosch/Michael …moreOne of the worst stories of one of my favourite characters. Don't start with this book please, or maybe you'll never read another Harry Bosch/Michael Connelly novel.(less)
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James Thane
9 Dragons opens with the murder of John Li, the Chinese owner of a liquor store in south L.A. Connelly's long-running protagonist, Detective Harry Bosch, is assigned the investigation and quickly concludes that the murder is more complicated than it might initially appear on the surface.

Displaying his excellent skills and dogged determination, Bosch discovers that Li had been paying protection money to one of the ancient Chinese triads that now operates in the United States as well as in China.
Jul 17, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am a big Michael Connelly fan. I usually like the social or political settings for his books, and find the plots intricate and intriguing. However, this book did not work for me. The whole part set in Hong Kong felt aimless, uninteresting and verging on stereotypical depictions of people living in Hong Kong. Also, there was more violence (one event in particular) than seemed unnecessary or that I would usually expect in a Harry Bosch book. I hope things pick up with Connelly's next book.
The Hook - Continuing to read my way through the Harry Bosch Series.

”All of that changed on the day he was introduced to the daughter he didn’t know he had. In that moment he knew he was both saved and lost. He would be forever connected to the world in the way only a father knew. But he would also be lost because he knew the dark forces he faced would one day find her. It didn’t matter if an entire ocean was between them. He knew one day it would come to this, that the darkness would find her
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked Michael Connelly's writing. This is the first time that I read his book. I hope I'll read more of his books in the future.
Jeanette (Again)
My Plan was to make this book last at least four days. HA! Who was I foolin'?!
Day 1: 135 pages
Day 2: 190 pages
Day 3: 50 pages
End of story. I just couldn't help myself!

Connelly cranks up the interest and excitement in this one by taking Bosch to Hong Kong for a big chunk of the book. And with his own daughter as the kidnapping victim, he's prone to tunnel vision and poor judgment calls he wouldn't otherwise make.

I loved the Hong Kong venue for a nice change. I got to learn a little about tha
Rob Kitchin
I’m a Michael Connelly fan. I own a copy of just about all of his books. They are generally superior fare amongst the bestseller lists, but Nine Dragons, I felt, was one of his weaker offerings. The story felt rushed, with prose that was workmanlike and flat. And the plot was weak, feeling like two shorter stories jammed together. The part of the book set in Hong Kong, in particular, seemed to lack life, depth and credibility. There was a particular event that happens that is described as if it ...more
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serial-thrillers
I’ve always enjoyed reading the Harry Bosch books but this is in a league of its own. This is Harry Bosch taken to the next level.
There are turns here that will have you taking a deep breath and holding it whilst uttering ‘OMG’ did that really happen.

When an elderly Chinese American is murdered at his place of work it is believed that a Chinese Triad gang is responsible for the killing. Harry and his partner are given the case. There’s a lot here that Harry has trouble believing so with his norm
Harry's investigation of the murder of an Asian liquor store owner in Los Angeles leads him to Hong Kong in a race to save someone very dear to him.

While this wasn't one of my favorites, I still found it hard to stop listening to the story. There was a recklessness about Harry that I hadn't seen before and it had some devastating consequences. My instincts about the case ended up being dead on though I didn't get everything right. Len Cariou did an excellent job in narrating given the internati
Sheila Beaumont
This 14th book in the Harry Bosch series is one of my favorites so far. There's plenty of action, divided between Los Angeles and Hong Kong, where Harry goes to find his missing daughter. It's a combination of police procedural and psychological suspense, with a great deal of character development. I'll be interested to see where this excellent series goes from here.
May 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime

One of the weaker outings in this series with Bosch travelling to Hong Kong and channelling his inner Liam Neeson for a third of the book and the action hero that he becomes doesn't suit the series.

There are a number of things that work well, it's a Bosch book after all! The usual crime to be solved in the LA environment, Bosch methodically working the case, a Mickey Haller cameo as a treat. But smack bang in the middle is an action movie and it detracts from what the series excels at.

By t
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: tbr-2017
Well this is one of my least favorite Bosch books. We get Bosch just bumbling from the beginning of this book to the end. We have Connelly get rid of two characters we have been following for a number of books now in completely (IMHO) stupid ways, and I don't know, I think Bosch is just casually racist towards Chinese people. I also didn't get a sense of Hong Kong at all while reading this book. I felt like Connelly watched "Knock Off" a few times, visited Hong Kong, took a couple of terrible pi ...more
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When authors with a successful series and a well-defined character take that character out of his/her normal environment, to a foreign country, say, where he performs spectacularly, you know the book is about to go off the rails. The only explanation I can come up with is that the author wanted a trip to whatever country where the new mystery takes place and wanted a tax write-off for the trip.

I like Michael Connelly and the Harry Bosch series. This one, while a fast-paced read, as are the othe
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Det. Harry Bosch & Det. Ferras (Bosch’s partner) investigate a Chinese man, John Li’s murder at his Fortune Liquors store in Southern L.A. Money & the surveillance camera’s disc was taken?

Harry Bosch - Titus Welliver

Mi Li (daughter) & Robert Li (son) tell Bosch they warned dad to sell - the store made no money as John Li (dad) paid the Hong Kong Triad’s mob for “protection”. He was “stubborn” to close & move the store.
Bo-Jing Chang is the head of the Hong Kong Triad - a secret mafia family over
Lisa Dunckley
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
9 Dragons is an incredibly suspenseful book! It starts out like your average police mystery novel—and then the action ramps up fast! Bosch is called out to a murder and finds clues that lead to a Chinese Triad (crime gang) member who was shaking the victim down for protection money. This part of the book is good—the investigation, with Bosch dealing with a partner who is too scared to be on the street, a detective from another division who is so enthusiastic he's coming close to blowing the case ...more
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This didn't blow a lot of wind up my skirt most of the time. Oh, I never got bored or disliked it, but I'm not fond of Len Cariou's narration as compared to the earlier guy (Dick Hill?). His weighty words make a police procedural read like a police report. The story was typical Connelly, though. All the facts, several theories, & Harry doggedly pursuing the leads. This one had quite a bit of excitement & the ending was just mind bending.

Other characters in the series take part, so it's important
Book Addict Shaun
Once again I finish a Michael Connelly novel in complete awe at the story that he has written. This is Harry Bosch’s most personal case yet, the one that tests him more than ever before, and the one that shows the true strength of his character. Nine Dragons might be one of the best Bosch novels so far, however as always I am reluctant to say that while still on a high from finishing the story. All I do know is that not many authors can sustain this quality in their crime series after so many bo ...more
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, mystery
A new homicide case has Harry Bosch investigating the death of a Chinese man who owned a liquor store. It seems like a robbery gone wrong, but Harry's investigation points to a Chinese triad (gang) connection. When Harry and Detective Chu make an arrest in the case, Harry receives a video of his daughter, Maddie, who has been kidnapped in Hong Kong. Harry drops everything to go to Hong Kong and rescue his daughter from the hands of the triad.

Another entertaining Harry Bosch mystery from Michael
Jan 26, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Harry Bosch series

- A cool cameo by sleazy defense attorney Mickey Haller.
- Incidents from this book (view spoiler) should push Bosch's character development further in future books.

Positive or negative, depending on your perspective:

- The middle third of the book was basically a retelling of the Liam Neeson movie Taken.
- Less realistic than most books in the series; it read more like a
Harry's new case pulls in Eleanor and Maddie and takes him to Hong Kong and back to LA. It's a dark, twisted story that takes place over a very short period of time. It is a story of good intentions going very wrong. There is even a brief appearance of Mickey Haller and a shout-out to Jack McEvoy. It's a strong entry in the series, but not my most favorite. 4 of 5 (8 of 10).
Alex Cantone
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, thriller, read-2017
There seemed to be no uniformity of walking to your right. People moved every which way and Bosch had to pay attention to avoid collisions. At one point the people moving in front of him suddenly stepped left and right and Bosch almost stumbled over an old woman…

Harry Bosch is called to the murder of the elderly Chinese owner of a liquor store in downtown LA, teamed with detective David Chu of the Asian Gang Unit. The store owner has a gun he was unable to draw and in his dying moments he hides
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first 5 star book I've read in over 2 months, so first off, THANK YOU MICHAEL CONNELLY!

I read this book in about 4 hours today which is a lot faster than I usually read Connelly books. Usually I like to savor them slowly, analyze all of Bosch's moves, and then realize I love his character SO much that I want him to come to my house so I can cook him dinner and cookies and talk to him all night. I come to this same conclusion after reading each Bosch book, and I really think he is one
The story opens with Detectives Bosch and Ferras called to a liquor store killing in a poor part of town. The victim is ethnic Chinese, John Li, and the detectives quickly work out that he was paying protection money to a Chinese triad. Harry sends some of the images from his cell phone to his daughter Maddie, who lives in Hong Kong with her mother, Eleanor Wish. Shortly afterwards, Maddie disappears, and Harry suspects the triad is responsible, applying pressure on him to abandon the case of Mr ...more
Joe Santoro
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first of the Bosch books I've read that I liked better than the equilvalent story from the excellent Amazon TV series. Perhaps it was the presence of Maddie, or perhaps it was because it's a bit different that the typical Bosch story.

It was also nice to see the Bosch vs. the rest of the police a main staple of the story... I like to picture him as a good cop that does what he needs to in order to catch bad guys, not a rogue that thinks he's a superhero, so this story (ironically, co
The Cats’ Mother
I’ve been gradually working my way through this series over the past five years, but it’s over a year since the last one, so it felt like time to get back into it. I’d already read some of the later Mickey Haller books, which cross over with the Bosch series, so knew what the outcome would be, but this was still an exciting thriller.

Harry is called to the scene of a murder in a convenience store where the elderly Chinese owner has been gunned down. Video surveillance leads him to a suspect from
Marty Fried
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had a lot going on - more than usual, I think, and probably a lot more than Harry would have preferred. It's a must-read for any Bosch fans.

He seemed to make a lot of mistakes in this case, although I can't really say anyone else would have done better. Still, this one was a life-changer for him and his daughter, and especially his ex-wife. It would be hard for anyone to recover from these events.

We get a little visit from his half-brother, Micky Haller (The Lincoln Lawyer) who shows
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit slow to start with but got really exciting with all sorts of unexpected events and finished with some amazing twists. It has got really interesting now that Bosch has the vulnerability of a daughter to look after. This series just keeps getting better and better.
Oct 19, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
L.A. police detective Harry Bosch is trying to figure out how to deal with a gun-shy partner while unraveling a fatal shooting at a liquor store. As he pulls together the clues in the hardworking immigrant’s death, he begins to uncover a web of threats and payoffs connected to “triads,” Chinese organized-crime groups.
But when he gets a video message from his teenage daughter’s cell phone apparently showing her kidnapped and then a creepy phone call telling him to back off, the case gets personal
kartik narayanan
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nine Dragons is like 3 different stories rolled into one book but is ultimately still fun to read.

So the first half of the book deals with your standard homicide. That portion is fine. Typical Bosch. Then we find that the book has 'Taken' a strange turn. Yes, Bosch goes full Liam Neeson in search of his kidnapped daughter. The last few chapters of the book focus on the relationship between Bosch and Madeline. The transitions are a bit abrupt and in my opinion, the TV series has done a better job
Jane Stewart
4 ½ stars. Weak on character development but entertaining and engaging. More action/adventure than previous books.


This book does not have enough character development for the villains and Bosch’s sidekicks (his LA semi-partner Chu and his Hong Kong helper Sun Yee). It reads more like a movie script than the previous Bosch books – lots of action and suspense. Some of the things I loved in the previous books were Bosch’s thinking and actions, unexpected and unusual
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“All his life Harry Bosch believed he had a mission. And to carry out that mission he needed to be bulletproof. He needed to build himself and his life so that he was invulnerable, so that nothing and no one could ever get to him.

All of that changed on the day he was introduced to the daughter he didn’t know he had. In that moment he knew he was both saved and lost. He would be forever connected to the world in the way only a father knew.

- "Nine Dragons" by Michael Connelly”
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