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9 Dragons

9 Dragons by Michael Connelly.

 

Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company;(October 13, 2009)
ISBN-10: 0316166316

 

 

Amazon Review:

 

After what seems like a routine murder investigation, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch finds himself in Hong Kong facing the highest-stakes case of his life: bringing his kidnapped daughter home.

Fortune Liquors is a small shop in a tough South L.A. neighborhood, a store Bosch has known for years. The murder of John Li, the store’s owner, hits Bosch hard, and he promises Li’s family that he’ll find the killer.

The world Bosch steps into next is unknown territory. He brings in a detective from the Asian Gang Unit for help with translation — not just of languages but also of the cultural norms and expectations that guided Li’s life. He uncovers a link to a Hong Kong triad, a lethal and far-reaching crime ring that follows many immigrants to their new lives in the U.S.

And instantly his world explodes. The one good thing in Bosch’s life, the person he holds most dear, is taken from him and Bosch travels to Hong Kong in an all-or-nothing bid to regain what he’s lost. In a place known as Nine Dragons, as the city’s Hungry Ghosts festival burns around him, Bosch puts aside everything he knows and risks everything he has in a desperate bid to outmatch the triad’s ferocity.

 

Well it seems like this is a totally Michael Connelly/ Bosch book month!  I guess you could say I am enjoying Bosch… almost…as much as Monk!

This series on Detective Bosch always takes place in California/ LA area.. but for once half of the book took place in Hong Kong!  In Hong Kong he meets up with his x wife and a man named Sun Yee, a one time very bad guy turned very good guy. (I liked him! lol)

So far I haven’t found a Bosch book that I haven’t enjoyed.. so add it to your list if you haven’t read it and are a Bosch fan!

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Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly.

Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company;(October 30, 2018)
ISBN-10: 0316484806

 

 

Amazon Review:

 

Harry Bosch teams up with LAPD Detective Renée Ballard to face the unsolved murder of a runaway, and the fight to bring a killer to justice.


Detective Renée Ballard is working the night beat — known in LAPD slang as “the late show” — and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours to find a stranger rifling through old file cabinets. The intruder is retired detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has gotten under his skin.

Ballard can’t let him go through department records, but when he leaves, she looks into the case herself and feels a deep tug of empathy and anger. She has never been the kind of cop who leaves the job behind at the end of her shift — and she wants in.

The murder, unsolved, was of fifteen-year-old Daisy Clayton, a runaway on the streets of Hollywood who was brutally killed, her body left in a dumpster like so much trash. Now Ballard joins forces with Bosch to find out what happened to Daisy, and to finally bring her killer to justice. Along the way, the two detectives forge a fragile trust, but this new partnership is put to the test when the case takes an unexpected and dangerous turn.

 

This time Bosh had a female “partner” to help solve his unsolved murder. The writing was set up a little differently but all went well.. no getting mixed up.  Again, short chapters, which I love, and of course 2 mysteries going at the same time.

I’ve been told by my friend Cath that there is a tv series on Bosch.  I think on Netflix.  While I do like this series, I don’t think I’d like watching it as much.  I’ve already gotten a picture of him in my mind, and some of the sequences happen near where I lived when I was in California so I  have no problem picturing it all in my mind.

This was another good read. I would recommend this Bosh Series for anyone who liked murder mysteries.

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Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly.

 

Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company(October 31, 2017)
ISBN-10: 031641

 

Amazon Review:

 

Exiled from the LAPD, Harry Bosch must clear his name, uncover a ring of prescription drug abuse, and outwit a clever killer before it’s too late.

Harry Bosch, exiled from the LAPD, is working cold cases for the San Fernando Police Department when all hands are called out to a local drugstore, where two pharmacists have been murdered in a robbery. Bosch and the tiny town’s three-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous, big-business world of prescription drug abuse. To get to the people at the top, Bosch must risk everything and go undercover in the shadowy world of organized pill mills.

Meanwhile, an old case from Bosch’s days with the LAPD comes back to haunt him when a long-imprisoned killer claims Harry framed him and seems to have new evidence to prove it. Bosch left the LAPD on bad terms, so his former colleagues are not keen on protecting his reputation. But if this conviction is overturned, every case Bosch ever worked will be called into question. As usual, he must fend for himself as he tries to clear his name and keep a clever killer in prison.

The two cases wind around each other like strands of barbed wire. Along the way, Bosch discovers that there are two kinds of truth: the kind that sets you free and the kind that leaves you buried in darkness.

 

And yet.. another Bosch novel!   I have to say I do enjoy the fact that Michael Connelly seems to always give you two mysteries for the price of one.  And most importantly, they are easily kept apart so you are never wondering what’s what.

I really like when he pairs Bosch up with Haller (the attorney) . And Haller is in this book.

The Bosch books are all fast reading, short chapters, and they keep you wanting to pick up the book as soon as you sit in your favorite chair.

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