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Concrete Blonde

Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly.

Hardcover: 392 pages
Publisher: Little Brown;(June 1, 1994)
ISBN-10: 9780316153836

 

Amazon Review:

 

Detective Harry Bosch was sure he’d shot the serial killer responsible for a string of murders in LA . . . but now, a new crime makes him question his convictions.

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 and the LAPD for killing the wrong man– an accusation that rings terrifyingly true when a new victim is discovered with the Dollmaker’s macabre signature.

So for the second time, Harry must hunt down a death-dealer who is very much alive, before he strikes again. It’s a blood-tracked quest that will take Harry from the hard edges of the L.A. night to the last place he ever wanted to go– the darkness of his own heart.

With The Concrete Blonde, Edgar Award-winning author Michael Connelly has hit a whole new level in his career, creating a breathtaking thriller that thrusts you into a blistering courtroom battle– and a desperate search for a sadistic killer.

 

Wow.. this was a much earlier Detective Bosch book.  At first It read like only a trial.. about the time I thought that maybe I wasn’t as happy with this as the rest of the Bosch books.. it took off!  Holy cow! Twist and turn and surprise after surprise!  I guess you’d say.. I liked it! lol.

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Native American Wisdom edited by Kent Nerburn and Louise Mengelkoch.

 

Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: New World Library; 1St Edition edition (January 1, 1993)
ISBN-10: 0931432782

 

 

We recognize the philosophy of the original Americans as coming from the earth we walk on, from those who preceded us. As we read the wisdom of these peoples, it is possible to feel a reconnection with our land and ourselves. This beautiful collection of the best of Native American wisdom features the thoughts of Chief Joseph, Sitting Bull, Red Cloud, Black Elk, Ohiyesa, and many others on Native American ways of living, learning, and dying. Taken from orations, recorded observations of life and social affairs, and other first-person testimonies, this book selects a wide range of Native American wisdom and distills it to its essence in short, digestible quotes that are meaningful and timeless — perhaps even more timely now than when they were written.

Some of the quotes seem not very old but of course those of Sitting Bull, Red Cloud, Black Elk and Ohiyea are “a bit older”!  Nice little book . I would like to hear more quotes from the Native Americans gone by.

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The Black Box

The Black Box by Michael Connelly.

 

Hardcover: 560 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company(November 26, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0316069426

 

Amazon Review:

 

In this “superb” thriller, Detective Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to the unsolved killing of a young female photographer during the 1992 L.A. riots (Wall Street Journal).

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 more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the “black box,” the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

 

This makes 7 in a row of the Bosch books by Michael Connelly.   Good writer.. good mysteries… good detective. (But I still liked the Monk books  a bit better, because there was a trio of the same characters in all the books)

I have one more book here but it’s a small paperback and I don’t know if I can get through the small print.  I don’t have to have large print , but the print in hardbacks is usually a good size for me. I will give it a shot, but might have to go to something else until I can get more of the Bosch books in hardback like at the Friends of the Library.

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Angels Flight

Angels Flight by Michael Connelly.

Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing;(March 6, 2018)
ISBN-10: 1538762706

 

 

 

In this “superbly paced” New York Times bestseller (Esquire), LAPD detective Harry Bosch is trying to solve a high-profile lawyer’s murder. But first he must face the public’s suspicion . . . and his darkest fears.

An activist attorney is killed in a cute little L.A. trolley called Angels Flight, far from Harry Bosch’s Hollywood turf. But the case is so explosive — and the dead man’s enemies inside the L.A.P.D. are so numerous — that it falls to Harry to solve it. Now the streets are superheating. Harry’s year-old Vegas marriage is unraveling. And the hunt for a killer is leading Harry to another high-profile L.A. murder case, one where every cop had a motive. The question is, did any have the guts?

 

This is one of the earlier books Harry Bosch.  I have to admit Michael Connelly is really, 1: a good story teller, and 2: Knows the in’s and out’s of being a Detective.  He also like to throw in some surprises along the way!

I still have 2 more Bosch books to read and then I need to get back to a book that’s taking me some time to read.  I hope other’s out there like the Bosch series because they are enjoyable reading!

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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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The Brass Verdict

The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly.

 

Hardcover: 422 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (October 14, 2008)
ISBN-10: 0316024627

 

 

Amazon Review:

Defense attorney Mickey Haller and Detective Harry Bosch must either work together or die as they investigate a Hollywood lawyer’s murder in this “epic page-turner” (Library Journal).

Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. After two years of wrong turns, Haller is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent’s killer may be coming for him next.

Enter Harry Bosch. Determined to find Vincent’s killer, he is not opposed to using Haller as bait. But as danger mounts and the stakes rise, these two loners realize their only choice is to work together.

Bringing together Michael Connelly’s two most popular characters, The Brass Verdict is sure to be his biggest book yet.

 

Yet another good book by Michael Connelly!  I guess when I picked it up at the thrift store I didn’t notice that it wasn’t a Bosch book.   Instead it was about Haller, an attorney , who I remembered from the last Bosch book I read.  And it turns out that Bosh is also in the book and it seems like this was the book where they first met.

The biggest part of the book was a trial that Haller had “inherited” about a movie mogul accused of murdering is wife and lover.  All I will say is there are a few surprises towards the end of the story!

This was a good read.

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