Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Review: Nine Dragons by Michael Connelly

Nine Dragons by Michael Connelly

Now I remember why I love Harry Bosch novels so much - it's a thrill ride that I don't want to end.

My Rating: 4.5/5.0

I received this book from Miriam Parker at Hachette Books for a Virtual Blog Tour.

Author's Website:
Little, Brown and Company
October 13, 2009
Binding: Hardcover

About the Book:
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 close in, he gets the word that his young daughter Maddie, who lives in Hong Kong with her mother, is missing.

Bosch drops everything to journey across the Pacific to find his daughter. Could her disappearance and the case be connected? With the stakes of the investigation so high and so personal, Bosch is up against the clock in a new city, where nothing is at it seems.

My Review:

A few years ago I started reading the Harry Bosch books then I stopped because I found other authors and started finding other new books. There was never a "I don't enjoy Harry Bosch anymore" or anything like that, it's just that other newer books started catching my attention. The last one I read was book #6 Angel's Flight and I loved it. I kept meaning to get back to the series, but never did.

Then I was offered a chance to review the newest Harry Bosch book (#14) which is Nine Dragons for the Nine Days of Nine Dragons Book Tour. I am so glad I accepted this and read the book for review. I now remember that I love Harry Bosch and even though I haven't read all the books, I was not lost in this book. The daughter was new to me, but that was okay. I remember Eleanor from the books I read so she wasn't a surprise and some cases are alluded to, but nothing to ruin another book that I haven't read. In fact I would say that this book could stand alone quite well. I do think reading the series as a whole gives a better feel for the character of Harry and how he is, but the book works on it's own also.

So I thoroughly enjoyed the twists and turns in this book and the newer Harry who is now a father. Being a parent definitely changes your life and I like seeing the changes in Harry's life when it comes to having a family. He still takes chances and has a good head for detective work, but he also has something to live for which makes him different. But thankfully not too different. I loved the police work, I loved the foreign setting of Hong Kong (which I know little to nothing about) and some of the Chinese history. It was an enthralling plot and I could hardly put the book down. In fact I broke my self-imposed bed time last night to read a few more chapters and only put it down because my sleep medicine kicked in.

It's a great read full of twists and turns that I enjoy in my police procedural type suspense. Connelly is a master and I can't wait to get back to the Harry Bosch series where I left off. And I can't wait until the next Harry Bosch novel comes out either.

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fredamans said...

Great review!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Great review Crystal. Everyone seems to be loving this one.

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