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Suicide Run: Three Harry Bosch Stories [Kindle Edition]

Michael Connelly
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)

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Book Description

LAPD Detective Harry Bosch as we've never seen him before, in three never-before-collected stories.

In "Suicide Run," the apparent suicide of a beautiful young starlet turns out to be much more sinister than it seems. In "Cielo Azul," Bosch is haunted by a long-ago closed case -- the murder of a teenage girl who was never identified. As her killer sits on death row, Bosch tries one last time to get the answers he has sought for years. In "One Dollar Jackpot," Bosch works the murder of a professional poker player whose skills have made her more than one enemy.

Whether investigating a cold case or fresh blood, Bosch relentlessly pursues his quarry, always on the lookout for the "tell." In this first collection of Harry Bosch stories, Michael Connelly once again demonstrates that he is the master of "fast-paced, brilliantly plotted crime fiction.... Harry Bosch is back on the case, and not a moment too soon" (Chicago Sun Times).

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  • File Size: 459 KB
  • Print Length: 105 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (October 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055PMJMW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,885 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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169 of 175 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Love Connelly......But! October 3, 2011
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I won't further elaborate on what the other reviewers have already stated about this not being up to Connelley's standards, though I agree. I might have been able to overlook that, after all nobody can be at the top of their game all the time, and well Bosch is still Bosch and always worth the read. However, I finished this book in under 30 minutes, not just one story...the book. These weren't short stories, they were barely longer than an average book description. What was really bad was that 1/4 of the entire book is a preview for "The Drop". I don't want to just read a couple of chapters of a book and then wait another two months to continue.
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77 of 85 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's always great to read about Bosch September 30, 2011
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Harry Bosch is, for me, like an old friend. I really love this tough guy.

Since his last book was Nine Dragons, 2009 (I know, there's the Reversal, 2010, but I feel this more like a Mickey Haller than a Bosch book...), I missed him a lot.

This is why I'm giving this collection of short stories four stars... I don't know when they were written, but I have to tell you they did not seem like the usual Connelly. There is a certain amateurism, specially in the first story - which names the book. I almost laugh at one particular point, with this tacky, cliche sentence:

"Someone had picked this flower just as it had been about the bloom."

The second story is a little better, although being told in first person, which still feels weird when it comes to Bosch, at least for me (the two books where he is retired and kind of private-eyeing are not my favorites exactly because of the first person style, despite the good plots).

The last story is actually really good and there I felt I was reading a classic Harry Bosch. It's also the longest one.

All in all it is a good buy. After all, it's always great to read about Bosch!
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54 of 61 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not up to Michael Connelly standards October 1, 2011
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So disappointed in these short stories. I get the feeling they were ideas for possible books that never got written. As one other reviewer mentioned they are very amatuerish and seen "unedited". I just cancelled my preorder for the Nov. 2011 release of the same format by Connelly. I love this author but these come nowhere near his usual.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Junk -- just really short previews October 23, 2011
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Don't bother buying this book, it's nothing more than marketing teaser junk. I would be ashamed as an author to put stuff like this out. Watch out for the other (still pre-order) "3 books for 2.99" piece of junk that comes out in November (Angle of Investigation).

I got sucked into buying both as a long time Connelly / Harry Bosch fan, but was able to cancel my other "3 books" just now to avoid the pain. I've also asked for a refund for this one, since I think it's blatant false advertising.

For the record, I've read and enjoyed ALL the Harry Bosch books in hardcover, rereading them multiple times. I like them so much for escapism that I thought it was great that I could get them on my Kindle.

Boy was I unpleasantly surprised.

If you like reading a few pages that go nowhere for a few bucks, then this marketing teaser junk might be for you. But it's sure not for me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars shallow October 3, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I was expecting a lot from this book since I am an avid fan of Connelly, however I was feeling a little bit cheated because the book sounded like it was from a new author and not from the famous Michael Connelly.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just a bunch of off-cuts. October 24, 2011
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Oh dear... if you, like me, are jumping on this thinking it's an omnibus of Bosch stories, stop right there. It's just a bunch of rather mediocre short stories. Save your money. The stories seem to be from Connelly's very early days and presumably his attempts at getting the Bosch character to work. You see glimmers of the writing talent and glimmers of who Harry becomes, so it's an interesting exercise for fans I guess. But as a big fan I was sorely disappointed to find that that indeed was all it is. If it says somewhere in the description it's a trio of short stories I missed it, so be aware!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost print run suicide, but not quite! October 9, 2011
By Andy
Format:Kindle Edition
Whilst reasonably well told there simply isn't the time necessary to develop a decent plot or set of characters in these 3 very short stories. Also a quarter of the book is given up to an excerpt from the next full novel in the series, which although compelling can usually be downloaded for free as a taster from Amazon anyway so I didn't see the point. I know that short stories by their very nature only tend to touch on issues and leave much to the reader's imagination, but none of the stories brought light to new topics, nor did they offer a different approach to existing ones or give us any new insight to Harry's character.

I am a great fan of Michael Connelly and the Harry Bosch character, but hope that the author sticks to full length novels in the future. After reading the opening chapters I'm looking forward to reading THE DROP and hope that it helps both me and other loyal readers get over SUICIDE RUN.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Did I miss the SHORT in the title for this? October 4, 2011
By Fly Guy
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Don't agree with other reviewers that these stories are not up to Connelly quality. BUT, these are not merely short, they are micro! Each one is the length of a typical Connelly chapter, so I went through these in minutes.

But what really irritates me--and it's not the author's fault--is the misleading product page for this. The title says Three HB Stories, not Short Stories...and the description does not obviously state these are short stories either. So when I pre-ordered these I thought I was getting a great bargain, now, I think I was ripped-off. C'mon Amazon, you can do better than deceive customers this way.

I too canceled my pre-order for the other 3 stories in November.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Know I now how to commitimeet a murder without leaving as clue.
Published 3 days ago by Ron InLasVegas
4.0 out of 5 stars Suicide Run
I have always enjoyed the Harry Bosch books. They keep u guessing and engaged. I would recommend this author to anyone that liked twists and drama in books
Published 8 days ago by carol murphy
4.0 out of 5 stars fast and tricky detective work
Another excellent Harry Boach read. Can't wait to get to the next one. I just wish he would stick with one of his female partners.
Published 20 days ago by Richard R. Hartley
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Go Wrong
Three Harry Bosch stories?? Bring it on!! One of the best storytellers from one of my favorite authors! Plot keeps you turning the page even while you want to go to sleep!
Published 21 days ago by M. C. Russell
4.0 out of 5 stars Harry Bosch Rules
I love the Harry Bosch series. Have read them all and look forward to any new additions to the series.
Published 1 month ago by Mary Anne Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Harry is at it again
In every Bosch story whether a short story or novel Connelly continues to flesh out Harry's character. Read more
Published 1 month ago by vern dearing
4.0 out of 5 stars short & sweet
I have recently become a big fan of Connelly's Harry Bosch character & the details in his writing, this short story compilation was a quick Kindle download & read. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Roland T. Gunner
4.0 out of 5 stars too good to be this short
Very good stories, but I am a big Connelly fan. Stories are all quick reads, I wish every one were longer
Published 1 month ago by Cover2cover
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting short stories
Connelly has a writing skill that enables him to work in a certain amount of intrigue and who done it suspense in all of his work, regardless of the length. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marilyn J. Austin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great as expected
Connelly is as good with the short story as the novel.
Only thing wrong was it was over too soon.
As usual, Connelly left me wanting more.
Fun read.
Published 1 month ago by Gwen
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More About the Author

Michael Connelly decided to become a writer after discovering the books of Raymond Chandler while attending the University of Florida. Once he decided on this direction he chose a major in journalism and a minor in creative writing ' a curriculum in which one of his teachers was novelist Harry Crews.

After graduating in 1980, Connelly worked at newspapers in Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, primarily specializing in the crime beat. In Fort Lauderdale he wrote about police and crime during the height of the murder and violence wave that rolled over South Florida during the so-called cocaine wars. In 1986, he and two other reporters spent several months interviewing survivors of a major airline crash. They wrote a magazine story on the crash and the survivors which was later short-listed for the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. The magazine story also moved Connelly into the upper levels of journalism, landing him a job as a crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times, one of the largest papers in the country, and bringing him to the city of which his literary hero, Chandler, had written.

After three years on the crime beat in L.A., Connelly began writing his first novel to feature LAPD Detective Hieronymus Bosch. The novel, The Black Echo, based in part on a true crime that had occurred in Los Angeles , was published in 1992 and won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel by the Mystery Writers of America. Connelly has followed that up with 18 more novels. His books have been translated into 31 languages and have won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Shamus, Dilys, Nero, Barry, Audie, Ridley, Maltese Falcon (Japan), .38 Caliber (France), Grand Prix (France), and Premio Bancarella (Italy) awards.

Michael lives with his family in Florida.

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Michael Connelly - "Suicide Run" and "Angle of Investigation" Kindle Books
From the official Michael Connelly website:
Two Harry Bosch Short Story Collections Coming Out As eBooks in October and November
Each eBook collection will include three previously published Harry Bosch short stories.
Sep 12, 2011 by R. Asch |  See all 5 posts
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