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Product Details

  • Series: Harry Bosch
  • Audio CD: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown & Company; Unabridged edition (November 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600247245
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600247248
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.6 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,784 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #633,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* At his core, Harry Bosch is a cop with a mission—to tip the scales of justice toward the side of murder victims and their survivors. The scales can never be righted, of course, even by solving the cases Bosch is assigned in the Open Unsolved Unit of the LAPD. That is especially true in the 20-year-old murder of Danish journalist Anneke Jesperson, who was killed during the L.A. riots of 1992. What was Jesperson, a white woman, doing in South Central L.A. in the aftermath of the riots? As usual, Bosch faces not only the seeming impossibility of reconstructing a crime that has been cold for two decades but also the roadblocks imposed by the bureaucrats at the top of the LAPD. But Bosch has never met a roadblock he wasn’t compelled to either barge through or cannily avoid. Harry is such a compelling character largely due to his fundamentally antiestablishment personality, which leads to chaos as often as to triumph, but also because his unswerving work ethic reflects not simply duty but also respect for the task before him. Harry does it right, even—or especially—when his bosses want something else entirely. That’s the case this time—How would it look if a white cop made headlines by solving the riot-related murder of a white woman? Better to let it slide. In real life, we all let things slide, but in life according to Bosch, nothing slides. We like Harry, as we like many other fictional crime solvers, because he never stops, but we love him because he has the scars to prove that never sliding is no easy thing. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Connelly’s twenty-fifth book appears in his twentieth year of publishing, an anniversary that his publisher has been celebrating throughout 2012 with various “Year of Connelly” promotions, all leading up to the publication of The Black Box. --Bill Ott --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.



"Connelly inherits the mantle of Raymond Chandler.... Their books share a kind of ambitious artistry that strains to reach beyond genre fiction."—Chuck Leddy, Boston Globe

"Connelly is superb at building suspense."—Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal

"Bosch is one of the best detectives in crime fiction, and Connelly continues to amaze with his latest effort."—Jeff Ayers, Associated Press

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.

Customer Reviews

In my opinion the book was too slow in moving along with the story.
Sandra Barry
Connelly usually develops his characters in a very believable manner as well as developing a very good plot line.
Gerald R. Hubbell
Always a good paced, plenty of action, and enough twists and turns to maintain interest.
Margery Yearout

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

212 of 227 people found the following review helpful By Suncoast TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 22, 2012
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After so many Harry Bosch stories you would think they should start to run out of steam - IMHO this is not so. Michael Connelly is a consummate author who can keep a great character running and evolving and continue to produce a top-class page-turning police procedural.

In the last book, after a short retirement Harry Bosch returned to the LAPD with a 5 year contract under the Deferred Retirement Option Plan - "The DROP". He now works with the Open Unsolved Unit chasing up cold cases. In 1999, at the height of the LA Riots, Bosch briefly gets involved with the discovery of the gunshot death of a pretty female free-lance Danish press photographer who was apparently killed as part of the riot. This case had always troubled Bosch and he gladly accepts the challenge although after all that time the trail has gone cold.

Bosch is an impatient detective - to him momentum is everything. Once he is on the trail he is a bloodhound who never lets up until he finds a break. He calls this "The Black Box" because, similar to air crash investigation a single verified clue may open up the whole case. After diligent and clever police work Bosch finds his Black Box and discovers a web of intrigue and violence going back to the first Gulf War.

Working the case in his normal independent manner is not helped by his a strained relationship with and lack of respect for the competence of his superiors at LAPD, especially his current Lieutenant (O'Toole - nickname "O'Fool"). "You are the worst kind of police officer, Bosch. You are arrogant, a bully, and you think the laws and regulations don't apply to you.
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76 of 82 people found the following review helpful By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 24, 2012
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In 1992, Detective Harry Bosch and his partner, Jerry Edgar, were on emergency rotation during the infamous Los Angeles riots, and were "dispatched to any place they were needed--wherever a body turned up." Fires, looting, and gang violence transformed L. A. into a war zone, with "all semblance of dignity and moral code gone in the smoke that rose over the city." In order to deal with a tidal wave of looting, revenge killings, and scores of other incidents, the police had to cut corners. "In the chaos of the moment the mission was simple: preserve the evidence, document the scene as best and as fast as possible, and collect the dead."

Bosch and Edgar roll up to an alley near Crenshaw Boulevard, where a thirty-two year old Danish photojournalist had been shot in the head at close range. The deceased is Anneke Jespersen, whom Edgar nicknames "Snow White." Bosch finds a 9mm shell casing at the scene but little else, and for twenty years, Jespersen's murder remains unsolved. In 2012, Harry takes another look, knowing that finding Jespersen's killer after so much time has elapsed is, at best, a long shot.

"The Black Box" is vintage Connelly, and Bosch is as stubborn and relentless as ever. He ignores his superiors when they try to derail him and pursues every lead, no matter how small, with a laser-like focus. Harry visits San Quentin to interview a gangbanger; traces an intriguing phone call that was placed ten years after Anneke's death; and asks for help from anyone who may be able to shed light on his case. With a bit of luck and solid detective work, he manages to narrow down his list of suspects to a few individuals who may have been responsible for a vicious crime and cover-up.
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87 of 103 people found the following review helpful By MED on November 28, 2012
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Harry Bosch is a long time favorite of mine, I anticipate each entry in Connelly's long running series. The Black Box was a disappointment.

The book begins with a preview of a cold case - a photojournalist murdered twenty years before during the Rodney King riots. The city was in chaos and murders were hastily investigated, most not cleared. But Harry is haunted by the 'Snow White' case.

Back to the present and the gun that killed the Danish journalist is tied to another crime. The twenty year old murder case gets assigned to Harry and his partner, and Harry wants closure. As is often the case, Harry is at odds with the supervisor of the unit. Add Harry's attempt to close a 'riot' case that involves a white victim when the mayor wants to appear sensitive to the black community on the twentiety anniversary of the King verdict.

The case takes a turn in a direction that is unexpected and Harry follows the case. This plays out against the backdrop of a formal complaint from his supervisor.

The Black Box isn't a bad book - it just isn't a great book, which we have come to expect from Connelly. The writing is average and the story seems plodding. The only real bright spot is the developing relationship with his daughter, sixteen year old Maddie.

A must for fans of the series, but not a stand alone page turner.
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51 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Newman VINE VOICE on November 23, 2012
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Harry is still working on closed cases and he decides to re-open the "Snow White" case. When he was an officer during the 1992 LA riots he came upon a murdered Danish reporter Anneke Jespersen, who was found dead by a National Guardsman. Harry was never able to solve that mystery and it basically went dormant for 20 years. The fact that he never found Jesperson's killer had always gnawed at him and the 20th anniversary sets him to dive back into it.

In the meantime he has annoyed his new group leader (O'Toole) and pretty soon the PSB (formally Internal Affairs) is investigating Harry for improprieties when he visited his girlfriend"s (Hannah) son in prison. Harry is no longer a regular detective as he is in his four year DROP period and he could be let go for the merest infraction.

As Harry starts to investigate the Jesperson case, he gets more blowback from O'Toole making him think that those that sit on the 10th floor are against him and are behind the PSB investigation. This makes Harry more determined to work on the case. Harry learns that a call was made to the police from Modesto, CA on the 10th anniversary of the murder and when Harry looks into that call, it is the clue he needs to really start the case going. His partner Chu had told Harry that every case has a "Black Box" which is the one clue that can break the case wide open.

Harry has to work the case solo and let Chu work in the background because he is afraid that O'Toole will come after Chu too. Harry is relentless at persuing all clues in his usuall direct manner. The story gets hot and heavy as Harry must quickly solve the case before he is ousted from his job and must go after the bad guys without a partner for backup.
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