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The Concrete Blonde (Harry Bosch) Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2007

4.6 out of 5 stars 910 customer reviews
Book 3 of 16 in the Mickey Haller Series

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Connelly, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, combines courtroom drama and police procedural in this thriller about a serial killer thought dead.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Harry Bosch, hero of the Edgar Award-winning The Black Echo ( LJ 1/92), is in hot water: the family of a serial killer whom Bosch shot during an arrest accuses him of killing the wrong man.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Harry Bosch (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (February 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044661758X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446617581
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (910 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #707,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tung Yin VINE VOICE on October 24, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've read a lot of mysteries: just about the entire "Travis McGee" series by John D. MacDonald; all of the "Fletch" novels (including the two "Son of" books) by Gregory McDonald; every Raymond Chandler piece of fiction; most of Dashiell Hammett; some Ed McBain; many Carl Hiassen books; a few Agatha Christies.
Michael Connelly ranks up there with all of those distinguished writers. He has a fluid, detailed writing style that conveys the scene without bogging down in such intricacies that the reader gets lost. The dialogue is snappy and hard-boiled but will probably age well (unlike, say, some of Chandler's).
"The Concrete Blonde" is the third novel starring LAPD detective Harry Bosch. (The order goes "The Black Echo," "The Black Ice," "The Concrete Blonde," "The Last Coyote," "Trunk Music," and "Angel's Flight." The new novel coming out in early 2001 involves Bosch as well, but it's not clear if Bosch is the main character or a secondary character.) I've read the first three and the last ("AF"), and, while they are all good, "The Concrete Blonde" is the best thus far.
Earlier in his career, an incident that is described or alluded to in virtually every novel, Bosch gained some notoriety and fame for taking down a serial killer known as "The Dollmaker." He was so called because he would use makeup and polish to paint up his victims. The killer sent bad poems to Bosch, taunting him with descriptions of the victims. Eventually, Bosch tracked down the killer and shot him to death when the man reached toward his pillow . . . for a hairpiece, as it turned out.
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The Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly provides the best of both worlds: a murder mystery that takes place within a courtroom drama.

The Concrete Blonde opens with Los Angeles Police Department homicide detective Harry Bosch on trial for murder. When Bosch shot Norman Church, he believed he was killing the Dollmaker, a serial killer responsible for the rape and brutal murder of eleven prostitutes in Los Angeles. The Dollmaker's widow believes otherwise, and she sues Bosch in civil court for wrongful death. Just as the trial is underway, another victim is discovered and this one was murdered after the death of Church. This 12th victim was encased in concrete and is dubbed the Concrete Blonde.

The Concrete Blonde casts a shadow on the trial and gives ammunition to the aggressive and scheming prosecuting attorney, Honey "Money" Chandler. Is it possible that Bosch killed the wrong man? Maybe there's a copycat killer. Also, Chandler and the press have information that is being leaked from within the LAPD. Whatever the case, the investigation is ongoing and the judge won't delay the trial to give Bosch time to solve the new murder.

Connelly is one of the best mystery writers out there today, and his plots and characters reflect a realism that developed in his years of being a police reporter for the Los Angeles Times. The Concrete Blonde was written after the LA Riots and Rodney King, and shows the darker side of this city of contrasts. When Bosch tells his lawyer in the courtroom that he seeks the truth, he is lectured "And you're going to sit there and talk to me about truth? When was the last time you saw a truthful police report? When was the last time that you put down the unadulterated truth in a search warrant application? ...
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This is the third of Mr Connelly's novels to feature LA Police Detective Harry Bosch. In this novel, Harry is on trial in a civil case for the fatal shooting of an alleged serial killer known as the Doll Maker. Just as the trial begins, a new murder victim is discovered and there appear to be links to the murders committed by the Doll Maker. Harry is both simultaneously involved in court and in solving this new murder mystery: time is critical.

Michael Connelly is an accomplished writer of crime novels who knows how to bring his characters to life. His previous employment as a crime reporter has no doubt provided him with insights into the operations of the LAPD. At the same time as we are travelling with Harry to solve this new murder and the mystery of the Doll Maker, we are learning more about Harry himself.

I enjoyed this novel, and look forward to continuing to read about Harry Bosch. Now, what's the name of the next one in the series?

Highly recommended for crime fiction fans.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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A rich top notch gripping thriller, this book is the ideal company for courtroom action and true crime mistery lovers looking for a good read. This my third Connelly book after The Black Echo and The Black Ice, (I recommend to read them in this order) and Mr Connelly, has again as in the others, developed his unique skills too create fast paced action packed suspense and to easily manipulate the reader the way he wants providing also a thorough knowledge of the setting, the city of LA with its dregs. At the same time that Harry Bosch is on trial for pulling the trigger "too quick", he gets in his crosshairs several suspects to investigate (one at a time), and that brings along excellent opportunities to unfold the outstanding suspense when he follows them, in addition the trial provides further entertainment, great court action, and more positive confusion. Unfortunately, I can see some flaws; the suspects are investigated for reasons not too clear, (looks like if you are close to Harry he will investigate you), on top of that our hero makes it again catching the bad guy employing his great proficiency and brainy capacity, but this time he gets too much help of "his father" Mr. Connelly who turns around all the events for Harry Bosch the easy way with the typical ending. Why that easy Mr.Connelly?, you are an excellent writer, the ending is not your trademark "master twist" style
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