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Nine Dragons (A Harry Bosch Novel) Hardcover – October 13, 2009
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Amazon Best of the Month, October 2009: An investigation into a cold-blooded murder introduces Detective Harry Bosch to a Chinese underworld lurking in the dark recesses of the City of Angels. Its tentacles are far reaching, yet it remains shrouded in secrecy due to time-honored cultural traditions that keep the exploited from speaking out. To the victim's family, Bosch promises revenge, but when his own daughter suddenly becomes a target, he promises blood. However, working a case with leads on both sides of the Pacific provides little room (or time) for error. 9 Dragons is a gritty, coffee-and-cigarettes crime thriller full of smart twists and generous helpings of suspense. Fans of Michael Connelly can expect another exceptional thrill ride, while newcomers will be immediately engaged by the tortured and unrelenting Bosch. "He knew one day it would come to this, that the darkness would find [his daughter] and that she would be used to get him," writes Connelly. "That day was now." --Dave Callanan
From Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Connelly nimbly balances Harry Bosch's personal and professional lives, both of which take a substantial beating, in his 14th novel to feature the LAPD homicide detective. Bosch, last seen with his recently discovered half-brother, lawyer Mickey Haller, in The Brass Verdict (2008), investigates the shooting death of a liquor store owner. While the murder has none of the hallmarks of a regular gang hit, Bosch discovers the dead man was paying a weekly protection fee to a man Bosch suspects is part of a Chinese triad. Even though Bosch is warned to drop the case, he doesn't take the threat seriously until he receives a video showing his 13-year-old daughter, Madeline, being kidnapped in Hong Kong, where she lives with her mother and Bosch's ex-wife, a former FBI agent. Bosch flies to Hong Kong to try to rescue Madeline, prepared to face down one of the world's most powerful crime syndicates. Tenacious as ever, Bosch is even more formidable in his role as a protective father. 10-city author tour. (Oct. 13)
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Top customer reviews
Harry is told in no uncertain terms that he should back off or he’ll face some serious personal consequences. Harry, of course, is not one to trifle with. But when his daughter Maddie is abducted he must put her safety as the top item on his list of priorities. Since Maddie has been living in Hong Kong with her mother, who is also Harry’s ex-wife Eleanor Wish, an immediate trip is necessary.
About one third of the book is devoted to Harry’s time in Hong Kong while working with Eleanor and her personal security guard, a fellow named Sun Yee. I found this part uneven because Harry is battling with two competing instincts: his fear for Maddie’s safety and his professional instincts to solve the original crime. The conflict is understandable but reading about it is often difficult.
The best part of the book is the final 1/3 when Harry returns to Los Angeles to wrap up the murder investigation and get his life back in order. In spite of all the turmoil, it looks like his future will be a happy one.
The two things that make Harry vulnerable and can distract his from his "mission", namely his ex-wife Eleanor ("there is no end of things in the heart") and his daughter Madeline, are in this story. I think the author wanted to deal with them before moving on in the series. Maddie makes a rather startling revelation near the end of the book that isn't really dealt with. Could it be the set-up for a new leading character and future novels? Bosch isn't getting any younger.
It's worth the read for Bosch fans.