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Nine Dragons (A Harry Bosch Novel) Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 13, 2009
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As Harry starts to realize that this might not have been a routine robbery but a possible execution by a Triad hitman. Harry starts to zero in on a suspect and then receives a threatening call to tell him to back off. Harry shrugs it off and continues but then his investigation stalls when he receives a video showing that his daughter (Maddy) being kidnapped in Hong Kong. He rushes off to save her realizing that if he is not back by the end of the weekend a possible suspect in the shooting will be set free.
It is a tense plane ride to Hong Kong and Harry feels powerless because there is nothing he can do in the air. When he gets to Hong Kong he is aided by his ex-wife (Eleanor Wish) and her boyfriend. Harry has limited clues but through very good forensic science he was able to possibly know where to look for Maddy. It becomes a race to find Maddy because any delay could mean that she might already be dead.
The tension of the chase is so tense you can cut it with a knife and the "determined " Harry definitely shows through. There is one sequence at a boat where the action is pulse pounding and the tension rife.Read more ›
I won't rehash the whole story line here, as you can see that in the two other member reviews already up, and on the product page. Instead, I'd like to focus on why I've made such a grandiose statement.
The Bosch series is long-running and deservedly very successful. Of course, it's had its ups and downs; all series do. But Bosch is an iconic character from the Clint Eastwood mold of Dirty Harry and the Sergio Leone spaghetti Westerns: the loner who battles through any obstacles to see right prevail and justice triumph, even if he has to break the rules. Eastwood's made a career of this, as has Connelly. That's a good thing. I like that kind of entertainment, as do a whole lot of other people, obviously.
However, in this book Connelly breaks new ground for the character, exploring an emotional vulnerability - his love for his daughter, and how it animates him - that we haven't seen before. It's the driving force of the story, and to continue the Eastwood analogy, it's the same variance on a "trademark" character we saw Eastwood explore in some of his amazing later works like "Unforgiven", "Million Dollar Baby", and "Gran Torino".
Connelly also takes Bosch into an exotic and fascinating new locale: Hong Kong. This is really a treat, and he does it very well. I'd have liked to have seen even more of his take on the area, as I know it well, having been there many times, but take it from me: what you do see is a really accurate portrayal of one of the world's truly unique locales.
The story moves forward in a very driving yet well-disciplined fashion; very exciting; intellectually stimulating, and well- and throroughly-plotted.
Six stars! But I guess I'll have to settle for five.
This book was a major disappointment.
The writing was way below par, wooden dialogue, plot strained. The international aspects seemed like a cheap way to fill pages. And Bosch makes so many stupid mistakes that it is hard to take his character seriously in this role.
It read to me like a book that was written primarily to fulfill a contract.
I really don't understand how some reviewers can call this one of Connelly's best. I had to struggle to keep reading through to the end.
I would recommend fans save their money and wait for Connelly to write a proper book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's a page-turner and I like Harry Bosch. While a bit predictable in places it mostly kept me guessing. A good summer read!Published 3 hours ago by Athol Wong
As per usual Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch novels make for a good read and escapismPublished 1 day ago by Stoner
I thought I was @ Walmart, there were so many plot twists, bait & switches & red herrings. Don't miss this pivotal story in this series.Published 4 days ago by Herbdoc
Not one of Connelly's best. There are two problems. Bosch is compulsive in in ways that are dangerous to those around him to those around him, and is told so. Read morePublished 7 days ago by William Clodius
Excellent story again from Michael Connelly. Some reviewers did not like that this book took Harry Bosch to Hong Kong but I thought that was an excellent locale to round out this... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Carolyn J.
I am a great Connelly fan and a Harry Bosch fan. So it is not a surprise that I really liked this book. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Laura W. Hunter
This is not the Harry Bosch I have grown to love. Nor is it the writing of Michael Connelly at his best. There were a few surprises. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Amazon Customer