Homing in on clues disregarded by the cops on the scene, Harry builds a picture of corruption and intimidation, with the local Triads at the heart of it. But as he tries to build a case and breach the impenetrable wall of silence in the local community, he finds he is taking a dragon by the tail - a dragon whose talons reach well beyond LA, and even the States.
Suddenly, the most precious thing in Harry's life is under threat, and he will need to leave the familiarity of his home turf, alone and without backup, if he is going to stop his worst nightmare from happening.
©2009 Hieronymus, Inc.; (P)2009 Orion Publishing Group Limited
Another typically first class thriller from Michael Connelly.
That said, I dont think it's quite as good as his previous Harry Bosch books. The story is set in large part in Hong Kong and whilst you always have to suspend belief a little to enjoy this type of book, the location makes the plot bordering implausible as hinted at by a previous reviewer!
But dont let this put you off - I thoroughly enjoyed the book, notwithstanding, would give it five stars and recommend it - particularly if you are a fan of the author already
Really enjoyed a new crime writer for me - Michael Connelly - in listening to Black Ice and The Last Coyote. Good intricate plot and especially well read and voiced by Dick Hill.
Nine Dragons had for me to many sentences starting "He..." and the overall story was spoilt by the readers voice and characterisations - Michael Brandon.
The story line itself moved along well but the above criticisms took the edge off.
I have enjoyed following the Bosch books as Connelly has managed to make homicide interesting without having to get too gory or disturbing. Although the cliches and stereotypes can be a little cringe-worthy and the huge leaps of deductive reasoning a bit too much of a stretch.
However, in this book we are spared the cliches and altogether the investigation unfolds well. The plot becomes complex and intricate before it all unravels to reveal a conclusion to the case.
As a big Connelly fan I admit my expectations are high. But this book, set in Hong Kong and touching on a whole different world than the one I know and like Bosch to be in, does not quite do it for me. I think the biggest problem here is that it is just not as believable as a goood detective should be. If this was another author my judgement might be milder, but as it is Connelly, I feel a higher standard applies and this is not Connelly at his best.
This is the first Michael Connelly I have read/listened to and I found the story good, the characters compelling and I will definitely be considering another one of his books. The narrator of this version has a very deep voice which at first I thought I wasn't going to like but if actually fits very well with the type of story and the main character. Although I now know that the main character(s) in this book have featured in past books of Connelly's, it didn't matter that I had no prior knowledge of them. Overall an enjoyable commute listen.
I enjoy the Bosch stories and had heard a later book where Eleanor was dead, so am glad to be able to find out how she died. It's well read and the story line kept you listening. Will be looking for the next book!
I always enjoy this author and this particular character but the quality varies from a reliable entertainment to truly excellent . This one is excellent despite the concept not being immediately intriguing from the précis . I'd certainly recommend it.
Im a big Michael Connelly fan and this wasnt bad. However i was annoyed to find out it wasnt Michael Brandon narrating as listed. The actual narrator wasnt bad but I really enjoyed listening to Brandon before so was not overly pleased
Another Michael Connolly book that is an excellent listen. All Harry Bosch fans will love this book. Very sad in some places and thrilling in others.
"The Best Yet"
Over the past year I've been listening to all the Harry Bosch series - starting with the first one. I've enjoyed them all, but his one has been the best so far in my opinion.
All the other Bosch series of course, but also similar to the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy I think. I listened to TGWTDT as audio books and loved them, then went on a search for more audio books but never really found something that grabbed me the way they did. Then I found Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series and really got into it.
I didn't see the twist coming in this one. Usually I can predict the twist but this one caught me off guard.
My 13 year old son listened to this one with me while we were driving and he loved it too.
Absolutely - some Harry Bosch stories can be a little slow. This tale was fast paced, loved the changes in scenery and the new characters. If you liked Taken I have a feeling you will like this book.
Racing through HK to find his daughter
Great work, the narrator told the story in such a way you that you were able to be absorbed into the story!
absolutely - I won't mention in case of spoiling the story but book definitely left me thinking
This is not a normal Harry Bosch title, even if you have tried one of these before & didn't love it - give Connelly another try with this book!
I found this book to be a typical "ugly American tourist" story - going to a country where they have no idea of the culture and being obnoxious. A real shame as I have enjoyed all the other Bosch books that I have listened to.
This one has really put me off ...
"Narration kills it"
I was not a huge fan of the narrator, his voice was so 'rough' and 'scratchy' and way he read did not hold my attention even though the story was interesting.
Give the book a 4/5 but the narration 2/5.
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