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Nine Dragons | [Michael Connelly]

Nine Dragons

The shooting of a Chinese liquor store owner in LA brings Harry Bosch back to the Rodney King riots and the moment a stranger gave a young cop sanctuary. Now the debt must be repaid, and Harry soon discovers the old man's death was no ordinary holdup.
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Publisher's Summary

The shooting of a Chinese liquor store owner in LA brings Harry Bosch back to the Rodney King riots and the moment a stranger gave a young cop sanctuary. Now the debt must be repaid, and Harry soon discovers the old man's death was no ordinary holdup.

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

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    Tom West Wickham, United Kingdom 07/02/2010
    Tom West Wickham, United Kingdom 07/02/2010 Member Since 2007
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    "Good stuff"

    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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. S. Hyams Lancashire UK 01/12/2009
    Mr. S. Hyams Lancashire UK 01/12/2009 Member Since 2005
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    "Not up to scratch"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Epsom, SRY, United Kingdom 01/11/2009
    Richard Epsom, SRY, United Kingdom 01/11/2009 Member Since 2007
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    "Bosch without the cliche"

    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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Kim MaarssenNetherlands 13/11/2010
    Kim MaarssenNetherlands 13/11/2010 Member Since 2010
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    "Not Connelly's best"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James Pencoed Bridgend, Mid Glam, United Kingdom 26/05/2010
    James Pencoed Bridgend, Mid Glam, United Kingdom 26/05/2010
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    "nine dragons"

    m.connelly surpasses himself in this cracker of a story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Gillingham, United Kingdom 07/07/2011
    Andrew Gillingham, United Kingdom 07/07/2011 Member Since 2010
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    "A good listen"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mr East Sheen, United Kingdom 03/02/2010
    Mr East Sheen, United Kingdom 03/02/2010 Member Since 2013
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    "Good book. Incorrect narrator"

    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

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    Irish 22/12/2009
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    "Good"

    Good but not quite Lincoln Lawyer...

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  • Lia
    Sutton, Australia
    22/08/10
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    "Brilliant"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Miranda Hill
    10/02/13
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    "Trilling Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Racing through HK to find his daughter


    Have you listened to any of Len Cariou’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Great work, the narrator told the story in such a way you that you were able to be absorbed into the story!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    absolutely - I won't mention in case of spoiling the story but book definitely left me thinking


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Douchy
    08/02/13
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    "The Best Yet"
    Where does Nine Dragons rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Nine Dragons to and why?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I didn't see the twist coming in this one. Usually I can predict the twist but this one caught me off guard.


    Any additional comments?

    My 13 year old son listened to this one with me while we were driving and he loved it too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lynne Blewis
    Avalon, NSW Australia
    30/09/11
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    "Very disappointing"

    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 ...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Perth, Australia
    25/06/11
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    "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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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