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Summary

When the bones of a boy are found scattered in the Hollywood Hills, Harry Bosch is drawn into a case that brings up dark memories from his past. Unearthing hidden stories, he finds the child's identity and reconstructs his fractured life, determined that he won't be forgotten.

At the same time, a new love affair with a female cop begins to blossom - until a stunningly blown mission leaves him in more trouble than ever before. The investigation races to a shocking conclusion and leaves Bosch on the brink of an unimaginable decision...

©2002 Hieronymous, Inc (P)2002 Time Warner AudioBooks, a Division of the AOL Time Warner Book Group

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IThank you for introducing me ro Art Pepper!

Where does City of Bones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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What other book might you compare City of Bones to, and why?

Not the best Harry Bosch, mainly due to naration.

Have you listened to any of Peter Jay Fernandez’s other performances? How does this one compare?

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Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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Any additional comments?

Art Pepper was a saxophonist who had passed me by. My thanks.

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Ruined by the music

Unnecessary dramatic music at the end of random chapters ruined the flow of the storytelling.

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I'm getting a bit impatient.....

with Harry Bosch. This book is no less good than the others, very listenable. Good story, good reading, and one is sure the details are credible.

But I'm starting to find Bosch slightly annoying. All right, he's a man with a mission. But honestly, would he perform his mission any less effectively if he were a little less inconsiderate to his love interest and rude to his colleagues? Could he sometimes not consider the possibility that he might be mistaken? Might he not get better results if he got a bit of a life?

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New Bosch and narrator?

Bosch appears to have become a friendly old uncle instead of the gritty, streetwise grump.

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Good story with random sound effects

Another really enjoyable Bosch case despite the very random placement of Law and Order style "Dun Dun" sound effects and music.

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fantastic

fantastic love the harry bosch series and i would say this is my favourite so far

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  • 08-08-19

Bosch is always good; this isn’t his peak

More thoughtful, repeated metaphors growing in depth; but the plot is less gripping than some, with too many false summits along the way that don’t actually drive the plot, with an anti-climactic ending.

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Compelling and engaging

This is another Bosch story which keeps the reader engaged and intrigued. The modern LA noir genre is downbeat, procedural and offers only shades of grey, yet this is not a depressing read. It takes you on a journey of dogged, single minded detection which brings you to a just conclusion.

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stop the music

I hate how the producers have ruined the end of many chapters by sticking music over the readers voice. let me listen to the great story and naration and stop spoling it with music I don't want to hear!

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city of bones

good story looking forward to hearing the next book in the series ! ! .

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  • Jamie
  • 15-08-20

Bring back Dick Hill!

Another great Bosch story, forgettable reading with bizarre dramatic music bursting in every now and then.

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  • Sarah Bullen
  • 01-11-20

Can’t go wrong with Bosch

This is an unusually dark Bosch novel - full of well crafted characters that have deeper and darker pasts. The plotting was so tight and cleverly done that I was totally immersed to the very last word. A Bosch classic And yes - lose the music Orion!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-07-20

The random music

A great Bosch, and the reader was amazing as usual. The random music though is masterpiece. If you have a good sense of humor, you'll appreciate it too. 🤣

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  • Kelly Letcher
  • 30-12-18

Hooked

I love how each Bosch book is linked - you get know a little more of his character with each new case but the story is fresh and new, completely different from any other but just as gripping. Could not stop reading. Needed to know what each new twist revealed. Needed to know more about Bosch and why he is the way he is. It was captivating. Highly recommend this book and the whole series!