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Michael Connelly
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15 Mar 2007

When the bones of a twelve-year-old boy are found scattered in the Hollywood Hills, Harry Bosch is drawn into a case that brings up the darkest memories from his own haunted past.

The bones have been buried for years, but the cold case doesn't deter Bosch. 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 for Bosch - until a stunningly blown mission leaves him in more trouble than ever before in his turbulent career.

The investigation races to a shocking conclusion and leaves Bosch on the brink of an unimaginable decision...



Product details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; Reprint edition (15 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752848348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752848341
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 594,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A former police reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Michael Connelly is the author of Harry Bosch thriller series as well as several stand-alone bestsellers, including the highly acclaimed legal thriller, The Lincoln Lawyer, selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club.
Michael Connelly has been President of the Mystery Writers of America. His books have been translated into 31 languages and have won awards all over the world, including the Edgar and Anthony Awards.
He lives in Tampa, Florida, with his family.

Here are the Harry Bosch novels in series order:

The Black Echo
The Black Ice
The Concrete Blonde
The Last Coyote
Trunk Music
Angels Flight
A Darkness More Than Night
City of Bones
Lost Light
The Narrows
The Closers
Echo Park
The Overlook
The Brass Verdict
Nine Dragons

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Michael Connelly's world-weary cop Harry Bosch gets another outing in City of Bones, torn apart by having to investigate the long-ago killing of a much abused boy and by his doomed affair with a much younger woman cop. This is not the best or the most ingenious, but is the gloomiest and perhaps most thoughful, of Connelly's thrillers about Bosch, thrillers which take the assumptions of the police procedural and makes them part of the creation of a mood in which to investigate is to struggle with the tragic forces in life. Connelly is especially good on the more positive aspects of canteen culture, that real desire to protect the innocent and serve society that Bosch calls "the blue religion"; when, as here, a paedophile witness is outed to the press or a suspect shot in dubious circumstances, it is not just good standards of policework, but something more important that is being betrayed. If City of Bonesturns out to be the last of Connelly's books about Bosch, or the last in which he is controlled and constrained in his mission of justice by his role as a police officer, it will not be a dying fall to one of the more impressive thriller series of our time. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

Give a dog a bone and a whole can of worms opens up. This is the start of the 7th great Detective Harry Bosch novel, set in LA but far from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. When a dog returns to its master with a humerus in its mouth it opens up a horrific case of child abuse from twenty years previously. For the next two weeks Bosch and his partner try to bring closure and after identifying the skeleton the answer seems simple. Too simple... Digging back into the neighbourhood's past unearths secrets that could and do destroy lives and careers, bringing back memories for Bosch that he would rather forget. Award-winning crime writer Michael Connelly carries the plot back and forth, intertwining it with Bosch's bolshiness in the face of authority. Love interest arises only to confound both the case and Bosch with the complexity of its relationship. A page-turning, fast-moving pacy crime story - forget about doing anything else till the last page is turned and Bosch reaches a crossroads in his life. - Lucy Watson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harry Bosch is back 10 April 2002
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Still recovering from the events of "A Darkness More than Night", LA detective Harry Bosch is confronted with a nightmare. The partial skeleton of a child is discovered on a hillside. A forensic anthropologist is called in and his examination of the remains reveals a harrowing tale of prolonged abuse. Harry swears he will catch the culprit, and once again enters the darkest recesses of human cruelty.
Based on a real murder (in which the perpetrator was successfully prosecuted, thank God!) this is yet another brilliant work from Connelly. Bosch is a wonderfully crafted protagonist, and as usual the writing is first rate. The description of injuries given by the anthropologist is disturbing reading, all the more so considering that it is based in fact, yet the subject is treated sensitively and in no way appears voyeuristic. The rest of the story (I won't give it away!) flows beatifully.
Connelly is a fine author and this book would grace any crime fan's collection. Thoroughly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Plot is a bit thin 20 Aug 2010
Format:Paperback
I've now read over half off the Michael Connelly books and this is the first time I've been motivated to say anything negative. I've thoroughly enjoyed each read but I found elements of this particular plot hard to comprehend. The narrative was very good (as is the norm) but some areas left huge gaping holes and I felt certain decisions were not sufficiently explained to the reader. Based on my previous Connelly reads, this is extremely uncharacteristic. However, that said, this will not deter me from continuing to read the rest of his books which are generally excellent.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Melancholic, yet gripping 21 Jan 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I'd recently been introduced to Harry Bosch, the LA detective featured, by my father. This was only the second novel, with him as lead, that I'd read. It's well plotted, with several wrong turns, and "you think you know who done it and you're wrong" twists....and you really care for this flawed character, who suffers a loss midway, and suffers for his compulsion at the end. It's not a perfectly happy ending, nor should it be, yet it's uplifting enough that he kinda catches who did it, and why, against the odds. But only after he's paid a meaningufl price for what he's learnt. Characters, even the incidental ones are carefully drawn, and the dialogue is compelling, and not cliched. Well worth a few pounds, and a few hours of your time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent character-driven murder mystery 23 July 2008
By OEJ & SKY TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This is the eleventh Connelly novel and the seventh full-on Bosch episode, on this occasion a relatively simple story that is completely driven by the examinations into the mind and soul of the lead character. LAPD Detective Harry Bosch and his partner Detective Jerry Edgar find themselves involved in a search for whoever was responsible for the murder of a 12-year-old boy some twenty years earlier, after a single bone is found by a dog. The synopsis therefore is straightforward: identify the victim, track down family and anyone else who knew him, come up with a suspect and close the case.

But within and throughout this investigation it is the state of mind of Harry Bosch that is so wonderful to read; his frowned-upon love-affair with a rookie cop, and for the reader a study of his mission in life and what makes him tick. With every Bosch story we get to see inside his mind that little bit more each time and I for one never tire of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What a disappointment 26 Jun 2003
By xavier
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Having been a fan of Ian Rankin for a long time and having exhausted the Rebus books imagine my pleasure on finding Harry Bosch. The initial books were excellent imparting Harry's persona and his struggle with his demons well, creating a great atmosphere and with good involving plots showing us Harry walking the line between the letter of the law and justice. This book seems like it's been written by a different person. The plot is flat with little or no twists just plodding along. The characterisation is non-existent with Harry, Edgar and everyone else lacking any life. There's no finesh and it feels to me like an book which has yet to have the flesh put on it. This is the first time I've had to force myself to continue reading a Connelly book and I got to the end but I'd advise anyone else to not bother. I've got his next book on the shelf waiting for me and I'm praying that Connellys back to form with that one.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as expected 1 Sep 2002
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I note others say that Connelly is "back on track". Well I'm not a big reader of MC, but I have read a few of his books. Two particularly had me well impressed. Perhaps I expected too much of this book...
Harry is an interesting character, a cop with a heart and great commitment. Unfortunately, he tends to find himself in positions that the LA police force could well do without.
Here we had the discovery of a set of bones belonging to a young boy, and Harry is determined to solve the case. The remains of a twenty year corpse do not augur well for many clues; and this is where the book is really good. Bosch (and team) discover them - enough of them to identify the body and provide some leads. The frustration the police must feel in such cases is readily apparent, although not rammed down your throat as a statement of the obvious.
On the way Bosch picks up a love interest with complications, which provides a somewhat shortlived sub-plot. Relationships with colleagues - old and new - are put to the test.
Even though there is a twist at the end (within a small number of suspects), I found this book on the slow side. There was no adrenaline rush to finish it - it became an "at leisure" read over a week.
Yes there was a bit of chasing - but not timed well enough for the ending. Yes there were tragedies along the way - but there was not enough about, and depth to, the characters to make me particularly care about them and their demise. The life and death of the victim, well documented and with great feeling, mitigated this to a significant extent, as did the final twist. The book also ends with a big question mark hanging over Harry's future.
Ultimately I was left feeling shortchanged on pace and twists in general, pace being my main criticism.
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