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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (13 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316166316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316166317
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,831,750 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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If you're an admirer of American crime writing, have you ever stopped to realise just how lucky you are at present? Although the Grim Reaper has recently taken such great names in the field as James Crumley and Donald Westlake, there are (happily) several major talents still at work producing some marvellous work. There is, of course, the holy trinity of James Lee Burke, Elmore Leonard and James Ellroy. But let's not forget Robert Crais. And let’s certainly not forget the subject of this piece, Michael Connelly. Via his remarkable series of novels featuring tough L.A. cop Harry Bosch, Connelly has been quietly delivering one of the most accomplished sequences of crime novels in any country -- achievement enough for any writer, one would have thought. But then Connelly wrote The Lincoln Lawyer, which turned out to be his breakthrough book. This was the novel that introduced low-rent lawyer Mickey Haller -- a man who could hardly be said to have been at the top of his profession, but who has already proved to be a firm reader favourite

Nine Dragons marks the return of Harry Bosch, but this is not quite the character we have encountered in recent books -- because of a particularly personal involvement here, Harry finds himself acting as he did in his immediate post-Vietnam days and behaving like a force of chaos. But the reasons are easy to see. In Los Angeles, a Chinese liquor store owner is killed in what appears to be a shakedown for the triads (the retailer, Mr Li, was under the thumb of a protection racket). Harry Bosch realises that the case is not quite as straightforward as it initially seemed, and finds himself taking on some very dangerous opponents. However, he has an area of vulnerability has not taken into consideration. Harry's estranged wife lives in Hong Kong with her new Chinese lover -- and Harry’s daughter. To his horror, Harry discovers that his daughter has been kidnapped, and takes the first plane to Hong Kong. His problems there are threefold: to save the life of his child as the sands of time run out, to deal with conflict with the local force (and its Asian Gangs Unit) and (perhaps his most difficult challenge) to come to terms with the ways in which he has abdicated from his duties as a father.

Despite the globe-hopping scenario, this is not as complex a Michael Connelly novel as some we have enjoyed recently, but we are in the presence of a writer whose professionalism and skill is never in any doubt. If Nine Dragons is not quite Connelly firing on all cylinders, it’s still streets ahead of most of his competition. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

As always, the plot is tight and intricate, the action fast, the deaths never whom you might expect. One of his best, read with conviction by Michael Brandon. (DAILY EXPRESS) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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92 of 98 people found the following review helpful By John Walker on 15 Jan 2010
Format: Hardcover
I've been a fan of Michael Connelly's police procedurals and his hero Harry Bosch for a long, long time, but I found myself deeply disappointed with Nine Dragons. The book starts on familiar ground with a killing in South LA. When the investigation reveals Triad involvement, and Bosch gets a message that his daughter is kidnapped, we are asked to accept our hero transforming from a careful, experienced investigator into a rampant madman, and the plot becomes a breakneck, episodic quest, as if Connelly was trying to outdo Dan Brown at his worst. Travelling half-way around the world, Bosch, tripping over clues and bodies, is able to track down the kidnappers in a way and a time-frame that defies belief. Having created a body count that approaches double figures whilst achieving his objective in under twenty four hours, we are asked to believe that an experienced police officer would choose to leave Hong Kong clandestinely, destroying evidence without any regard to the investigation that must inevitably follow. And to believe that all this mayhem has happened so fast that he is allowed to board (and leave) his return plane without question.

When the HK police arrive a few days later in LA demanding answers, Connelly tries to convince his readers that a few lawyerly words from Micky Haller and the threat of a negative newspaper article will be enough to send them packing. Sorry, I really do not buy that. Nor do I buy a character that can be motivated on the one hand to commit such deeds to save a thirteen year old daughter, then forget that he has to pick her up from a psychological examination less than a week later.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 Dec 2009
Format: Audio CD
"Nine Dragons [Audio Book] (Audio CD)" features Michael Brandon reading "Nine Dragons." The novel is, I believe, the 14th in Michael Connelly's best-selling Harry Bosch series of mystery novels; that is, if you don't count in The Brass Verdict, a recent bestselling Mickey Haller-Harry Bosch novel. The series, Los Angeles-set police procedurals, looks at life on the "noir" side; Connelly is a former journalist, a crime beat writer for the Los Angeles Times, who certainly earned his spurs in murder while earning his daily bread. His recent standalones,The Scarecrow "Brass Verdict," and The Lincoln Lawyer, have all been #1 New York Times Bestsellers;Crime Beat: A Decade of Covering Cops and Killers, a non-fiction collection of his journalism, was also a New York Times bestseller, as most of his previous standalones have been, too.

The item at hand opens as John Li, owner of Fortune Liquors, a small shop in a tough South LA neighborhood, is found murdered in an apparent burglary gone wrong. LA Police Detective Bosch has known shop and owner since the famous LA riots; since then, he's carried one of its matchbooks, whose motto "Happy is the man who finds refuge in himself," has guided him through some tough times. He is personally shaken by the crime, and promises the family of the murdered man that he will find the victim's killer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER on 20 Nov 2009
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Harry Bosch gets involved in a liquor store shooting where the chinese owner is killed and his search leads him to a bagman for a triad, one of China's many gangs. Then he receives word that his daughter has been kidnapped and he charges off to Hong Kong to set her free.

First of all, the book is really two stories. The police procedural, which takes up the first 170 pages and the final 70 pages, and a Taken-like thriller in the middle 120 pages. The first 170 pages are dreary and take a long while to set up the story with nothing much happening. Connelly finds 5th gear though in Part 2 when Harry lands in Hong Kong and things start moving. I don't think it's much of a spoiler to say Harry gets his daughter back, and this was the best part of the book. Not as bloody or fun as the Liam Neeson film Taken but similar and enjoyable nonetheless.

What detracted from the book for me were the revelations in the final 70 pages of the book. I won't mention them here but it's here we find the shooting and the kidnapping are separate making for two different unconnected storylines. Then the red herrings and coincidences really mount up leading to an ending that is just so utterly laughable it trivialised the entire book and the thriller style story. Essentially Connelly seems to have lost the plot entirely with this book and ended up writing a complete mess that barely makes sense and barely comes together in the end.

That said it was enjoyable for the most part and was a quick read (2 days) but Connelly's style seems a bit simplistic while the clever plot devices he used in previous good books like "Lincoln Lawyer" and "Echo Park" seemed overplayed and I can totally understand readers' reactions to "Nine Dragons" as utilising one too many tricks.
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