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Michael Connelly
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10 Oct 2013

May 1992, and after four LAPD officers were acquitted after the savage beating of Rodney King, Los Angeles is ablaze. As looting and burning take over the city, law and order are swept away in a tidal wave of violence. But under threat of their lives, homicide detectives like Harry Bosch are still stubbornly trying to do their job. With no effective police presence on the streets, murder just got a whole lot easier - and investigating them got a whole lot harder.

When Harry finds the body of a female journalist in an alley he is forced to hand over the case to the Riot Crimes Task Force, knowing that it will never be solved.

Twenty years later, new evidence confirms her death was not a case of random violence but something much more personal. This time Harry is determined that the killer isn't going to escape - even if it means stepping back into the darkest days of the city he loves...

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (10 Oct 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 140910382X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409103820
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (388 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,549 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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Connelly's Los Angeles cop Harry Bosch finds himself retired but roped in to try to reduce the growing pile of unsolved crimes in his city ... Bosch steps in proves his retirement is just as exciting, dangerous and gripping as his previous life. (THE TIMES)

For 20 years Connelly's creation Harry Bosch has been fighting crime in LA and the author is marking the anniversary with this taut and clever thriller ... a treat (SUNDAY MIRROR)

an engrossing slice of LA noir (MAIL ON SUNDAY)

The Black Box is another novel steeped in recent history ... it's a story that's as old as the genre itself but Connelly's skill is such that it all feels entirely fresh and vibrant, but heartbreakingly poignant too. (Declan Burke IRISH SUNDAY INDEPENDENT)

another gripping and excellent thriller (THE SUN)

Another winner from Michael Connelly (CANDIS MAGAZINE)

I'm a fan of police procedurals and one of the books I enjoyed the most this year was this latest Harry Bosch novel (Toby Young MAIL ON SUNDAY EVENT MAGAZINE)

The sprawling panoply of the city of Los Angeles is splendidly realised in a case that spans several decades (GOOD BOOK GUIDE)

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Detective Harry Bosch returns to the scene of a 20-year-old crime...

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Detective Harry Bosch gets involved in another cold case, that of the unsolved murder of a female Danish journalist twenty years earlier, at the time of the Los Angeles riots. While he painstakingly gathers evidence and develops hunches, he is once again faced with an internal affairs examination. What very few sub-plots there are involve his 16-year-old daughter Madeleine and his slow-burn romance with Hannah Stone.

I have read every single novel by Michael Connelly, and while this is professionally and smoothly delivered, sadly there's not that much substance to it. For several years Connelly depended almost exclusively on Bosch to pay the bills, and in the early days he consistently produced some very satisfying stories. The Black Box is, I think, the first Bosch outing I've not been able to give either 4 or 5 stars, so this is a little sad for me. Every year I look forward to the latest Connelly effort (whether it's Bosch, Haller or a standalone) but this was a 'quality disappointment'. The writing is good from the first page, but it takes a long time before it really gets going - beyond 300 of the 400-odd pages, anyway.

There's nothing new about Bosch investigating an Open Unsolved case, but there were two things missing this time around. First, it was curiously difficult to care (in the same way that Bosch does) for a successful pursuit of justice. Possibly one of the reasons for this is that the suspects are not actually introduced in person - as part of the narrative - until late on, so for a large part of the tale they are no more than names. Difficult to engage with or have any feeling about.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More like the Connelly of old. 16 Jan 2013
The Black Box is a nice return to form for Michael Connelly and although not as edgy or thrilling as earlier novels, its not far away.

Harry Bosch tries to solve the 20 year old murder of a Scandinavian Photo journalist who was killed during the LA riots. As Harry was the investigator on the case, he has never been able to let go of the fact that the Killer got away with it.

Although short on action (until the finale), the pacing of the mystery is done well and the facts that unfold from an obvious path of enquiry into a much bigger conspiracy are beautifully woven as only Michael Connelly can.

Some repetition lets the novel down slightly. The Internal affairs beef, the "can I trust my partner" exercise and Harry's inevitable clash with his superiors are now well trodden ground.
I also found the appearance of a certain character at the conclusion to be convenient and not really convincing. The violence at the end was slightly out of place with the rest of the investigation, but gripping none the less.

Certainly above average, but becoming a little familiar.

I will continue to eagerly anticipate Michael Connellys rich narrative works as Harry "walks down those mean streets" once more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We all are gettin' older every day... 11 Dec 2012
... so it isn't some great wonder that this also happens to our hero Harry Bosch.

In the last book (The Drop (A Harry Bosch Novel), instead of choosing retirement Harry Bosch returned to the LAPD with a 5 year contract under the Deferred Retirement Option Plan - "The DROP". He now works with the Open Unsolved Unit trying to bundle up Cold Cases.

And there it comes along ... May 1992 - The Snow White case.
So called because most of the other victims after May 1992, and after four LAPD officers were acquitted for the savage beating of Rodney King, were of colour. What was a very young and very white Danish reporter doing in the middle of the looting and beating that took place for weeks in certain quarters of Los Angeles.
Harry and his colleagues - working under wartime conditions and the supervision of ex-Gulf-War troopers - can only do that much on the crime scene.
Not enough to solve this apparently so futile murder. But there WAS someone to gain of the death of the free-lance reporter...

And now it has come his way - the Snow White. And Harry, the old bloodhound as always, begins to sniff in all possible places to find his The Black Box. He calls it that way because he knows: In every case there is a Black Box, like those who are nearly indestructible and give away - when found - their knowledge about airplane or ship disasters. He only needs to find his special Black Box to resolve the case.
And he will find it. And will try to hunt the culprit(s) down.
But he himself is a hunted, too.
He has lacked of respect for the (In)competence of his superiors at LAPD - especially his current Lieutenant O'Toole more or less friendly nicked "O'Fool" -who refers Bosch to Internal Affairs on what seems to be a petty cause.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent as usual for Michael Connelly 16 Oct 2013
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I have always enjoyed Harry Bosch. Michael Connelly is one of the best writers of crime and drama, well written
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bosch not at his best 22 July 2013
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I always enjoy a Harry Bosch novel, but somehow the plot and characters felt a little tired. Maybe it is time Harry called it a day and spent more time with his daughter. It wasn't hard to guess the outcome (unlike in earlier books in this series) and the whole story felt tame after reading the latest John Sandford book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars a slow start
From a slow start, which never seems to get going, patience is rewarded with an emotional climax.It pays to wait.
Published 3 days ago by kiwi99
4.0 out of 5 stars good but not great
Love Harry Bosch but this was not as exciting or nail biting as others. Enjoyable not memorable. Here's to the next one
Published 7 days ago by Brian Walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars The black box
One of the best books I have read kept me enthralled to the end of the last page cannot wait to read the next one
Published 10 days ago by azon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Typical Harry Bosch.
Fast paced. Nice twists. Not too taxing on the brain. Good leisure time read. Michael Connelly's 25th book in 20 years and his finely honed skill shows.
Published 11 days ago by malcolm
5.0 out of 5 stars Boscg back
Great read, Harry Bosch back which is a good thing.
Can't wait for next book, Connolly at his best here.
Published 14 days ago by I. Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Love Michael Connelly and have read so many of his books. This book was no exception. Thoroughly good to read.
Published 14 days ago by Janny257
5.0 out of 5 stars unputdownable
I have read every book that Connelly has written except his very latest Gift of the gods which i am waiting on 2nd hand from you. Read more
Published 17 days ago by jimofnewark
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow first half - better afterwards, good climax.
How old is Bosch ! He still keeps going and solves all LA crimes, running around and shooting all bad guys. As the heading says it is very slow for the first 200 pages. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Mc Pits
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Another good read from Michael Connelly: perhaps not his best but again an easy read with lots of twists and turns.
If you like him generally you'll like this one too.
Published 20 days ago by McQuiskey
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit slow paced for Connelly but a good story.
Not so much of a page turner as usual but a good read nevertheless. Don't read this as your first Bosch book.
Published 26 days ago by Jon
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