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The Black Box (Harry Bosch Book 18)

The Black Box (Harry Bosch Book 18) [Kindle Edition]

Michael Connelly
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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. (IRISH SUNDAY INDEPENDENT)

Another gripping and excellent thriller (THE SUN)

Another winner from Michael Connelly (CANDIS MAGAZINE)

Book Description

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

From the bestselling author of THE BURNING ROOM.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1751 KB
  • Print Length: 413 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1409134318
  • Publisher: Orion (22 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409134318
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409134312
  • ASIN: B00966TN1Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (469 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,824 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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8 of 8 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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41 of 44 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
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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7 of 8 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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5.0 out of 5 stars I am a sucker for poor old Harry
I am a sucker for poor old Harry!. I cannot buy a Connelly book without reading it that day. As always a very, very good read. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Mark Cribb
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
book was a good read
Published 5 days ago by F J DUCE
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
received on time as described would recommend to all
Published 7 days ago by keith fletcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favourite authors.
Published 14 days ago by Mrs. R. O. Fantham
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 18 days ago by Mrs.A.Nutt
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent as usual
The heading says it all. Pulls you in gets you gripped from the very start.... Wish I could right as good as you
Published 27 days ago by Brian s
4.0 out of 5 stars A well crafted entertaining page turner
‘The Black Box’ is yet another novel in the series about Harry Bosch: for those not familiar with him, he is a hard noised, aging, cold case detective working for the LAPD. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Robin Webster
4.0 out of 5 stars Inside the black box...
Well what to say about Harry. He has gone soft since fatherhood has entered his life. Gone are the days of the hard hitting Los Angeles cop and of course, he is getting older like... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Saturnicus
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Again a good read , and a good story line
Published 1 month ago by Mr. S. C. Codd
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best
Not much action too much police procedure descriptions. Weak implausible plot with usual weak brush with authority. Read more
Published 1 month ago by supershan
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