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LA is one seamy place...,
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This review is from: The Concrete Blonde (Paperback)
Even more so than in either of the previous Harry Bosch novels, The Black Echo and the Black Ice, Los Angeles is portrayed as a seamy and dirty place to live. The Concrete Blonde focuses on a serial killer known as the Dollmaker, who is referred to as a man Bosch killed in the previous books.
The plot centres on a civil trial involving Bosch and the old Dollmaker case, and the revelation of new killings that could be attributed to the Dollmaker. It is up to Bosch to pretty much solve everything, and the pressure is really on him this time, as he trys to juggle his trial with a murder investigation in a race against time.
The first half of the book flies by without a great deal of action - but the second half starts piling on the red herrings and dead ends thick and fast. It all leads up to a satisfying and riveting conclusion. You may think you have worked it all out early on, but don't count on it!
Harry Bosch develops nicely here, he is not operating quite so much as a loose cannon, but still has his failings which make him a little more human than some detectives. This is gripping stuff, and I think it's the best Bosch novel so far, if you're reading them in sequence like me.