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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Little Brown and Company; Abridged edition (16 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478978082
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478978084
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.5 x 14.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (622 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 543,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PRAISE FOR THE DROP

"Connelly inherits the mantle of Raymond Chandler.... Their books share a kind of ambitious artistry that strains to reach beyond genre fiction."-- Boston Globe "Chuck Leddy "

"Connelly is superb at building suspense."-- Wall Street Journal "Tom Nolan "

"Bosch is one of the best detectives in crime fiction, and Connelly continues to amaze with his latest effort."-- Associated Press "Jeff Ayers "

PRAISE FOR THE BLACK BOX "Connelly draws on all his resources-his thorough knowledge of police work, his ability to fashion a complex tapestry of plot, and his ever deepening characterization of Bosch-to craft a mystery thriller sure to enthrall fans and newcomers alike."-- Publishers Weekly

"I decided several years ago that this is the finest crime series written by an American, and nothing in the new book changes my mind."-- The Washington Post

"Continues [Connelly's] streak of telling stellar crime stories . . . one of the top detectives in crime fiction."-- Chicago Sun-Times

"Four stars! Crime writer Michael Connelly is a reliably good storyteller and his novels' endings invariably pack a satisfying punch. Though I've said it before about some of his other novels, THE BLACK BOX [could] be the best yet . . . portrays Harry at his dogged, ingenious best."-- USA Today

"How can Michael Connelly get better at his craft of writing! Just when you think he has reached the pinnacle of his career with a certain novel he comes along with a new one that is even better. Such is the case with THE BLACK BOX, a crime thriller that is pretty near perfection . . . Michael Connelly just keeps getting it right . . . He is at the top of the mountain . . . none exceed his abilities."--Huffington Post

"Few crime writers are as prolific or as successful as Michael Connelly . . . Connelly has always excelled at building suspense while paying careful attention to police procedural detail . . . will tantalize fans of the series."-- Los Angeles Times

"Oh well, just another superb, ambitious murder mystery from one of the best writers in the business, featuring perhaps the best fictional detective in crime fiction. It has been 20 years since Michael Connelly published his first novel, The Black Echo, and in all that time he hasn't put a foot wrong. THE BLACK BOX keeps his streak alive."-- Toronto Globe and Mail

"[Bosch] is as formidable as he ever was . . . we see how far he has come and get a glimpse of the intriguing direction the series may take."-- New York Daily News

"Bosch employs highly unorthodox but extremely entertaining methods for getting results, making sneaky end-runs around the sclerotic bureaucracy of the LAPD . . . It's fun to watch an old war horse like Bosch navigating the new technology (or, more often than not, getting younger officers to do it for him)."-- New York Times Book Review

"Connelly has added one more to the apparently inexhaustible supply of cases that challenge Detective Harry Bosch of the Los Angeles Police Department. This one is a tightly knit tale . . . It's classic Connelly, who has a gift for narrating criminal investigations from the inside and bringing them to life."-- San Jose Mercury News --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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Harry Bosch returns to the scene of a twenty-year-old crime. --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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Format: Hardcover
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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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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... 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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At present, I'm trying to find a crime writer I can "get into", given I've read a good amount of the books written by the crime writers I currently read.

This is the second Harry Bosch book that I've read, and I'm... less than convinced. It stars Bosch as an unsolved murder detective, investigating the murder of a photo-journalist killed during the LA riots 20 years previously, he views the can as "one that got away"). He'd been the original investigator, but had been taken off the investigation, because the department were overwhelmed by events, and he'd been needed elsewhere.

My problem wasn't the set up, which wasn't bad, it was more the conclusion I had issue with. The way he found the murderers made me think "Oh come on, what are the chances of him finding the exact murderers there>", and the way he managed to get a confession made me think "Ummm... no."
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