City of Bones (Harry Bosch) Mass Market Paperback – 31 Oct 2002
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Michael Connelly's world-weary cop Harry Bosch gets another outing in City of Bones, torn apart by having to investigate the long-ago killing of a much abused boy and by his doomed affair with a much younger woman cop. This is not the best or the most ingenious, but is the gloomiest and perhaps most thoughful, of Connelly's thrillers about Bosch, thrillers which take the assumptions of the police procedural and makes them part of the creation of a mood in which to investigate is to struggle with the tragic forces in life. Connelly is especially good on the more positive aspects of canteen culture, that real desire to protect the innocent and serve society that Bosch calls "the blue religion"; when, as here, a paedophile witness is outed to the press or a suspect shot in dubious circumstances, it is not just good standards of policework, but something more important that is being betrayed. If City of Bonesturns out to be the last of Connelly's books about Bosch, or the last in which he is controlled and constrained in his mission of justice by his role as a police officer, it will not be a dying fall to one of the more impressive thriller series of our time. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Michael Connelly writes assured, well-plotted mysteries that hit all the right buttons ... CITY OF BONES is altogether a good, fast-paced, ingeniously plotted read (OBSERVER)
One of Connelly's best books ... Characterisation sharp enough to draw blood; excitements of the heart and mind; crime fiction at its aching, impeccable best (LITERARY REVIEW)
A stunningly good novel: powerful, intriguing and impossible to lay down - perhaps, indeed, the best of the series (EVENING STANDARD)
Slick plotting, far-from-gratuitous thrills, a breakneck pace and superb characteisation have always typified Michael Connelly's novels about the dark side of California. CITY OF BONES, which sees the return of Detective Harry Bosch, proves no exception (GUARDIAN)
[A] taut thriller from the award-winning author ... It's realistic, riveting and first-rate (HELLO)
A remarkable achievement: a page-turning thriller that rejects easy answers or feelgood endings, a crime novel which points out that solving a crime does not in itself even begin to set the world to rights (MAIL ON SUNDAY)
Packed with Connelly's memorable twists and turns ... emotionally wrenching, yet never lacking the compassion that Bosch has come to symbolise, CITY OF BONES will delight Connelly's millions of fans and should - if there is any justice in the world (which Bosch doubts) - win him a great many more (DAILY MAIL)
Connelly is, in my view, simply the best crime thriller writing working today and in CITY OF BONES he is on top form (MAIL ON SUNDAY)
Michael Connelly just has to be the best writer of crime fiction about at the moment (IRISH TIMES) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
Based on a real murder (in which the perpetrator was successfully prosecuted, thank God!) this is yet another brilliant work from Connelly. Bosch is a wonderfully crafted protagonist, and as usual the writing is first rate. The description of injuries given by the anthropologist is disturbing reading, all the more so considering that it is based in fact, yet the subject is treated sensitively and in no way appears voyeuristic. The rest of the story (I won't give it away!) flows beatifully.
Connelly is a fine author and this book would grace any crime fan's collection. Thoroughly recommended.
One fine day a dog finds a bone up in the mountains which is identified as human. That of a child who has been dead for some 20yrs. How interesting can that be, you might ask. Not very much is my answer. Not much of a plot and a terrible ending. Didnt understand the reason why the rookie was brought in the story in the first place. Maybe to fill in some pages. Bosch as usual is the only one who believes he can crack the case, with everyone out against him. Maybe i need to take a break from the Bosch series for the time being and return to them later on. Hope Connelly returns to form with the ones after it in the series.
And that's pretty much it. Reading the back of this book is a mistake as it promises some surprising stuff later on in the story, and it isn't wrong. Unfortunately, it seems that the case here is used simply to drive towards the later events of the book and the whole resolution is disappointing in the extreme and in many ways just plain stupid.
There are things that happen in this book that just don't make much sense and lack Connelly's usual ability to tie everything up nicely. Bosch himself lurches all over the place and comes to a decision at the end of the book that just does not fit in with the character that has been portrayed over the previous novels. I can't really describe much of this as there isn't much to it and any hints would give the whole story away.
This is just my read on Bosch and City of Bones as a whole, I know a lot of other people love this book, but for me I was left unsatisfied and underwhelmed at the end. Weak stuff from one of the best crime writers out there. Let's hope Michael Connelly can pick things up again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A bit. disappointed in this book have read better Harry Bosch books.Published 1 month ago by patricia brewster
Any Michael Connelly book gets 5 stars from me. He, along with Carl Hiassen and John Sandford, are the masters of crime fiction today.Published 1 month ago by Ian Byron
As with all 'Harry Bosch' books I found this book to be excellent.Published 3 months ago by Richard Balshaw