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City of Bones (Harry Bosch) Mass Market Paperback – 31 Oct 2002

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books (NY); Reprint edition (31 Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446611611
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446611619
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.2 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,539,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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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By A Customer on 10 April 2002
Format: Hardcover
Still recovering from the events of "A Darkness More than Night", LA detective Harry Bosch is confronted with a nightmare. The partial skeleton of a child is discovered on a hillside. A forensic anthropologist is called in and his examination of the remains reveals a harrowing tale of prolonged abuse. Harry swears he will catch the culprit, and once again enters the darkest recesses of human cruelty.
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.
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Another tense and absorbing crime novel from Michael Connelly, which delivers on all fronts. Harry Bosch continues his mission to put right the wrongs done in the city of fallen angels, although the story of a long-dead, hideously abused child may be the straw that breaks the camel's back. You really feel Harry's distress and his growing despair that he's fighting a losing battle, especially when it comes to those who wield the power. The ending truly saddened me. It also made me buy the next in the series! Clever Mr Connelly.
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By A Customer on 21 Jan. 2003
Format: Paperback
I'd recently been introduced to Harry Bosch, the LA detective featured, by my father. This was only the second novel, with him as lead, that I'd read. It's well plotted, with several wrong turns, and "you think you know who done it and you're wrong" twists....and you really care for this flawed character, who suffers a loss midway, and suffers for his compulsion at the end. It's not a perfectly happy ending, nor should it be, yet it's uplifting enough that he kinda catches who did it, and why, against the odds. But only after he's paid a meaningufl price for what he's learnt. Characters, even the incidental ones are carefully drawn, and the dialogue is compelling, and not cliched. Well worth a few pounds, and a few hours of your time.
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Think this one's my favourite........If i had to make a suggestion to futer Harry readers, I would say " Don't worry if you can't read them in order, the author keeps you in the loop all the way, and never fails to thrill.
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Throughout the years i ve read a lot of Michael Connelly books and loved most of them; The Poet, A Darkness More Than Night and The Concrete Blonde being amongst the most memorable. However i have to admit that the novel reviewed here is quite weak. To quote another reviewer with whom i perfectly agree, a story with a very thin plot.
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.
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What an author is Michael Connelly. I find his style of writing compulsive, exciting and fast moving. I'm delighted to have commenced at Book 1 of the series as each time I complete a book I conjecture as to whether or not it is the best one I have read.
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By CJ VINE VOICE on 2 Feb. 2003
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We're back in the cold cases here, when some bones are discovered up on an LA hillside. Harry Bosch and his partner Jerry Edgar catch the case and begin to investigate a murder that occurred some twenty years ago.
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.
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Really enjoyed reading this one as it kinda got me started with Bosch. I had first watched Bosch on tv and really enjoyed it, so thought I would have a go at the books. I have read all of them in sequence up to this point and have totally enjoyed them all. Keep up the good work Michael.
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