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Book Review: Nine Dragons, Michael Connelly

This Harry Bosch thriller starts with an investigation into the murder of a Chinese convenience store owner. It happens that this very man gave shelter to Harry in his shop during a riot, so he resolves to do everything he can to track down the culprit. During the investigation, the author answers a lingering question – how did Harry suddenly find himself looking after his teenage daughter, in later books in the series? The daughter, Madeline, was living with her mother Eleanor Wish in Hong Kong – they become an integral part of this story when a Triad gang decide to ward off Harry’s murder investigation by kidnapping Maddie.

The book has plenty of plot twists to keep the reader’s interest, but I found it too far-fetched. Identify the location of the kidnapping from a fleeting, blurred view out of the window in the ransom video? Find Maddie in the middle of Hong Kong, a city Bosch hardly knows, given just 24 hours? No problem, and why not leave a trail of destruction behind when Bosch catches a flight home with Maddie? A nice touch is when another of the author’s characters, lawyer Micky Haller, steps in to defend Bosch from any awkward charges from the Hong Kong police.

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Book Review: The Burning Room, Michael Connelly

theburningroomThis is another in the Harry Bosch series. He teams up with a rookie detective Lucia Soto to investigate the death of a mariachi band member (who succumbed to complications from being shot ten years earlier). We later discover that Soto has connections to the area and a background investigation runs in parallel into a horrific fire that killed a number of children (and from which Soto escaped).
Three Stars

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Book Review: Angel’s Flight, Michael Connelly

AngelsFlightThis is another Harry Bosch thriller by Michael Connelly. This one is set at a period of time when Harry is married to Eleanor, but the marriage is in trouble. A bad time, then, to be assigned to a highly sensitive case which could trigger riots in the discontented city if handled injudiciously.

Bosch has to handle inter-departmental politics and work with a team headed by Chasten, his sworn enemy who has investigated his own conduct in the past. The case centres on the death of Elias, a celebrity lawyer known for taking, and usually winning, cases against the LAPD.

Harry is assisted by Kizmin Rider and Jerry Edgar, but has to watch out for a high-level leak from within the case. It’s a good read, though the background case of a murdered young girl is rather harrowing.
Three Stars

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Book Review: The Fifth Witness, Michael Connelly

5th-witnessThis is another of Michael Connelly’s thrillers featuring Mickey Haller, a maverick defines lawyer. In this one, Haller defends a woman who is accused of murdering the banker who was in charge of foreclosing on her home. Not only is the court case fascinating, but the back story of Haller’s complicated personal life is just as compelling.
Five Stars

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Book Review: The Scarecrow, Michael Connelly

The Scarecrow, Michael ConnellyJack McEvoy is a crime journalist whose position has been put at risk – meaning he has only two weeks left in the job. As well as handing over to a younger, cheaper journalist, he decides to go all out to write a final, brilliant story to show his employer what they’re missing. And perhaps he’ll be able to finish his first novel too.

Rather than a newspaper story, McEvoy uncovers a serial killer. He hooks up with Agent Rachel Walling of the FBI in order to investigate. Now, Walling has also appeared in other Connelly books with Harry Bosch – e.g. Echo Park. I love it when authors recycle characters across stories, Jeffrey Deaver does similar tricks.

The investigation focusses on a web hosting firm with a highly secure data centre. The description of “The Farm” (the grid of machines hosting sites) is quite interesting, although it’s a shame that the technicians are so stereotyped (not everyone that works with computer hardware is a long-haired hacker!).

It’s a pretty good story – hard not to have sympathy with McEvoy (who’s ex-wife is quite successful whilst he’s left jobless with few prospects), and there are sufficient twists to keep one’s interest.
Four stars

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Book Review: The Lincoln Lawyer, Michael Connelly

TheLincolnLawyerThe story stars Mickey Haller, a defence attorney with a complicated personal life (he has two ex-wives and a daughter). In this story, he has an innocent client – the question is, which of his clients is it, the highly privileged real estate broker, or the Mexican against whom there is cast-iron evidence? There’s also a nasty shock for his investigator, Raul Levin.

I picked up┬áthis novel having enjoyed the excellent film starring Michael McConaughey – I think the book is just as good.

Four stars

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Book Review: The Drop, Michael Connelly

20140827-142005.jpgIn The Drop, Harry Bosch is working for the cold cases department and suddenly finds he is called on to investigate two cases at once. The first is an apparent suicide of the son of a leading politician – with all the accompanying fallout dealing with a long-term enemy of the police force could bring. The other is a puzzling murder in which the suspect matching DNA from the scene would have been a child at the time of the crime. In this book, Harry meets Hannah Stone, the therapist of one of the suspects. It also features his daughter, Maddie.

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