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View all 4 comments. Four years ago, Harry Bosch shot and killed Norman Church who was believed to be the infamous serial killer, The Dollmaker. Now, his widow is suing Harry for wrongful death and his career is on the line. It gets even more complicated when another body is discovered during the trial, supposedly killed by The Dollmaker after Church's death. A significant part of the story covers the trial, which really serves as the anchor for all else going on as Harry and the original task force try to Four years ago, Harry Bosch shot and killed Norman Church who was believed to be the infamous serial killer, The Dollmaker.
A significant part of the story covers the trial, which really serves as the anchor for all else going on as Harry and the original task force try to investigate the new murder. My list of primary suspects changed so much I lost count as there were quite a few surprises, twists and red herrings even Harry gets sidetracked.
I'm still crazy about Harry and this is another fine installment in the series. Dick Hill's narration continues to be spot on for Harry and I'm grateful there're so many books ahead of me. View all 3 comments. Apr 12, Lyn rated it really liked it.
Very good. Not only Very good. And entertaining as hell. Connelly goes further than to just spin a cool story, he explores themes of justice, civil rights, and the nature of law enforcement as well as the psychology of killers and the police and what motivates both to act.
Tightly wound, this keeps a frenetic stride though the seedy sex industry of LA as the police try to solve the newly discovered murder while the civil trial is ongoing and then as we wait for a verdict. Most alarming is that it appears the killer may have been an insider. The police procedural aspects of the book and the group dynamic Connelly describes with the investigation team further heightens what is already a great book.
Not just for Connelly — Bosch fans, this is well written, first rate crime fiction. Highly recommended. View 2 comments. Apr 23, Julie rated it it was amazing Shelves: mystery-shelf , favorite-authors. I have read mystery thrillers most of my life, but my husband is lukewarm on a lot of detective type books.
But, I talked him into reading this one with me as a "buddy" read. The truth is I couldn't remember if I had read this one or not. I had not. I can't add more to the comments and reviews that have already been posted about his novel. It was just plain awesome. There is a serial killer, a courtroom drama, Harry's personal life and I have read mystery thrillers most of my life, but my husband is lukewarm on a lot of detective type books. There is a serial killer, a courtroom drama, Harry's personal life and history all pulled together to make on of the best mystery thrillers ever.
If you haven't read this one or any other Connelly novels , I can't imagine anyone who hasn't , I highly recommend him. I would though try to read them in order if you can. I didn't, and wish now that I had. I am really enjoying this series. I'm only on book three, but I think that the style and no-nonsense aspect of the writing, combined with a main character that is both weirdly in tune with himself and his emotions, while still being the stereotypical closed off, masculine type, it's just working for me right now.
I really loved one scene where, after a separation from his girlfriend, he acknowledges to himself that he can feel his brain separating from her, and that the longer she takes to I am really enjoying this series. I really loved one scene where, after a separation from his girlfriend, he acknowledges to himself that he can feel his brain separating from her, and that the longer she takes to decide about them, the more he will think it's for the best - that she is a distraction, she is a weakness, a target.
This kind of thing is, sure, maybe a bit of toxic masculinity masquerading as practicality This sort of intuitive knowledge about himself is really interesting and I love that Connelly includes it, because it makes Bosch much more real to me than just the hard, detached detective type. I love that Bosch feels deeply, even if he has trouble showing it all the time. Add to that the fact that the story in this book was just damn good, and I'm super happy that I'm finally getting around to this series after having it sit on my shelves physically and virtual for far too long.
Compared to the first and second books of the series, this one was by far my favorite. The plot was more where I thought that this series would take me, I guess. Not that the plots in the first two books were BAD, that's not the case at all, it's just that it's not what I expected from an LA detective to be involved in. First we had a bank heist story that spanned continents and time all the way back to Vietnam, and then we have a drug-runner type story I liked how Harry was tied up in it, from childhood, in a way, through to now.
I liked that it felt like he had a real stake in it. And I think that's what made this book so much more enjoyable for me, even though in the end, I'm giving it the same rating. The trial especially brought that out, because it's quite easy to see how this could be a vigilante cop trying to clean the streets of people that he perceives as being the type who murder women like his mother.
Harry isn't a reliable character, and who knows where and how he might go, but right now I love him for it. He is flawed, and he tends to go against protocol and reaches for the vinegar before the honey, but I feel that he does all of it with the best of intentions.
It's the little things that make me side with him, and it's ONLY because of the perspective that we get from omnisciently being privy to his thoughts and feelings.
Were I an outsider, I don't know that I wouldn't agree with the charges that he used excessive deadly force without cause. But the little things, like valuing families getting closure for their loved ones, even if those loved ones have little value in society, over capital punishment for the one who did such horrendous deeds, is enough for me to know he's one of the good guys.
He might be unorthodox, but I would much rather have him out there than not. I thought that I had the whodunnit figured out 3 or 4 different times, and I was I had a fleeting thought about getting it right, but dismissed it. And I love that. I hate when it's too predictable. Make me work and wait for it! I loved the relationships between the members of the task force, and the way that they interacted with the new stick-in-the-mud Team Leader, making fun of him right under his nose, and him being suspicious but not really able to understand just what happened Even though it's a little mean-spirited, but given the situation, sometimes one must find levity and laughter where one can.
This scene in particular made me laugh quite hard It's a scene where Bosch is calling to check in with the Team Leader. Bosch hung up without saying anything and redialed so the lieutenant could go through the whole spiel again. LOL I'm really looking forward to the next book! It might even be the best Connelly novel or at least on par with The Fifth Witness.
Each Bosch novel has got better and better so far but it will be a hard act to follow after this! The story has two aspects, the law room aspect and the on-going serial killer aspect. All linked in some way or another and linked together expertly. It's easy to see how Connelly was able to hit his stride straight away with "The Lincoln Lawyer" as the courtroom scenes here zip along with ease and add the dreaded "just one more chapter Bosch as a character is easily able to hold up the story on his own but it is also the added depth of the surrounding cast which add another layer making it all the more engaging.
Jerry Edgar is a standout character from the support and there is a nice little sub-plot there too. I won't say anything on the main story line as there is too much to say and so many chances of ruining the plot for someone else. It is very engaging though and well worth the read. Whilst it could essentially be read as a standalone, as with most of these types of series books, it adds that something extra knowing a bit about the characters from the other novels.
It's great to have a bit of humour in these sorts of plots. Very much looking forward to the next in the series! Oct 19, kartik narayanan rated it it was amazing. It is an excellent book with great detective work as well as tons of red herrings that kept me guessing till the end. Season 1 of the TV series borrows some of the plot from this book.
But, while what is kept in the TV series is captivating, the stuff that did not make the cut is even better. The rest of the plot is about figuring out who the serial killer actually is. The book also does Hallelujah! The book also does an excellent job of throwing suspicion on a character which made me fall for it.
When I discovered that I was wrong, I was elated since this does not happen often. The Concrete Blonde also has excellent pacing as well as a satisfying ending.
So, in conclusion, woohoo! Did he make a mistake? Or is there another explanation? The Concrete Blonde is the perfect blend of suspense and police procedural with a touch of romance on the side. A compelling maze of twists and turns, the story is riveting — a true thriller from cover to cover. I finished this book feeling a more intimate connection with Harry — a feeling of knowing more about what makes him tick, why he acts and reacts as he does in both personal and professional situations.
Intense, emotional, fascinating from beginning to end. A Must Read! Jul 28, Matt rated it really liked it Shelves: audiobook. When I began the Bosch series, mention on the Dollmaker case and its resultant banishment of the detective led me to wonder if we'd get a flashback book that would cover this major case.
Connelly did one better, mixing the Dollmaker case with new developments and a qausi-legal thriller. Connelly at his best. While Bosch is in civil court, dealingy with the fallout of killing the apparent Dollmaker, a new body surfaces and opens the case wide open. How could the killings keep going on 4 years When I began the Bosch series, mention on the Dollmaker case and its resultant banishment of the detective led me to wonder if we'd get a flashback book that would cover this major case.
How could the killings keep going on 4 years after the death of the apparent murderer? Bosch investigates, while also on trial for the apparent serial killer's murdering ways.
Connelly layers great Bosch detective work with his legal thriller abilities; drawing flashbacks and Bosch's guilt with an ongoing investigation into similar murders.
Taking the reader into the dark side of the adult film industry, the inner thoughts of Harry Bosch, and a list of potential copycat murderers, Connelly creates an excellent story and keeps you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. Kudos Mr. Keep 'em coming! Jul 03, Velvetink rated it liked it Shelves: read , crime-fiction.
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