Very good story and well performed. I've read quite a few of the others in the series, both before and after, and this also fills in a lot of holes in the story line.
I like the later Harry Bosch novels, but this one evinces a Connelly initially trying to find his way to a good story that's also plausible. The Concrete Blonde is as realistic, from the standpoint of the centerpiece lawsuit, as a Calvin P Yeen on a Cowboy helmet in downtown Dallas.
Dick Hill's thick Chicago accent grates the whole way through, especially when he attempts the female voices and even moreso when he puts his hand over the mike to try to give the effect of someone speaking from the other end of a phone call. Think, Mike Ditka narrating it to you in the passenger seat while he munches a super-size bag of Doritos.
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I decided I needed to read some detective novels (that would remind me of Humphrey Bogart), and so I chose the first three installments of Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch. When I finished the first and second books, The Black Echo and The Black Ice I provided my comment in Audible. I gave each a relatively good rating, generally a four. (I reserve my 5s for something like All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy or The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexander Dumas.) A great story, a good writing and a drama that leaves me far richer in life.) Now I have a dilemma. This edition of Harry Bosch, The Concrete Blond, is so much better than its predecessors but not a Remarque or Tolstoy. So I can only give the book a four star rating, close to its lesser quality companions in the series. There seems something wrong in the slight upgrading of The Concrete Blond to its progenitors.
The first two detective novels on Bosch were good, but it is obvious that even a master writer like Connelly has to practice to get better. The Black Echo and The Black Ice were mere practice runs to get the Bosch character running on all gears. This one, The Cement Blond was worlds better than its predecessors. The novel intermingles two tales between a contemporaneous civil rights action and a search to explain why a presumed solved set of serial killings are continuing once again. The dilemma exists because the original serial killer was shot to death when the LA Police believed they had solved the killings. Did they? Of course, Bosch was the person who solved the original murders, killed the alleged perpetrator and he is the subject of the civil rights litigation for that killing. Read the book, you will have fun.
Yet, if you are interested in Harry Bosch, start with Book 1 and read on. Books 1 and 2 truly set the man Bosch out for a better understanding of this complicated chap. Adds to the enjoyment – I will return to the series but after three straight books I think I’m going to read a history or Romantic Era literature.
People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
Harry Bosch's career and life problems started back before Book 1 began, when he tracked down a serial killer but shot him to death before he could arrest him. In Bosch 3, The Concrete Blonde, the down on his luck detective goes on trial for that killing even as the serial killer goes on another murder spree despite his own supposed death.
That sets us all up for double the fun -- another Bosch procedural, as he tries to solve the new string of murders, alongside the courtroom drama of his trial for killing the killer. Add to that a series of unexpected twists, one of them in particular a stroke of genius, and the Bosch series keeps getting better with each new entry (and I'm just at #3, with #20 due out later this year).
I guess I'm going to have to get used to each one ending with a talking villain, because Connelly is now batting 3-for-3 in that respect. Each successive talking villain is doing so under less objectionable circumstances, which in this case means he's not talking instead of acting, he's tricked into talking by Bosch. So not as bad as 1 and 2, especially 1.
On the other hand, for the first time in the series, Connelly falls back on another hackneyed device, the red herring. They're just so obviously red herrings. The first two stories remained good mysteries without any red herrings, and even in this one, the major thread is a good mystery that would have worked without the red herrings (ditto in all cases the talking villain). So these things continue to cost Connelly a star in my book.
Still, a lot of fun, and in this case, with the courtroom drama added to the mix, even more fun.
Fell short in the move-the-story-along dept. Seems somewhat disjointed.
Still a Bosch/Connelly fan, hopeful for sequel to redeem the series for me.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
Whoa! This novel is clever. The way it combines courtroom AND police procedural simultaneously... no flashbacks... no foreshadowing... SIMULTANEOUSLY... is like getting your imagination caught in twin gears that just screw you in and in and in...
It is the highest craft of cop/legal drama. Plus the plotting is hair-triggered. It's everything you can want in a hard-boiled-noir story. Absolutely terrific ... 4.9 stars. And Dick Hill is magnificent. I'm going to post this review, look up Dick Hill readings... AND BUY SOME!
good book -- and a good read. maybe a bit long at the end but overall worth reading one of his older novels set at a time of typewriters and pay phones instead of cell phones. Interesting to remember back to those times and how difficult police work was without all the technology we have now.
Solid Harry Bosche character development.
I have read all of the Harry Bosch books and I am now starting over.It is a great book, truly keeps you guessing up until the very end. It is great to go with all of the others or as a stand alone book! Highly Recommend!!
After listening to the Black Echo and Black Ice, this one was my favorite so far. The story was not predictable and wasn't far fetched. I hated to have the story end. You'll love it!