Fortune Liquors is a small shop in a tough SouthL.A. neighborhood, a store Bosch has known for years. The murder of John Li, the store's owner, hits Bosch hard, and he promises Li's family that he'll findthe killer.
The world Bosch steps into next is unknown territory. He brings in a detective from the Asian Gang Unit for help with translation--not just of languages but also of the cultural norms and expectations that guided Li's life. He uncovers a link to a Hong Kong triad, alethal and far-reaching crime ring that follows many immigrants to their new lives in the U.S.
And instantly his world explodes. The one goodthing in Bosch's life, the person he holds most dear, is taken from him and Bosch travels to Hong Kong in an all-or-nothing bid to regain what he's lost. In a place known as Nine Dragons, as the city's Hungry Ghosts festival burns around him, Bosch puts aside everything he knows and risks everything he has ina desperate bid to outmatch the triad's ferocity.
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©2009 Michael Connelly; (P)2009 Hachette
It's really too bad MC phones in every third book. When he gives it the time and attention, his books are riveting and fun. But every so often, like with this one, it's a ridiculous attempt. I know he can do better, the book that comes after this one was much better. Save yourself.
I have been making my way through the Bosch series and this one goes close to the bottom in rating. I just seems like Connelly ran out of steam and just wanted to wrap things up. It lacked the detailed credible storyline that I've been enjoying in this series.
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