Fortune Liquors is a small shop in a tough South L.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 find the 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, a lethal and far-reaching crime ring that follows many immigrants to their new lives in the U.S.
And instantly his world explodes. The one good thing 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 in a desperate bid to outmatch the triad's ferocity.
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"Terrific....Connelly never stops doling out the suspense as action leads to counteraction....His thriller is an addictive read that, once it grabs you in those first few pages, won't let go of you....High-grade entertainment." (Boston Globe)
I am a Michael Connelly fan but this book did not cut it for me. The unbelievability factor is just too high in both dialog and storyline. Maybe the Len Cariou narration contributed to this problem as the father daughter conversations did not ring true. I prefer Connelly read by Dick Hill or Adam Grupper. I did, however, enjoy the Hong Kong scenes as I've been there a few times and could visualize the settings. I got through it pretty easily and enjoyed some moments but Connelly has written many better books.
I've read others in the Harry Bosch series and enjoyed them. He's never perfect, but solid, well-intentioned, and very committed to solving the case. But in this one, he just seemed too... blustery, or overbearing, i guess. And worse yet, he made stupid mistakes that even a civilian would know not to make, let alone a cop. I'll probably stop with this series after this one.
I never got into this one. I was really eager to start it and the story was interesting but something was gone from the old Harry Bosch. He actually gets along with his boss in this book which is the first time I believe. THe Chinese dialogue by the narrator was not very good. That I believe was the main problem I had with the book. Since it is Connelly and Bosch I would recommend it, but to me it was not the usual Connelly "couldn't put down" quality.
Until 9 Dragons, I have enjoyed all of Michael Connelly's novels. They are usually, taut, believe-able and gripping, with a decent amount of character development, especially compared to what one usually finds in this genre.
9 Dragons is anything but.
If you are out to turn someone on to this author, don't start with this book!! Dunno what happened, but this far-fetched, dog of a story, while engaging enough, is not even close to the level of Connelly's other outings. It's as he's created an "alternative reality" Bosch. Maybe that's it. In another novel or three, we'll find out that in the real universe, Rachel is still alive and 9 Dragons was some aberrated fantasy/dream sequence or something. Maybe Connelly has a penchant for sci-fi yet to be revealed..?
The best part of this book was in the early chapters as Bosch plies the streets of LA. His relationships, good and bad, with colleagues and others, are absorbing and instructive. Borderline implausible plot twists (probably unnecessary) and some unresolved issues were a bit disappointing, but all in all, this was highly absorbing if you don't do too much analysis or mourn the loss of a somewhat grittier, though no tougher, Harry.
It seems to me that this is a transition book to enable Connelly to continue his story line now that Harry is getting older. The addition of his daughter to the plot line, and the comments by Mickey Haller lead me to believe a new series of books are on the way. This is not Connelly's best, but it is still better than most. I love the China aspect. The ending is a bit abrupt.
I'm a big Michael Connely fan, and I found this book listenable, but a bit of a disappointment. I hated the narrator, he has a problem with his fricatives and it is very distracting. Plus he makes it all so ridiculously intense. I could have done with a bot more character development and a lot less emoting. I expected more from Harry Bosch :(
I've listened to Bosch books by Cariou and by others. I've enjoyed them all, but for some reason the Harry Bosch I know and love seemed to be missing. I thought it might have been the narration that put such a different spin on the character, but I'm not so sure. Bosch has always been headstrong and independent. He gets results with his no nonsense approach, but all of his redeeming characteristics were missing. Before I was halfway through the book I was ready to stop listening because Harry was just coming across as a racist, conceited overly self-involved jerk.
I was very disappointed with him. The story was interesting enough for me to actually finish it. It was a great story, with the exception of Harry.
The one true bright spot of the book was a cameo by one of our favorite lawyers. I'd love to hear more from him and the REAL Harry.
I had a fantastic time listening to this book. This was my first Michael Connelly book and I had a lot of fun.
The narration was pretty good to.
I'll be sure to be looking for more Michael Connelly booka in the future.
I have been a fan of the Harry Bosch series for some time. But Harry in this book is immature, self centered, unnecessarily very rude to everyone, racist, and just plain unlikable. As portrayed in other books, Harry has off setting likeable qualities. Where those likable qualities were in this book, I don't know. Everything has to be done his way. He never explains why to the other characters. And simple explanation would be more credible in those circumstances to the other characters. He acts like a self centered teenager.
The narration was good, the plot moved forward fast. It just that Harry was someone that you might start cheering against. Definitely NOT recommended as the first book to read/listen too of the Harry Bosch series.
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