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)
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I thought I had read or listened to the entire Bosch series, but having just finished seasons 1 & 2 of the TV series (via Amazon Video, a must see for Bosch lovers), I realized had skipped this one.
The reason I skipped it was the narrator. I couldn't finish it. Actually when Connelly came to Greensboro promoting The Overlook, I asked him if he had any input of who narrates his novels. "A little", he answered and asked why. Cariou reads with no emotion and his voice doesn't have the tone and range to distinguish between characters. His feminine voices are just awful. If you doubt me, listen to Burt Reynolds read Angels Flight or Titus Welliver's work on more recent novels.
Having said that, 9 Dragons is a fascinating and suspenseful novel on its own. It is also an essential edition to the Bosch series. It represents a key turning point in Bosch's personal life.
A couple of other fascinating tidbits from the Connelly visit... After the success of the first few Bosch novels Connelly noticed from book signings at least half of his readers were women. This was contrary to his publisher's opinion. Connelly wanted covers that would attract both sexes. The publsher insisted on masculine covers and simply would not be convinced otherwise. It was only after his series became so successful they had to listen to him that Connelly got the covers he desired.
About the jazz fetish Bosch is so consumed with, Connelly said that came from his writing habits. He said he was always more of a rock and blues fan, but those genres were distracting his writing. So he listens to jazz as he writes and his jazz knowledge grew from that.
Should you purchase this? Only if you don't have the time to read it for yourself.
I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.
In my opinion, a very poor Bosch outing; Harry came out looking his worst. I love Harry, warts and all, but this was just not up to standard.
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.
Connelly is just going through the motions here. I think he wrote this one while concentrating on something else. Barely held my interest. Not bad enough to stop listening but I was happy to hear it end.
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.
This audible book was as entertaining as it was preposterous. Harry outwitting Hong Kong in a day? I think not, even with his triad toughened, eyeball-missing sidekick along for the ride. The book was not the problem for me in this case. It was the narrator. Len Cariou doesn't cut is as Harry. Not broody enough, even wimpy, and he sould not attempt to sound female.
He made Harry sound NORMAL, and that is just WRONG!
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'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.
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 love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Michael Connelly releases his new Harry Bosch novel The Wrong Side of Goodbye on November 1. All of Connelly's novels are in my library and while I have rated all I have reviewed only one of the 18 Bosch novels. 9 Dragons is my favorite novel in the series; it is also very different from all of the rest. His daughter Maddie has lived with her mother ex-FBI agent Eleanor Wish, Bosch's ex-wife, since their separation and divorce. At the beginning of the novel they live in Hong Kong; the novel setting is there. 9 Dragons in the one must read novel in the Harry Bosch series. Of course, listening to the earlier novels adds to perspective.
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