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Switchblade: An Original Story | [Michael Connelly]

Switchblade: An Original Story

An anonymous tip puts Bosch on a case that has remained unsolved for decades, the vicious stabbing of a teenage boy whose body was found in an abandoned Old Hollywood restaurant. Cold cases are often the toughest: With no body, no murder scene, and no fingerprints, Bosch nevertheless gets lucky when DNA evidence from the murder weapon points to a known killer. But the DA insists that science alone is not enough - he needs the case to be bulletproof before he'll take it to court.
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Publisher's Summary

LAPD Detective Harry Bosch seeks justice for the forgotten in this original story from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly

An anonymous tip puts Bosch on a case that has remained unsolved for decades, the vicious stabbing of a teenage boy whose body was found in an abandoned Old Hollywood restaurant.

Cold cases are often the toughest: With no body, no murder scene, and no fingerprints, Bosch nevertheless gets lucky when DNA evidence from the murder weapon points to a known killer. But the DA insists that science alone is not enough - he needs the case to be bulletproof before he'll take it to court.

Determined to speak for those who can no longer speak for themselves, Bosch has one chance to wrench a confession out of a cold-blooded killer, or risk letting him walk free for good.

In this gripping, never-before-published story by "master of the crime thriller" (Huffington Post ) Michael Connelly, Detective Harry Bosch quenches his thirst for justice and shows why he is "one of the most popular and enduring figures in American crime fiction" (Chicago Tribune).

©2014 Michael Connelly (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 01-14-14
    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 01-14-14 Member Since 2010

    I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.

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    "Good for a short Short Story by a Favorite Author"

    If you have someplace to go and need only a 45 minute listen, I would suggest that this audio-book is priced to buy, but not to use a credit. I listened during my commute this morning and found it well performed but not a full investigation by Harry Bosch. There is not much to figure out, it is just a good listen of how Harry solves the problem of getting a guilty criminal prosecuted on a 20+ year cold case when only DNA is available. Interesting, but forgettable.

    If you are new to Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch, he is a wonderful detective character. I recommend reading the books in order.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 03-13-14
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 03-13-14 Member Since 2010

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "A Harry Bosch short story"

    This is a short story about LAPD detective Harry Bosch who is assigned a cold case after an anonymous tip names the murderer. The case is of the vicious stabbing of a teenage boy whose body was found in the abandoned “Brown Derby”, a famous Hollywood restaurant that was destroyed during the Riots. Bosch finds DNA evidence of the victim and the a convicted killer who is already in Prison for a similar crime but the ADA wants more evidence so Bosch continues his search for evidence. The story is a bit too short. Len Cariou does a good job narrating the short story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Staats Brentwood, tn United States 01-22-14
    Dave Staats Brentwood, tn United States 01-22-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Great if you like Harry,Michael and Len"

    JUST BE CAREFUL... I automatically, instantly buy anything by Michael Connelly so I didn't realize I burned a credit for a book that was priced at 2.63 since it was only 50 minutes long. I am pretty sure they'll let me pay cash retroactively but better if you know ahead of time. I HOPE this is like last time he did this...the Short story was released a few months before the new Bosch novel. I just can't find any data on when it is coming...here or on Connelly's site.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hugh Imhof Spokane, WA 01-20-14
    Hugh Imhof Spokane, WA 01-20-14 Member Since 2004
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    What disappointed you about Switchblade?

    When I purchased this I did not realize it was just a short story. My bad, need to pay attention. But it is really a bare bones story and does not satisfy. It certainly does not compare to other Connelly tales involving Harry Bosch.


    Has Switchblade turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but I'll be more careful when buying audiobooks in the future, making sure they are full length novels.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Bartonville, TX 01-15-14
    Susan Bartonville, TX 01-15-14 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "Good short"

    Michael Connlley is a fantastic story teller and does not fail in this short read. Harry Bosch is given a very old murder case and with the help of modern forensics is able to place a convict at the scene. This, however, is not enough for the D.A. to take the case, so Harry is in search of anonymous caller/witness.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jacque Lander, WY, United States 01-15-14
    Jacque Lander, WY, United States 01-15-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Cheap shot"

    The author's style is only faintly detectable in this thrown-together hash of a story. It is not written in short story form. In it's entirety, it would have to stretch to make a sketchy first chapter in the Bosch books of the past. I admit to not checking this pre-order for length - or even for price, for that matter. Still, I doubt whether I'm the only customer to feel cheated.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Reno, NV, United States 01-25-14
    Mark Reno, NV, United States 01-25-14 Member Since 2006
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    "First worthless Harry Bosch story"
    Any additional comments?

    This is the first Harry Bosch story I thought was worthless. An anonymous tip breaks open a cold-case involving a couple of murders involving a switchblade used on gay men. No real twists or investigatory hurdles, just a straight line from A to B. Bechdel test: Fail. You know, it makes me realize that I didn't care for the last two Bosch books, "The Drop" and "The Black Box." The new Mickey Haller book — "The Gods of Guilt" — was great, among his best, so maybe Harry's character has run his course. Connelly keeps threatening to have a case featuring Bosch's daughter, maybe it's time. (That said, the two Bosch short story collections — "Angle of Investigation" and "Suicide Run" — were very good.)

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 01-24-14
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 01-24-14 Member Since 2005

    A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...

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    "It's a short story!"

    I've read or listened to all things Bosch, so I didn't want to miss this snippet. It's straightforward and probably based on a true event when Connolly was a reporter.

    Len Cariou is the narrator, as he is for most of the series. Connolly is one of my favorite authors, so I have to say this narrator reads this series more like a documentary. He does a horrible job with women, something many guys with deep voices seem to have little problems doing.

    Nevertheless it's always good to hear from Harry Bosch.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marjorie Farmington, NM, United States 01-18-14
    Marjorie Farmington, NM, United States 01-18-14 Member Since 2010
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    Would you try another book from Michael Connelly and/or Len Cariou?

    yes


    If you’ve listened to books by Michael Connelly before, how does this one compare?

    Before you buy this one, be aware it is only 50 minutes along. Generally a good Michael Connelly story, but it's a short story.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    JOHN 01-28-14
    JOHN 01-28-14
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Though I was getting a book ... but this is only a short story. Should have been more careful in reading the offering.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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