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The Black Box: Harry Bosch, Book 18 | [Michael Connelly]

The Black Box: Harry Bosch, Book 18

In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box", the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.
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In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved.

Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box", the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

Riveting and relentlessly paced, The Black Box leads Harry Bosch, "one of the greats of crime fiction" (New York Daily News), into one of his most fraught and perilous cases.

©2012 Michael Connelly (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 12-02-12
    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 12-02-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Harry will not let go, he finds the truth"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Black Box to be better than the print version?

    Never read the print version, Love the audio book.Time on the road allows me finish these and I love the story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Got to go with Harry and his daughter they have a relationship that is honest and each has respect for the other


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end with the crash when Harry almost lost his cool but he regained control


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Like the book Black Box Clue


    Any additional comments?

    Love Harry and I realize there can't be many more but please do as many as you can Mr Connelly we love them

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard A. Puffer Hartsville, SC USA 12-02-12
    Richard A. Puffer Hartsville, SC USA 12-02-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Black Box opens paths"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Black Box to be better than the print version?

    All of my Harry Bosch experience with Michael Connelly has been with audio and this most recent edition/addition to the series is a quality product from both the story and the performance.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It was a bit eerie to start the book in the LA Riots after just listening to some real-life accounts of chaos in the streets of Syria and then there is the jump to 2012 when the cold case begins to unthaw. Bosch is the central character and Connelly builds the story around his long-time detective friend while giving us an increasing view of the values and experience that may eventually drive his daughter Madeline into law enforcement. The innocence of Maddy combined with the persistence of the 1992 victim were an interesting bridge in this entertaining novel.

    The history for the plot was quick and well developed. The police work that helped move this story forward is interesting and methodical as well as credible -- which is a little more than you can say about the unusual happenings at the end. Connelly took some shortcuts as he resolved this story and it is not easy to tell if they were lack of imagination or inability to fight through the rules of this particular genre. The ending worked to get us through the story but the lack of reasoning for the IA detective's presence just doesn't sit that well.

    But, don't let the nitpicking keep you from an entertaining 12 hours.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    "Well, it is in my policy!" may be a quote I will work into my life -- wonder how that will go over with some students?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andy Bradenton, Florida, United States 12-01-12
    Andy Bradenton, Florida, United States 12-01-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Reader ruins marginal story"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narration was not right for Harry. Edgar, his partner has no nuance to his voice. If Dick Hill was reading this I would try and finish. Major disappointment for a big Harry Bosch fan.


    What could Michael Connelly have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    New reader.


    How could the performance have been better?

    New reader.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    What a waste of a credit.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is not Audible worthy. I will take Connelly off my preorder list. What was I thinking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Land of enchantment Albuquerque 12-01-12
    Land of enchantment Albuquerque 12-01-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Bring Harry Back"

    Reader totally destroys the story and the character. I have loved
    Harry for several years but this book is terrible and the main problem
    is this reader.

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    Leif Pitman, NJ, United States 12-01-12
    Leif Pitman, NJ, United States 12-01-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Excellent - but we are used to that"
    Where does The Black Box rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I finished this book in only a couple of days. Couldn't stop!


    Any additional comments?

    The only bad thing about this book is that I have to wait a whole year for the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 12-01-12
    James CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 12-01-12
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    "Something was wrong"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Was it the narrator, maybe. Was it the writer, maybe. Can't put my finger on it but Harry just wasn't the same.


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    Michael Layton, UT, United States 11-30-12
    Michael Layton, UT, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Ahhh!!! This narrator is AWFUL!!!"

    I am actually writing my first negative review after being an audible member for 4 years. Audible shouldn't have even put this book up, until they had a decent narrator. If I was Michael Connelly, I would be irate. He ruined the book. If I could return it, I would.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Montara, CA, United States 11-30-12
    Larry Montara, CA, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Disappointing!"
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    I have listened to all the Harry Bosch books and will probably listen to the next one. However, the only thing that would have redeemed this installment would have been if Harry realized that he was really loosing it and retired at the end. First of all, everything the reader needs to know to solve the crime is revealed by the end of the first chapter. Unfortunately it is also revealed to Harry who takes until Book Two to put it all together.In addition, despite constantly feeling guilty about neglecting his daughter, Harry needlessly puts himself in a position to make her an orphan.Finally, as others have said the narrator was sub par. He read, rather than performed the book. In addition despite the book being written by a Californian and taking place in California the narrator consistently mispronounced Manteca, calling it Man Tek A, rather than Man Teek A. Annoying!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alan houston, TX, United States 11-30-12
    Alan houston, TX, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2007
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    "New reader, I really miss Len Cariou."
    Would you listen to The Black Box again? Why?

    No, don't like new reader.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Black Box?

    Discovering Len Cariou was not reading.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Bring back Len Cariou


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    NA


    Any additional comments?

    Only about 1/3 throught the book, thought i would warn Bosch fans about the reader change. I pre-ordered the book and didn't notice the new reader. Wonder what happened to Len?

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    Mark C Walker Toney, AL United States 11-30-12
    Mark C Walker Toney, AL United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2005
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    Harry Bosch with Len Cariou narrating is probably my favorite series of audio books. Alarm bells started going off when I noticed that there was a new narrator for Black Box – but I began to listen with an open mind. One thing I liked about the Cariou reads was that Cariou seemed to be aging with the Bosch character in his reads. I am sure the narrator, Michael McConnohie, in other audio book genres would be OK but it simply did not work for this. Sadly, the Bosch image I kept conjuring up in this book was more like Barnaby Jones – a far cry from the Harry Bosch of the past. None of the funny situations worked in this book – it was like someone with no talent for telling jokes simply restating a joke in a monotone fashion. The actual story was decent, it was simply too difficult to get past the lame narration. I wondered why they made the change and did a search on Amazon and found that Cariou actually is the narrator for this book but only on a pre-loaded digital audio player – shame on Connelly for leaving his audience in a lurch and putting out an inferior product. I think that is a cop out. Audible – please work to have the Cariou rendition made available to all of the loyal listeners.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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