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The Black Box | [Michael Connelly]

The Black Box

May 1992, and after four LAPD officers were acquitted after the savage beating of Rodney King, Los Angeles is ablaze. As looting and burning take over the city, law and order are swept away in a tidal wave of violence. But under threat of their lives, homicide detectives like Harry Bosch are still stubbornly trying to do their job. With no effective police presence on the streets, murder just got a whole lot easier - and investigating them got a whole lot harder.
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Publisher's Summary

May 1992, and after four LAPD officers were acquitted after the savage beating of Rodney King, Los Angeles is ablaze. As looting and burning take over the city, law and order are swept away in a tidal wave of violence. But under threat of their lives, homicide detectives like Harry Bosch are still stubbornly trying to do their job. With no effective police presence on the streets, murder just got a whole lot easier - and investigating them got a whole lot harder.

Escorted by National Guard soldiers from murder scene to murder scene, Harry and his colleagues are only able to do the bare minimum in terms of collecting evidence. And for Harry that's not enough. When he finds the body of a female journalist executed in an alley, he cannot accept that he will never be able to bring her killer to justice, and her tragedy starts to eat into his soul. But then, 20 years later, Harry finds himself working in the Open Unsolved Unit, and suddenly the past comes back to haunt him once again, in a way he could never have imagined.

Read by Michael McConnohie. Michael McConnohie has had a long career as both an on-camera and voiceover actor. He was two of the original Transformers as well as a GI Joe in the cartoon series which is still airing today, and has lent his voice to countless TV shows and motion pictures. He has been an audiobook presence for decades. From true crime to fiction to self-help, he's read just about every kind of audiobook there is. He's an AudioFile Earphones award winner for Stuart M. Kaminsky's Always Say Goodbye, and was part of the Grammy-nominated Lincoln-Douglas Debates with David Straithairn and Richard Dreyfuss. Michael makes his home in Southern California.

©2012 Hieronymous, Inc (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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    Bruno North Shore City, New Zealand 11-27-12
    Bruno North Shore City, New Zealand 11-27-12 Member Since 2004

    I need some C8H10N4O2

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    "Another Great Read from Connelly"

    A very good read, Harry Bosch is back and on form. I'm a recent fan of Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series, but I've now read the whole series. This ranks high among the series and I can recommend everyone to read it, not just the fans.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Australia 12-01-12
    Chris Australia 12-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Best Yet!!"
    What did you love best about The Black Box?

    Having read/listened to all the Bosch books, this is by far the best story so far. I really liked how Michael Connelly has created a story from the past and brought it into the future. Similar to a couple of others since bosch has been in the open unsolved unit. But this story had me hooked from start to finish. Great story that comes together very nicely. Connelly is a genius the way he puts all this together. From Bosch starting with one small clue that leads him on a journey to find the truth.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    As always, Harry Bosch.


    Which character – as performed by Michael McConnohie – was your favorite?

    Bosch.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely. Was hard to stop this when I had to. But got through it in two days.


    Any additional comments?

    Please keep them coming Michael. I am at a loss without my fix of Bosch's determination and skill for finding justice.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Mount Louisa, Australia 12-07-12
    Paul Mount Louisa, Australia 12-07-12 Member Since 2011

    Hi, I work in I.T. and am a freelance photographer. Just love this site, and always happy to discuss books, photography or just plain life. Feel free to drop me a line, I'm always looking to meet interesting people.

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    "Bosch is back!"
    Would you listen to The Black Box again? Why?

    complex plot, realistic policing, fast interesting plot. Great characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry off course, this guy just will not stop, ever.


    What does Michael McConnohie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He simply sounds the way I imagine Harry to speak.


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

    Yeah, but that would give away the plot. Needless to say Bosch gets himself into very sticky situations.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a Bosch fan, download this one, you will love it...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    06-23-14
    06-23-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Another riveting detective triller from Connelly"

    Another terrific story with plenty of surprising twists and turns.
    Brilliantly written. Superbly narrated (performed) by Michael Connohie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    antonio genthod, Switzerland 10-07-13
    antonio genthod, Switzerland 10-07-13 Member Since 2011

    A reviewer's got to do what a reviewer's got to do

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    "Bosh is back !!"

    I felt that the last few Michael Connelly novels were disappointingly repetitive and far less exciting than the first ones. The plots were not credible and lacking interest. The character of Hyeronimous Bosh was also fading and lacking the intensity that used to make him so attractive.
    The Black Box reconciles me with both Connelly and Bosh ; i listened to the book in 48 hours and -to say the least- i really got into the story.
    Welcome back H Bosh !!

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    Sas 03-11-13
    Sas 03-11-13
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    "Good listen"

    I enjoyed this one. A nice "switch-off-your-life-and-go-sit-somewhere" listen.
    Can listen to more of these.
    Thanks for a great read (performance).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Cibulka Brno, Czech Republic 03-05-13
    Jan Cibulka Brno, Czech Republic 03-05-13 Member Since 2012

    Cussler, Connelly, Clancy I like all with a C ...

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    "Harry Bosch still rules"
    What did you love best about The Black Box?

    Harry Bosch is still the best around even though he gets sometimes misled in perception of some things
    The plot is interesting and far reaching


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

    Your sins will resurface


    Any additional comments?

    The ending was a bit too ... awkward? Action movie like ...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elad D.N. Hevel Eilot, Israel 02-11-13
    Elad D.N. Hevel Eilot, Israel 02-11-13 Member Since 2008
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    "I judge these pulpy fiction type books by how much"

    they make me chortle. I didn't chortle all that much. It was just average.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    H. Anthony Melbourne Australia 02-04-13
    H. Anthony Melbourne Australia 02-04-13 Listener Since 2008

    Lizzie

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    "Thoroughly enjoyed this"

    Another great Michael Connelly story, gets you in at the start and never lets go.

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    aussieGeorge68 Sydney Australia 01-23-13
    aussieGeorge68 Sydney Australia 01-23-13
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    "Another great book from Connelly."

    I loved this book, after listening and reading 20 or so books from Connelly in the last six months it amazes me that his work can remain so fresh, especially since the bulk of his books share Bosch as the main character.

    I loved Mc Connohie's character voices, it certainly added to the excitement and tension of the work.

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  • Martin
    ROSS ON WYE, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Not bad, but..."

    I have always enjoyed Michael Connelly's books, and the story of this book isn't bad, but not the best. The narrator however I found extremely irritating. The way he read the book was like a sixties american newsreader at times - especially early on n the book. So either he gets better or I got used to it!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Angus
    London, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Not classic Bosch but still very good"

    This isnt an absolutely class Harry Bosch tale but it is still very well written, plotted and read. The plot has a gratifying number of red herrings leading you off in one direction before doubling back. I cant say more for fear of spoilers! So recommended but not the right story to start with if youre a Bosch newcomer.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Caryl
    Farnborough, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "As fresh as ever!"

    Another Harry Bosch, as he nears retirement. The story was gripping and the narration added to the experience, which is not always the case.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Christine
    EXETER, United Kingdom
    4/25/13
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    "Disappointed"

    I was disappointed in this Harry B book. The pace was very slow and over a 10 hour read it wasn't until the last hour and a half that it picked up and caught my attention. Up untiI then I never had difficulty in putting it down. Generally I like Micheal Connolly and the Harry B books but this wasn't one of his better ones.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ian Baldock
    12/23/12
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    "Bosch is at it again"

    Harry Bosch continues to do what he does best. Relentlessly pursuing justice whilst rebelling against conformity. Once again the powers that be are against him. Connelly again keeps the story flowing whilst being extremely insightful , it's difficult to stop listening. If you like Bosch you won't be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kamala
    Bergen, Norway
    5/28/13
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    "Love Harry Bosch"

    Michael Connelly is auto buy for me.Each time I see a new book from him, I am very excited. This book did n`t disappoint either,I hope he continues to write for a very long time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lee
    IPSWICH, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "A great Bosch Story"

    I love the intricacies of the Bosch stories and this one is full of him following tiny little clues that become very important. Even if you have never read a Harry Bosch book, this is a great one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • alan
    Canvey Island, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "More Classic Bosch!"

    20 years after the event Harry sets out to solve the murder of a female photojournalist during the 1992 L.A. riots that followed the verdicts in the Rodney King case. Harry had originally investigated the case but it was subsequently passed over to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved.

    A new narrator for the Bosch franchise – Michael McConnohie seems well up to the task.

    Another excellent outing for Connelly's irascible detective that certainly won’t disappoint

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    lisburn
    4/7/13
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    "Black box"

    This story kept me listening to the end. I stated to listen on a journey by myself and the 12 hours disappeared .if you have never read or listened to any of the Harry Bosch storys this isa good one to keep you guessing.Thank you Mr Connelly

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve
    Guernsey, United Kingdom
    4/2/13
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    "Not his Best :("

    I'm very sad to write this review as I'm such a massive Michael Connelly fan. I've read all his books up to now and have to say the last couple of years they've slowly been going downhill. His peak was at the end of the 90s early 2000s but this last book for example, The Black Box, only properly kicked when there was only a few chapters to go whereas in his other books this would've happened much earlier.



    HOWEVER I still think Harry Bosch is an absolute legend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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