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The Concrete Blonde: Harry Bosch Series, Book 3 | [Michael Connelly]

The Concrete Blonde: Harry Bosch Series, Book 3

The Dollmaker was the name of the serial killer who had stalked Los Angeles ruthlessly, leaving grisly calling cards on the faces of his victims. Now, with a single faultless shot, Harry Bosch thinks he has ended the city's nightmare.
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Publisher's Summary

The Dollmaker was the name of the serial killer who had stalked Los Angeles ruthlessly, leaving grisly calling cards on the faces of his victims. Now, with a single faultless shot, Harry Bosch thinks he has ended the city's nightmare.

But the dead man's widow is suing Harry and the LAPD for killing the wrong man - an accusation that rings terrifyingly true when a new victim is discovered with the Dollmaker's macabre signature.

So, for the second time, Harry must hunt down a death-dealer who is very much alive, before he strikes again. It's a blood-tracked quest that will take Harry from the hard edges of the L.A. night to the last place he ever wanted to go - the darkness of his own heart.

Impressed? Ace detective Harry Bosch is also on the case in other exciting Michael Connelly crime-fiction novels.

©2005 Michael Connelly; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio

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    W. Perry Hall 01-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Calvin P. Yeen and Da Bears"

    I like the later Harry Bosch novels, but this one evinces a Connelly initially trying to find his way to a good story that's also plausible. The Concrete Blonde is as realistic, from the standpoint of the centerpiece lawsuit, as a Calvin P Yeen on a Cowboy helmet in downtown Dallas.

    Dick Hill's thick Chicago accent grates the whole way through, especially when he attempts the female voices and even moreso when he puts his hand over the mike to try to give the effect of someone speaking from the other end of a phone call. Think, Mike Ditka narrating it to you in the passenger seat while he munches a super-size bag of Doritos.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 02-07-14
    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 02-07-14 Member Since 2014

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    "One of Connelly's Best"
    Would you listen to The Concrete Blonde: Harry Bosch Series, Book 3 again? Why?

    Yes, it has twists and turns that keeps you wanting to find out what happens next. Performance by Dick Hill is excellent. I think he is the best narrator for Connelly's Bosch novels. I've listen to other Connelly books and Hill's voice is the best even tho I liked Grupper's voice in the Lincoln Lawyer. He sounds like Haller should sound!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. It kept me listening with only a break for sleeping.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Hill performs each character very well, however I guess I like Harvey "98" Pounds the best of all the recurring characters in the Bosch series


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

    Yes... but couldn't.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the Harry Bosch series because Bosch is human. He is a tough cop who makes mistakes and get things wrong yet he is compassionate, kind and considerate.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 12-12-11
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 12-12-11 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "ZOWIE! Everything you'll want in a thriller!!!"

    Whoa! This novel is clever. The way it combines courtroom AND police procedural simultaneously... no flashbacks... no foreshadowing... SIMULTANEOUSLY... is like getting your imagination caught in twin gears that just screw you in and in and in...

    It is the highest craft of cop/legal drama. Plus the plotting is hair-triggered. It's everything you can want in a hard-boiled-noir story. Absolutely terrific ... 4.9 stars. And Dick Hill is magnificent. I'm going to post this review, look up Dick Hill readings... AND BUY SOME!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-15-11 Member Since 2007
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    "solid Michael Connelly"

    good book -- and a good read. maybe a bit long at the end but overall worth reading one of his older novels set at a time of typewriters and pay phones instead of cell phones. Interesting to remember back to those times and how difficult police work was without all the technology we have now.
    Solid Harry Bosche character development.

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    Debra 09-19-11
    Debra 09-19-11 Member Since 2012
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    "OK Story, But Laughable Narration..."

    This story is OK...about 1/3 too long, but typical Connelly in that respect. Not exactly a gripping, edge of your seat who done it but OK if you're trapped in the car for a long drive. My disappointment in this audiobook is the narrator...he "acted" each character as though they all had some kind of salivary condition which produced an over abundance of saliva that had to be swallowed in gulps before each character spoke. It was distracting and became a running joke between my husband and me while we were listening to this in the car!

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    Lisa L Mitchell 09-12-08 Member Since 2007
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    "The Concrete Blonde"

    I have read all of the Harry Bosch books and I am now starting over.It is a great book, truly keeps you guessing up until the very end. It is great to go with all of the others or as a stand alone book! Highly Recommend!!

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    sherry g miller 09-12-08 Member Since 2014
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    "HARRY BOSCH"

    Harry is back and in great form. I enjoyed all the twists that are common in a Michael Connelly novel. This one had me fooled to the end!

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    Gail El Cajon, CA, United States 05-02-09
    Gail El Cajon, CA, United States 05-02-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Listen... Good Story!"

    After listening to the Black Echo and Black Ice, this one was my favorite so far. The story was not predictable and wasn't far fetched. I hated to have the story end. You'll love it!

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    Kim Nixa, MO, United States 07-14-09
    Kim Nixa, MO, United States 07-14-09 Member Since 2013
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    "The Concrete Blonde"

    I agree with all the positive reviews................I have a rule ............cannot listen to books in the house.........must be in the car......made an exception with this one

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    "Narration Ruins This Audiobook"
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    I love Michael Connelly's work. He is a wonderful storyteller and creates deep, believable characters. That said, Dick Hill's narration absolutely ruins this audiobook. His voice acting is so over the top that it consistently takes you out of the story. I finally had to stop listening a third of the way through a very engaging story, which I will finish on my Kindle.

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