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.
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There was too much saliva sucking and swallowing on too many characters. I think it was an attempt to make the performance more realistic, but it was way too overdone. It became very annoying after a while.
I hated the voice he used for women, it was insipid and made them seem like brainless twits. It would have been better if he just spoke in his ordinary voice - we can tell it's a woman by the "she said" or "Sylvia said" etc.
Despite the above comment, the narration was well done and the story was great.
I like the characters and series overall, enjoy the self-doubt and mullings of the main character, appreciate the recognizeable voices that the narrator creates.
He really does a range of voices and accents that helps bring the side characters to life. Appreciate hearing them reproduced so well from earlier audiobooks.
"A complicated case, a cowboy cop, a crooked killer." Or maybe "A crooked killer -- was it him or me?"
The sound production on the first chapter is really flawed, but it smoothes out -- producers should have fixed the recording, especially for a book this prominent.
Quite wet throughout, with a lot of unnecessary/distracting lip smacks and gasps in regular dialogue. Especially surprising, since the same problems weren't present in the first two books by the same narrator. Story makes you forget it, but then it intrudes yuckily again. Just a warning to the sound-sensitive.
I love a good story and will always give my honest opinion of a book, not matter if its my favorite author or not.
I have always enjoyed a good court room battle and the writer created a great one in this book. He must have done a lot of work and research for this book, because he makes you feel like you are there in the court room in the excitement as the twist and turns continue to keep you guessing on what's going to happen.
Yes, found myself choosing activities that could be done while listening rather than working through my "to do" list in priority order...
Bosch, of course
Great voice for the character of Harry
This is the first of the HB series where Connelly begins easing up on the clichés begins branching out into other areas. The talent for writing gripping courtroom drama that is so evident in Connelly's Lincoln Lawyer series makes it's debut here, and it ends up outshining the rest of an already best-yet story.
Kept me totally engrossed and at the edge of my seat
There are always more than one pieces to the puzzle
Great narrator, he nailed it!
Bosh does not seem to have any luck with relationships
Harry's past comes back to haunt him in this book. The first two books always alluded to this storyline and I was glad that Connelly built up the drama about this case and reserved it for a later book. I was not sure in the beginning about how I would like Harry in a court room drama, but this is not all in the court room . He is a man of action in between court room appearances! Therefore it is not slow.
I did not love the way this book resolved but the journey is worth it.
Best one in the Bosh Series so far (granted I have only listened to the first three). Great melding of courtroom drama and crime drama. I listen to the whole book in two days.
I like audio books.
Suspense, characters, mystery.
Well-paced action and mystery while maintaining a wonderful circulation of characters, plots, and sub-plots.
Solid voices, quality diction and pace.
Not but I really can't wait to continue the series after this one.
Great series so far, but this is by far the best of the 3 I've read. Hoping for more of the same moving into the next one.
The Concrete Blonde had much more courtroom drama than the first two installations of the Detective Bosch series, and Connelly wrote it very well. I found the mystery and intrigue unfolded in a much more satisfactory way than in the first books, although I'm still waiting for peripheral character development to rise to an equally satisfactory level. I will cautiously continue my forray into the series hoping that the quality continues to improve, since I know this is generally a well-regarded arc for those who enjoy crime novels. That said, I may give up if the next couple books in the series don't expand past lovable rogue cop tropes.
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