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The Concrete Blonde: Harry Bosch Series, Book 3 Audiobook

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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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.

©1994 Michael Connelly (P)1994 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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    Barry Katy, TX, United States 06-20-08
    Barry Katy, TX, United States 06-20-08
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    "Wow! Excellent Bosch thriller!"

    I've listened to several Michael Connelly audiobooks, and love the Harry Bosch series. I was excited to see several more recently become available on Audible.
    The Concrete Blonde is my current favorite Bosch book, topping my previous favorite: Echo Park.
    It's an outstanding mix of courtroom thriller and serial killer hunt/police procedural. It moves along quickly, even the courtroom scenes are fast paced.
    Characters are very well developed, not just Bosch, but all the supporting characters, and I like the plot: Bosch is sued for unlawful killing of a serial killer suspect, while at the same time a copycat killer is out there and more bodies begin to show up.
    Just when you think you have it all figured out, there will be a couple twists at the end to keep you guessing. An excellent whodunnit. I highly recommend this book, even if it is your first Harry Bosch mystery.

    52 of 52 people found this review helpful
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    David Houston, TX, United States 05-07-11
    David Houston, TX, United States 05-07-11 Member Since 2008

    Actor/director/teacher. Split my time between Beijing and Seattle now. Listen to Audible on the subway and while driving or riding my bike.

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    "Strains credibility"

    Connelly's typically solid work. Great texture, a fascinating and evolving lead character, tightly constructed plot. My only problem with this one was that I never believed the central premise, the fact that Bosch could realistically be found guilty in the court case at the center of the story. To me this part of the book seemed to be manipulated in a way which undermined its credibility. As a result, it was necessary to suspend my disbelief in order to really enjoy the book.

    Dick Hill's narration, as always, was right on target. A pleasure to listen to.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 07-26-14
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 07-26-14 Member Since 2015

    From 4/12/15 on, I will only rate a book 5 stars if it so good I will listen to it again. To date, the Bino series tops that list.

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    "Quintessential American Police Procedural"

    This is one of the first Bosch novels and one I'd read many years ago. Fortunately the only things I tend to remember are interdepartmental and personal relationships about Bosch so the mystery was new to me. It's a great one.

    If this was a new release I'd give the review more time. One key aspect is the excellent performance of Dick Hill. More than one of the narrators of this series read like its a documentary. Hill brings the best out in Bosch!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 12-09-09
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 12-09-09 Member Since 2015

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 13-year-old daughter.

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    "Good combo of courtroom and detective drama"

    I've started reading the Bosch series in chronological order and was much happier with this offering than I was with The Black Ice. Both the courtroom scenes (don't know why a previous reviewer was tortured by them) and the "whodonit" trail made it difficult to shut off my iPod. Bosch even starts to get likable in this book. Dick Hill's narration was excellent and I had to chuckle at the hint of Jack Nicholson that worked its way into his portrayal of the reporter, Bremer. I had heard Hill use this voice before. The book had lots of twists, turns and misdirection. An enjoyable listen. Can't wait to start on The Last Coyote on my ride to work today.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 03-04-10
    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 03-04-10
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    "Excellent!"

    I don't know how I missed this book until now. I like the Harry Bosch series and this certainly did not dissapoint me. I loved it. Dick Hill's narration was terrific. This has everything one could want in a murder mystery.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 09-17-08
    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 09-17-08 Member Since 2014

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    "Connelly Fan"

    I was so happy when Audible added these earlier Connelly / Bosch books!

    I guess the only reason I didn't give this one a 5-star rating is that I am using the first "The Black Echo" as a benchmark.

    This is a good book, but the first one was Terriffic!

    Dick Hill, the narrator, did a good job as usual(although he does kind of butcher female voices and weepy scenes on occasion)

    If you're a Connelly fan you'll really like this book.

    Definitely Recommended!!

    20 of 22 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 2015

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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    B. brown 07-29-11
    B. brown 07-29-11 Member Since 2014

    moemoe

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    "Connelly and Dick Hill very good together"

    Man, this was a fabulous story, very well written with plenty of turns and twists to keep us listeners guessing. Dick Hill's narration was outstanding and after this book has crept up into my top 2 or 3 favorite narrators. He is getting to the level of Frank Muller. Too bad Hill quits doing Connelly's books after Angels Flight. Anyway, this book was so good I finished it in 4 days.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John 09-03-10
    John 09-03-10
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    "Solid detective story"

    This is my third Connelly book and clearly he has the art of detective novels down. I am not a big detective book person but I do get into his books. Not many wasted conversations but enough to make you think throughout the book. Hill as narrator is good but not great. Good enough to make me want to order Connolly's next book in the series. Should not disappoint if you order this one.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    COL 11-12-12
    COL 11-12-12
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    "Bosch Does It Again"
    Where does The Concrete Blonde: Harry Bosch Series, Book 3 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best


    What other book might you compare The Concrete Blonde: Harry Bosch Series, Book 3 to and why?

    Any of the other Harry Bosch series.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Plays the part well.


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

    Harry Comes Thru Again


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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