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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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.
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.
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.
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 13-year-old daughter.
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.
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!
Yes. It kept me listening with only a break for sleeping.
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
Yes... but couldn't.
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.
Actor/director/teacher. Split my time between Beijing and Seattle now. Listen to Audible on the subway and while driving or riding my bike.
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.
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
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!
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.
One master-passion in the br east, like Aaron's serpent, swallows all the rest. A. Pope
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.
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.
"Excellent detective thriller"
I am a great fan of Michael Connelly and have read all his books. He has managed to maintain a high standard right through his career, unlike some of his contemporaries such as Patricia D Cornwell. That said I like his earlier books the most and "Concrete Blonde" is one of the best. Well written and expertly plotted, the pace and tension never slacken, and his hero Harry Bosch is always likeable and very human. Great stuff.
Narration is first class, and the sound quality is excellent.
Strongly recommended for anyone who likes a good thriller.
"A great story - edge of seat stuff."
One of those stories that makes you look forward to driving the long way home so you can keep on listening to it in the car. Or finding a reason to take the dog out for another walk, just to find out what happens next - certainly going to look to see if there are any more of these gems waiting to be listened to!
"Excellent story, well read"
This was the second Michael Connelly book that I listened to. It was of the same consistently high quality as the first. The plot was satisfyingly complicated, with twists and turns and dead ends. The story was well plotted and easily followed. There were sufficient characters and they had their own voices; they were believable, and fairly well rounded without being too stereotyped. The dialogue flowed well and was engaging. The location was well described and it enhanced the story. Finally, the narrator did a very good job by giving the characters their own consistent and appropriate voices. If you like thrillers and 'who done it's' then this is a good choice.
"ANOTHER PAGE TURNER, GRIPPING"
Wow where does Micheal Connelly get his ideas for his books especially the Harry Bosch series.
Another of his books that has you gripped from begining to the end.You dont want the book to end because it is so good , but you need to know the outcome.
The narration is very good and you feel as though you are along side Bosch as he is going about the case.
Buy it you will not be dissapointed.
"Love the Bosch series"
Yes. I will listen again as I will books 1 to 5 again. I just love the character Harry Bosch and how he just doesn't conform with the authorities and always gets his man or woman.
When Bosch at last works out who did it.
He lives the characters
I love the Bosch stories and Dick Hill narration pull you into the story. I'm going to download the next boom now.
Love the narrator. Nice little touches like where the dialogue is down a phone line, uses sound effects to make his voice sound like it's on a phone. Cool.
"Concrete Blonde - love the old fashioned & no nonsense detective"
Concrete Blonde - love the old fashioned & no nonsense detective
No political correctness in this book
"The Concrete Blonde"
Still being fairly new to the Harry Bosch series I had listened to the first two books and really enjoyed them. For me this was by far the best so far! The courtroom drama alongside the main crimes had me gripped and not wanting to get out of my car when I had reached my destination. I really enjoy Dick Hill's narration and characters. I think when I move through the series further and the narrator changes that I will struggle to adapt. Any fan of the Harry Bosch series that has not already read or listened to this I strongly recommend it. In fact anyone that is a fan of crime drama I would recommend this to. On to the next!
"Bosch at his best!"
I love the Bosch books and this didn't disappoint. Mr C tells a great tale, makes his characters human and believable and draws the listener in, seemingly without any effort.
Books 1, and 2? I'm really not into this comparison thing, I'd rather look at the book on its own merits.
His style is easy to listen to and isn't forced.
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