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Switchblade Audiobook

Switchblade: An Original Story

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LAPD Detective Harry Bosch seeks justice for the forgotten in this original story from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly

An anonymous tip puts Bosch on a case that has remained unsolved for decades, the vicious stabbing of a teenage boy whose body was found in an abandoned Old Hollywood restaurant.

Cold cases are often the toughest: With no body, no murder scene, and no fingerprints, Bosch nevertheless gets lucky when DNA evidence from the murder weapon points to a known killer. But the DA insists that science alone is not enough - he needs the case to be bulletproof before he'll take it to court.

Determined to speak for those who can no longer speak for themselves, Bosch has one chance to wrench a confession out of a cold-blooded killer, or risk letting him walk free for good.

In this gripping, never-before-published story by "master of the crime thriller" (Huffington Post ) Michael Connelly, Detective Harry Bosch quenches his thirst for justice and shows why he is "one of the most popular and enduring figures in American crime fiction" (Chicago Tribune).

©2014 Michael Connelly (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 01-14-14
    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 01-14-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Good for a short Short Story by a Favorite Author"

    If you have someplace to go and need only a 45 minute listen, I would suggest that this audio-book is priced to buy, but not to use a credit. I listened during my commute this morning and found it well performed but not a full investigation by Harry Bosch. There is not much to figure out, it is just a good listen of how Harry solves the problem of getting a guilty criminal prosecuted on a 20+ year cold case when only DNA is available. Interesting, but forgettable.

    If you are new to Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch, he is a wonderful detective character. I recommend reading the books in order.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 11-21-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 11-21-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Very short Bosch cold case story"

    I missed finding this Michael Connelly short story when it was published almost 3 years ago.The story shows once again the crime solving strength of Harry Bosh late in his LAPD career. Totally worthwhile!

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 03-13-14
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 03-13-14 Member Since 2017
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    "A Harry Bosch short story"

    This is a short story about LAPD detective Harry Bosch who is assigned a cold case after an anonymous tip names the murderer. The case is of the vicious stabbing of a teenage boy whose body was found in the abandoned “Brown Derby”, a famous Hollywood restaurant that was destroyed during the Riots. Bosch finds DNA evidence of the victim and the a convicted killer who is already in Prison for a similar crime but the ADA wants more evidence so Bosch continues his search for evidence. The story is a bit too short. Len Cariou does a good job narrating the short story.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 01-24-14
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 01-24-14 Member Since 2015
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    "It's a short story!"

    I've read or listened to all things Bosch, so I didn't want to miss this snippet. It's straightforward and probably based on a true event when Connolly was a reporter.

    Len Cariou is the narrator, as he is for most of the series. Connolly is one of my favorite authors, so I have to say this narrator reads this series more like a documentary. He does a horrible job with women, something many guys with deep voices seem to have little problems doing.

    Nevertheless it's always good to hear from Harry Bosch.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron 01-15-14
    Aaron 01-15-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Sub Par"

    If you have read a few shorts by Connelly you already know what to expect.
    Knowing that... "Switchblade" still seems to come up wanting more.

    It echoes of previous stories to the point I was asking myself if I had already read this one.?

    Verdict: Skip it. You're not missing much.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Reno, NV, United States 01-25-14
    Mark Reno, NV, United States 01-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    "First worthless Harry Bosch story"
    Any additional comments?

    This is the first Harry Bosch story I thought was worthless. An anonymous tip breaks open a cold-case involving a couple of murders involving a switchblade used on gay men. No real twists or investigatory hurdles, just a straight line from A to B. Bechdel test: Fail. You know, it makes me realize that I didn't care for the last two Bosch books, "The Drop" and "The Black Box." The new Mickey Haller book — "The Gods of Guilt" — was great, among his best, so maybe Harry's character has run his course. Connelly keeps threatening to have a case featuring Bosch's daughter, maybe it's time. (That said, the two Bosch short story collections — "Angle of Investigation" and "Suicide Run" — were very good.)

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    JOHN 01-28-14
    JOHN 01-28-14
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    "Disappointed"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Though I was getting a book ... but this is only a short story. Should have been more careful in reading the offering.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Hugh Imhof Spokane, WA 01-20-14
    Hugh Imhof Spokane, WA 01-20-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Bare Bones"
    What disappointed you about Switchblade?

    When I purchased this I did not realize it was just a short story. My bad, need to pay attention. But it is really a bare bones story and does not satisfy. It certainly does not compare to other Connelly tales involving Harry Bosch.


    Has Switchblade turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but I'll be more careful when buying audiobooks in the future, making sure they are full length novels.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jacque Lander, WY, United States 01-15-14
    Jacque Lander, WY, United States 01-15-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Cheap shot"

    The author's style is only faintly detectable in this thrown-together hash of a story. It is not written in short story form. In it's entirety, it would have to stretch to make a sketchy first chapter in the Bosch books of the past. I admit to not checking this pre-order for length - or even for price, for that matter. Still, I doubt whether I'm the only customer to feel cheated.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kelley 09-23-17
    Kelley 09-23-17
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    "It's Connelly. It's Bosch. So What If It's Short!"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Finally reuniting with Harry Bosch and being introduced to new characters in a new story line.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    The ending. I always like an ending with a twist. To me it is a promise of exciting things to come. I hope so!!


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Of course. It's Connelly. I love stories that build up suspense resulting in surprise endings and this one promises more excitement to come. I look forward to more!


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Not a thing. I have been a Cariou fan since I saw him on Broadway playing Sweeney Todd many years ago. His voice is perfect for Harry... but I do still like Titus Welliver also.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    Mr. Connelly has still got it! My very first Audible book was "Chasing the Dime" in 2012! I have been a fan of both Connelly and Audible because of that book. I just love surprise endings. Mr. Connelly... more please?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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