➥ The Concrete Blonde Ebook ➫ Author Michael Connelly – Uroturk.info
9 10This was the best Bosch story I have read to date It might even be the best Connelly novel or at least on par with The Fifth Witness Each Bosch novel has got better and better so far but it will be a hard act to follow after this The story has two aspects, the law room aspect and the on going serial killer aspect All linked in some way or another and linked together expertly It s easy to see how Connelly was able to hit his stride straight away with The Lincoln Lawyer as the courtroom scenes here zip along with ease and add the dreaded just one chapter syndrome which doesn t bode well late into the night.Bosch as a character is easily able to hold up the story on his own but it is also the added depth of the surrounding cast which add another layer making it all the engaging Jerry Edgar is a standout character from the support and there is a nice little sub plot there too.I won t say anything on the main story line as there is too much to say and so many chances of ruining the plot for someone else It is very engaging though and well worth the read Whilst it could essentially be read as a standalone, as with most of these types of series books, it adds that something extra knowing a bit about the characters from the other novels RRRRRRRRooooggggggger dream leader goes down as a high point laugh out loud moment in the book too which relieved some of the on going tension It s great to have a bit of humour in these sorts of plots.Very much looking forward to the next in the series If you enjoyed this try Knots Crosses by Ian Rankin Best cop thriller series I ve read, and this is the best book in the series so far What makes this series so great Bosch An intriguing character who Connelly writes very well and builds upon book by book This series is equal parts cop procedural stuff and character driven greatness The latter often gets missed in the genre He s a vulnerable, and therefore, realistic character He makes mistakes and he has a chequered past although not overly so I look forward to grabbing the next book soon Series Recommended for Those looking to check out cop thrillers who don t know where to start. In This Classic From A New York Times Bestselling Author, Detective Harry Bosch Thought He D Stopped The Serial Killer Known As The Dollmaker Now The Dead Man S Widow Is Suing Harry And The LAPD For Shooting The Wrong Man An Accusation That Rings True When A New Victim Is Discovered With The Dollmaker S Macabre Signature I m giving this five stars because I totally raced through it and enjoyed every minute Harry Bosch is a really captivating main character who always manages to rise above his problems just Much of this book takes place in a court room which is a setting I normally do not much enjoy However this was written so well that even I got drawn in to the awfulness of the process of law The ending was a total surprise to me I was completely unaware of whodunnit until the author let me know Another excellent book by Michael Connelly and I am so glad I still have many to read. Very good.Crime fiction fans took notice of writer Michael Connelly and his hero detective Hieronymus Harry Bosch after the strong first and second books featuring Bosch, The Black Echo and The Black Ice The two Black books were solid, but also had some sophomoric problems that held them back from being truly exceptional.Connelly s 1994 Bosch book, and third in the series, shows him writing with confidence and flair this is a writer hitting his stride and stepping up his game Not only was this a riveting page turner and a model for the mystery thriller genre this went a long way to demonstrate some candid and accessible characterization and backstory for the charismatic but complicated protagonist Whereas Black Echo devolved sometimes into kitsch clich and Black Ice may have been overly ambitious, The Concrete Blonde has a quick pace and a relentless plot Connelly s writing is like Dave Chappelle s humor edgy and uncomfortable, but also with credence and thought provoking And entertaining as hell Connelly goes further than to just spin a cool story, he explores themes of justice, civil rights, and the nature of law enforcement as well as the psychology of killers and the police and what motivates both to act.Four years earlier, Bosch had shot a suspect when the man chose not to FREEZE when Harry confronted him Though the man was tied to several murders, Bosch handling of the arrest was criticized and now Harry and the LAPD are facing a civil rights trial with the killer s widow sitting at the plaintiff s table next to high priced shark lawyer Honey Money Chandler Chandler, a seasoned and talented litigator, is looking to make a fortune and even casts shadows of doubt on whether her client s late husband was even the right man This looks to blow up out of control when a new body is found murdered AFTER Harry killed the killer.Tightly wound, this keeps a frenetic stride though the seedy sex industry of LA as the police try to solve the newly discovered murder while the civil trial is ongoing and then as we wait for a verdict Most alarming is that it appears the killer may have been an insider The police procedural aspects of the book and the group dynamic Connelly describes with the investigation team further heightens what is already a great book.Not just for Connelly Bosch fans, this is well written, first rate crime fiction Highly recommended. Four years ago, Harry Bosch shot and killed Norman Church who was believed to be the infamous serial killer, The Dollmaker Now, his widow is suing Harry for wrongful death and his career is on the line It gets even complicated when another body is discovered during the trial, supposedly killed by The Dollmaker after Church s death A significant part of the story covers the trial, which really serves as the anchor for all else going on as Harry and the original task force try to investigate the new murder My list of primary suspects changed so much I lost count as there were quite a few surprises, twists and red herrings even Harry gets sidetracked I m still crazy about Harry and this is another fine installment in the series Dick Hill s narration continues to be spot on for Harry and I m grateful there re so many books ahead of me. I have read mystery thrillers most of my life, but my husband is lukewarm on a lot of detective type books He enjoys fantasy Sci fi horror stuff But, I talked him into reading this one with me as a buddy read The truth is I couldn t remember if I had read this one or not I had not I can t add to the comments and reviews that have already been posted about his novel It was just plain awesome A all the way There is a serial killer, a courtroom drama, Harry s personal life and history all pulled together to make on of the best mystery thrillers ever.If you haven t read this one or any other Connelly novels , I can t imagine anyone who hasn t , I highly recommend him I would though try to read them in order if you can I didn t, and wish now that I had. I am really enjoying this series I m only on book three, but I think that the style and no nonsense aspect of the writing, combined with a main character that is both weirdly in tune with himself and his emotions, while still being the stereotypical closed off, masculine type, it s just working for me right now I really loved one scene where, after a separation from his girlfriend, he acknowledges to himself that he can feel his brain separating from her, and that the longer she takes to decide about them, the he will think it s for the best that she is a distraction, she is a weakness, a target This kind of thing is, sure, maybe a bit of toxic masculinity masquerading as practicality but I can also see the true practicality of it, considering what had just happened in the story, and his own sort of protection of her, as well as self protection This sort of intuitive knowledge about himself is really interesting and I love that Connelly includes it, because it makes Bosch much real to me than just the hard, detached detective type I love that Bosch feels deeply, even if he has trouble showing it all the time Add to that the fact that the story in this book was just damn good, and I m super happy that I m finally getting around to this series after having it sit on my shelves physically and virtual for far too long Compared to the first and second books of the series, this one was by far my favorite The plot was where I thought that this series would take me, I guess Not that the plots in the first two books were BAD, that s not the case at all, it s just that it s not what I expected from an LA detective to be involved in First we had a bank heist story that spanned continents and time all the way back to Vietnam, and then we have a drug runner type story and though I enjoyed both books, I m glad that this book stuck to LA, and was focused, I guess Ehh, I actually don t know if that s what I want to say, because I don t really think that Books 1 2 were UNFOCUSED it s just that I prefer the serial killer investigation and PERSONAL story of this book to the sort of outside stories of the first two I liked how Harry was tied up in it, from childhood, in a way, through to now I liked that it felt like he had a real stake in it The previous books, of course, put his career, reputation, and life on the line, but it never felt PERSONAL like this did And I think that s what made this book so much enjoyable for me, even though in the end, I m giving it the same rating I really like how much of Harry s history we re finally learning even though from the show I knew it from the outset, thanks for that, OO and I like how nuanced this story was, and how details from the events referenced in the first two books are finally coming out and being told The trial especially brought that out, because it s quite easy to see how this could be a vigilante cop trying to clean the streets of people that he perceives as being the type who murder women like his mother Harry isn t a reliable character, and who knows where and how he might go, but right now I love him for it He is flawed, and he tends to go against protocol and reaches for the vinegar before the honey, but I feel that he does all of it with the best of intentions It s the little things that make me side with him, and it s ONLY because of the perspective that we get from omnisciently being privy to his thoughts and feelings Were I an outsider, I don t know that I wouldn t agree with the charges that he used excessive deadly force without cause But the little things, like valuing families getting closure for their loved ones, even if those loved ones have little value in society, over capital punishment for the one who did such horrendous deeds, is enough for me to know he s one of the good guys He might be unorthodox, but I would much rather have him out there than not I thought that I had the whodunnit figured out 3 or 4 different times, and I was mostly wrong I had a fleeting thought about getting it right, but dismissed it And I love that I hate when it s too predictable Make me work and wait for it DOne other thing that I loved loved loved about this book was the subtle humor running through it I loved the relationships between the members of the task force, and the way that they interacted with the new stick in the mud Team Leader, making fun of him right under his nose, and him being suspicious but not really able to understand just what happened it just struck me as funny Even though it s a little mean spirited, but given the situation, sometimes one must find levity and laughter where one can This scene in particular made me laugh quite hard It s a scene where Bosch is calling to check in with the Team Leader Hello, this is Los Angeles Police Department Assistant Chief Irvin Irving s office, Lieutenant Hans Rollenberger speaking, how can I help you Bosch figured Hans Off must be expecting Irving himself to call in and therefore trotted out the full count official telephone greeting that was in the officer s manual but was roundly ignored by most of the people who answered phones in the department Bosch hung up without saying anything and redialed so the lieutenant could go through the whole spiel again LOLI m really looking forward to the next book Four years ago, L A homicide detective, Harry Bosch, was part of a task force hunting a sadistic serial killer known as the Dollmaker The killer preyed on vulnerable women and was blamed for taking the lives of eleven victims Late one night, after the rest of the team had gone home, Bosch took a frantic call from a prostitute who said that she had just escaped from the Dollmaker Harry assumed this was probably just another false lead and decided to meet the woman on his way home, without notifying anyone else.Upon meeting the victim, though, Bosch concluded that she was credible, especially when she led him back to the small apartment where she said the killer had held her Through the window, Bosch could see a man moving about in the apartment He thought about calling for backup, but realized that the Dollmaker might have already lured another victim into the apartment and that he might kill her before reinforcements could arrive Accordingly, Bosch kicked in the door and found a naked man standing across the floor Bosch ordered him to freeze, but instead the man reached under a pillow, as if going for a weapon Bosch fired once, killing the man instantly Then, lifting up the pillow, he saw that the man had been reaching for a toupee.Once Harry called it in, reinforcements arrived and found solid evidence linking the victim to nine of the eleven killings The case was declared closed, and in spite of his role in bringing the case to a successful conclusion, Bosch was demoted from the elite Robbery Homicide Division for failing to call for backup before entering the apartment.Now, four years later, the family of the man Bosch killed is suing him and the department, claiming that Bosch acted recklessly and without cause in shooting the man he believed to be the killer The trial has barely begun, however, when a new victim is discovered a blonde who had been killed and encased in concrete The killing bears all the signature touches of the Dollmaker, but this victim has only been dead for two years Is it possible after all, that Bosch shot an innocent man Bosh insists that he did not, and that the new killer must be a copycat The book thus proceeds along two tracks as Harry stands trial for his actions four years earlier while at the same time hunting a sadistic killer who may or may not have been the real Dollmaker all along It s a riveting story on both fronts The courtroom scenes are very well done and will appeal to readers who enjoy legal thrillers Harry s adversary in court, a female attorney nicknamed Money Chandler is a great character in her own right The hunt for the killer is also edge of your seat stuff, and through it all, Harry is forced to examine the deep, inner darkness of his own soul All in all, a very solid early entry in a great series. In book three of the Harry Bosch series, Connelly finally hits his stride The preceding two books frequently referenced the lethal shooting of a serial killer, a career changer that resulted in Harry being transferred out of the glamorous Robbery Homicide Division and into the hinterlands in Hollywood In The Concrete Blonde, the case is being tried in a civil court Harry s refused to plead or settle, and is making do with a lawyer from the D.A s office against a top notch civil rights attorney, Honey Chandler.The tale opens with the very scene where it all began, Bosch and a streetwalker informant watching the apartment of a man who is possibly The Dollmaker, a serial killer who rapes and kills his victims, and then garishly applies makeup to their faces Segue into the courtroom, where Harry s trial is about to begin During recess, he gets a call from his lieutenant, asking him to come to a homicide scene They were led there by a note echoing the handwriting and style of The Dollmaker, and the information in the rhyme has led detectives to a woman buried in concrete Harry is sure in his gut that he shot the right man, so is this the work of a copycat or is Harry wrong It s an reasonably intriguing premise aside from Harry s gut doing the detecting made urgent by the trial To add to the tension, it appears someone has leaked information to the prosecuting attorney, so it isn t long before Harry and his somewhat inept attorney are threatened with contempt of court The back and forth from the courtroom to solving the mystery of the woman in concrete keep the pace moving His relationship with Sylvia provides a counterpoint to the sordidness of the case and the trial.One of the strange things about the series for me is the 80s setting It s so odd to think of a time of pagers and public telephones In time information isn t quite as much of a lynch pin in this case, so it s easier to ignore There s a couple of red herrings, the first quite obvious, the second less so, but the law of character conservation holds I will note that it s a relief for a mystery thriller to not feel the need to explore the serial killer POV.Although Connelly still has a rather flat, simplistic writing style, he seems to be improving stylistically, or at least allowing himself to drift away from the narrow confines of Harry s basic world view A couple of points was almost poetic, as Harry muses at various points about the nature of justice The lack of hospitality exists because the federal government does not want its courthouse to give even the appearance that justice may be slow, or nonexistent There is enough of that going on across Spring Street in the County Criminal Courts building Every day the benches in the hallways of every floor are clogged with those who wait Mostly they are women and children, their husbands or fathers or lovers held in lockup Mostly they are black or brown Mostly the benches look like crowded life rafts women and children first with people pressed together and cast adrift, waiting, always waiting, to be found A game changer for me as well Fast paced, I devoured it in one night I ll definitely be moving on with the series.