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The Concrete Blonde (A Harry Bosch Novel Book 3) Kindle Edition
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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 female victims. Now with a single faultless shot, Detective 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.
With The Concrete Blonde, Edgar Award-winning author Michael Connelly has hit a whole new level in his career, creating a breathtaking thriller that thrusts you into a blistering courtroom battle-- and a desperate search for a sadistic killer.
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- ASIN : B000SGSU58
- Publisher : Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (January 1, 2002)
- Publication date : January 1, 2002
- Language : English
- File size : 2446 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 510 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,215 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The Concrete Blond seems very well researched with regards to how police operate, and interact with each other.
The Story has a lot of twists. There are a lot of possibilities presented as to who is the killer.
This would be a great movie.
This is the 3rd book in the series. Each one so far is better than the last.
You need to read the first one at least so you will really get what Bosch’s Vietnam Tunnel Rat service did to him and how it helps him on the job now.
As in real life, there are times when the street needs a gunslinger mentality out there. When" you know what”, hits the "Westinghouse", you want people who can stop it. There is real evil in this world, and there is only a “Thin Blue Line” that prevents that evil from entering the lives of everyday people. That thin blue line is the line of Police like Bosch and rank and file men and women who wear the badge every day. It’s not a job. It’s and adventure. Open the cover of this book and go for a ride with Detective Bosch and his homicide crew.
Then I saw the Sharpe's Rifles series on PBS. I started reading all the Cornwell series and independent novels. I read all the Sharpe novels, many several times. I've read them all.
I seem to see the TV show especially Brtish TV shows and get started on the book series about the Neapolitanic Wars. What was going on?
Now I can relax. Bosch isn't British but i'm totally hooked on these novels. I've only read three so far but I have seen my doom. I will read all of them - probably more than once. Oh well, at least I know where I'll be and what I'll be doing this next year.
My advice to others. Get a good chair. Connelly writes 500 page novels and It's very damn hard to keep from reading them in one sitting. I fall sleep in my reading chair and start reading again when I wake up.
In my smugness I was certain I knew who the killer was. So certain. However I was wrong. But that’s ok because I was even more surprised by who the killer really was. This book diverges from the TV show, which I also LOVE.
Recommended for crime lovers.
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This one introduces a female lawyer, Honey Chandler into the mix. She is smarter and more hard edged than your average lawyer. There are a few pretty decent misdirections about the killer, and when he is revealed, genuine surprise. I found the courtroom scenes involving and the murder stuff, typical Bosch.
This is superior police procedural stuff - it is pretty deep for that genre. It is not wacky like Ellroy, or self indulgent in any way - just hard boiled. His books hook you in and keep you reading, never a dull moment. Don't expect Shakespeare or even Chandler -expect Connelly.
I found that the Lincoln Lawyer book was the best I’ve ever read, yet there was more great stuff to come. This is book 3 of the Bosch series and is a sterling read as are 1 &2. I’ve got book 4 already and looking forward to progressing the entire series, in order.
Did I say how good this book is - not directly, however I’m sure you get the sentiment - enjoy :)
For me I find it sad that his use of the English Language is Americanised but I guess many of his readers are American. One of the worst for me is the word 'Gotten', there is of course no such word in correct English. The storyline more than makes up for this. I recommend reading the books in the correct order, although they are predominately stand alone books, there is a degree of follow on.
What I liked
- the continuity, so many times in crime series, each new novel seems to have hit the reset button. The protagonist is alone again, old enemies continue their irksome challenge, etc. Here we see that some things are going well for Bosch and an old foe is warming to him
- I guessed most of what would happen but missed the twist in the end... I really enjoyed that.
What I didn't like
- Harry goes it alone again at the end. Sheesh!
- I have a hard time believing Belk could be quite so terrible. I thought he was useless because it helped the plot get to where it needed to be.
- based on that I read, I don't see the jury's finding to be consistent with the case