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The Concrete Blonde (Harry Bosch Book 3) Kindle Edition
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Connelly is a crime-writing genius (INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)
One of the great storytellers of crime fiction (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)
Crackling authenticity...cunningly conceived...Connelly joins the top rank of a new generation of crime writers (LOS ANGELES TIMES) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B006MPKDD6
- Publisher : Allen & Unwin (1 September 2009)
- Language : English
- File size : 1586 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 413 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 12,886 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In time, I most probably will read many more of his books. I like to alternate between English and American mystery writers: P.D. James for example, offers an interesting contrast to the more gritty and no nonsense style of Mr. Connelly.
If you haven't read and Harry Bosch before and love a good murder/mystery/thriller give this a try, you won't regret it.
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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 :)
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
The former is the high point of this book and is excellent as Bosch is on trial for killing a mass murderer and up against a formidable prosecutor. The latter is ok, with little in the way of detection going on with Bosch jumping from one misguided assumption to the next. Sherlock Holmes he ain’t on the evidence of this book.
Overall though, a good read and a big improvement on the preceding book in this series.