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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Nine Dragons (Harry Bosch #15) by Michael Connelly

  A "game changer" of a book for Harry Bosch

Nine Dragons is a foray into international crime for Harry Bosch. Previously he has traveled to Mexico, but now he travels to Hong Kong to find his daughter (not a spoiler - it's on the cover) who has been kidnapped.

Bosch and his ex-wife and ex-FBI agent Eleanor Wish team up to go after his daughter. But, as Eleanor notes in the very first Harry Bosch book, in these kinds of cases you are lucky if you just break even.

Bosch has always been an untouchable - incorruptible, focused and driven. This book focuses on Bosch's weakness - his family. "All his life Harry Bosch believed he has a mission. And to carry out that mission he needed to be bulletproof. He needed to build himself and his life so that he was invulnerable, so that nothing could get to him. All that changed on the day he was introduced to the daughter he didn't know he had. In that moment he was both saved and lost. He would be forever connected to the world in the way only a father knew. But he would also be lost because he knew the dark forces he faced would one day find her." (p. 173)

A relentless plot had me plowing through this book in about two days, near-record time for me.

Connelly delivers yet again.

I rate this book 5 stars out of 5.

This book can be found on Amazon.com here: Nine Dragons.

Reviewed on October 20, 2009.

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